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Cheap flights to Canada

With an area of almost 10 million square kilometres, Canada is a very, very big country - it is, in fact, the second largest country in the world by total area. Located in the northern section of North America (bordering the United States of America), Canada is made up of 25 cities, 10 provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan), 3 territories (Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut) and has a population of more than 30 million.

The huge land mass of Canada includes 20% of the world’s remaining wilderness and wetlands, about 10% of the world’s forests, and 7% of the world’s supply of renewable freshwater (as of October 2014). The country also boasts an extreme diverse landscape, with everything from mountain ranges, plains, plateaus, rivers, the longest coastline in the world and more included within its boundaries.

Getting around

When it comes to travelling within the second largest country in the world, distances cannot be taken lightly. For tourists planning on visiting Canada from corner to corner, the wisest option would be to take a domestic flight as land travel could very well take days (a drive from Halifax to Vancouver would in fact take 7 days). For less ambitious travellers, public transport options such as trains and buses are available; however, these may not take you directly where you want to go and you may find yourself having to walk long distances between the train/bus station to your hotel or destination. As such, the best way to travel in Canada is no doubt by car. With the country’s excellent roads and highways, a road trip in Canada could prove to be very enjoyable indeed.

What to see and do

A trip to Canada would not be complete without a visit to Toronto, Canada’s largest city (and also one of the largest in North America). Toronto is home to a diverse population and consistently ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world. Boasting beautiful sand and cobble beaches, waterfront parks, galleries full of contemporary and ancient art as well as imposing architecture in the form of world-famous building the CN Tower, there is so much to do and see in this city and you won’t want to miss it.

But if you’re looking for a dose of history, Halifax is not a place to miss. Initially founded in the 1700s as a British military outpost, it is today home to many historically significant sites and buildings. Be sure to take a look at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, built in the 1800s to help the British forces withstand a war they expected (but it took a whole 28 years to complete due to design and structural faults). Visit the historic site, restored to its former glory, and be taken through time as a costumed animator guides you through the musket galleries of the fort, garrison cells and other ancient structures.  Then head over to Fisherman’s Cove, a beautifully restored fishing village with 200 years of history. Take a stroll on the tranquil boardwalk, rent a boat for whale-watching or fishing, or go on an island tour to nearby McNabs Island. You can also visit the many quaint little shops in the village, or watch the fishermen who are still operating from the cove bring their daily catch in at sunset.

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