Canada travel guide: Canada

Most part of Canada is located in the northern latitudes. All the main cities of the country are along the border of USA, and most part of its population (35 million people) lives in prov-inces Ontario and Quebec, in the region of Great Lakes.

Taking into account its geographical location, as well as small population for such territory, Canada has wonderful environmental conditions and very beautiful northern nature. From Labrador to Vancouver almost all provinces have beautiful national parks.

Most interesting tourist cities are Toronto and Montreal. They are entirely different. One of them is the largest city of English-speaking province Ontario (and Canada as a whole), the other is the largest city of French-speaking Quebec.

Toronto is a typical Northern America city of skyscrapers on the shore of Lake Erie. You can have a magnificent view of the city from the observation deck of CN Tower, which is still the world's highest building. Though the center of Toronto is densely packed with high-rise buildings, there are also many green parks.

When in Toronto you must go to Niagara Falls. It is only an hour trip of the city and proba-bly one the most famous sights of Canada. And you can easily get there almost by any bus. Niagara Falls is also on the territory of USA, but you can have most wonderful views of the waterfall just on the Canadian territory. So, if you get to its American side and can easily go over the border of Canada, do it at once to have the most impressive view of the waterfall. In Canada there is a small cosy township Niagara-city where you can have a good rest or even stay for a night or two.

Montreal is a city combining peculiar French atmosphere in its historical center and modern North American skyscrapers in its business city. In the center of the city, near the same Mont Royal, after which the city was named, you can see roads paved with cobbles, which is uncharacteristic of North America, as well as buildings and churches of 18-19 centuries. You seem that you are at some old French town. You can also see something similar at the main city of the province, Quebec.

The most beautiful national parks of Canada are located 150 kilometers to the west of Calgary, on the eastern side of the Rockies. There are four national parks in the region: Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay. Banff and Jasper are the most visited parks. They feature very beautiful peaks reflected in the blue waters of lakes. Lake Moraine is the most picturesque of them. Mountain sides are covered with dense coniferous forests. You can take a lot of nice pictures of northern nature there.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is also near Calgary. It is represented by huge spaces of prairies alternated with sandstone wastelands. For millions of years the wind has exposed tens of thousands of fossils in the rock formations, including 300 well-preserved skeletons of dino-saurs.

At Ontario Province you can visit the interesting Algonquin Park, called so because of the Indian tribe that once inhabited this land. Although there are no tall mountains, dense con-iferous and foliage forests, lakes, rivers and channels create very picturesque scenery. You may go there with a tent to have a rest in the wild.

Queen Charlotte Islands are located near the eastern coast of Canada. They are to the north of Vancouver, not far from American Alaska. There are picturesque landscapes, moun-tains covered with snow, fjords, misty forests and sandy beaches in this national nature re-serve (alas, you can't bathe there). Sometimes it is referred to as the «Galapagos Islands of the north».

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