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It is the world’s second largest country, occupying northern North America. It stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with the Arctic Ocean lying to the north. Due to its massive size, it has the longest coastline in the world, with most of it making up the Canadian Arctic covered by ice.
Canada comprises ten provinces and three territories grouped into different regions: Atlantic Canada, Central Canada, Northern Canada and Western Canada.
Atlantic Canada region is made up of three Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) and Newfoundland and Labrador. The region of Central Canada is made up of the large and popular provinces of Ontario and Quebec that make up 62% of Canada’s population, with most of the urbanized and industrialized cities being Toronto and Montreal, and Ottawa the capital. Northern Canada comprises of the three territories: Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon. This region is sparsely populated with vast natural resources. Western Canada makes up 31% of Canada’s population and is often referred to as the ‘Mountain Province’. The region is made up of four Provinces: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
The multicultural environment has led to Canada’s growth as a prosperous, successful and highly developed country. There are many languages spoken, but English and French are the official two.
Why Study in Canada?
Canada recently became a popular choice with overseas students due to its varied climatic conditions, diverse cultures and friendly people.Canada is a big player in the international education field and is considered an ideal destination for international students. It is a home to more than 175,000 international students every year, more and more from the Gulf. Canadian degrees are well related in business, government and academic circles around the world.
Canada experiences varied climate conditions; with continental weather in the Interior and Prairie regions and temperate weather in the West Coast (British Columbia)
Summer: June to August, 0° – 27°C
Winter: December to February, -29° – 0°C
Temperatures experienced in British Columbia are as follows:
Summer: June to August : 11° – 22°C
Winter: December to February, 1° – 8°C
- Waterproof clothes and umbrella for Rainy days
- Dress in layers so that each layer can be added or removed depending on the weather
- Gloves, scarfs, hat, ear muffs and a good pair of Snow Shoes for Winter
- Light cottons and Linens in Summer
- National Costume is recommended for festivities
Shopping & Dining
- Shops are open every day of the week, 10:00 A.M to 9 P.M, Monday to Friday, 10:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M on Saturdays and 12:00 P.M to 6:00 P.M on Sundays
- Flea markets are good places to get cheap objects
- Restaurants are usually open late
- An array of cuisine is offered
- A variety of seafood is available along the coastline
- Canadian’s are beef eaters, including meat like bison, caribou and elk
Travel & Transportation
- Buses, rail, streetcars and subway are the easiest travel methods
- Affordable plane, rail and bus transportation between the different provinces
- Student fares are available
- Bicycles paths are paths available in major cities
- Taxis are expensive