Visiting Canada

O Canada! You quirky, lovely land! The world’s second-largest country in land mass, Canada is a place where the largest territory has the population of a small town and the largest province threatens secession from time to time. It has a practical side, though, laying claim to traveler favorites like the international hub of Toronto, ski dreamlands Banff and Whistler, canal-crazy capital Ottawa, and the historic Maritimes.... Read More O Canada! You quirky, lovely land! The world’s second-largest country in land mass, Canada is a place where the largest territory has the population of a small town and the largest province threatens secession from time to time. It has a practical side, though, laying claim to traveler favorites like the international hub of Toronto, ski dreamlands Banff and Whistler, canal-crazy capital Ottawa, and the historic Maritimes.    Close

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A Day in Grand Pre

Written by tvordj on 10 Aug, 2010

The Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia has a lot of interesting towns and sights. One of these is the Grand Pre National Historic Site near Wolfville. It's about an hour drive from Halifax and there are several other things in the immediate area that will…Read More


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Alma, Village of Tides

Written by BawBaw on 20 Jul, 2010

It’s difficult to imagine a more picturesque Maritime village than Alma, New Brunswick. Nestled into a tiny delta where the Upper Salmon River runs into the Bay of Fundy, Alma is also located at a point along the coast where the giant tides of…Read More


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Rent-a-Wreck Canada: a More Affordable Car Hire Option

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 09 Jun, 2010

Rent a Wreck is a budget car rental company that operates on a franchise basis in the US, Canada, Scandinavia and Iceland. In addition to renting cars they also offer second hand vehicle sales. The company motto is "Don't Let the Name Fool You".We were…Read More


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Trains in Canada: Overview of Via Rail Passenger Services

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 03 Jun, 2010

One can argue that Canada, as a single national entity, was created as much by the construction of the railways as by any Acts of the British parliament. These railways originally carried people as much as cargo and provided cultural as well as economic…Read More


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Trying to Get a Grip on the Prairies

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 26 May, 2010

We are in the prairies now. It's flat, flat, flat, flat as far as the eye reaches, flat as far as the horizon, and as it's too early for any vegetation yet, the flatness is dusty, arid, yellow grey. There is a lot of sky…Read More


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Harbour Halifax

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 24 May, 2010

Halifax, the capital and the largest city of Nova Scotia (where a third of the province’s two million inhabitants live) is situated rather smashingly on the shores of a deep inlet, the second largest and the deepest natural port in the world. It’s still a…Read More


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Northern Whales

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 May, 2010

Area called Cote Nord (North Coast) is the second-biggest administrative region of Quebec. It has a population of less than 100,000 in the area the size of the UK. Canada is certainly not short of space - now wonder it's possible to buy a plot…Read More


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Quaint Quebec

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 22 May, 2010

Quebec city is simply wonderful. It's the most normal (read: European) place we have so far visited in Canada, intensely Francophone, a little bit provincial maybe; Quebec City has a human scale and feel (in addition to a very Catholic colour - it feels like…Read More


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Les Escoumins to the Halifax Train

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 15 Apr, 2010

We leave Les Escoumins (where we had the most enjoyable three days including wonderfully sunny Easter weekend graced with sightings of belugas and fin back whales) on a rainy Easter Monday, by a crowded bus. Our lovely host Mannu sees us off at the…Read More


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Public Transport in Toronto

Written by MagdaDH_AlexH on 06 Apr, 2010

Public transport in Toronto is surprisingly good and much better than what I expected of a North American city. The system is completely integrated and easy to understand and use. Essentially, it consists of a thick network of buses supplemented with trams (street-cars) combined with…Read More


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