Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Spanning over 9.9 million square kilometres, Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the longest land border in the world.
The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French expeditions explored, and later settled, along the region's Atlantic coast. France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America in 1763 after the Seven Years' War. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy from the United Kingdom. This widening autonomy was highlighted by the Balfour Declaration of 1926 and reaffirmed by the Statute of Westminster of 1931, which declared self-governing dominions within the British Empire to be equal. The Canada Act of 1982 finally severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament.
Canada is a federal state that is governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. It is a bilingual nation with both English and French as official languages at the federal level. Canada's diversified economy is one of the world's largest, and is reliant upon its abundant natural resources and upon trade – particularly with the United States, with which Canada has had a long and complex relationship. It is a member of the G7, G8, G20, NATO, OECD, WTO, Commonwealth of Nations, Francophonie, OAS, APEC, and UN. With the sixth-highest Human Development Index and ninth-highest per capita income globally, Canada's standard of living is one of the world's highest.
Canada Tour Package
Duration : 07 Days/06 Nights
DAY 1. Arrive Calgary / Kananaskis
Tour departs: Calgary Airport at 3:00 PM. Your tour Director will be at the airport from 2:00 PM; people arriving the day before may join at the Westin Hotel at 1:00 PM or at the Delta Bow Valley at 1:10 PM. Cross the last few miles of Canadian prairie, and arrive in Alberta’s lovely Kananaskis country. Located in the foothills of Canada’s RockyMountains, on the border of Banff National Park, this region is known for its mountain peaks, alpine meadows, and verdant forests, as well as its extensive wildlife. We invite you to join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2. Emerald Lake / Lake Louise
Today you will have an opportunity to see three of the most beautiful lakes in North America! Journey into the Canadian Rockies, traveling across the Continental Divide through Kicking Horse Pass to Emerald Lake, a true jewel among towering peaks. See the Spiral Tunnels and the Natural Bridge before visiting Moraine Lake, if the conditions are permitting, which is nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Your final destination today is Lake Louise, at the foot of Victoria Glacier. In the spring there often is late snow, framing the lake and glacier with lofty snowbound peaks. Spend the night at one of Canada’s premier resorts, elegant The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
DAY 3. Icefields Parkway
The morning is at leisure for nature walks to enjoy some of the most inspiring scenery in North America. After lunch, begin the amazing journey along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. This stretch of highway is considered by many to be among the most spectacular in the Canadian National Parks system, commanding a panoramic view of majestic mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, ice-falls (spring), and snowfields. En route you may see moose, deer, bighorn sheep, elusive mountain goats, bear, or perhaps the furtive coyote. Animals are most prevalent in spring and fall, during the months of May, September and October. Arrive at your final destination for today, Jasper National Park; the next two nights are spent at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, which is located right in the heart of this majestic park.
DAY 4. Jasper National Park
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Jasper National Park at your leisure today. There are numerous optional activities available at the lodge including trail riding, tennis, golf, hiking, and swimming, or you can visit the town of Jasper to shop and search out local crafts. The park’s incredible scenery is a photographer’s paradise!
DAY 5. Columbia Icefield
Journey to Banff National Park by retracing your route along the beautiful Icefields Parkway, viewing the park’s unspoiled natural beauty from different vantage points. View mighty Athabasca Falls and the two monumental peaks, Snow Dome and Mount Athabasca, framing Athabasca Glacier. The glacier is one of many “rivers of ice” flowing from the Columbia Icefield, whose melting waters spawn a host of rivers flowing into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Take a memorable ride on a “Snocoach,” a special vehicle that travels along the surface of the glacier. Arrive in majestic Banff National Park for a two-night stay at the baronial The Fairmont Banff Springs.
DAY 6. Banff National Park
Banff was Canada’s first national park, in addition to being one of the largest. Ice fields, lofty snow-capped mountains, blue glaciers, deep evergreen forests and rugged alpine meadows blend together to create a magnificent panorama. The village of Banff is surrounded by an array of spectacular alpine beauty; your day is at leisure. Your resort offers optional activities including an outstanding golf course and a world-class spa.
DAY 7. Journey Home
Travel back to Calgary this morning. Tour ends: Calgary Airport at 10:00 AM. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in; flights direct to the United States clear U.S. customs in Calgary.
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