Canada: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar 4/5

Canada: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar 4/5

From sea to sea, the True North strong and
free. A land of breathtaking sights, inspiring diversity and deeply rooted histories. The
only way to believe it is to see it for yourself. From gravy covered french fries to astonishing
natural sights, join us, as we discover this North American gem and reveal what makes this
country a legend amongst travellers. Explorers, are you ready? Welcome to Canada. Let’s start with the basics. Nearly 36 million
people call Canada their home. While that may sound like a lot of people, the nation
covers a massive 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world’s second-largest country
after Russia. The country also leads the world in education, with over half of Canadians
holding a college degree. There are two official languages in Canada:
French and English. In primary school, it’s a requirement for English-speakers to learn
French in order to foster bilingualism. And speaking both languages will come in handy
when you visit the predominantly French-speaking province of Quebec. But it’s not your only
option for a good time, Canada has 9 other provinces and 3 territories that its residents
call home. Across this expansive and geographically diverse
landmass, where you can find everything from mountain ranges to prairie lands, you’ll discover
that Canada also has more freshwater lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined!
So many lakes in fact, that the country has simply numbered many of them
as opposed to providing each of them with their own name. And not only are Canadians some of the friendliest
people you’ll ever meet, they also share the largest unprotected border in the world. These days, the country is proud to celebrate
its impressive backdrop with over 15 million travellers every year. Let’s find out what adventure awaits, you
in Canada. Adrenaline junkies need to look no further
to find experiences that are sure to get their hearts thumping in their chests. If you’re
a fan of winter activities then consider yourself especially lucky. In Western Canada, there
are world-class mountains ripe for skiing and snowboarding. From the famous Whistler
Blackcomb to Cypress Mountain and Big White, you can’t call yourself a snow bunny if you
haven’t conquered British Columbia’s slopes. If an invigoratingly chilly hike is more your
thing, then embark on a glacier tour, trekking the rugged 10,000-year-old icefields of Alberta’s
Icefields Parkway, one of the largest non-polar icefields in the world. You’ll drive, trek
and drink from these staggeringly beautiful forces of Mother Nature. Afterward you’ll
certainly have earned that soak in Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. Winter time offers a never-ending itinerary
of exhilarating activities. Travellers can go snowmobiling along starkly white trails
or even skating down impressive natural ice rinks like the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario.
Case and point: the Canadian winter does not disappoint thrill-seekers. Once the ice melts, consider a canoe or kayak
ride on one of the country’s countless lakes and rivers. Favourite spots of the locals
include Lac Beauvert in Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the emerald waters of Moraine Lake,
both of which can be found in the province of Alberta. Though some would argue that the best places
to explore via kayak and canoe would be the 29,000 kilometers of coastline in Newfoundland,
including 9,656 kilometers of bays, breathtaking fjords, guts, and inlets that will leave you
awestruck. And on the note of majestic sights, impressive
wildlife runs abound in the Canadian wilderness. You can go whale watching on the coast of
Eastern Canada, a particularly popular activity in Nova Scotia. And while you’re enjoying
the icebergs in Newfoundland you may even get to witness the quirky puffin population’s
mating season. Or travel into remote forests throughout the
country to capture the sight of beavers, moose and bears of every variety. Head to Northern
Ontario and you may be lucky enough to listen to the calls of the provincial bird, the loon. Once you’ve enjoyed the call of the wild,
it’s time to head back into Canada’s cities to partake in their unique festivals and cultural
celebrations. Every year people from all over head to Calgary,
Alberta to enjoy The Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held
each July. You will also want to witness the way of life
of Canada’s First Nations people. Attend a Totem Raising Ceremony in British Columbia’s
Kitselas Canyon Historic Site or head to Winnipeg and immerse yourself in native culture at
the Manito Ahbee Festival. If you’re a music lover, Canada will not disappoint
you either. Cross the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Ottawa Bluesfest off your list
