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Stretching over 9 million km2, Canada is an immense country with a lot to see and even more to do. With diverse landscapes and eclectic cities that stretch as far as the eye can see, it’s only natural to want to visit the Great White North.
To make the most of your trip, it’s best to know more about this beautiful country. Browse through our Canada travel guide to inform your travel decisions and find out everything you need to know before you go.
Canada is a big country and has many ways to get around.
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In Canada, they use the Canadian dollar, which also uses the $ symbol. Another way to recognize it is with the C$ and CAN$ symbols.
The Canadian dollar is divided into 100 cents and comes in banknotes ($5, $10, $20, $50, $100) and coins (5c, 10c, 25c, $1, $2).
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The official languages of Canada are English and French, but with such a diverse population you’ll find people speaking most of the languages on the planet here!
Traveling around Canada as an English speaker is very easy. The majority of people that don’t use English as their first language can still speak it very well.
Canada is a very large country, spanning several time zones. These are:
Canada also observes Daylight savings time. It usually starts on the second weekend of March and ends around the beginning of November.
Canada stretches along the northern hemisphere and has very distinct seasons.
If you’re not used to cold weather, Canada can be difficult to get used to in colder seasons. But it’s nothing a good jacket and pair of shoes can’t fix!
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Canada has activities throughout the year, but they are very dependent on the seasons. Many of the most popular attractions close during the colder seasons.
Unless you’re aiming for a ski resort or winter activities, we’d suggest skipping winter, as well as right before and after it.
For the most fun and best weather, visit from the end of May until the beginning of November.
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Toronto is the largest city in Canada and one of our favorites. From vibrant nightlife to family-friendly fun, it has something for everyone.
For museums, art galleries, and a whole lot of history, take a trip to Winnipeg.
Halifax is known for its nightlife and has the most bars in the country. You’ll also find some of the friendliest people in Canada here! For us, this was the best place for a good night’s fun.
If you’re into French-Canadian culture, Montreal is the place to be. The buildings, people, and food are a great mix of European and Canadian cultures.
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