The world's second-largest country has so much to offer that it can be difficult to know where to start! From the stunning Rocky Mountains and crags and rocky inlets of Canada's West Coast to cosmopolitan cities such as Toronto and Ottawa in the east, the unique culture of French-speaking Quebec (home to the delightful Chateau Frontenac, the 19th century hotel that's one of the most photogenic buildings in the world), the rugged coastlines of the Atlantic Maritimes and, of course, the magnificent Niagara Falls. Straddling the US-Canadian border, this iconic natural wonder consists of three thundering waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.
Famous for its wildlife, Canada is home to grizzly bears, moose, elk and polar bears and many of its waters are rich in marine life, including whales. It is ideal for the outdoor adventure enthusiast, with so many activities on offer from heli-hiking, rafting, kayaking, and zip-lining in the summer, to skiing & snowboarding, snowmobiling and dog-sledging in the winter. If you just want to relax surrounded by spectacular scenery, then you can get away from it all with a stay at one of Canada's beautiful lakeside lodges or boutique spa hotels. All of this and more is yours to experience in Canada.
Canada has vast swathes of wilderness, including a diverse range of landscapes and extreme weather. You can find pristine beaches, glaciers, snow-capped mountains, arctic landscapes, emerald green lakes, impenetrable forests, sleepy towns and modern, buzzing cities. Canada abounds with stunning national parks such as Jasper, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Skiing enthusiasts will love a winter break in one of Canada's world-famous ski resorts such as Banff, Big White and Whistler, venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Canada is world-renowned for its seafood-inspired cuisine, from wild salmon, fresh scallops and lobster, and also poutine (an unusual, though popular, Quebecois dish consisting of French fries - naturally - topped with cheese curds and gravy). Canada also produces brilliant red wines from its verdant valleys.
Currency: Canadian Dollar