Canada covers a big chunk of the northern portion of the North American continent, sharing its land borders with the contiguous United States to the south and the US state of Alaska to the northwest. Canada stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to its east, all the way to the Pacific Ocean to its west; the Arctic Ocean lies to its north.
Total area: 9,984,670 km² (3,855,103 sq mi)
Population: 34,814,000 (2012 Estimate)
As one of the world's most highly developed countries, Canada lies in the northern part of the American continent and is the world's second-largest country by total area. It extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean. It shares a common border with the USA which is globally the longest land border. Canada consists of ten provinces and three territories and is a federal state that is governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. It is a bilingual nation with both English and French as official languages at the federal level.
Canada also homes large islands. The largest Island in Canada is Baffin Island, which is the fifth biggest island on the globe. Only two US states are bigger than Baffin Island – Alaska and Texas. Baffin Island is more than double the size of the UK and is slightly smaller than FRANCE.
Canada is a mixed economy and one of the world's top ten trading nations. The largest foreign importers of Canadian goods are the United States, the UNITED KINGDOM, and JAPAN.
Without forgetting that Canada also maintains a sizable manufacturing sector centred around the areas of southern Ontario and Quebec, with important industries such as automobiles and aeronautics, the Canadian economy is dominated by the service industry, which employs about three-quarters of the country's workforce.
However, Canada is unusual among developed countries in the high importance of its primary sector, in which the logging and petroleum industries are two of its most prominent elements.
Canada is one of the few developed nations that are net exporters of energy. Atlantic Canada possesses vast offshore deposits of natural gas, and Alberta also hosts large oil and gas resources. The immense Athabasca oil sands give Canada the world's second-largest proven oil reserves, after Saudi Arabia. Canada is additionally one of the world's largest suppliers of agricultural products; the Canadian Prairies are one of the most important global producers of canola, wheat and other grains. Canada is the largest producer of zinc and uranium, and is a leading exporter of many other natural resources, such as nickel, gold, aluminum, and lead.
Due to its size and stretch from East to West, Canada generally experiences large fluctuations in its temperatures, as average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary from region to region. Winters can be harsh in many parts of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate, where daily average temperatures are near −15 °C (5 °F). Having said that, they can also drop below −40 °C (−40 °F) with very strong and severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow may well cover large areas for extended periods (even six months) of the year, while in its northern parts, snow can remain a permanent year-round resident.
Coastal British Columbia experiences a temperate climate, with a mild and rainy winter. On Canada's eastern and western coasts, average high temperatures are generally in the low 20s °C (70s °F). The average summer high temperatures of the areas which lie between the coasts, range from 25 to 30 °C (77 to 86 °F). Likewise, specific locations further inland may occasionallyface temperatures exceeding 40 °C (104 °F).
Source: Wikipedia, About Canada
As a highly developed and prosperous nation and the second largest country in the world, Canada has a large domestic and foreign tourism industry. Due to its incredible geographical variety, it is a major attractor of overseas tourists annually, ranked as No 3 in the Top 10 countries with international arrivals for the Americas with 16.10 Million, as of 2010. Much of the country's tourism is centered around Canada's four largest cities, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa, well-known for their culture, diversity, as well as the many national parks, picturesque and magnificent lakes and historic sites.
The Canadian tourism sector’s human resources rating jumped from 12th place in 2008 to 6th place. The report recognizes Canada’s dedication to hiring and retaining the calibre of employee needed to execute its existing tourism strategy and to stimulate growth.
It will likely come as no surprise to people that from all the varying nationals coming to visit Canada, residents of the United States are the most represented; in the below list however, other overseas visitors who take the time to visit Canada and discover all it has to offer, also form a melting pot of nationalities from around the globe. The following are only the top 15 countries whose residents visited Canada in 2009:
1. United States
2. United Kingdom
9. South Korea
12. Hong Kong
(2009 arrivals-Sources: Wikipedia, Kanetix, CTHRC Canada 2010)
An important note: No matter what country visitors to Canada call home, travel health insurance should be purchased in advance of arrival. Canada's well known health care system does not offer free medical care to visitors or tourists. For vacationers visiting Canada, health care can be quite costly without them having their own travel insurance coverage.
Car Hire in Canada with MisterHire.Com
Visiting Canada is always a unique experience. Since it is a vast country, our car rental options are more diverse and far more popular near its major cities, given that many of our car rental bookings actually take place from our on-airport locations. Our inclusive rental rates come packed with CDW insurance, local fees and taxes, theft waiver and airport fees.
Canada is a country of size and an area of outstanding natural beauty. The large distances between places, make the decision to hire a rental car as one of complete sense. When on a holiday and trailing away from the cities however, may well allow you to really peacefully stretch your mind and indulge yourselves in some real open road and/or adventurous driving. With our new and existing car rental associates, we put the time in expanding our car rental model range from the smallest urban units, to comfy family cars and further supplementing it with the largest SUV’s and 4x4's for absolute off-road driving enjoyment.
Then again, we search, monitor, -even maintain where possible- and present the best inclusive car rental rates to you, so that when you search our pages for most competitive car rentals deals, you do get them when needed the most! It has to be mentioned however, that early bookings incur substantial savings, as they allow our car rental partners to smoothen the incoming demand from various sources and in doing so, can offer better rates to us all. So, in a truly (Canadian) fishing sense, when it comes to MisterHire.Com’s car rental operations, it is more than fair to say that the early bird truly catches the bait!
Whether you are planning to visit the major cities of Toronto, Montreal or Quebec for some sightseeing or you want to hit the slopes for some skiing, rest assure that we can supply you with a suitable and reliable rental car to both meet your needs and budget. In addition, snow tyre options as well as ski racks and snow chains can all be pre-ordered with us Online as optional extras, to ensure you stay safe and stress-free while enjoying your Canada visit to the fullest.
Speed limits in Canada
Typical Canadian speed limits are:
• 15–20 km/h (9.3–12 mph) at shopping centre entrances and parking areas
• 30–50 km/h (19–31 mph) for school and playground zones
• 40–50 km/h (25–31 mph) on residential streets (within cities/towns)
• 50–80 km/h (31–50 mph) on major arterial roads in urban and suburban areas
• 70–90 km/h (43–56 mph) on major arterial roads, arterial highways and at-grade expressways
• 80–110 km/h (50–68 mph) on grade-separated expressways/freeways.
Sources: Wikipedia, About Canada
A warning note to our Canadian car rental Drivers: Note that where more than one limit is given per road, it usually indicates a difference between provinces; however, within provinces, different roads of the same classification have different speed limits.
Source: Canadian Travel
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