Canada Travel Guide: Country & Destination Information for Visiting

Summary:

Canada travel guide and destination overview of the country. Key information, general overview, and more for travelers to Canada.

Updated: 2019-05-12.

Canada

So, you’re interested in Canada, eh? Before I started doing my due diligence, I held a distorted and irresponsible image of the large land (e.g., they’re like more-polite Americans, always apologizing, land of cold and colder).

However, Canada is a vast land, full of natural beauty, interesting culture, and wonderful people. Canadians being polite and friendly is a generalization that seems to hold true more often than not.

Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world by area, and it takes up the northern portion of North America. It is bordered by the United States to the south and west, and touches the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans.

There are many wonderful places to visit in Canada, from Toronto, the largest city, to Montreal, the heavily French-speaking city, to the remote wilderness of the territories.

To learn more, check out our interesting facts about Canada.

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Canada Travel Information & Key Points

General points to know about the country of Canada – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.

Capital: Ottawa

Largest City: Toronto

Population: 37.3 million (2019 estimate)

Language(s): English, French, various regional

Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau

Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II

CurrencyCanadian Dollar $ (CAD)

Area: 9,984,670 km2 (3,855,100 mi2)

Dialing Code: +1

Time Zone: (UTC-3.5 to UTC-8)
•   DST/Summer Time: (UTC-2.5 to UTC-7)

Demonym: Canadian (what is a demonym?)

Endonym: Canada (their name for their country)

Emergency Number: 911

Drinking Age: 18 or 19, depending on province

Smoking Age: 18 or 19, depending on province

Age of Consent: 16

Drives on the: Right

Electricity & Adapter: 120 V, 60 Hz, Plug Types A / B (define)

ISO Country Code: CA

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