What to say about Canada… It’s the 2nd largest country in the world by landmass, so if you are wanting to visit plan accordingly. It is impossible to drive across the country in 24 hours. We love our hockey, and take great pride in that. The CFL, Canadian Football League, can also be a big deal, especially if you are from Saskatchewan, GO Riders! And it is true we say sorry a lot…. sometimes I say sorry when someone bumps into me, I don’t know why. Though I personally never say “Eh”.

Maple Leaf Canada
Photo by Allie McFarland

Quick Facts

  • Official Languages: French and English. It is important to know that Quebec’s main language is French, and Nova Scotia is the only province that is truly bilingual. In other provinces you will probably find the main language spoken is English.
  • 2nd largest country in the world by landmass.
  • Currency: The dollar CAD. Credit cards, and debit are widely taken, and you can find 24 hour ATM’s at most banks.
  • Most Popular places to Visit: Toronto, Montreal, Banff (Rocky Mountains), Vancouver.
  • Driving: We drive on the right.
  • Rail Travel: VIA Rail (I have never personally traveled with VIA Rail, however in the west it can be unreliable. I believe the service in the East by Toronto is known to be more on time.
  • Airline: Official airline is Air Canada, however WestJet is also very well known, and the usually have similar pricing.
  • Maple Syrup Souvenirs: You will see this quite a bit in souvenir shops, it is produced widely in Quebec and Eastern Canada. If you are wanting to take this back home with you, buy it in a grocery store. It will be cheaper and you will get more for your money.

Off the Beaten Path Destinations

Saskatchewan, Canada

Writing on Stone Provincial Park, Alberta

Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Yoho National Park, British Colombia

Tofino, British Colombia 

Churchill, Manitoba

Any of the Territories: Yukon, Northwest Territory, Nunavut