As our neighbor to the North, Canada is best known for its pristine natural beauty and rightly so. Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and Jasper National Park are world renowned for their glaciers, hot springs, alpine views and diverse wildlife. Other natural highlights of this immense country include the rugged Rocky Mountains and the iconic Niagara Falls. Canada also offers travelers diverse, cosmopolitan cities to explore like Montreal and Toronto.
Canada and the US are very similar in terms of weather. Canada experiences a typical four-season climate. The North is generally colder and has longer winters since it is closer to the Arctic. The South is usually warmer and temperate in the summer, and the East receives a lot of precipitation. The best time to visit is during the summer, mid-May to mid-September.
With an area slightly larger than that of the US, Canada has a vast array of geographic regions. The Rocky Mountains and boreal forests give way to the flat Canadian plains, and the Great Lakes and numerous rivers stand in sharp contrast to the icy regions in the Arctic north. Western Canada plays host to many volcanoes and Eastern Canada is home to beautiful Niagara Falls.
Major Holidays & Events
In addition to the customary holidays, Canada traditionally celebrates:
the third Monday in February - Family Day
April or March - Good Friday & Easter Monday
the Monday before May 25 - Victoria Day
July 1 - Canada Day
the first Monday in August - August Civic Holiday
the first Monday in September - Labour Day
the second Monday in October - Thanksgiving
November 11 - Remembrance Day
December 26 - Boxing Day