A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Canada

Canada is the world’s second largest country in terms of area. This huge North American nation is spread in an area of 9,984,670 square km. It also has the longest coastline in the world spanning in an area of 202,080 km. Canada comprises of three territories and 10 provinces. Its landscape is diverse – ranges from the southeast to the Great Lakes area and west to the Rocky Mountains, then from the prairies of the central plains to the Arctic tundra of the north.

The year 2018 has seen Canada remaining in the spotlight of the tourists for good reasons. Canada was ranked as the top country for travel in 2017 by Lonely Planet, and has since been a favorite amongst tourists. It’s no wonder that the year 2018 is the best time to visit this magnificent country as the government is welcoming tourists with free admission to all its historic sites and national parks.

No matter whenever you choose to visit Canada by Air Canada Airlines or other you will get opportunity to visit diverse cities, come across friendly people, and soak up its diverse landscape which includes majestic mountains, deserts, rainforest, tundras, and much more.

When to visit Canada

Canada can be visited round the year. The diversity of landscapes and huge size of this country makes it a year round destination. If you want to enjoy winter sports then consider visiting here between November and April. The summer months from May to September are best for hiking. The snow clears on the higher tracks and the weather is warm. The spring and autumn (fall) seasons are also great to visit as the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the country’s scenic beauty and all that it has to offer.

It frequently rains all year round in the north and long the east and west coastal areas. The temperature varies wildly, though it depends which part of the country you are visiting. The east can have freezing conditions, while the western part can be hot. You are however advised to pack up layered clothing whenever visiting Canada.

Where to visit in Canada

Canada being the world’s second biggest country because of its sheer size is indeed huge. If you decided a long vacation even then visiting the entire country will be an enormous task. To begin with, you may opt to cover one or two regions. Before planning your trip, it’s important to determine what kind of activities are to be pursued and the kind of scenery you want to see. If you want to cover few areas then you will be required to take domestic flights.

Just imagine the regions/areas you need to cover in the whole of Canada. These include West Coast, The Great White North, the Prairies, Central Canada and East Coast.

The residents of British Columbia, Canada’s westernmost province, tout a phrase “West Coast, best coast”. The first-time visitors can consider visiting the British Columbia as well as its neighbor Alberta. Here you can find the wildlife and picturesque beauty. Major West Coast highlights include a visit to the iconic city Vancouver and its skyline, Canadian wildlife, and mountainous scenery and mountain-based activities.

A visit to the northern part of the country is a rugged venture. The “North” comprises of Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. However, Yukon is the most accessible of the three and can be combined with a visit to British Columbia. Prominent highlights here include remote national parks, epic road tripping, and Aurora (Northern Lights) spotting.

The Prairies is one of the lesser visited regions in Canada. This area however abounds in plentiful of unexpected treasures. You can look forward to seeing the world’s oldest, biggest dinosaur fossils, spectacular mountain ranges and national parks, Cowboy culture and country livin, enjoying the freshest steak in the country, and Polar bear spotting.

Some of the biggest cities in the country are located in Central Canada. This area is starkly in opposite to the mountainous regions in other parts of the country. Here the terrain is flatter, and you will find many national and provincial parks. Moreover, many lakes and forests are to be found in this part of Canada. Major highlights of Central Canada include trendy cities, historic sites and parliamentary buildings, buzzing nightlife, eclectic art, the world-famous Niagara Falls, Niagara wine region, and a taste of France in Canada.

Canada’s East Coast is comprised of Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. A tip to the East Coast ideally includes Nova Scotia, P.E.I., and New Brunswick. However, the remote Newfoundland and Labrador (which are a single province) is quite stunning but costly to explore. In this part of Canada (East Coast) you will find red sand beaches, enjoy fresh seafood, and get delighted with the classic Canadian wildlife such as deer and moose. Among other prominent highlights here include indulging in Canada’s Gaelic culture, embarking on one of the best coastal drives in the country, visiting fjord and waterfall filled national parks, watching 10,000 year old icebergs bobble and crash, wandering genuine Viking settlements, and witnessing the world’s highest tidal change.  

Equipped with this huge wealth of information about Canada, you will find it highly enjoyable to visit this magnificent country in North America.