Canada Travel Guide

Canada is the second largest country (in size) on the planet and the largest in North America. Canada had gained full and peaceful independence from the United Kingdom by 1982.

Canada has always prided itself as multicultural and a socially tolerant nation - with a proud bilingual heritage (English and French are official languages) and a great respect for its environmental surroundings. Approximately 32.5 million Canadians live in this vast land, which consists of 10 provinces and 3 territories.

From British Columbia which touches the Pacific Ocean on the West Coast to Newfoundland off the Atlantic Ocean on The Eastern Coast, Canada has no shortage of breathtaking scenery and exciting activities to experience. From the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta to the white water rapids of Northern Ontario and Quebec, there’s just about everything any nature loving tourist could want. Canadians have a loving tradition of being a very sympathetic people even in huge cosmopolitan cities such as the country’s capital, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Quebec City and Calgary - small town hospitality is everywhere.

We have the answers to your planning prayers when it comes to all things Canadiana. Guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations in every province and every major city are available right here on Gitsa.ca.

 

Alberta

The province of Alberta is located in western Canada, sandwiched between British Columbia to the west, Saskatchewan to the east, the U.S state of Montana in the south and the Northwest Territories to the north.

The two major cities of this picturesque province are its capital city, Edmonton and Calgary. Calgary is the distribution and transportation nucleus of western Canada, a major player in the Canadian commerce center and the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympics in 1988. Other cities worth checking out in Alberta include Red Deer, St. Albert and Lethbridge. The national parks of Jasper and Banff are world-renowned in their beauty and many opportunities for wilderness adventure. Alberta’s main exports include crude oil, natural gas, beef and softwood lumber.

This scenic province has been the cinematic star of many major Western motion pictures thanks to its wonderful landscape of mountains such as the Rockies and lush valleys. The people of Alberta are a famously hospitable, warm and outgoing people. It’s called the ‘frontier’ spirit and Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your trip to Alberta; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more for Calgary and Edmonton. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Alberta, so check them out.

 Calgary

In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Winter Olympic Games and ever since, the world now recognizes Alberta’s largest city as a premium destination for winter sports, ecotourism and outdoor adventure. With a growing population of over 1 million people, Calgary has now become a cosmopolitan Mecca with a rocky mountain backdrop. The economy in Calgary and Alberta is always thriving - one of the fastest growing cities in the country. The oil and gas industry make up the majority of the area’s economy, although other sectors are growing such as the tourism industry. Close to 5 million people currently visit Calgary on an annual basis for its many attractions and festivals such as the Calgary Stampede.

For 10 days in July, the infamous Calgary Stampede offers its distinct chuck wagon races, agricultural competitions, stage shows, midway rides, concerts and pancake breakfasts around the city. The Stampede Parade which occurs on opening day is one of the festival's oldest and largest traditions. Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your trip to Alberta; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more for Calgary and Edmonton. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Alberta, so check them out.

 Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta and one of the largest cities in size, within North America. Edmonton sits on the boundary between the prairies and the boreal forest in a connecting section known as the Aspen Parkland. The city’s most popular attraction has to be West Edmonton Mall, North America’s largest shopping mall. Built in 1981, the structure is home to over 800 shops, a luxury hotel, an indoor amusement park, an indoor water park and more if you can believe it.

Edmonton’s nickname in western Canada is ‘festival city’ as it plays host to an annual slate of renowned festivals such as Edmonton’s Capital Ex, The Fringe, Edmonton International Street Performer’s Festival, Canadian Finals Rodeo and many more. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your trip to Alberta. Cheap flights and low fares as well as detailed guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions and accommodations in Edmonton are all here.

Banff

Our Banff Travel Guide is up to date with all the information you’ll need on ski resorts & Banff Hotels, Banff National Parks, shopping in Banff, Alberta. Banff is a resort town located in Banff National Park, in the heart of the Alberta Rockies. Banff is a famous Canadian destination with a beautiful mountainous landscape perfect for ski buffs and rejuvenating hot springs. Outdoor sport lovers will rejoice with opportunities for biking, hiking, skiing, swimming and much more.

