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Now Is a Great Time to Visit Canada

Enjoy European Charm and Culture in North America

Canada offers plenty of natural beauty and wide open spaces to explore

Craving a taste of European culture? Get your fill in Canada.

The 2010 Winter Olympics put Vancouver and the host country of Canada in the spotlight for international travelers. But just because the last gold medal has been handed out doesn’t mean the area isn’t worth visiting anymore. Au contraire, as the French Canadians on the East coast of this great land would say. The Olympics actually helped improve tourist facilities throughout Vancouver and the country as a whole, so it’s a better time than ever to visit our neighbor to the North.

Despite its North American location, Canada still features many European influences, especially in the province of Quebec, where most of the nearly eight million inhabitants speak French. So visiting Canada is an easy way to experience European charm, culture and fine dining without having to spend the extra time and money on an intercontinental flight.

The vast land stretches from the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean and from the USA border to the Arctic Circle, so there’s plenty of natural beauty and wide open spaces to explore. But some tourists may be surprised at how cosmopolitan the cities can be. In fact, the headquarters for one of the top hotel chains in the world, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, is based in Toronto. Top toques work behind the stoves at great restaurants from Vancouver to Quebec City. There are world-class museums and sports teams… and not just hockey!  After a day of shopping (the Metropolis at Metrotown shopping center in Vancouver alone features close to 500 stores) and sightseeing, visitors can have their cares massaged away at the Top Spas in Canada as selected by our editorial team.

GAYOT.com is happy to provide our readers with different ways to make the most of their Canadian holiday time and money. It used to be that the American dollar was worth more than the Canadian dollar, but that has changed in recent years. So it’s more important than ever to get the most vacation bang for the buck. Visa is accepted at many restaurants and attractions, but for those times when you need cash, you can use your Visa Debit Card to access Canadian dollars at ATMs all across the country.  Before you go, check with your bank to see if there are any daily spending or withdrawing restrictions so you can plan accordingly. And since many international ATMs accept only four-digit numeric PINs, you may need to change yours. Then pack your bags and head for the "True North Strong and Free" for your Canadian adventure!

Read our guide to 72 Hours in Montreal
Enjoy a long weekend with our 72-Hour Guide to Quebec City
Make the most of three days with our Toronto Itinerary
Get the scoop on spending 72 Hours in Vancouver
Find out where to stay, dine and play: Montreal Business Travel Guide

Make money and travel smart with the Vancouver Business Travel Guide

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(Updated: 09/12/11 SG)


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