while also swinging by the east coast to let the spirit of the region’s Celtic-inspired
music carry you away. But we haven’t forgotten about the sports
fanatics. Those of you who love the thrill of the game will want to catch a curling match
or enjoy a game of hockey at Maple Leaf Gardens. Once you’re truly tuckered out from all the
exciting activities you’ve crossed off your bucket list, then enjoy a winery tour and
find your Nirvana. Excellent locations to take a winery tour include Ontario’s Prince
Edward County, not to be confused with Prince Edward Island and of course Niagara-on-the-Lake.
The bonus of visiting Niagara’s wine region is that you’re only a short drive away from
the world-renowned Niagara Falls! Now that we’ve addressed what to do once you
arrive, we certainly need to share with you when to visit! Despite popular belief, Canada isn’t actually
as cold as many believe. Winter runs strong from December through March, with typically
rainy Spring weather occurring from April to mid-June. Summer, also the high season for tourism,
begins near the end of June and runs through nearly the end of September. Fall can last from October until close to
the end of December, depending on how Mother Nature feels each year. You may think it risky
to visit during Fall as things can begin to get a little colder but taking the risk is
the only way to witness the majesty of a potential Indian Summer.
Experience the scenic fall foliage where the country’s thick wooded areas begin to undergo
dramatic transformations as the leaves change colours yet another year. And remember, cold temperatures can cause
rapid fat loss if you aren’t careful! So don’t be afraid to double down on your carb intake!
Which serves as the perfect introduction to what one must eat and drink while exploring
the country. In major cities like Toronto and Vancouver,
it’s not uncommon to find delicious Mexican, Thai and Chinese food all on the same street.
Though it’s the undeniably Canadian foods, such as poutine that the country is known
for. Expertly deep-fried French fries, drowned
in the perfect ratio of gravy and cheese curds (as well as an increasingly adventurous list
of toppings all of your choosing), poutine is a spectacularly indulgent dish that deserves
to be graced by your taste buds. Next, swap your traditional bacon for peameal
bacon, which comes from the pig’s belly. Often referred to as Canadian bacon, peameal is
lean pork loin that’s been brined and rolled in cornmeal. If you’re sitting down to breakfast, don’t
forget the authentic Canadian maple syrup which comes thick, sweet and anywhere from
amber to gold in colour. If the thought of seafood makes you drool
than get yourself to Eastern Canada to enjoy freshly caught lobster, crabs and oysters!
On the west coast, sit yourself down to mouthwatering servings of Pacific salmon, mackerel, and
black cod. We promise you won’t be disappointed. Never one to shy away from desserts, Canada
also offers delicious donut holes, beaver tails — flattened donuts covered in brown
sugar and classic toppings like chocolate or butterscotch sauce and the truly unique
Nanaimo bars. This rich tri-layered dessert bar is made
of crumb mixture, vanilla-flavoured butter icing, and melted chocolate. Trust us when
we say it’s worth that extra glacier hike! But what will you drink to wash down all these
belt-tightening treats? Well, the country has an irresistible craft brewery scene, and
of course classic beers like the pale lager Molson and India-pale ale Alexander Keith’s
should be sampled. Perhaps you’re craving a truly unique drink.
If so try the distinctly Canadian beverage, the Caesar, which typically contains vodka,
clamato juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and is served with ice in a large,
celery salt-rimmed glass. Perfect to help pick you up back up after a particularly rough
night. Oh and there’s nothing like enjoying a glass
of ice wine after dinner. This dessert wine is made from grapes frozen on the vine and
is popular in not only Canada but Germany as well. Or if you’re looking to keep a clear
head then sit down to a tall cold glass of apple cider from one of Ontario’s many apple
farms. No matter how you choose to eat and drink your way around the country, one thing’s
for sure: you won’t be disappointed. Ohh, Canada. With so many varied and inspiring
landscapes to discover one visit to this incredible northern nation will surely not be enough. Canada is the type of country that beckons
to you again and again and will leave you breathless every single time. So what are
you waiting for? We hope these tips ensure that your next great
Canadian adventure will be a truly astonishing one. If you still can’t get enough then
check out Days to Come for more inspiration and travel tips. If you’re ready to experience
the country for yourself, simply visit today. As they say in Canada, farewell and au revoir
for now! TourRadar – booking tours made easy.

