An Introduction to Canada
Like its neighbour to the south, modern Canada is a spectrum of cultures, and an ethnic mosaic of immigrant groups, as well as the native peoples. Instead of being defined by states, Canada is instead divided into ten providences and three northern territories. Its archetypal vistas of the Rockies’ lakes and peaks, endless forests and the prairies are complimented by equally stunning landscapes in the south west corner, where desert and rainforests lie close together, as well as beautiful fjords and lush orchards in the east.
In most of the southern part of Canada, where the majority of the population lives, spring, summer and autumn are good seasons for road trips. The Rocky Mountains are the exception. The mountain lakes thaw only at the end of May, and a few of them look their turquoise best only after the first week of June. So the season for touring in the Canadian Rockies is shorter than it is in places that are at a lower elevation.
Winter and early spring are a good time to visit for the skiing season. Although the larger cities, like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver have enough museums, art galleries, theatres and shops to entertain other winter visitors.
With a wide range of regions and provinces to visit and different holiday types to experience, Canada has something to offer every type of visitor.