Our Banff Tour Guide includes flights to Banff, shopping around Banff, hotels near Banff Airports & Alberta Airports, museums and galleries in Banff, Alberta Nightlife, Banff hotel deals, car rentals, shopping in Banff, Event tickets in Banff, Alberta and more.

 

British Columbia

The province of British Columbia, also known as B.C, is Canada’s most western province and lies between Alberta to the east and the Pacific Ocean on its western side.

The landscape of this large province is so varied that in one day you could surf the calm tides of the Pacific Ocean in the morning and ski down the hills of Whistler that night. Victoria is the capital of the province, with Vancouver leading B.C in population and economic power. Other major cities within British Columbia include Surrey, Burnaby, Kamloops and Prince George.

The spectacular scenery and renowned ecotourism industry of British Columbia has made the province legendary around the world. Consider the diversity in landscape: the famous Canadian Rockies and the Coast Mountains, or the temperate lower mainland British Columbia, where the winters are mild at best. In fact much of Vancouver Island is covered in precious rainforest. Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your vacation in and around British Columbia, with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Vancouver and other great destinations in British Columbia.

 Vancouver

Vancouver is the largest metropolitan city in British Columbia and one of North America ’s - most scenic cities. Vancouver is a world class city, the proof is the pudding, so to speak. The city will host the 2007 Memorial Cup, the host of many 2007 FIFA under 20 World Cup games and the top honor and city can receive –host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver is also currently ranked in the Top 3 cities of the world in which to live.

Vancouver is a socially relaxed city with a lively cultural and entertainment scene. The city can also boast year-round access to outdoor activities that other major Canadian cities cannot do during the winter months – cycling, boating, hiking and skiing available almost anytime. Vancouver is also known as a "city of neighbourhoods", each with a distinct character and ethnic mix. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your vacation to Vancouver; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 Victoria

Victoria is located on the south-eastern tip of Vancouver Island. This is the beautiful capital city of British Columbia that overlooks the Strait of Juan de Fuca and is able to boast some of the nicest year-round weather in all of Canada. Victoria has a small population of 300,000 people and a breathtaking inner-harbour. The city is peppered with beautifully restored ‘heritage homes’ which are used as museums, bed & breakfasts, rental homes and suites for tourists. Victoria offers some of the best whale watching in the world. Several pods of Killer Whales make their home around the San Juan and Gulf Islands. The waters surrounding Southern Vancouver Island are home to three pods of killer whales. Although killer whales, or Orca, do not migrate, they are most consistently seen in these waters during the summer months, as the salmon, a main part of their diet, are returning from the Pacific.

Half of the Vancouver Island’s residents live in Victoria; however the city is a handy gateway to this magical island that stretches alongside the majority of mainland British Columbia’s coast, from north to south. The rugged west coast is cut deeply by fjords lined between high mountains with many communities located along the shores of protected bays. The eastern plain is rich with timber, farmlands, fishing streams, villages, and modern cities. Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your vacation to Victoria, located on enchanting Vancouver Island - with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

Manitoba

The most eastern of the Prairie Provinces, Manitoba is the quaint and tranquil neighbor to Ontario. Its capital and largest city (containing over half the provincial population) is Winnipeg.

Manitoba has a proud and rich aboriginal heritage. Aboriginal heroes, courageous voyageurs and spirited homesteaders are showcased in museums, landmarks and historical sites. Their stories are shared through art, music and dance works of Manitoba’s vibrant performing arts community.

There are many historical sites worth checking out in the province such as Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada. Or explore the beautifully restored stone heritage buildings at the original Hudson's Bay Company fur trade centre on the banks of the Red River. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your trip to Manitoba, with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg

Located in central Canada, Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba and plays an important role in finance, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and education in the country. It is the gateway between Eastern and Western Canada. It’s the perfect city to visit, with a warm and tranquil vibe that will help you get away from hectic city life. Although Winnipeg is quite modern, the old country flavor is still abundant with an array of vintage boutiques, charming restaurants, bakeries and butcher shops.

