As the largest country in North America, Canada offers its visitors everything. It has Rocky Mountains in the West, the plains in the Prairie Provinces, and coastal Maritime Provinces known for their unique beaches and succulent seafood. In addition to its varying landscape, Canada transforms with the seasons, from crisp springtime, to warm summers, to beautiful autumns and of course, into a snow-laden winter wonderland.
Neighbouring the U.S., you can look to Canada for unmatched natural beauties including Niagara Falls, the breath-taking blue waters of Lake Louise against the mountainous Rockies, as well as the beautiful French culture and ski slopes in Quebec. Canada has a highly diverse population, with immigrants from around the world making up much of its population. It is a multicultural mosaic of people from different places that come together that creates the country’s overall culture, cuisine, and values.
Whether it's a backpacking trip across the mountains, or a luxurious tour of wine country in Niagara, there is a place in Canada for everyone. You can plan your great Canadian escape to see the sites, or add some exciting destinations to your tour while visiting family living in Canada. There is so much to do; you will want to visit twice (or thrice!).
English & French
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Official Language: English & French
Population: 35 million
Area: 9.985 million sq. km
Time Zones: GMT -08:00 Pacific Time Zone
GMT -07:00 Mountain Time Zone
GMT -06:00 Central Time Zone
GMT -05:00 Eastern Time Zone
GMT -04:00 Atlantic Time Zone
GMT -03:30 Newfoundland Time Zone
Area Code: +1
Tourism in Canada is a thriving industry with attractions, activities, shopping, and nightlife to entertain the entire family. From its diverse topography to its multicultural society, one thing you will never be in Canada is bored. Nature lovers can relax in thermal hot springs or hike and bike ride through rugged trails. In the winter, those same folks may find themselves on the ski slopes in the West, or snowshoeing across a great Canadian field. As a former colony of France and England, the country reflects those cultures in its historical landmarks and buildings.
Today, Canada's culture is built on acceptance of people from different countries and all paths of life. Enter the country knowing no matter what your race, religion, caste or sexual orientation; the people of Canada welcome you. Brush up on your French in Quebec, and converse in English everywhere else. Be sure to try some great Canadian delicacies like the sweet and delicious maple syrup. Note that Canada can be an expensive place to visit, but if you plan right and budget wisely, you are sure to have a great experience any time of the year. Keep reading for more about tourism in Canada.
The second largest country in the world, Canada is a whopping 9.985 million square km. Located in the Northern hemisphere; it boasts a diverse geography from the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta in the West, to low-lying coastal provinces in the East. In between, you will find mesmerizing rolling plains in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as the Canadian Shield, which covers much of the rest of Canada. For intrepid souls, you can venture to the countries northern territories including the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.
There are several notable cities, each with their own unique culture yet all representative of Canada as a whole. Most populous is the city of Toronto, the capital city of the province of Ontario. It's the heart of the country, and also a global destination for shopping, entertainment, and nightlife.
While Indigenous people have lived in Canada for millennia, the French and British colonizing various regions beginning in the late 1400s influence much of Canada we know today. After centuries and many wars, it was not until 1867 that ‘Canada' was born. Even then, it continued to fall under British rule and the Canada we know today has expanded and changed to include a total of ten provinces and three territories. Nunavut, the most recent addition, is a northern territory added in 1999.
Canada has a population of approximately 35 Million people.
Canada has an ethnically and religiously diverse population. With the majority of its citizen being Christians, 39% Catholic and 28.3% other Christian denominations, it also has a rising number of non-religious citizens (23.9%). Other prominent religions include Islam (3.2%), Hinduism (1.5%), Sikhism (1.4%), Buddhism (1.1%), and Judaism (1.0%). With such diversity and an increasingly secular population, Canadian culture is tolerant and welcoming to visitors from around the world.
In addition to its two official languages, English and French, a significant portion of people in Canada speak a third language, often their mother tongue. Visit any metropolis across the country to hear languages spanning continents including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog and Arabic. A significant portion of the population is Indian or of Indian origin, which makes it easy for an Indian traveler to tour and stay comfortably in the country.
The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).
Cost and Money
It’s easy to find ATMs and banks to withdraw money from in Canadian cities, and be sure to stock up before long road trips across lesser populated regions. Almost all Canadian businesses, hotels, restaurants and shopping centres accept major credit cards.
Depending on where you will stay in the country, you can find great deals on budget hotels as low as around Rs. 3500 per night for two. For those looking for a more luxurious hotel stay, prices range all the way up approximately Rs. 25,000 per night. You can find great mid-range hotel options in between these two extremes, with the assurance that you will have all the amenities you need at any budget.
Traveling across Canada can be expensive, so make sure you plan your cross-country travel ahead of time. Within cities, you can rent a car, use taxis, or utilize public transport when you visit. Uber is also available in many major cities for your convenience.
Standard tipping practice in Canada is 15% of the bill, with customers tipping more or less based on the service quality. Tips are a major contributor to service staff wages in Canada, and they are commonly shared amongst the entire restaurant staff.