Whether you are a US citizen planning to travel to your neighbor in the north Or visiting Canada for the first time, you probably have little idea about this enormous country. You may be wondering that it’s just another country but Canada is unique in its own way. Its culture reflects an abundance of warmth which is just another aspect of Canada apart from its rich reservoir of natural resources. Contrary to popular beliefs, Canada is not covered with snow 365 days of the year. Due to the large topography of this country, You can experience all the seasons in Canada if you have a sense and feel about the Canadian cities and their seasonal cycles. It just boils down to knowing which city to fly towards in Canada considering the time of the year.
If you are visiting Canada for the first time and traveling via an international flight from India or any other temperate zone nation, you will learn the major key features of Canada. Although personal research is an effective method to get information about a country. It is better to get a concise list containing all the key points at once place. After careful study, We have brought you the core features that every traveler must know before traveling to Canada.
Canada Is HUGE! :
Well you don’t need to be a cartographer to acknowledge that Canada is enormous. Anyone who has looked up for “top 10 countries in the world by area”, knows that Canada is the second-largest country in the world. So you must plan your trip and book flights to Canada accordingly. For instance, if you are on a week-long holiday trip chances are you won’t be able to explore more than 2 or 3 provinces of Canada. This will give you the right expectations which would help you to plan your trip realistically.
West vs East Coast:
Although the temperatures across Canada are near the zero lines of the Celsius scale, there are significant variations in the climate of western and eastern parts of Canada. The coast of British Columbia (western coastline) has milder temperatures in the winter whereas the eastern coastline provinces such as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Quebec have Sub-zero temperatures. So if you are visiting Halifax, expect it to get cold and crisp. So you need to plan your clothes and support accessories accordingly while planning your holiday destination in Canada.
If you think that Canadians speak only in English, you are about to be astonished by the fact that Canadian citizens speak in multiple languages. After English, the most popular lingo of Canadians is french and we are not just talking about Quebec. French is used as a spoken medium in many provinces of Canada. Besides French, there is an increase in the number of Asian language speakers due to the friendly immigration policies of the government administration. Some of the Asiatic languages that are getting more popular in certain parts of Canada include Mandarin, Punjabi, and Cantonese.
Canadians Are Friendly:
When you enter Canada, you will be able to feel the warmth of its people. Canadians are polite and non-confrontational in general. They are also very tolerant towards the diverse cultures, faiths, and opinions of other people. However, This does not mean that you can do whatever you want in Canada. To tourists, they may appear reserved but you just need to approach them with an open mind. While conversing with them try to reciprocate the gestures, This will help you make new friends which can enhance your experience by 10x.
Mixed Measurement System:
The measurement system of Canada has bits and pieces of both the metric system and the imperial system. Although officially Canada follows the metric system. This is evident from the fact that all the road signs calculate distances in kilometers. However, there are instances where you will find the use of imperial units while measuring things. For instance, the height of people is still measured in feet and inches rather than centimeters. In some shops, food is still sold in pounds and fabric is sold in units of yards. The area occupied by the shop’s structure is itself measured in terms of square feet. So, It can be confusing for people coming from countries that follow only one kind of measurement system.
Megacosm Of Mother Nature:
Apart from the Abundance of land, Canada also has a plethora of flora and fauna across its geographical boundaries. It boosts with the presence of 200+ mammal species, 450 bird species and about 1150 fish species. Nowhere else in the world, could you find this level of biodiversity besides Canada. On top of that, unlike the US, Canada has better preserved most of its ancient forest lands especially in the northern regions of its provinces. According to one report by Environment and Climate Change, Canada is home to roughly 17,000 classified species of flowers, mosses, trees, herbs, ferns and other flora.
Canada Shimmers At Night:
Since some parts of Canada are located close to the north pole, you can experience the aurora borealis, commonly known as Northern Lights at Night. These polar lights are a natural light display phenomenon that occurs due to the disturbances in the magnetosphere caused by the solar wind. Basically, these lights are a complimentary night show whenever you go out for stargazing in the northern regions of Canada. Although most tourists aren’t aware of this unique phenomenon, you ought to try it out whenever you can during your travel to Canada.
That’s just a short glimpse of Canada!