If you’ve never been to Canada, you should defiantly make plans to visit soon! I've lived here all my life and whenever I'm gone, I can't wait to get back. It's beauty, diversity and people are like no other on the planet ... welcome to Canada!
Fast Facts ...
Languages - Canada has two official languages: English and French. However, there are many, many more languages spoken across the country which contributes to the diversity of the nation. As a general rule, if you speak English and are respectful of other languages that may be spoken, you'll be fine visiting virtually any destination.
Population and Provinces - There are nearly 36 million people living across the 10 provinces and 3 territories that make up Canada.
2018 is a great time to visit Canada. Local community events across the country all summer long, opportunities to visit our National Parks, and much more, it's definitely the year to explore the country!
Here are a few travel tips you'll want to keep in mind for your visit ...
1.) Plan For the Seasons - Each season in Canada is quite different and you'll want to plan ahead when deciding on your clothing, accommodations and method of travel so that you aren't caught off-guard by the weather. You'll also want to consider the weather and seasonal conditions when planning your activities. Inquiring with local tourism offices can save you space in your luggage and can save you a wasted day on your adventures.
2.) Contact Local Tourism Offices - You'll find some of the most enthusiastic and helpful people in any area of Canada working in local tourism offices. These people are passionate about their communities and able to share tips and advice on near-by destinations to visit, where to eat, and the best places to avoid during your trip. Many now also have fantastic Instagram channels showcasing the local sites, complete with geo-markers you can click on to open your phone's map app. Make sure not to overlook these helpful resources while preparing for your journey.
3.) Check Canadian Security and Documentation Requirements - Traveling to another country should never be done lightly. Always check ahead to ensure that you are informed and understand the security requirements and the accompanying documentation you'll need when visiting Canada. Make sure your passport is up-to-date and several months away from expiring, that you have health insurance, and what you can't bring with you. The best place to find what you might need is on the Government of Canada's website.
4.) Get Ready to Go Outside - Canada has so much natural beauty, it only seems right to take advantage of it while you are here, and there are so many ways to do that! Perhaps it's snowboarding or skiing the west coast mountains; skating Ottawa's Rideau Canal in the winter; hiking parts of the Trans Canada Trail; running along Vancouver’s sea-front in the summer, or exploring the rugged shores and beautiful quiet towns found in the eastern Atlantic provinces during the fall. Whenever you visit, your trip will be incomplete without an experience of Canada's great outdoors!!