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Canada is a land best known for its unspoilt landscapes, its friendly locals and welcoming culture. This country is my adopted home and I am proud to live here. If you are planning to visit, read here my complete Canada Travel Guide before you do.
Canada is divided into ten provinces: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Some of the provinces to the north are sparsely populated due to the harsh weather during winter. However, the provinces towards the south of the country enjoy warm temperatures from April to October. The best time to visit Canada is during the summer months from June to September.
From purely a tourist perspective, the main cities in Canada that are important are:
There are a variety of things that you can do and see in this vast country. In my opinion, some of the Top things to do In Canada are:
Niagara Falls is one of the most beautiful falls in the world. Explore this unofficial wonder of the world up close on the Maid Of The Mist. Not only that, you can have a lot of fun, especially if you are visiting with kids, at Cliffton Hill opposite the Falls.
Explore this busy city with its diverse neighborhoods and thriving downtown. Music, Art, culture, Shopping, Food .. this city has it all. Check out the top places you can see in Toronto. If you are a bit tight on the budget, there are plenty of free things to do here as well. Read my post on Top 25 free things to do in Toronto and enjoy the city for free.
Canada has a lot of lakes. Infact, it has the highest number of lakes in the world. Check out some of Top 10 Stunning Lakes of Canada here. In Ontario province alone there are … lakes. If you staying close to Toronto, you can easily go on a day trip to one of these lakes in Algonquin National Park or Muskoka. Read about how I set out on this blogging journey and became a travel blogger right here on Oxtongue Lake in Algonquin National Park.
The lakes in Ontario are picturesque. However, the most breathtakingly beautiful lakes are undoubtably in Banff National Park. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!
Canada is home to many cultures. Specifically, the province of Quebec has a predominantly French-speaking population. If you want to experience a slice of France here in Canada, head to Montreal or Quebec City. Montreal is a metropolitan city and has many beautiful sights. I, however, prefer the quaint Quebec City where the colorful French architecture and cuisine will charm you. Check out my guide on Quebec City Attractions.
Vancouver is undoubtabely one of the prettiest city I have seen. Surrounded by oceans, mountains and forests, the city has some great scenic views. However, the most exciting thing, I think, that you can do in Vancouver is go whale watching. You can see humpback, Killer whales, porpoises, sea lions and more.
Canada is a melting pot of different cultures. In big cities like Toronto and Vancouver, you will find a variety of cuisines from all over the world. Toronto, especially, has entire neighborhoods that are mini-concentrations of different cultures such as China Town, KoreaTown, Little India, Little Italy and so on. Needless to say, you can taste some authentic dishes from various cultures in Toronto.
In Montreal and Quebec City, as expected, French cuisine dominates. You will find some great French restaurants in the Grand-Alle Est and Rue St. Jean in Old Quebec City.
Canada is also famous for its Maple trees. Throughout the country, there are many festivals and events which are organised around Maple Tapping – where you extract maple syrup from the Maple Tree. To enjoy the full experience of Maple Tapping, you can join one of the Maple Syrup Festivals which are held from March to May.
What you should wear in Canada depends on the time of the year you are visiting.
Winter can be very harsh in Canada, especially the further up north you go. You should dress warmly, so that you don’t fall sick or run the risk of frost-bites. Winter essentials in Canada include winter jackets that are able to withstand temperatures of upto -40℃ /-40℉, gloves, woolen scarfs, socks and hats. Also, make sure you have winter shoes that are warm and provide stability on icy roads.
Spring starts in Late March. You can still expect snow and below zero temperatures especially till the month of April. So, you should still have your warm clothes with you. Instead of the heavy -40 degree resistant jacket, you may now switch to a lighter, more colorful jacket fit for spring. You may still need your gloves, woolen scarfs and snow proof shoes till late spring. In spring , it’s better to dress in layers as the weather can get unpredictable.
Summer is Canada starts from June to August. In cities like Toronto and Quebec City, summers can be very hot and humid. Temperatures can rise up to 33℃ /91.4℉. Summer dresses, shorts, sandals, sneakers and light clothing is the norm in most Canadian cities during the summer.
Fall/ Autumn starts in September. Temperatures cool down gradually as the months near winter in January. In provinces that are closer to the north may even experience snowy conditions as early as October. In southern provinces, the temperatures drop but snow doesn’t arrive usually till late November or December. As in Spring, since the temperatures are unpredictable during this period, it is best to dress in light layers. Fall fashion usually come in darker colors than the spring jackets but are similar in terms of warmth/thickness.
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