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Canada

Background

Canada

A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and technologically the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor to the south across an unfortified border. Canada faces the political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in health care and education services, as well as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec. Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its commitment to the environment.

About

Canada is the second largest country in the world and the largest in North America. Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, its unique blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is a major tourist destination and one of the world's wealthiest countries.

Read more about Canada in our Canada travel guide »

Featured journals from

Canada

Marco?

by EmelieRoy

Polo

Aug 2012 - Oct 2012  »  Canada | South Africa

Tula ~ Oceania 2014

by mstuladee

New Zealand ~ Fiji Islands ~ Australia

Jan 2014  »  Canada | New Zealand

Alaska 2015

by mlesko

Military Permanent Change of duty Station from Texas to Alaska.

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015  »  United States | Canada

Nonna and Papa Abroad 2.0

by nonnaandpapa

Nonna and Papa in Africa

Feb 2016  »  Canada | Netherlands | Kenya | Rwanda

My Journey

by jatkin02

An in-depth look into the complex mind that is John Atkinson

Sep 2014 - Dec 2014  »  Canada | Australia

Summer 2017

by madjeanne

Headed North to cool down a bit.

Jul 2017 - Sep 2017  »  United States | United Kingdom | Norway | Svalbard and Jan Mayen | Sweden | Estonia | Russia | Finland | Germany | Netherlands | Belgium | Ireland | Iceland | Greenland | Canada

DOWN UNDER, WHERE?

by TheLiliens

A new continent, and a new region for the Liliens. It's exciting to think that we'll be heading to the land of kangaroos, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Maori. We begin with a cruise crossing the Pacific, stopping in Hawaii, Fiji and a number of other S. Pacific islands. Then comes some independent touring in AUS, and finally a move over to New Zealand for its spectacular scenery, and its own unique spin on things. We'll be sailing to several ports on both the north and south islands that make up NZ, so it will give us a good overview of the country before heading back to Sydney, from where we'll be returning home. Phew, we're tired already.

Sep 2017 - Nov 2017  »  Canada | United States | Fiji | New Caledonia | Australia | New Zealand

Canadian in Hungary

by arrowsinhand

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015  »  Canada | Hungary | Austria

Niagara Falls

by sheriberi

Sep 2010  »  Canada

Vancouver B.C.

by babytennisball

Apr 2017 - May 2017  »  United States | Canada

Alaska 20th anniversary adventure

by jmpiterniak

Cruising the inside passage on the m/s Noordam and Denali land tour.

Jun 2017  »  Canada | United States

You Can Travel Too

by YouCanTravelToo

Stories, Photos, and Videos of Kerry & Kieth's Travels with Ideas, Insider Information, and Tips for You

Jul 2016  »  United States | Canada | Jamaica | Mexico | Bahamas

Calgary Limos Services by Quest Limos

by questlimos

Quest Limos offers captivating Limo rides in Calgary at affordable rates.

Aug 2014 - Feb 2015  »  Canada

Eva's Travelogue

by Estep

Apr 2013  »  Canada

RV Travel and Leisure Road Trip

by Richmond

Full-time living and traveling Around the World in an RV

Feb 2016  »  Canada

Featured hotels in

Canada

CanadaPark Hyatt Toronto 

4 Avenue Rd
Toronto, ON M5R2E8
Canada

Price (US$): $327 - $446 / night

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Location. Park Hyatt Toronto is a business friendly hotel located in Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood, close to Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Legislative Building, and CN Tower. Additional points of interest include University of Toronto and Casa Loma. Hotel Features. Dining options at Park Hyatt Toronto include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The… more »

CanadaRitz-Carlton, Montréal 

1228 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3G 1H6
Canada

Price (US$): $293 - $487 / night

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Location. Ritz Carlton, Montréal is a business friendly hotel located in central Montreal, close to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Notre Dame Basilica, and Saint Joseph's Oratory. Additional points of interest include Christ Church Cathedral and Mount Royal Park. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a 24 hour fitness facility. This 5 star property has a 24 hour business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial services, and technology support staff.… more »

CanadaFour Seasons Hotel Vancouver 

791 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C2T4
Canada

Price (US$): $253 - $407 / night

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Location. Located in central Vancouver, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall, Vancouver Central Public Library, and Robson Square. Additional points of interest include Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place. Hotel Features. Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves breakfast each… more »

CanadaBrentwood Bay Resort & Spa 

849 Verdier Ave
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M1C5
Canada

Price (US$): $197 - $495 / night

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Location. Located in Brentwood Bay, Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa is near the airport and close to Brentwood Bay Ferry Terminal, Butchart Gardens, and Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Additional area points of interest include Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and Cordova Bay Golf Course. Hotel Features. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa's restaurant serves breakfast and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves cooked to order breakfasts… more »

CanadaJW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa 

1050 Paignton House Road
Minett, ON P0B1G0
Canada

Price (US$): $197 - $396 / night

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Location. JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa is a business friendly resort located in Minett, close to The Rock Golf Course. Resort Features. Dining options at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a fitness facility. The property's full service health spa has body treatments, massage/treatment rooms,… more »

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Canada

Capital
Ottawa
Location

Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the conterminous US

Geographic coordinates

60 00 N, 95 00 W

Area comparative

slightly larger than the US

Border countries

US 8,893 km (includes 2,477 km with Alaska)

Coastline

202,080 km

Climate

varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north

Terrain

mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Mount Logan 5,959 m

Natural resources

iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, rare earth elements, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower

Population

33,759,742 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

British Isles origin 28%, French origin 23%, other European 15%, Amerindian 2%, other, mostly Asian, African, Arab 6%, mixed background 26%

Religions

Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census)

Languages

English (official) 58.8%, French (official) 21.6%, other 19.6% (2006 Census)

Government type

a parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy

Independence

1 July 1867 (union of British North American colonies); 11 December 1931 (recognized by UK)

National holiday

Canada Day, 1 July (1867)

Head of government

Prime Minister Stephen Joseph HARPER (since 6 February 2006)

Internet country code

.ca

Internet users

26.96 million (2009)

Airports

1,404 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Fraser River Port, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, Port-Cartier, Quebec City, Saint John (New Brunswick), Sept-Isles, Vancouver

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