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Canada Travel Guide
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Canada is the second biggest country in the world. It stretches across six time zones and takes about one week non-stop to drive from one end to the other. Much of this huge territory is sparsely populated, as most Canadians live in cities within 200 kilometres of its southern border with the United States.
Although we share some similarities with our neighbours in the United States, Canadians generally have different and sometimes opposing views about nationhood and society, leaning towards a more liberal and social philosophy. A federal parliamentary system helps us keep a good balance between pluralism and collectivity. We often argue and debate among ourselves but usually end up agreeing on principle. One can say that Canada was born out of diplomacy and compromise as opposed to revolution and force.
Canada is a multicultural country, with two official languages (English and French) and over 100 ethnic/linguistic groups accounting for 40% of the population. It still welcomes more than a quarter of a million immigrants each year, providing a relatively safe and healthy society built on basic universal human rights, values and ideals as a basis for a new life. It is hard to define what a "Canadian" is because, in many ways, Canada tries to be a model of what it thinks the world should be.
The major metropolitan areas where most Canadians live are interesting modern multicultural cities, well connected across long distances with good roads and state-of-the-art communications. Canada is one of the most wired (and increasingly wireless) nations on earth. You'll find free internet access in practically every public library, and wireless internet connections are common in airports, coffeeshops and some public spaces.
If you get off the beaten track, Mother Nature's diversity reigns supreme outside the big cities and small towns: The rain forests of the West coast; the desert interior of BC; the glacier-capped Rockies; the impossible vastness of the Prairies with its big blue skies; the rugged forests of the Canadian Shield speckled with lakes; the enormous Great Lakes emptying down the historic St-Lawrence Valley; the gentle hills and secluded coves of the Atlantic coast; and if you are lucky enough to get there, the strange majesty of the Arctic.
The Hospitality Club network is very active and growing in Canada, and it now has the most members per capita in all of the Americas. There are also lots of campgrounds in the rural areas and cheap hostels in the cities. Free-camping in the wild on "Crown Land" is legal, although a permit is technically required for foreigners (about $12/year)
Canadian winters can be bitterly cold except on the West Coast. In the summer it can be extremely hot and humid, particularly in southern Ontario and Québec.
Top Things to See and Do
Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Inside Passage to Alaska, Coast Mountains, Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, Badlands, endless wheatfields, Yukon-Whitehorse dogsledding, visiting the Alberta Tar Sands, Calgary's Olympic Park, and Edmonton the getway to the north.
Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa, Québec's old walled city, Sault Ste. Marie, the Great Lakes, The Canadian Shield, Gaspésie, Charlevoix, Mont-Tremblant.
Halifax, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton. You truly have not experienced Canada until you make it to our eastern most city, St. John's, Newfoundland. The Newfoundland culture is a rare mutuation of Irish and Celtic influences. Newfoundland is one of Canada's best kept secrets.
Inter-Urban Transportation - Greyhound Canada
We don’t have a good rail system, so we use the buses.
Greyhound Canada has a Discovery Pass – similar to an Inter-Rail, but for buses. You can also travel to the USA and Mexico using the pass.
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