The Famous North End showcases the city’s famous old-school charm and boasts close to 50 public murals depicting different historical and multicultural scenes from Winnipeg’s history. Looking for your Winnipeg flight, cheap flights, low fares, hotels and tours in Winnipeg? Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your trip to Winnipeg; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

 

New Brunswick

Welcome to New Brunswick, one of Canada’s scenic Maritime Provinces, at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean.

Both French and English cultures are prominent in New Brunswick as it sits just south of Quebec and has a considerable Acadian population. Major cities such as Moncton, Saint John and the capital city of Fredericton are booming urban centers with plenty of activities available. Head over to the Bay of Fundy for whale and shark watching or take in a challenging nature hike on Gran Manan Island. Most of the libraries, museums, art galleries and theatres are found in Saint John and Fredericton, although Moncton has steadily become the second largest populated city in this province.

As you may already know, in the Maritime Provinces such as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the cuisine – specifically seafood is second to none! Here at Gitsa Travel, we have guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more for New Brunswick and its cities. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to New Brunswick, so check them out.

 

Newfoundland Travel Guide

It is time to visit Newfoundland and discover how small we really are… Each day the first sunset in North America takes place in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Newfoundland was once known as the edge of the earth when it was first discovered and remains undisturbed by commercial development. There is actually over 29,000 kilometres of coastline that is scattered with sweeping cliffs, inlets, caves, cays, historical towns and fishing villages. The true attraction to Newfoundland is the amazingly close access to over 22 species of whales and dolphins that reside along the coast here. You can witness these incredible creatures yourself by walking/biking (along the coast), joining a boat tour or even kayaking in the sea! The coastal waters of Newfoundland are home to white beaked dolphins, Orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, Minke whales, Pilot whales, Sperm whales and even the largest mammal of all time -the Blue whale.

Take a ferry over the Strait of Belle Isle to Labrador and bare witness to over 300,000 km of untouched wilderness including the Torngat Mountains National Park as well as the mammoth icebergs along the way. There is no other place in Canada that can compete with this wondrous natural experience on such a massive scale. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your vacation in and around Newfoundland, with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to St.John’s, Newfoundland and other great destinations in Atlantic Canada.

 

Northwest Territories Travel Guide

The North West Territories are Canada’s final frontier and sits north of Alberta and Saskatchewan, to the east of the Yukon and Nunavut

The northern parts of the Territories touch the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean. The capital city of Yellowknife is where the majority of the population lives. This is a resort town with several top-notch lodges open all year long. The fall/winter season brings down hill/cross country skiing to Yellowknife and the spring/summer brings the avid campers and nature lovers. On top of the fabulous skiing that you can experience in the fall & winter months, the big draw is actually the Aurora Borealis (famously known as the Northern Lights). This is quite simply an incredible light show produced by nature and shown to you in the night sky. Just imagine watching the Aurora dance and swirl with the stars - from your hot tub! There is nothing like seeing this event live and Aurora Tours are now available for the Northwest Territories.

Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your vacation in and around the Northwest Territories, with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and other great destinations in North-Western, Canada.

 

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is without a doubt - one of the finest undiscovered vacation spots within Canada. No matter the season, Halifax, Cape Breton Island and the rest of the province is bubbling with exciting things to do and experience

This Celtic & Acadian flavored peninsula is attached to southern New Brunswick and lies south of Prince Edward Island. There are over 100 inland and coastal beaches in Nova Scotia. The Bay of Fundy and the island’s southern coast are perfect for surfing the rough Atlantic waters. The province is divided from P.E.I by the Strait of Northumberland - which is dotted with beautiful beaches complimented by the calm Atlantic salt waters. The Shubenacadie River is the largest in Nova Scotia and one of the few places on earth that adventure seekers can do some tidal bore rafting (river tidal waves).

Nova Scotia is cultured, offering varied options for music, art, night life and cuisine. As a matter of fact the freshest produce and some of the best vineyards in Canada are right here in Nova Scotia – perfect for complimenting the seafood. Imagine fresh salmon, mussels or lobster right out of the Ocean! This is the place to plan your vacation in Nova Scotia with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

 

Ontario

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and the home to the country’s capital city, Ottawa. Toronto, Canada’s largest city is also provincial capital

Close to 40% of the Canadian population reside in Ontario (just under 13 million people). Ontario lies south of the Hudson Bay and James Bay, to the east is the Province of Quebec, the west is Manitoba and in the south lies the U.S states of Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York of course.

Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and the home to the country’s capital city, Ottawa. Toronto, Canada’s largest city is also provincial capital. Close to 40% of the Canadian population reside in Ontario (just under 13 million people). Ontario lies south of the Hudson Bay and James Bay, to the east is the Province of Quebec, the west is Manitoba and in the south lies the U.S states of Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York of course.

Toronto

Toronto is the capital city of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. Located off the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, this cosmopolitan metropolis just oozes with international charm gained through its diverse and multicultural population. Toronto is Canada’s economic and financial heart and arguably it’s leading cultural, artistic and technological contributor. Toronto’s best-known landmark is the world’s tallest free-standing structure in the world at 1,815 feet tall. Other high profile attractions include the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Distillery District, Yorkville, Casa Loma, Kensington Market, The Islands and so much more…

Toronto is a great city to visit, year-round as it has many sporting arenas, theatres, concert venues, museums, galleries festivals and international restaurants that all celebrate the multicultural Mecca that it is. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your vacation to Toronto; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

 Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s charming capital city and the fourth largest urban center in the country. The winding Ottawa River is what essentially forms the border between Ontario and Québec . The city of Gatineau lies on the other side of the river and although these cities are formally in two separate provinces, the two cities are considered a part of the same metropolitan area – The National Capital Region. Ottawa is considered one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. As the city borders the province of Québec, it has created a mixed cultural environment in which both French and English cultures are deeply rooted. The result is a low key cosmopolitan feel—a North American city with a distinct European charm and flair.

The city of Ottawa is a charismatic, yet modest metropolis. The focus in town is Parliament Hill; however this political town is filled with a vibrant energy thanks to the nationally renowned universities present there, ushering in some of the country’s brightest youth. Whether your interest is culture, history or simply natural outdoor attractions, Canada’s Capital city offers a unique combination of both. Gitsa is the place to plan your trip to Ottawa, Ontario; with cheap flights and detailed guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Canada is a top destination for its wonder, premium hotels, interesting shopping, quality restaurants, IMAX Theatres, ‘Maid of the Mist ‘tours and much more. Niagara Falls has always been a popular honeymoon spot as well, so what are you waiting for? C'mon, falls in love with Niagara!

The winter months, when the falls are both a day and evening attraction. The Canadian Falls or ‘the horseshoe’ is illuminated in colorful lights until midnight and will take your breath away.

 Hamilton

Hamilton is the third largest city in Ontario, behind Toronto and Ottawa. It holds much of the same big city appeal as those metropolises with a healthy dose of small town charm. Take the Hamilton Harbor for instance, the city’s waterfront area off Lake Ontario, which has been restored to become a peaceful oasis of beaching and boating fun. Nightlife in Hamilton can be fun when you visit Hess Village, considering McMaster University is close by there is always a wild party happening somewhere. Other points of interest in Hamilton include Copps Coliseum (where many world class concerts and productions are held), The Royal Botanical Gardens and the Theatre Aquarius to mention just a few.

The John C. Munro international airport is a fully functional airport with services available from Air Canada Jazz, West Jet Airlines, flyglobespan.com and Transat Vacations. Ground transportation available at the airport includes Hamilton Limo, taxi services, HSR (local public transit) and car rentals (more services are available at Pearson International Airport, just 45 minutes away). Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your trip in Hamilton, Ontario; with cheap flights and detailed guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations, limo services, airport parking, airport hotels, Hamilton bed & breakfasts and more.


Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province in size and population as well; however it makes for a great getaway when you need a little rest & relaxation.

Known as the Garden of the Gulf, the Island is located in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence west of Cape Breton Island, north of the Nova Scotia peninsula, and east of New Brunswick. The southern shore forms the Northumberland Strait.

Many tourists come over to check out where the inspiration for the much beloved series of the Anne of Green Gables novels originated and to bare witness to the engineering marvel that is the Confederation Bridge. Canada’s longest bridge spans over 30 kilometers and links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick (mainland Canada). The world’s longest salt water bridge links Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick and was given the name due to Charlottetown being the birthplace of the country’s decision to unite back in 1864.

