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Explore Canada

Watching bears, watching us - Bear watching excursions are popular throughout Canada

Quirpon Island, Province of Newfoundland & Labrador - Kayaking the iceberg alleys as the mountains of ice float southward.

Bonaventure Island, Province of Quebec - Tranquil island life explored and enjoyed amidst the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Lunenburg, Province of Nova Scotia - Blue Nose II historic schooner crosses the harbour

Grizzly Bears of the West - Mother and cub foraging in their native habitat

Niagara Falls, Province of Ontario - The thunder and awe of Niagara Horseshoe falls

Revelstoke, Province of British Columbia - Mountain trails reveal the summer beauty of ski areas

Toronto, Province of Ontario - The calm morning waters of Toronto harbour

Clinton, Province of British Columbia - Horseback riding is one of the most popular activities in western Canada

Churchill, Province of Manitoba - Unique tours observe the largest population of polar bears south of the Arctic circle

Annie Lake, Yukon Territory - The dazzling Northern Lights of the Aurora Borealis

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory - A dogsledding team harnessed and ready for the trails

Lake Louise, Province of Alberta - Dogsledding along the trails of the national parklands

Lake Louise, Province of Alberta - Quad lifts with spectacular views

Banff, Province of Alberta - Touring the park by horse-drawn sleigh

Whistler, Province of British Columbia - Olympic-class alpine skiing, fairy tale winter landscapes and inviting town squares celebrate the season.

Churchill, Province of Manitoba - Spending the day with the beluga whales as they feed and play.

Gros Morne National Park, Province of Newfoundland - Dramatic cliffs and deep fjords of Newfoundlands western coast

Jasper, Province of Alberta - Cross-country skiing in pristine Jasper National Park

Jasper, Province of Alberta - Perfect powder snowboarding in the Marmot Basin

Kicking Horse, Province of British Columbia - World-class alpine skiing in the British Columbia interior

Mont-Sainte-Anne, Province of Quebec - Downhill excitement awaits a short distance from historic Quebec City

Mount Norquay, Province of Alberta - Descending with a panoramic view of Banff and the Bow Valley

Major Cities

Toronto

Canada’s major cities include: Charlottetown, St.John’s, Saint John, Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.

Capital

Ottawa, Ontario

Weather

Canada is a country that truly offers exciting indoor and outdoor activities for every season. Generally, spring runs mid-March to mid-May, summer mid-May to mid-September, fall mid-September to mid-November, and winter mid-November to mid-March. Choose the season best suited to your tastes and temperament.

Languages

English and French are Canada’s two official languages, though the province of New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual area in the country. Both languages will generally appear on maps, tourist brochures and product labels. French is the dominant language in the province of Quebec.

Currency and Money

Canadian Dollar (C$)

The currency system in Canada uses dollars and cents similar to the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. Canada has a large network of reliable automatic teller machines, which make it the simplest means to obtain cash, particularly if your home bank ATM card is on the Cirrus or Delta networks.

Electricity

110 to 120 volts; 60Hz cycle

Canada uses ‘American-style’ plugs with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin and plugs with two parallel flat blades. Conversion kits are required for those bringing electrical goods from Europe.

Photo credit to: Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Banff Lake Louise Tourism & Paul Zizka, Barrett & MacKay Photo and Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism, Destination British Columbia & Blake Jorgenson, Destination British Columbia & Bruno Long, Destination British Columbia & Paul Zizka, Destination British Columbia & Ryan Creary, Destination Canada, Eva Blue, Jeff Bartlett @photojbartlett, Jonathan Tucker, Kanatha-Aki, Linkum Tours Ltd., Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, Paddy Pallin, Parks Canada & Ryan Bray, Quebec City Tourism & Camirand Photo, Rueben Krabbe, Tourism Jasper, Tourism Nova Scotia, Tourism PEI and John Sylvester, Tourism Whistler & Mike Crane, Travel Alberta &-Mike Seehagel, Travel Manitoba, Yukon Government & F Mueller