Canada, travel to the land of the cold

(continuer en français) – Last updated: November 10, 2019

When I think of Canada, the cold and the immensity come to mind first.

The cold, not only because of its intensity, but mainly because of the length of the winter. Geographically, few countries are partly beyond the polar circles.

The immensity is quickly perceived as soon as one moves away from the comfort of cities, the distances lengthen between two rows of fir trees or in infinite plains.

With such cold weather, human activity is struggling to develop, just 36 million people in 2016, not enough to mark the entire immense territory. The benefit for the traveller will be to discover landscapes left in their original appearance. As a result, Canada is the land of Nature.

Despite the small number of people and the size of the territory, the population tends to be concentrated in large urban agglomerations whose attractiveness extends beyond national borders. Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver regularly rank among the cities considered to be the most pleasant to live in and to visit.

Modern cities by essence, their history going back only a few centuries. Before that, Amerindian civilizations did not leave any lasting monuments as they did further south on the continent. The remains of the past then take on the appearance of log cabins, with the old town districts dating back to the end of the 19th century at best.

So here we are, we must now embark on a journey of immensity to cover the ten provinces and three territories that make up Canada. Strangely enough, few Canadians have done so, not only because of the distances involved, but also because of the lack of holidays, the two or three yearly weeks, wasted on days when it is necessary to be out of work, leaving little time for long journeys.

For the traveller, just look at the map, follow the route of the Trans-Canada Highway, and the dream begins to grow.

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