Sunday, November 19, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Travel Guide to Canada – A Visitors Guide to Canada

Planning to travel to Canada? Canada stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and from the United States border to the Arctic circle. Its vastness offers everything from Francophone Montreal to cosmopolitan Toronto to rugged Alberta to the surf paradise of British Columbia. Visitors simply can't do everything on one visit; choose a province or two and plan on a return visit.

Canada
Capital
Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, sits on the Ottawa River in the province of Ontario and has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture.
35 MILLION People
Canada stretches across North America and from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, and Ottawa.
Main Airport
Toronto Pearson International
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority operates Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, located just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
When to Go
Best Time
  • Spring: ~6°C (43°F)
    April - May
  • Summer: ~19°C (66°F)
    June - August
  • Autumn: ~2°C (36°F)
    September - October
  • Winter: ~10°C (50°F)
    November - March
Currency
$
Dollars
10 Fun Facts
  • • Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
  • • Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA.
  • • Dildo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • • Canada has fewer people than Tokyo's metropolitan area.
  • • The North American Beaver is the national animal of Canada.
  • • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined.
  • • Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
  • • Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
  • • Prostitution is legal in Canada. Buying the services of a prostitute is not.
  • • Canada is the World's Most Educated Country: over half its residents have college degrees.
Basic Phrases
French
  • Hello
    Bonjour
  • English
    Anglais
  • Goodbye
    Au revoir

  • Please
    S'il vous plaît
  • Thank You
    Je vous remercie
Food and Drinks
  • French-Canadian Tortierre
  • Fish and brewis
  • Split pea soup
  • Figgy duff
  • Caesar
  • Poutine
  • BeaverTails
  • Timbits
What to Tip
  • 18%
    Waitstaff
  • 1$ - 2$
    Bartenders
  • 10%
    Taxi Drivers
  • 2$ - 20$
    Porters per bag
  • 15%
    Tour Guides

Canada stretches across North America and from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal, and Ottawa. The population of Canada is approximately 35 million people. Canada's currency is the Dollars.

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, sits on the Ottawa River in the province of Ontario and has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture.

The main airport serving Canada is Toronto Pearson International. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority operates Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, located just west of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Canada experiences four seasons.

  • Spring: April - May. Average temperature is ~6°C (43°F).
  • Summer: June - August. Average temperature is ~19°C (66°F).
  • Autumn: September - October. Average temperature is ~2°C (36°F).
  • Winter: November - March. Average temperature is ~10°C (50°F).

Visitors will want to be sure they don’t miss these top tourism attractions in Canada.

Here are some interesting and fun facts you may not know about Canada.

  • Canada has the largest coastline in the world.
  • Canada's official phone number is 1-800-O-CANADA.
  • Dildo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Canada has fewer people than Tokyo's metropolitan area.
  • The North American Beaver is the national animal of Canada.
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined.
  • Canada is the second largest country in the world, right after Russia.
  • Canada consumes more macaroni and cheese than any other nation in the world.
  • Prostitution is legal in Canada. Buying the services of a prostitute is not.
  • Canada is the World's Most Educated Country: over half its residents have college degrees.

Don't leave your electronics at home. Here are the best Canadian travel apps you'll want to download to your iPhone or Android device before your visit.

For a real Canada experience, you need to try these iconic foods and drinks. Some are traditional Canadian dishes while others have been "borrowed" from immigrants and neighbors.

  • French-Canadian Tortierre
  • Fish and brewis
  • Split pea soup
  • Figgy duff
  • Caesar
  • Poutine
  • BeaverTails
  • Timbits

Work off that amazing food, enjoy the great outdoors, or just try something new. These favorite Canadian activities let you get out and enjoy the country the way the locals do.

Every country has its own ideas of who should be tipped and how much. Nobody wants to overtip or, worse, be considered a rude guest. Here’s what to tip in Canada.

  • Waitstaff – 18%
  • Bartenders – 1$ - 2$
  • Taxi Drivers – 10%
  • Porters per bag – 2$ - 20$
  • Tour Guides – 15%

From casual comfort to luxury accommodations, Canada has plenty of great hotel choices for you to relax and unwind.

  • Auberge Saint-Antoine – Contemporary boutique hotel in Quebec City's historic Old Port, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. & walking distance of major attractions.
  • The Ritz-Carlton – Overlooking Lake Ontario and the downtown Toronto skyline, The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto features 263 luxurious Guest Rooms including 56 one-bedroom Corner Suites.
  • Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world.
  • Manoir Hovey – Nestled along the shore of Lake Massawippi an hour southeast of Montreal, this Relais & Chateaux hotel provides a retreat for gourmands.
  • Fairmont Banff Springs – Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality of this one. Its unique blend of opulence and seclusion has been a symbol for more than a century.
  • Sonora Resort – Sonora Resort is an absolute jewel where uncompromising outdoor adventures meet luxurious accomm- dations and extraordinary comforts.

Canada too often falls under travelers' radar. Don't let its mild, progressive vibe fool you - adventure awaits in the frozen North. From snow skiing at Banff to Calgary's rodeo to Quebec City's European feel to the charm of Prince Edward Island, you can find the perfect vacation destination in Canada.


5 Comments

  1. Adrian
    September 5, 2017 - 2:29 am

    These 10 fun facts got me thinking wild! Indeed, Canada is a place to be, and one can’t get enough of it in just a visit, not even two. A friend who was in Canada few months ago applauded the Fairmont Banff Springs and their unique customer service, and I’ll definitely try it out when I get to Canada.

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  2. David
    September 5, 2017 - 3:53 am

    Traveling has been fun for me since I got to know this site. All I do is come here, read and get an idea of a good place to go. Now its Canada, and with my Moovit app, the journey becomes hassle-free. I’m eager to see the second largest country in the world.

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  3. Aubrey
    September 5, 2017 - 6:26 pm

    Though I’ve got no plans of traveling anytime soon, I still see Canada as a place to be. With different tourists centres to visit, travel to Canada remains worthwhile.

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  4. Vicky
    September 6, 2017 - 2:28 pm

    Fantastic! I have just added the tourist attractions to my list. I’m sure I am going to be having a whole lot of fun during my stay in the Ottawa. The journey is 2 weeks away.

    Reply
  5. Caitlin
    September 6, 2017 - 4:05 pm

    I’m really enjoying these little guides you’re posting! They’re so full of information. I would think that the best time to visit Canada would be in the spring, and look! So it is. I didn’t realize that the population of Canada was so small, though! There is so much space to consider, as well! With such a huge country, there are certainly many sights to see. I’ve wanted to visit Prince Edward Island ever since I was a little girl and infatuated with Anne of Green Gables. It’s lovely to see that…

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