Bear-1You can't go wrong in Canada. This vast country offer a unique mix untouched nature, city life, traditional cultures and mordern life styles. Each region has eye-popping landscapes and a suitable variety of activities and accommodation establishments to compliment them. Explore the mighty Rocky Mountains with it's snow capped peaks, scenic lakes and glaciers, discover the coastal rain forests on Vancouver Island, go whale watching in the fjords of the Inside Passage, see ice bears and grizzly bears in their natural habitat, paddle past moose and elk during a kayak tour on one of the many rivers, go skiing or snowboarding on some of the best slopes in North America or simply enjoy the untouched nature in one of the many exclusive lodges, parks and nature reserves.


Banff/Jasper: While Africa has spots like the Serengeti or the Victoria Falls, Canada has Banff and Jasper, the legendary natural marvels that are as spectacular and vital as any nature park in Africa. Of the thousands of national parks scattered around the world today, Banff, created in 1885, is the third oldest while adjacent Jasper was only 22 years behind. Situated on the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, the two bordering parks were designated Unesco World Heritage sites in 1984, along withBritish Columbias Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, for their exceptional natural beauty coupled with their manifestation of important glacial and alluvial geological processes. In contrast to some of North America's wilder parks, they both support small towns that lure between 2 to 5 million visitors each year. Despite all this, the precious balance between humans and nature continues to be delicately maintained.

The sawtooth of white-dipped mountains straddling the Alberta/British Columbia border inspires both awe and action. The four national parks - Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper - offer opportunities for hiking, kayaking and most of all, skiing. A train ride provides another popular way to experience the grandeur of this landscape. Luminous lakes, jumbles of wildflowers and glistening glaciers glide by as the steel cars chug up mountain passses and down river valleys en route to points east or west.


Vancouver: Flying into Vancouver International Airport on a cloud-free summer's day, it's not hard to appreciate why Vancouver always lands atop the "best places to live" lists. The gently rippling ocean crisscrossed with ferry trails, the crenulated shorelines of dozens of forest-green islands and the ever-present sentinels of snow-dusted crags glinting on the horizon give this city arguably the most spectacular setting of any metropolis on the planet.

But while the city's twinkling outdoor backdrop means you're never far from great skiing, kayaking or hiking, there's much more to Vancouver than appearances. Hitting the streets on foot means you'll come across a kaleidoscope of distinctive neighborhoods, each one almost like a village in itself. You will find bohemian, coffee-loving Commercial Drive, the cool indie shops of South Main (SoMa), the hearty character bars of old Gastown and the colourful streets of the West End. And then there is also the bustling artisan nest otherwise known as Granville Island or the forested seawall vistas of Stanley Park, Canadas finest urban green space.

This diversity is Vancouver's main strength and a major reason why some visitors keep coming back for more.


Québec City: Québéc's capital is more than 400 years old, and its stone walls, glinting-spired cathedrals and jazz-playing corner cafés suffuse it with atmosphere, romance, melancholy, eccentricity and intrige on par with any European city. The best way explore the city is to walk the Old Town's labyrinth of lanes and get lost amid teh street performers and cozy inns, stopping every so often fo a café au lait, flaky pastry orheaping plate of poutine (fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy) to refuel.


Montréal: Historically Montréal, the only de facto bilingual city on the continent, has been torn right in half, the "Main" (Blvd St-Laurent) being the dividing line between the east-end Francophones and the west-side Anglos. But, this secret blend of French-inspired joie de vivre and cosmopolitan dynamism that has come togehter to foster a flourishing arts scene, an indie rock explosion and a medley of world renowned boutique hotels are just few of the things that make this city so irresistible.


Churchill: The first polar bear you see up close takes your breath away. Immediately forgotten are the two bum-numbing days on the train that took you you beyond the tree zone onto the tundra, to the very edge of Hudson Bay. Churchill is the lone outpost here, and it happens to be smack in the bears' migration path. From late September to early November, tundras buggies head out in search of the razor-clawed beasts, sometimes getting you close enough to lock eyes. In summer, this is the place where you can swim with beluga whales.


Vancouver Island: C'mon, can a place really "have it all"? Yes, if it's Vancouver Island! Picture-postcard Victoria is the island's heart, beating with bohemian shops, wood-floored coffee bars and a tea-soaked English past. Brooding Pacific Rim National Park Reserve sports the West Coast Hiking Trail, where where a wind-bashed ocean meets coastal rain forests and surfers line up at the mangificient beaches at Tofino for the perfect wave. The largest populated landmass off the North American coast - it is around 500 km long and 100 km wide - Vancouver Island is laced with colourful, often quirky communities, many founded on logging or fishing and featuring the word "port" in their name.


Algonquin Park: Infamous Algonquin National Park is a sight not to be missed when travelling through eastern Canada. Established in 1893. Ontario's oldest and largest park offers 7800 km² of thick pine forests, jagged cliffs, trickeling crystal streams, mossy bogs and thousands of lakes. An easily accessible outdoor gem, this rugged expanse is a must-see for canoeists and hikers.


When to go

Canada is general is a destination that can be visited at any time of the year, but there a major climatic differences depending on which region you plan to visit.



Namibian citizens require a visa for a visit to Canada! Nationals of countries who do need to apply for a visa should plan their trip well in advance, as the application process can take up to six weeks.

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IMPORTANT: If you are planning to travel to Canada via the United States of America, please ensure that you do not need a visa / transit visa for your stopover in the USA. This also applies if you wish to travel from Canada to Alaska or any other US State.



Travel Health Insurance:
Before leaving home, review your health plan to see whether your coverage extends to travel outside your home country. If you're not covered, be sure to obtain travel health insurance before visiting Canada. And remember to carry your insurance ID card and emergency numbers with you when you visit.
Canadian Hospitals & Medical Services:
Canadian hospitals and medical services provide an excellent standard of care. Most hospitals are publicly managed with costs for services set by provincial and hospital authorities. Hospital care for non-residents of Canada is charged at a daily rate or calculated based on medical condition and length of stay. Charges vary across the country, but range from $1,000-$2,000 CDN a day.Hospital emergency rooms are open 24 hours for emergency care. Most cities also have walk-in clinics where non-emergency treatment or consultation is available without an appointment. Costs vary by clinic and medical attention required. Check local phone books in the yellow pages section under "Clinics, Medical" for a list of walk-in clinics.For more information on health and safety for travelers to Canada, visit the Canada International website.
Prescriptions & Pharmacies
Remember to bring along all prescription medications you expect to need during your visit, as well as copies of your prescription in case you run out. You'll find pharmacies easily accessible throughout Canada. Most large cities have at least one 24-hour pharmacy operation and many grocery stores have in-store pharmacies.All prescription medicines should be carried in their original containers, with pharmacy labels indicating the type of drugs and that they are being used under prescription. If you don't have the original package, bring along a copy of the prescription or a letter from your doctor.It is also a good idea to bring along an extra pair of prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, or alternatively, a prescription from your eye doctor in the event your glasses or contact lenses need to be replaced.    
Emergency Services
Most Canadian cities have 911 emergency services. In an emergency, you can reach police, fire or ambulance services by dialing 911 on any telephone. If 911 service is unavailable, dial "0" for the operator and ask for police, fire or ambulance service. There is no charge for emergency calls placed from a public pay phone.
Immunizations & Vaccinations
No special immunizations or vaccinations are required to visit Canada. If you're traveling with children, it's always a good idea to ensure they are up-to-date on routine childhood immunizations before international travel. Contact a qualified health professional in your area for more advice. For current travel health information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website.






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