He who would travel happily must travel light.
— Antoine de Saint Exupéry, 1900 - 1944




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.


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 »

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Aug 2012 - Oct 2012  »  Canada | South Africa

Tula ~ Oceania 2014

by mstuladee

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Jan 2014  »  Canada | New Zealand

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by mlesko

Military Permanent Change of duty Station from Texas to Alaska.

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015  »  United States | Canada

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Feb 2016  »  Canada | Netherlands | Kenya | Rwanda

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Headed North to cool down a bit.

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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

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Are We Getting Too Old to Do These Unstructured Trips? Gosh, We Hope Not! We start this adventure with a brief visit to Madrid, escorting 40 high schoolers who are participating in a language exchange programme. Once our escorting duties have been fulfilled, we will travel to Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, which are located in the Atlantic off the coasts of Africa and Spain. From there, we are uncertain, but likely will re-visit Morocco, and hopefully spend an extended time in Portugal. All this may change as the trip progresses. The only thing we know for certain is that we'll be home on March 19th, and that we will undoubtedly have an adventure along the way. Thanks for joining us on the journey.

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Canadian in Hungary

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Sep 2015 - Oct 2015  »  Canada | Hungary | Austria

Niagara Falls

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Jun 2017  »  Canada | United States

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Featured hotels in


CanadaPan Pacific Vancouver 

999 Canada Pl
Vancouver, BC V6C3B5

Price (US$): $197 - $277 / night

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Location. Located in central Vancouver, Pan Pacific Vancouver is a business friendly resort within walking distance of Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre. Additional points of interest include Vancouver Central Public Library and Robson Square. Resort Features. Pan Pacific Vancouver's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and weekend brunch. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a… more »

CanadaBrentwood Bay Resort & Spa 

849 Verdier Ave
Brentwood Bay, BC V8M1C5

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 »

CanadaPark Hyatt Toronto 

4 Avenue Rd
Toronto, ON M5R2E8

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 »

CanadaHôtel Quintessence 

3004, chemin de la Chapelle
Mont-Tremblant, QC J8E 1E1

Price (US$): $422 - $531 / night

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Location. Near the airport, Hôtel Quintessence is located in Mont Tremblant's Mont Tremblant Pedestrian Village neighborhood and close to Golf Le Geant, Mont Tremblant Ski Resort, and Casino Mont Tremblant. Nearby points of interest also include Circuit Mont Tremblant and Golf Le Diable. Hotel Features. Recreational amenities include a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full service health spa has massage/treatment rooms, facials, and beauty services. This 4.5… more »

CanadaShangri-la Hotel Toronto 

188 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

Price (US$): $482 - $507 / night

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Location. Shangri la Hotel Toronto is located in Toronto's Financial District neighborhood, close to Four Seasons Centre, CN Tower, and Hockey Hall of Fame. Nearby points of interest also include Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre. Hotel Features. Shangri la Hotel Toronto's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 2 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a 24 hour health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and… more »

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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)


202,080 km


varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north


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


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%


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)


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

Government type

a parliamentary democracy, a federation, and a constitutional monarchy


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


Internet users

26.96 million (2009)


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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