93 thoughts on “Canada: The Ultimate Travel Guide by TourRadar 4/5

  1. Don't forget the french province of Canada (Québec), Montreal and Quebec City are amazing for a french immersion, food and many activities! Ottawa is the Canada's capital and is definitely a must!

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  3. Im from Texas but for some reason iv'e always wanted to move to Canda even before i found out how it looks! Now it makes me want to move there even more bcoz how beautiful it is! But which part of Canda is the best ???????????//////

  4. Don be afraid, man! We speak english here in Quebec and you'll be very welcome! And, with an exception of the mesmerizing mountain ranges of BC and Alberta, everything that is good in Canada, is even better in Quebec!!

  5. Canada isn't that cold? In the winter in the north we get – 50 and – 70 with windchill if that ain't cold I don't know what is lol

  6. Sorry you missed New Brunswick.
    We have only one really cool thing: Hopewell Rocks – It's the highest tides in the world. You can kayak through the rocks at high tide or walk on the ocean floor at low tide. If you visit Canada, it's worth the stop. Other than that all New Brunswick has is trees…so. many. trees.

  7. We love Vancouver and also BC nature!! share the place where we can go together 😉

  8. Amazing video and nice country. Thanks for sharing this video. For more information visit here

  9. A pretty well balance video that doesn't just focus on the bigger cities and the west coast. It's hard to cover everything but the Hopewell rocks, Cabout Trail and PEI's red sand beaches are all amazing.

  10. 7:59 Pretty sure that's McDonald's poutine lol. In Newfoundland we have something similar called fries, dressing and gravy, but it's probably not the kind of dressing you are thinking of ?

  11. Excellent video, covering everything from natural beauty, culture, activities to food. I am educating people about Canada, I was hoping if i can use your video on my website to educate people?

  12. I love Canada. We had chance to visited so many places in Canada or outside of Canada. But Canada’s beauty is the best .

  13. Me encanta el video y he querido compartirlo en mi bog con una gran entrada sobre este hermoso pais?

  14. Great video! But where is Quebec in all That? You surely missed on the Quebec Summer Festival, the Winter Carnival and the Ice Hotel which are among the most notorious events there is.

  15. A really terrible overview of what Canada really is. Makes us look like a bunch of backwater numpties. So much more to our amazing country that is truly worth knowing about. This is just a summary of tourist cliches.

  16. Wonderful please watch this video too about our beautiful place Chestermere Lake 🙂

  17. French is not a learning requirement in all public schools. That is more based on the province and area you live in. Many people in Canada do not speak both English and French. We also have a diverse population that speak other languages as their first language ie. Indigenous languages such as Cree, Dene, and Inuktitut; German, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tagalog, etc.

  18. You only seem to concentrate your show to the Western Canada but nothing into Eastern Canada. I am upset and angry that you only describe the Western Canada but not the Eastern Canada. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  19. Except in Ontario and the Doug Ford PC Government who will throw out at least thousand of teachers and that Government is denying Climate Change.

  20. First of all, Ice Wine comes from Germany first. It is a very limited quantity in Germany and it has a lot more quantity here in Canada because it is colder and for a longer time. But nevertheless, the Ice Wine was invented in Germany as was the Ice Beer. Look it up.

  21. OH! Beautiful Canada! I absolutely love Montreal. I relocated here and have such a love for this place. I have lived and traveled all around the USA and love some of the places I have been, but nothing is like Montreal. I have created a channel called Brandy Lynn: Montreal and Beyond. This channel is great for anyone wanting to visit or move to Montreal or a local who just wants to rediscover a love for their city. Check it out. I always follow back.

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