Canada: The Wealth of the North
Canada is a mosaic of cultures and people, with cultural variations and distinctions from province to province and region to region, making Canada a rich and interesting country. It is also renowned worldwide for its vast, untouched landscape, great opportunities for employment and rich natural beauty.
Parliament Hill in Ottawa is the primary destination spot for tourists visiting Canada’s capital. It sits in the middle of downtown Ottawa and overlooks the Ottawa River. It has one of the best examples of the Gothic revival style in the country as well as a very fine starting point for visiting other areas of interest.
One of its buildings, the Centre Block, with its prominently displayed Peace Tower, is a national symbol of the country. In addition, there is also the Sound & Light show, which is a 30 minute film depicting Canada projected on the Block twice nightly during the summer months.
Canada is rich with national parks. Algonquin National Park in Ottawa has many natural and historic sites, including the abandoned OA & PS railroad bed that passes by some interesting sites from Ottawa’s history. The Jasper National Park in Alberta has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Composed of very delicate and protected ecosystems, you can enjoy untamed Canada in its most natural and beautiful appearance.
What to Do
For those who want nothing more than to shop all day, Edmonton’s West Edmonton Mall has the distinction of being one of the largest indoor shopping and entertainment districts in all of North America. More than 900 stores populate it, as well as the World Waterpark, the Galaxyland Amusement Park, Chinatown, and a realistic replica of the Santa Maria ship.
Jazz aficionados shouldn’t miss the Montreal International Jazz Festival, held between late June and early July. It is considered the world’s largest jazz festival and a major international event, attracting many famous artists.
What to Remember
If you’re thinking of driving around Canada, remember that Canadians drive on the right-hand side of the road. English is also the dominant language in most regions except Quebec, where French is mostly used and actively promoted as the main language. Nevertheless, it is advisable that you learn a few basic French phrases to help you get along better with the locals.
Canada is one of the most respected countries in the world, partly because of its strong diplomatic ties with almost every other country. This diplomacy and grace is present among its people, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more accommodating nation to visit and see.