Canada is known to be a Northern country but also experiences hot and humid summers. Every year, millions of tourists come to visit the gigantic country: the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver or Eastern Canada and Newfoundland are popular vacation destinations.
The cities of Canada and its urban areas offer a great cultural diversity. Some of the greatest highlights are the festivals taking place every year around Canada. The “Celebration of Light” in Vancouver with the “Symphony of Fire” is a must-see in the Summer. It’s a firework competition that lasts over several nights. The “Toronto International Film Festival” features numerous world premieres of prestigious films in September.
Montreal is called THE city of festivals – the Montreal International Jazz Festival welcomes 2 million visitors every summer. If a Canadian counterpart of the Oktoberfest had to be identified, one would probably look to the Calgary Stampede, an agricultural exhibition and festival including rodeo shows.
Even in Winter events and festivals attract tourists, to the “Carnaval de Québec” – the world’s biggest winter carnival – which takes place in the first half of February; or to Ottawa’s “Winterlude”, where visitors can skate on the world’s longest skating rink: the frozen Canal Rideau.