Keep Exploring!!!

‘You don’t need magic to disappear. All you need is a beautiful destination!’ and the world is full of some truly stunning destinations. Canada being one of them. A continent of contrasts, America is packed with a punch. One of the major countries in American continent, Canada is filled with unexpected wonders that are sure to awaken your inner explorer. The second-largest country in the world, Canada is a land of vast distances and rich natural beauty. Renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, its unique blend of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is one of the world's wealthiest countries and a major tourist destination. Wild and beautiful, cosmopolitan and prosperous, Canada is a paradox in more than one way. The second largest country in the world, Canada has only 29 million people who despite the 10 provinces and 2 territories live mostly in two areas -Quebec and Ontario. Cities where they exist are large, busy and multi-ethnic -- you can hear a babble of tongues and see faces from different nationalities. But wander into the forest or the frozen tundra and you may hear no human voices except your own.

It is believed that the name Canada has been derived from "kanata” community or village, a Huron-Iroquis word and goes back to the days when the country consisted of trading posts. Visitors will find plenty to be enthralled by in Canada - some of the world's best natural vistas, great, fun-filled cities and warm and friendly people. Space is certainly not at a premium here and you can go do your own thing -- people-watching, sight-seeing, adventure sports, nature treks. Be what you want to be in Canada and go where your heart commands you here…

As you travel through Canada, prepare for a veritable feast for your eyes. Blessed with plenty of natural attractions, Canada has managed, both deliberately and at times, inadvertently to make her cities equally attractive and breathtaking. Sounds unbelievable at first but as you discover Canada for yourself, you'll realise the truth of this statement!

Cruise along the magnificent Rue de la Commune of Montreal, the colourful Harbour-front in Toronto, the stunning Library Square in Vancouver -- and you will be bewitched by the magnificence of Canada's man-made attractions!

The spectacular natural features such as the massive Athabasca Glacier, Alberta, serene Rocky Mountain Lake near Jasper, the giant icebergs of Baffin Bay, and the sculpted rocks of Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta are an excellent foil to the bustling cities. With over 37 National Parks, 750 National Historic Sites, 12 United Nations World Heritage Sites, hundreds of provincial and territorial parks, and many interesting towns and cities, there really is no dearth of sites and sights to see in Canada!

Canada’s natural lie of the land makes it an ideal outdoor enthusiast paradise. The many wooded trails, shimmering lakes and towering mountains provide ample opportunity for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, fishing, kayaking and skiing – the National parks like Banff and Jasper have wonderful surroundings and the flora and fauna would have any botanist drooling. There are organised tours that one can take or do-it-yourself ones – Canada is most certainly wild and very beautiful.

There are several natural wonders like the Niagara Falls, the Bay of Fundy, the Rocky Mountains and the Dinosaur Provincial Park among others. The unspoilt back country of Canada is replete with camping grounds and shelters where one can put up for the night. In winter when the mountains are covered with snow, the skiing season opens and the slopes of the Rockies in Alberta and the hills in Quebec are dotted with skiers and snowboarders.

Canada is a heaven for nature lovers and there is some activity for everyone, no matter what one’s level of endurance may be. One of the major tourist attractions in Canada, Banff National Park is truly mesmerizing. Originally a hot spring reserve of 26 square km in Alberta, Banff has evolved into 6641 sq km of parkland with world class skiing and climbing facilities.

Banff welcomes you at any time of the year, to experience the splendours of backcountry wilderness, the aura of the awesome peaks, to bathe in the Sulphur Mountain hot springs and to the excitement of coming face to face with elks, caribou, wolves and even grizzlies!

Mid-May to mid-October is the perfect time for activities like camping and hiking. Some of the passes are snowbound till June and you may have to look for trails at lower elevations. However, summers in Banff are pleasant and dry; daylight stretches till 11 pm. The weather is dry through the year and this makes for the soft powdery snow that the Rockies are famous for.

In winter, Banff comes alive with the most amazing array of winter sports -heli skiing, skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the powdery snow bowls along with ice walks on the frozen waterfalls in the canyon!

With so much to do & see, Canada should be at the top of your travel bucket-list. Moreover, quiz fans and trivia lovers will be thrilled to know that Canada is where the game of Trivial Pursuits was devised as also the all-important zipper. Insulin was discovered here, as was the use of cobalt for treating cancer. Environmentalists will already know that Canada is where the powerful Greenpeace group was born. All you folks going ga-ga over the radio, know that a lot of battery-less radio technology was developed first in Canada! Science buffs, did you know that the electron microscope, the snowmobile, chainsaw, snowplough and snowblower were all invented in Canada? So, don't wait too long to visit Canada, the country of many firsts! So as per the Canadian tagline, keep exploring !!!

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