Canada has the best reasons to welcome its tourists and immigrants with all the riches it has to offer. Canada’s been the melting pot of cultures as far as one can remember, its expat-friendly territory attracting many ex-pats from all over the world.
Canada is a rich country, occupying two-fifths of the North American continent. It takes up more than 9 million square kilometers of the continent, making it the 2nd largest nation globally. Ironically, Canada only represents half of the world’s one percent population. There are more than 38 million inhabitants in the country as of 2020, but still, Canada was hailed as the 2nd most affluent country in North America in 2021.
Several accounts narrate how humans discovered Canada. Other historical accounts trace the country’s past 30,000 years ago when the Vikings built their settlement in Canada. The story is supported by the Viking settlement discovered in Newfoundland in the 1960s.
In another story, John Cabot was credited for the discovery of Canada in 1497. Cabot led the European exploration, and he’s the one who first drew the map of Canada’s coastline. The group claimed the territory and called it “New Found Land.” The English settlement started not until 1610, and for a time, Canada was a prized colony, erupting wars between the French and British colonizers.
Finally, in 1867, Britain declared the Dominion of Canada, and The Great White North gained its independence. It was a gradual process consisting of constitutional revisions, and the Canadians patiently waited for them to be declared a self-governing nation.
Canada’s Independence Day is celebrated every first of July, and the majority of the communities spearhead outdoor activities, fireworks displays, concerts, and ceremonies to commemorate their independence.
Climates and Seasons
Canada experiences four distinct seasons but is iconic for its extreme winter and summer that only lasts for two months. Because of its abundance of arctic tundra, greatness in North America, and snow-covered lands, Canada earned the moniker “The Great White North.”
The best time to explore Canada depends on what activity you’re planning to do. For a memorable skiing experience, the coldest territories of Canada, such as Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories, are worth the freeze.
Spring is also an ideal season to see Canada’s beauty. It happens from February until June and is the best time to enjoy biking and sightseeing. And since spring is when the temperature is moderate, it is also the best time to see Canada’s desert.
Canada splits into ten provinces and three territories with varying climates. Make sure to do your research depending on which region you’re planning to go to since Canada’s provinces and territories may experience different seasons at a time.
Getting Around Canada
Whether by air, land, or water, Canada has a safe and efficient transport system for everyone. The main cities of Canada have airports for locals and tourists to reach far-flung areas quickly. There’s also a rail network through the transport company Via Rail Canada. Via Rail Canada operates to more than 450 communities and offers cheaper fares. Trains are widely utilized in Canada, and it is also one of the revenue drivers in the country.
On the other hand, buses are another means of transportation in Canada if you are traveling long distances. There’s also the availability of washrooms, comfortable seats, and air-conditioning inside these buses. Among the other modes of transportation in Canada are cars, subways, ferries, and trams.
The Great Attractions
There’s no wonder why tourists dream of living in Canada for good as “The Great White North” offers a variety of attractions to take your stress away. Canada has the longest coastline globally, with more than 2 million lakes and polar bears.
For tourists interested in rock formations, Canada’s energy and oil reserves, and would like to see the largest national park in the country, Alberta is the place to be. Alberta is monikered as the “Texas of Canada,” offering tourists an outdoorsy, cowboy vibe. It also plays an essential role in fossil research since microfossils of reptiles and mammals can also be found in the soils of Alberta.
On the other hand, British Columbia is a perfect spot for biking and ski enthusiasts. British Columbia is often the venue of Hollywood films such as Little Women, Deadpool, Final Destination, etc. You can also find Canada’s true desert in this province, the Okanagan.
Visitors who would like to commune with nature can also resort to Manitoba province since the place is abundant with lakes and polar bears. Manitoba is the only human settlement where polar bears can be seen. Polar bears come to Manitoba in July when the Hudson Bay ice melts.
The largest lakes in Canada, the Lake Huron, and Lake Superior are in Ontario province, while the renowned Great Bear Lake is in the northwestern territories.