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Explore Canada

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

Gaspesie, Province of Quebec - Exploring the deep water inlets by kayak

Gaspesie, Province of Quebec - Coastal cottage overlooking Percé Rock

Halifax, 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

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

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

Sun Peaks, 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

Whitehorse, 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 - The idyllic cobblestone streets of Whistler Village

Duck Mountain Park, Province of Manitoba - Kayaking and fishing in the morning mist

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

Banff, Province of Alberta - Cross-country skiing in pristine Banff 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: Ontario Tourism, Yukon Tourism, Tourism BC, Travel Alberta, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Travel Manitoba, Tourism Sun Peaks, Adam Stein, Elsa Camara, Nova Scotia Tourism, Quebec Maritime Tourism.