Whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie, a wildlife enthusiast or a city slicker looking for cutting-edge culture, Canada ticks all the boxes. The world’s second largest country racks up an astonishing diversity of landscapes; vast prairies rise abruptly to glacier-topped mountains; rugged, unspoiled coastlines give way to immense forests and emerald lakes; and Arctic waters lap upon frozen tundra.
At a glance
Full Name: republic of Canada
Capital City: Ottawa
Area: 9,984,670 km
Time Zone: UTC−3.5 to −8
Languages: English, French, Chipewyan, Cree, Gwich’in, Inuinnaqtun, Inuktitut, Inuvialuktun, Slavey (North and South) and Tłįchǫ
Currency: Canadian dollar ($) (CAD)
Country Dialling Code: 1
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Baffin Island, Banff National Park, Bay of Fundy, Cabot Trail, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Northern Lights, Prince Edward Island beaches, Quebec City, The Prairie provinces, Toronto, Twillingate icebergs, Vancouver, Whistler.
Did you know
People in Churchill leave their car doors unlocked in case their neighbours need to make a quick escape from polar bears.
There’s also a prison for polar bears who break into people’s homes for food.
For one day in 1943, Ottawa designated a hospital room to be “extraterritorial” (international) ground so a Dutch princess could be born a full Dutch citizen.
And every year the Netherlands sends Canada thousands of tulips to show their gratitude.
Canada has banned the Westboro Baptist Church members from entering the country and picketing funerals.
Canada’s post office receives millions of letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” each year.They respond to each one as Mrs. Claus.
During the holiday seasons, it has a volunteer service that gives free rides to those too drunk or too tired to drive.
Best time to go
Low Season (Nov–Apr)
Places outside the big cities and ski resorts close. Darkness and cold take over April and November are particularly good for bargains
Shoulder (May, Sep & Oct)
Crowds and prices drop off Temperatures are cool but comfortable. Attractions keep shorter hours Fall foliage areas (ie Cape Breton, Québec) remain busy
High Season (Jun–Aug)
Sunshine and warm weather prevail; far northern regions briefly thaw Accommodation prices peak (30% up on average) December through March is equally busy and expensive in ski resort towns
Brant Wildlife Festival (Mar-April)
Carrefour International Theatre Event (May – June)
Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (June-July)
Flavours of Niagara – Food, Wine & Music Festival (June-July)
Lanaudiere International Festival (July – Aug)
Big Valley Jamboree(August)
The Calgary Stampede rodeo (July)
Rideau Canal Ottowa (January/February)
Prince Edward Island’s culinary festival (Sept)
Santa Claus Parade (Dec)
Money & Costs
Canadian Dollar (CAD; symbol C$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of C$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Use of debit cards is widespread, although many stores impose a C$5 to C$20 minimum per debit card purchase, and service charges may apply.
1 AED =0.34 C$
Canada Visa Application Centre in Dubai :
Wafi Mall, 3rd Floor, Falcon, Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, Tel : +971 4 2055881
Canada Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi
Office MO2, Mezzanine Floor, Silver Wave Building,(Union National bank) Mina Road, Abu Dhabi
Tel : 971 4 2055881
Website : www.vfsglobal.ca/canada/UAE/
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