Canada is the largest country in the Western Hemisphere. Here the developed industrial zones neighbor upon wild forests, modern megalopolises turn into prairies. There are more azure lakes than glass skyscrapers, and the surf of the ocean sounds in tune with loud parties. Canada gave birth to hockey, Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Celine Dion. The British Crown reigns here and the policemen hand out “positive tickets” for good deed. Canada is such a hospitable and friendly country that it even has a landing spot for aliens. So don’t be shy, take a vacation, and head to conquer the hiking trails of the Canadian National parks.
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Tourist regions in Canada
Where to go and what to see
Progressive Toronto is a so-called Canadian New York. The megapolis does its best to surpass its American opponent. We should say, the city is doing great in this! The glass business district with black towers of the Toronto-Dominion center, bright advertising banners on Yonge Street, futuristic shapes of the CN Tower which offers a fantastic view on the city, cold shadows of the trees in High Park, art exhibits at Harbourfront Centre — it definitely looks like New York in miniature. However, the city has its raisins on the cupcake! You can see them in the bastions of Fort York, the picturesque castle of the first European colonists Casa Loma, and the Hockey Hall of Fame. But the megalopolises share Niagara Falls for two. And the best views on the most powerful waterfall in North America can be seen from the Canadian side.
Beautiful Vancouver lives on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, in picturesque Burrard Inlet. Thought out to the last detail in regards to the infrastructure, clean and safe, it is rightfully considered to be one of the best cities for living. This city is young and you won’t find here any historical monuments. Among all the attractions, Stanley Park deserves special attention. It is so large, interesting, and diverse, that you should devote a full day to exploring it. In addition to that, find some time to visit the historical center Gastown and Chinatown, Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden with its odd green mazes, and, of course, relax at city beaches. Tolerant and ecological Vancouver will become a perfect starting point to explore the province of British Columbia. It’s a stone's throw away from the old-growth forest of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and the Great Bear Rainforest. You can also head to the beach to surf or to the Whistler skiing resort. Nothing can stop you from drinking excellent wine in the Okanagan Valley or to go on a safari to the Haida Gwaii archipelago.
If you suddenly feel the unbearable craving for Europe, you should come to Montreal. The bricked streets of Old Montreal will take you to the times of the French colonization. The splendid ornamentation of the halls at Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, the sharp spires of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, ancient mansions and prestigious universities, masonry vaults of Windsor Station that only a hundred years ago accepted immigrants from the whole continent on its platforms — all of this add coziness and nobility to the typical modern city landscapes.
Quebec is the most French city in Canada. It’s the capital of the homonymous province. It grew on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River and saved the unique atmosphere of the port cities of the Old World. Tourists love it for walks along its bricked streets, for the spires of the Château Frontenac that seems to have just appeared from the screens of the “Grand Budapest Hotel” movie. They love it for the austere vaults of the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, for the successful symbiosis of modern technologies and Parisian charm. Without exaggeration, Quebec can be called the most musical city in Canada. One festival is hardly over, and they are already getting ready for the next musical fairy show. The winter carnival in the ice castle at Place Jacques-Cartier is replaced by the musical Festival d'été roaring all over the Old Town for 11 days! The heartful festival of jazz and blues gives in its scene to the traditional festival of New France.
Perhaps, only Alberta can beat the beauty of Quebec’s landscapes. Every summer, when the snow starts to melt, the water of Peyto Lake in Banff National Park turns into genuine azure. Bison wander among the dense forests of Wood Buffalo National Park. Beavers construct dams on rivers, and fossils come to Lake Athabasca to drink some water. The rocky mountains of Jasper National Park are so picturesque and unique that they were taken under UNESCO’s protection.
Edmonton is the capital of Alberta. The city might seem to be slightly mediocre after traveling through the province. But don’t underestimate it. Displays of the Royal Alberta Museum, World of Science Center impress even the most sophisticated travelers. And more than 40 festivals that take place in the city throughout a year won’t even give a single chance of getting bored. The extravagant Fringe Theatre Festival, authentic Edmonton Folk Music or heartful Symphony Under the Sky — choose an even to your liking and come for a visit.
National peculiarities of the Canadians
- The mentality of Canadians is based on the idea of equity. And it’s not surprising. For centuries, the country has been formed from the national peculiarities of immigrants and representatives of the native citizens. Respect for cultural peculiarities and benevolence are being actively promoted in media sources. And the idea of equity is reflexive for Canadians.
- The multinationality of the country brought many holidays to the life of Canadians. And they adore celebrating them! Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, African Festival in Calgary, Taste of Greece Festival — dozens of cultural events devoted to practically every nationality in the world happen here.
- Conflicts and confrontations at mass or family events are extremely rare. When a Canadian hears a conversation in a raised voice, he will most likely hurry to smooth the matter.
- Citizens of Canada are smiling, kind, and keep a low profile. They greet each other with a firm handshake, a direct look, and a sincere smile. In Quebec, they tend to meet friends with a light kiss on a cheek. The politeness of Canadians doesn’t allow them to shift to first-name terms with the other person unless he or she offers to skip to informal socializing. They expect the same respectful tone from you in return.
- You can hardly say that Canadians are a drinking nation. According to the statistics, 75% of adults drink no more than 2 times per week. Beer and ale are dominating beverages. You are more likely to meet a granddad jogging than a drunk person. Doing sports in Canada is a national hobby. That’s why the majority of Canadians are in excellent shape.
- Canada is an example of the highest level of tolerance. The volunteer centers operate everywhere. They arrange voluntary missions and help people in need. Nationality, gender, race, sexual identity, physical or mental disabilities can’t become a reason for violence or mockery.
- If you have been invited to any event, don’t even consider purchasing a bouquet of lilies. It is a funeral flower in this country. Buy a bottle of high-quality wine and don’t give money as a present. It’s common to open presents right in front of guests, do don’t feel uncomfortable.
Cities in Canada
Stretch your neck while planning a trip to Canada. You will move your head a lot trying to admire the tall mountain cliffs. Train your eyes so that they won’t get tired of the magnificence of the azure lakes and the powerful ocean on the first day of your vacation. Make sure your legs are strong as Canada is so beautiful, you won’t resist a temptation to stroll in every park of this country.