Canada is a North American country made up of 10 provinces and 3 major territories. It shares a common border with the United States of America, which is also known as the longest land border in the world. In terms of land area, Canada is the fourth largest country in the world. But if you consider the total area that it covers from Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean, it is the second largest country in the world. Travel to Canada to see the many beautiful attractions this country has to offer.
Canada is a well-developed country and listed as having the 10th highest income on a global scale. The Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development has concluded that the quality of life in this country is higher than most other countries in the world.
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Official Language: There are two official languages in Canada: French and English.
WiFi Availability: There are several free WiFi hotspots in Canada. Just last year, Canada has rolled out WiFi hotspots in their national parks and historic sites. The WiFi availability in some of these areas are limited though as some locations are not covered by 3G or 4G WiFi signal.
Airport/s: Toronto Pearson International Airport is the busiest airport in Canada as of 2014 in terms of passenger traffic (both domestic and international) and aircraft movement. This airport serves as the hub for international flights that travel to Canada.
Visa Required: Tourists from certain territories and countries do not need a visa to travel to Canada. Countries with visa exemptions include citizens from Britain, France, Greece, Ireland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and many more. For a full list of visa exemptions for travel to Canada, visit this link: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas-all.asp#exemptions. Meanwhile, those that hold a tourist visa can stay in Canada for a maximum of 90 days.
Driving: Like the USA, you must drive on the right hand side of the road in Canada.
International Driver’s License Accepted? If you hold a valid driver’s license from your home country, you can use it to drive in Canada over a short period of time. But it is advisable to obtain an International Driving Permit. It is also important to note that driving without insurance is strictly illegal in Canada.
Crime: Canada is a generally safe place to visit for tourists. Over the past two decades, there has been a consistent decline in crimes reported in Canada.
Electrical Adapters: The electrical supply and outlets used in Canada is similar to those in the United States of America: 110 volts and 60 Hertz.
Trivia: Canada is a huge country! It spans a total of six time zones!
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- France – 6,837 kilometers
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Places I Visited in Canada
- Grand Pre
- L’Anse aux Meadow National Historic Site
- Old Town Lunenburg
- Miguasha National Park
- Nahanni National Park
- Rideau Canal
- Sgang Gwaay
- Waterton Glacier National Park
- Wood Buffalo National Park