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Canada : Michelin's recommendations


As Canadian author Frances Shelley Wees mischievously summed it up in her Geography Lesson, "Canada is bounded on the north by gold, on the west by the East, on the east by history ? and on the south by friends".
Indeed, the 10 provinces and 3 territories are amazingly diverse in this huge country spanning six time zones. Its contrasting landscapes offer adventurous travellers many different terrains to explore, from the Rocky Mountains in British Colombia to the Inuits’ icy territory in Nunavut and the forests and sparkling lakes of Ontario. Visit an igloo, watch the salmon swimming up the Fraser River or sleep in a tepee under the famous Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump!
But don’t forget one thing: ‘‘Canada has two seasons: winter and the month of July’’! The second largest country in the world wasn’t easily tamed by those who discovered it. John Cabot and Jacques Cartier, who found that out, were the initiators of that inimitable blend of French and English culture that is still part of the charm of Quebec and Montreal.
Nowadays Canada’s metropolises are also symbols of its cultural plurality, as well as models of urban planning in the case of Vancouver. This ‘‘ Hollywood North’’, known the world over as one of the nicest places to live, will host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

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Canada : Must-see towns and regions

  • Calgary

    Known as Texas North for its shiny skyscrapers, unabashed Wild West roots and cosmopolitan lifestyle, the city of Calgary is built on agriculture and oil-patch prosperity. Covering the largest land ar...

  • Montréal

    Located on the St. Lawrence River, the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Montreal offers the visitor a wealth of attractions. The city is Canada's foremost port and a leading industrial, commercial a...

  • Ottawa

    Situated at the convergence of the Ottawa, Tideau and Gatineau rivers, this seat of national government charms visitors with its handsome waterways, expansive parklands, mils of bicycle paths, colourf...

  • Toronto

    A vibrant, multicultural city with a liveable downtown core, Toronto offers a vigourous cultural scene, professional sports teams, great shopping and many recreational activities. The provincial capit...

  • Vancouver

    The Pacific capital of Canada offers visitors and residents a splendid lifestyle that is ethnically diverse, highly cosmopolitan, and yet never far from nature. The main city occupies a magnificent si...

  • Victoria

    Facing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Washington state’s Olympic Mountains, the capital of British Columbia has long been famous for its mild climate, spectacular views, beautiful gardens and British ...

  • Winnipeg

    For more than a century, Winnipeg was the traditional first stop for immigrants to the West. Although challenged by Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton in recent years, it retains a huge commodity exchang...

  • Saskatoon

    The largest city of Saskatchewan, this manufacturing and distribution centre is set in a fertile wheat-growing area, amid the province’s vast potash reserves. Surrounding prairie landscape is dominate...

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