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Discover Canada: A Vast Northern Country Explore Cities, Parks, Landmarks and Wide Open Spaces Stretching from Sea to Sea

Canada is the second largest country in the world, with a tremendous variety of northern climates and landscapes. The large population centers are located in the southernmost part of the country, bordering on the United States, with vast open spaces and wilderness areas stretching north all the way to the farthest regions well above the arctic circle. Canada is simply too big to cover all at once unless you have a year or more to commit to the project. If so, good for you. Go for it!

For all the rest of us who might be limited in time, start with these Quicklinks to zero in on a particular province or destination. Learn more from the introductory article and others describing Canadian geography, culture, products and cuisine. Explore recommendations for sights, activities, food, lodging, entertainment, festivals and events. Be sure to review the practical matters section before you go. No time to do all this online? Download a Canada travel guide or have Amazon deliver one to you door.

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Provinces and Territories

Alberta  British Columbia  Manitoba  New Brunswick

Nova Scotia  Newfoundland & Labrador  Northwest Territories

Nunavut  Ontario  Quebec

Prince Edward Island  Saskatchewan  Yukon

Destinations

Banff  Calgary  Edmonton  Halifax  Lake Louise

Mont Tremblant  Montreal  Niagara Falls  Ottawa

Quebec City  Toronto  Vancouver  Victoria

Whistler  Winnipeg

Discover Canada

Canada is a vast country with much to delight tourists and visitors. Toronto, the largest city, has everything a large metropolis can offer. French speaking Montreal and Quebec City provide European flavors in a North American setting. Western style Calgary and artsy Vancouver are culturally distinct, lively cities. Halifax, Charlottetown and St. John build on their maritime histories to deliver exciting coastal experiences. The natural beauty of Canada is on full display at National Parks and Provincial Parks across the country.

Canada is home to 18 UNESCO World Heritage properties, comprised of eight cultural and ten historical sites.

Cultural monument Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump preserves remains of the 6000 year history of Bison hunting in North America. 11th century L’Anse Aux Meadows is the only known site of Norse presence in Canada.  Old Quebec, Grand Pre, the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station and Old Town Lunenburg preserve the life and practices of European settlers over the centuries. The Rideau Canal is a valuable monument to the great canal building era in North America. SGang Gwaay illustrates the art and life of the pole carving Haida people of the Pacific coast.

The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, Gros Morne National Park, Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park, and the Kluane/Wrangell–St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek parks capture the grand vistas and striking natural beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Miguasha National Park and Mistaken Point preserve exceptional and scientifically important fossil remains. Nahanni National Park protects one of the world’s great wild rivers. Wood Buffalo National Park is home to the largest wild bison population in the world.

In addition, no visit to Canada would be complete without visiting the famous Niagara Falls, one of the most popular and spectacular attractions in the country.

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