Get to Know Canada

This country is quick to distinguish itself from its American neighbor and you might even say Canada is a little friendlier, a little more laid back and, of course, a lot colder.

For starters, this cosmopolitan country has two official languages, French and English.

Then there’s the province of Quebec, considered to be unique in culture with cities like Montreal and Quebec City that boast a rare European old world meets modern metropolis fusion that’s unseen anywhere else in North America. Canada also has a reputation for being a tolerant and even peaceful society – except when it comes to hockey!

Canada is a country built and peopled by immigrants from all over the globe.

The country is also known for its gay-friendly immigration laws and legalization of same-sex marriage, and as a highly developed nation rich in natural resources, Canadians enjoy a comfortable lifestyle where the country is generous in providing its citizens with social services, most notably, universal healthcare.

Canada has an abundance of lakes so getting around the country is likely to include a ferry trip at some point. Otherwise, traveling by car can offer a spectacular opportunity to experience Canada’s natural beauty.

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Various scenic drives cut through Canada’s wilderness and allow the nature loving traveler to stop along the way to hike, camp, fish and spot wildlife – even Moose or Grizzly. If you still want to stay active but don’t wish to take your chances with the wildlife, then cycling one of Montreal’s many bike paths is another great option.

British Columbia also has stunning national parks and exciting cities. If you head to Vancouver, keep your eyes open for celebrities. Behind LA and New York City, Vancouver is third in entertainment TV and film production. The city is also host to the 2010 winter Olympic games. Highlights

Yukon: Take the Yukon wildlife scenic route and explore rivers, trails, wildlife and more. The highway connects the US to Alaska via Canada. • Vancouver , British Columbia Home of the 2010 winter Olympics, visit Grouse Mountain, just 15 minutes outside of Vancouver. The mountain has year-round activities including skiing, ice skating, paragliding and mountain zippiness.

Niagara Falls; Ontario See the Great Lakes and the majestic Niagara Falls

Quebec: Culturally and architecturally rich Francophone province in Canada