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Why visit Canada - a travel guide for Canada

Few countries in the world offer as many choices to the world traveller as Canada. Whether it's skiing, hiking, farmers' markets, urban exploring, museum-combing or sampling exceptional cuisine, Canada has it all. Western Canada is renowned for its stunningly beautiful countryside, while Eastern Canada mixes the charm of Europe with the bustle of New York. International surveys frequently rank Canada as the "best country in the world to live in" - Canada is also one of the top ten tourist destinations in the world.

Some 20 million visitors came to Canada in 2007 to make Canada one of the world's top 10 most popular tourist destination countries.

The world's top tourist destination countries:

High Quality of Life - Comfortable

  • Safe, secure, peaceful, orderly and clean
  • World-class infrastructure - telecommunications, transportation, healthcare, education, financial systems, food production
  • Some of the highest incomes, educational levels and life expectancies in the world
  • Stable economic and social climate - tolerant, open and democratic
  • Strong industrial and technology base
  • Abundant natural resources - energy, water, minerals, land, forests, variety of climates
  • Low population density - 3 people per sq km

Spectacular Natural Beauty - Well-Preserved Environment

  • Vast forests, mountains, three oceans, thousands of rivers, over 2 million lakes, vast fields
  • Sustainable development with protection of the environment - air, water, land, wildlife and people
  • Location of several UNESCO-protected sites - plus 39 National Parks
  • 10% of Canada's surface is protected by some 3,000 national sites with an environmental conservation purpose
  • Diverse climates, southern areas have four distinct seasons - Western coastal climates are frost-free

Diverse and Sophisticated Cities - From Cosmopolitan to Historic

  • Some of our largest cities (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria) are frequently ranked amongst the "best" cities in the world - to visit and/or to live in
  • Toronto has been called "the most cosmopolitan place in the world"
  • Montreal has the largest concentration of French-speaking people outside of France
  • Quebec City was founded in the 1600's and is a UNESCO-protected site

Rich Cultural and Linguistic Diversity - Interesting and Friendly People

  • Two official languages - English and French with almost 7 million people who have French as their mother tongue
  • Every ethnic group of the world is represented in Canada
  • Visitors are delighted by genuinely friendly and helpful people