With rugged natural beauty, cosmopolitan culture, and an amazing healthcare system, Canada is like the perfect husband. It may ‘only' be the second-largest country on earth, but it clearly has the biggest heart, as it famously embraces refugees with no plans to build a wall.
Population: 35 million
Language: English & French
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Electricity: A & B
The LGBT Factor
Wherever you fall on the sexual identity spectrum, you're welcome in Canada. This is one of the most liberal and gay-friendly countries in the world (Ontario's premier is even an out, proud lesbian). You'll find impressive gay villages across the nation, especially in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal; with an increasingly tolerant attitude in even the smallest towns.
The Best Time to Visit
We're admittedly biased, but Canada really is amazing year-round. You can enjoy Winter Pride (and great skiing) in Whistler. You can cottage in Muskoka - the Hamptons of the North. You can even enjoy a spring road trip through the Rocky Mountains, or the fall foliage in Quebec. Summers are hot and humid in the east, but come with a fresh ocean breeze in Vancouver. Note that winter can be chilly, with some places dipping to a frigid -30C/-22F.
The Shock Factor
The most shocking elements about this country are learning how cold the water is, how nice Canadians are, and how often we say ‘sorry' (sorry, but its true).
A visa may or may not be required, and in many cases an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is required for non Canadian/American travellers. For more information, visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/.
Based on the entry requirements for Canada, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.
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