Visitors to PEI enjoy a coastline dotted with red sandy beaches, red sandstone cliffs, picturesque bays and harbors. The rolling golf courses are very beautiful and have become very famous sites in North America amongst golfing enthusiasts. The throwback charm to this island is its historical and literary roots as well as the traditional architecture seen throughout the island. This is the place to plan your vacation in PEI with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada as well as other destinations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

 

Quebec

Visiting Quebec is like travelling to another country without having to leave. Beautiful cities such as Montreal, Gatineau and Quebec City are reminiscent of quaint European capitals, bursting with culture and scenic sites especially since all three sit on major rivers.

Montreal and Quebec City sit on the mighty St. Lawrence of course and Gatineau (which shares city status with Ottawa) sits on the Ottawa River. The historic St. Lawrence River is one of the largest on the planet, starting from Lake Ontario and flowing all the way through Quebec, finally emptying into the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You can canoe/kayak, take a ferry, fish and observe whales diving in out of the waves!

Montreal is often ranked amongst the top cities in the world to live in for its culture, architecture, history, cleanliness and overall ambience. There’s so much more to this lively city such as great restaurants for every taste, exciting theatre productions and an emerging music scene that is putting Canadian music on the world map. Quebec City is beaming with interesting Francophone culture. This scenic metropolis sits on top of the magnificent and historic St. Lawrence River and provides one the most beautiful sights in Canada, especially when the harbor is lit up at night.

Redatag.ca is the place to plan your vacation in Quebec with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Montreal and Quebec City, Quebec, as well as other destinations in Canada.

 Montreal

The largest city in Quebec and the second largest in Canada, Montreal is that rare North American city with a definite European look, feel and charm, felt throughout the entire province. The architecture and cobbled streets of the ‘old Montreal’ section of the city have been restored to maintain the feel of the early days of settlement in the area. Montreal is the heart of culture in Quebec as well as within Canada. There are many specialized museums, theatres and galleries throughout the city, many of which are housed in the Place des Arts – a cultural complex that houses the MAC.

Montreal is often ranked amongst the top cities in the world, in which to live for its culture, architecture, history, cleanliness and ambience. There’s so much more to this lively city such as the top notch restaurants, theaters and an emerging music scene that is putting Canadian music on the world’s musical map. Gitsa.ca is the place to plan your vacation in Montreal; with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Saskatchewan

Visitors that come to Saskatchewan either use the province’s capital city of Regina or Saskatoon as a gateway to either The West Coast or to Ontario or the East Coast.

Saskatchewan is sandwiched between Alberta and Manitoba and Northwest Territories and the U.S below it. This largely rural province has a rich history in mining, agriculture and forestry. There are some spectacular national parks in the province, consider the Wascana Centre in Regina, North America’s largest urban park. Buildings such as the Saskatchewan Provincial Legislative Building overlook the park to create an image of modernity meets nature. Just outside of the city you have Prince Albert National Park - perfect for hiking and camping.

Saskatoon is known as the city of bridges as it sits on the South Saskatchewan River and seven large and picturesque bridge settings. It’s a tranquil yet scenic metropolis and the most populous in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is loaded with several championship golf courses. The snow covered flat prairie land provides excellent conditions for cross country skiing and snowmobiling - as the southern part of the province is mild. Gitsa Travel is the place to plan your trip to Saskatchewan, with guides for shopping, restaurants, night life, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Regina and Saskatoon.

Yukon Territory

The Yukon is the place to be if you’re looking for a challenging adventurous outdoor vacation in the Klondike

Take a canoeing tour from Whitehorse along the majestic Yukon River, through the scenic mountainous landscape - all the way to the Bering Strait. The capital city of Whitehorse was built around 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush and is home to 90% of the population. There are plenty of guided tours for wilderness camping, dog sledding and mountain climbing set up in and around Whitehorse.

This is the place to plan your vacation around the Yukon with guides for shopping, restaurants, guided tours, attractions, accommodations and much more. We also have your cheap flights and low fares to Whitehorse, Yukon and other great destinations in North-Western, Canada.