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Moraine Lake, Canada
Moraine Lake © Can Stock Photo / mikeharbison

Canada is a nation of more than 35 million and is bordered only by the United States.  Canada's early European history involved the fur trade.  The Dominion of Canada was formed in 1867, at which time Canada became politically independent from Britain.  It's political independence from the United States was protected by the completion of a transcontinental railway in the late 1880s and most of the population is clustered along the railway route just north of the border with the United States.  Today there is a strong respect for Canada's British Heritage and Canada is part of the Commonwealth of Nations.  The country is comprised of 10 provinces and three northern territories.  The official languages are French and English, with most of the French being spoken in the province of Quebec.  Over the years there has been significant political strife between the French and the English in Canada.

In the most western province, British Columbia, there are a number of areas that are popular for tourism, including Victoria on Vancouver Island and Vancouver on the mainland.  Whistler has world class skiing in the winter and the runs are busy in the summer with mountain bikers. The Peak 2 Peak chair has now joined Whistler to Blackcomb.  Banff, just over the border into the province of Alberta, draws summer tourists from around the world to see Lake Louise, the Columbia Ice-fields and the inspiring Canadian Rockies.

Visas:

Canada has a long list of countries that require a visa and a long list of countries that are exempt.  Visit the Goverment of Canada web site for more information or check your specific country at VisaHQ.   For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.  Visitors from the United States do not require a visa.

Currency:

The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada.  The US dollar is often accepted near ports of entry for air or cruise ship.  The Canadian one dollar coin is called the "loonie" as a loon is shown on one of the faces.  When the two dollar coin came out, the name "twonie" then caught on.

Best Time to Visit Canada:

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 Rockies

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 Vancouver

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 Victoria

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 Whistler

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