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About Our Regions

Things to See and Do

Official Languages & Culture

Main City Profiles

About our Regions

Canada is the world’s second largest country, and is divided into 10 provinces and three territories. Travelling from west to east, each region of Canada offers visitors something unique to see and do.


West Coast:
 
British Columbia Best known for its Pacific salmon, beautiful Rocky Mountains, and unique native totems, British Columbia also boasts the mildest weather in Canada, and an easy way of life. 
Alberta One of Canada's richest provinces due mainly to its oil fields,
Alberta is also home to many of Canada's cowboys, with Calgary hosting the world-famous Calgary Stampede each year.

The Prairies:
 
Saskatchewan and Manitoba These central Canadian provinces are the agricultural centres of the country. Also home to the RCMP and Canadian Mint headquarters, the central provinces bridge eastern and western Canada.

Central Canada:
 
Ontario: One of Canada’s largest provinces and the country’s financial centre, Ontario is also home to both Ottawa (the nation’s capital), Toronto (the largest city in Canada), and Niagara Falls (one of the most visited sites in the world).
Québec As Canada’s francophone province, visiting Québec is like
stepping into Canada’s past. Montréal is the largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris, and one of the oldest cities in Canada after Québec City which just celebrated its 400th anniversary in summer 2008.
 
Atlantic Coast:
 
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,
Newfoundland,
Prince Edward  
Island
These four Atlantic provinces provide some of the most colourful
scenery and personalities in Canada. From the scenic Bay of Fundy to the charming Anne of Green Gables museum, the provinces on Canada’s east coast delight visitors with Celtic tradition and friendly conversation.

The Territories:
 
The Yukon, Northwest Territories,
and Nunavut
The least known, but possibly Canada’s most serene and beautiful areas, these vast territories make up the northern portion of the country. Snow-covered for most of the year, they also boast the best views of the Aurora Borealis and maintain Inuit and other aboriginal traditions.

Things to See and Do

Coming to Canada for a visit is an adventure. The wide expanse of our country provides visitors with a wide variety of options for sightseeing and exploring. Everyone has their own reason to visit Canada… here are just a few:

  1. Great Cities – Canada has some of the most friendly, safe, and inviting cities. Toronto, Vancouver, and Montréal top the list, each unique from the other.
  2. Natural Wonders – Canada is home to some of the world’s finest natural wonders including Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, dinosaur excavation sites, and the Cabot Trail.
  3. Sporting Adventures – Canada offers all the sporting adventures you can imagine like skiing, snowboarding, golfing, dog-sledding, curling, whale-watching, rock climbing, hockey, skating, canoeing, sailing, wakeboarding, fishing, hiking, and so much more. Canada is an ideal, all-season destination.
  4. Year-round Festivals – Come celebrate all the cultures and traditions that make up the greatness of our country including: Tulip festival in Ottawa (May), the Calgary Stampede (July), Toronto International Film Festival (September), Nova Scotia’s Celtic Colours (October), and the Québec Winter Carnival (February), to name just a few.
  5. History - Discover Canada’s history by visiting any of its provinces or territories, where the history of the region is represented by museums, historical sites, and art galleries.

Official Languages & Culture

Canada is an officially bilingual country, with French and English both spoken at all government levels. Not all cities and provinces, however, can claim to be bilingual at the popular level. The majority of citizens in Québec are French-speaking, although Montréal can be said to be bilingual, with most citizens speaking both languages fluently. New Brunswick is the only officially bilingual province in Canada, and the rest of the country is largely anglophone, with pockets of French-speaking or bilingual populations.

Culturally, however, Canada is uniquely diverse. Although historically the country was divided between the native aboriginals, the English, and the French, today Canada is a melting pot society made up of hundreds of cultures, each adding their own unique flair to our cultural make-up. Visit any large city and you’ll be able to walk through a Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, or Little India. Festivals of many different cultural origins are celebrated in many cities throughout the country. It is said that one can dine at a different ethic restaurant every day of the month in Toronto.

Main City Profiles

Visit any of these links to see profiles of our Canadian cities:

Ottawa: www.ottawatourism.ca
Toronto: www.toronto.com
Vancouver: www.tourismvancouver.com
Montréal: www.tourisme-montreal.org
Calgary: www.tourismcalgary.com
Winnipeg: www.destinationwinnipeg.ca
Québec City: www.quebecregion.com
Fredericton: www.tourismfredericton.ca
Halifax: www.halifaxinfo.com