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Canadian Holidays – Things to Know Before You Travel

Canada has been a major tourist destination for decades. Apart from being the second largest country in the world after Russia and the largest country in North America, Canada is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world. There is so much to explore in this beautiful country whether it is their unique fusion of cultures, rich and variable history, pristine and marvelous landscapes, or delicious Canadian cuisine. Blessed with amazingly gorgeous natural beauty and vast land. Canada resembles and differentiates itself in so many ways her southern neighbor, the United States of America. The Canadian culture and heritage have been greatly influenced by the European immigrants, mostly from two countries – Britain and France. Many residents and citizens of Canada are very proud of this fact and accept this rich European culture with great enthusiasm.  Canada has been acknowledged on the world stage primarily due to its peacekeeping efforts, mature diplomatic skills, and immense respect for human rights. Although the population is very minute compared to its area, Canadians, in general, enjoys a high quality of life and are very friendly and helpful if approached for any help. A widely urban-based country where you will find people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds interacting and working together on a daily basis. There are just so many reasons to visit this beautiful and vast country on the Pacific coast.

1.Time Zones

Canadians use both the 12-hour and the 24-hour clock depending on the provinces you are in. The French-dominated areas use the 24-hour clock system especially in the areas of Quebec and New Brunswick. Avoid confusions and ambiguity in referring to train, bus, or airline schedules as they are generally mentioned in the clock systems of that particular area. Also, Canada uses Daylight saving time – here clocks are moved ahead by one hour and is keenly observed in major parts of the country from 200 hours on the second Sunday from the month of March till the second Sunday of November each year.

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2.Tourist Attractions

Rocky Mountains, Canada

Rocky Mountains

Home to the famous Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, Canada has been a popular tourist destination for decades. The diverse culture, friendly people, multi-cultural cuisine, and beautiful natural landscapes are just some of the reasons why people visit this beautiful country time and time again. Some of the popular Canada tourist attractions to check out are Haida Gwaii, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Niagara Falls in Ontario, Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories, Quebec, Montreal Jazz Festival held in Quebec, Charlevoix in Quebec, Manitoulin Island in Ontario, The Prairies, Bay of Fundy, Northern Lights, Viking Trail in New Foundland, Drumheller in Alberta, Green Gables in Prince Edward Island, Churchill in Manitoba, Toronto, Baffin Island, Rideau Canal, and Fall Foliage – the list would just go on. You can explore and get a new experience in every location you visit. Some of the popular places to visit in Canada are Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Louisbourg National Historic Site, Athabasca Glacier, Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, Auyuittuq National Park, Inglis Grain Elevators National Historic Site, Oratoire St-Joseph, and Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

3.Best Time to visit

Winter in Canada

The winters in major locations in Canada are very harsh. The southern part of Canada – Ontario faces a comparatively less severe winter. The coastline of British Columbia freezes for most of the winter season. The summer season is generally very hot and short. The months between Novembers to April are a dull season to visit as most of the ski resorts and places outside the major cities close down due to extreme cold and darkness. But if you wish to indulge in a good bargain, you may crack a good deal. The months between June to August are a great season to visit Canada, as the weather is warm and pleasant. The tourist population is the maximum in Canada during this season and you can be sure to pay a premium of at least 20% on every expense in Canada you plan to undertake. The months of May, September, and October is the season where the tourist population and season prices drop off. The climate is cool but can be easily be adjusted to. The tourist attractions are also open for shorter duration this season.

4.Shopping in Canada

Shopping in Canada(Square One Mall - Mississauga)

Square One Mall – Mississauga

Shopping is not only about buying and bargaining, it about completely an experience which is loved by customers. From low-end traditional market to high-end malls, Canada has a huge variety of places to indulge in shopping. Some of the popular shopping destinations preferred by tourists worldwide are Yorkville in Toronto, West Edmonton Mall in Alta, ByWard Market in Ottawa, The Forks – Winnipeg in Man, Pacific Mall in Ontario, Old Quebec City, St. Jacob’s Farmers Market, Yaletown in Vancouver, and Granville Island.

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5.Food and Cuisine

People may have never heard of Canadian food. Well, the reason is because the cuisine and diet of the Canadians are mostly English with the remaining being influenced by the French. The English Canadian cuisines vary with every region. Major specialties in the cuisine include maple syrup, butter tarts, Nanaimo bars, fiddleheads, beaver tails, Halifax donairs, and Peameal bacon. Maple syrup is a major ingredient in the Canadian cuisine. Preferred mostly for breakfast, but it is used for bakery goods, and as an appetizer with warm milk and other sauces. The French Canadian cuisine deals with specialties such as Plorine, Tourtiere, Cretons, Cipaille, Oreilles de Christ, Croquignoles, Tarte a la farlouche, Tarte au sucre.

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6.Medical Health

Do purchase a good insurance cover during your visit to Canada as even though medical services are one of the best in the world and readily available. They are very expensive. Major health issues occur due to environmental hazards such as cold exposure and heat exhaustion. Apart from these infectious diseases such as Giardiasis, Lyme disease, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and West Nile Virus is quite common.

So what are you waiting for? Apply for an Electronic Transfer Authorization form or a visitor visa for traveling or transiting through Canada. Contact your local operator for a visit visa to Canada today and get the best experience of this beautiful country and make a memorable trip for your entire family.

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