Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometers (3.85 million square miles), making it the largest country in North America and the second-largest country in the world by land area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometers (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada is one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many other countries.
I have travelled to Canada more than 15 times, mostly for business trips. I have only few pictures of Canada from my family vacations.
Pictures below are from four cities; a business trip to Edmonton, Alberta; a business trip to Montreal, Québec; a family trip to Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia; and family trip to Niagara Falls, Ontario. In addition to above trips, I have made multiple Business trips to Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and Halifax; unfortunately I don’t have any pictures from those trips as there was no good camera on mobile phones in those days.
During December 2008, I made a business trip to Edmonton the capital city of Alberta. Edmonton is very cold during winter, so most time was spent in the hotel and at work. Just one day we visited West Edmonton Mall, the largest enclosed sopping mall in the North America.
After four days in Edmonton, it was a time to fly back home to Dallas.
During February 2009, just two months after visiting cold Edmonton, I made a business trip to colder Montreal, the second-most populous city in Canada and most populous city in Quebec. The city of Montreal is set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city.
Montreal is very cold during winter, so most time was spent at work and walking above ground near the hotel. Montreal is well-known for its Underground City (officially RESO), an impressive network connecting pedestrian thoroughfares to office towers, hotels, shopping centers, residential and commercial complexes, convention halls, universities, performing arts venues, restaurants, bistros, subway stations and more, in and around Downtown, the most densely populated part of Montreal. It is the largest underground complex in the world with 32 km (20 mi) of tunnels over 12 km2 (4.6 sq mi). According to official statistics, its corridors link up with 10 metro stations, 2 bus terminals, 1,200 offices, about 2,000 stores including 2 major department stores, approximately 1,600 housing units, 200 restaurants, 40 banks, movie theatres providing 40 screens and other entertainment venues, 7 major hotels, 4 universities, Place des Arts, a cathedral, the Bell Centre, and 3 exhibition halls: the Place Bonaventure, the Convention Centre and the Olympic Centre. The underground network is very useful during Montreal’s long cold winter.
Pictures below are from my customer’s office and from me walking above ground near the hotel.
After four days in Montreal, it was a time to fly back home to warmer Dallas.
I have visited Victoria, the capital of the province of British Columbia, two times; the first time was in December 1994 during Christmas, though I don’t have any digital pictures from that trip to share here; second time was as a Port of Call during our seven days Carnival cruise in Jun 2009 spending less than 10 hours in this beautiful city.
Victoria’s streets will make you think you’ve been transported to a charming English village. The downtown area features colorful Victorian buildings with floral hanging baskets everywhere. Back in 1994 we found people playing game of Cricket and double-decker bus.
I have visited Vancouver, the largest city of the province of British Columbia, multiple times; the first time was in December 1994 during Christmas, though I don’t have any digital pictures from that trip to share here; after that multiple business trips to this picturesque city, again no pictures from those trips too. The last time was as a Port of Call during our seven days Carnival cruise in Jun 2009 spending less than 10 hours in this beautiful city.
Vancouver was originally named Gastown and began as a settlement which grew around the site of a makeshift tavern. Today, Vancouver is the most densely populated and one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada: 52% of its residents are not native English speakers, and 50.6% of residents belong to visible minority groups.
Vancouver has been ranked one of the most livable cities in the world for more than a decade.
During June of 2010, I drove from Philadelphia to Niagara Falls for a family vacation. Niagara Falls is a world famous tourist place with the main attraction being a group of three waterfalls located on the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario, spanning the border between the province of Ontario in Canada and the state of New York in the United States.
After couple of days in Niagara Falls, it was a time to drive back to home in USA.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...