Canada is a very large country in North America, bordering the US on its east side. Its three provinces and eight territories cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific, covering 9.985 million square miles, making it the largest country by size. Despite its size, Canada has many unique features that make it a desirable destination for many international holidays. The following article provides a short list of some of those features.
Canada is one of only two countries in the entire world that are true neighbours to the US. Canada shares borders with three US states (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba), three British provinces (Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick) and two Canadian provinces (Yukon and Nunavut). As well, it shares a shared history with three US presidencies (provincehood for Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec, independence for Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). While all these nations were part of the former British Empire, they have now established separate political organizations based in their own provinces or territories.
Canada’s diversity is reflected in its language, being one of the three official languages of the country. Two official languages exist in the remote Canadian Arctic regions. English and French are the official languages of Canada, though a number of communities speak a different language, mostly First Nations, Native American and aboriginal languages. The two official languages can be of equal importance, depending on where you travel to, but there will be more local signs and other communication resources available in your direction, than in other directions. In addition, French is also widely spoken in many southern parts of the country.
Canada has a solid, if relatively new, environmental track record. It is considered one of the world leaders in terms of green building and has developed numerous green energy industries including hydroelectricity, farming and forestry, while implementing many efficient energy saving techniques. One interesting fact about Canada’s environment: over half of the country’s forest cover is forested, and about a quarter of the country’s boreal peat bogs are considered high priority. Some areas of the northern forest are designated as protected natural preserves.
In addition to the natural environment, Canada has many cultural hotspots. The Montreal area, particularly the city of Montreal, is one of the world’s most important cultural centers. The culture and fashion scene in Toronto is especially dynamic. Meanwhile, Vancouver is Canada’s second largest city and home to some of the best natural sites in the country, including the Fraser River and the Olympic Park.
Finally, while there are many historical sights to see and activities to participate in, perhaps the single best thing to do while in Canada is to take part in one of the country’s national parks. The Canadian Rockies are the iconic spot for Canadian citizenship. In addition to a vast landscape of tundra, lakes and forests, you’ll find one of the largest National Parks in the country. Even if you aren’t a resident, it’s easy to make the trip a lifetime memory by taking part in one of Canada’s national parks.
Overall, while Canada offers a wealth of activities and sights for tourists, it also offers a glimpse into some of its more remote regions. One of these is the Canadian Wilderness. Although this is one of the most remote regions in all of North America, it is easily accessible by train, road or air. While there are no hotels, running vehicles or other forms of personal transportation, the experience is pure wilderness with unlimited opportunities for adventure. One of the most popular attractions in this region is the Yukon Railway, which runs between Portage and Newmarket, allowing visitors easy access to one of the most beautiful places in Canada.
These are some of the best places in Canada to travel and explore. Which ones you choose will depend largely on your interests, as well as the time of year and weather conditions. But no matter where you go, no matter what time of the year you visit, you will always find something spectacular to do. Canada has more to offer than just a few stunning mountain peaks and endless miles of sandy beaches. It’s a wide-open country with more to offer than you could ever imagine.