Tourism in Canada makes a significant economic contribution to the country. The magnificent wilderness that is on the door step of many centres of population has attracted many people into the area. The culture found in the region has also acted as a pull factor and the tourist industry in Canada is one that is growing. The Skiing industry is continually developing areas to ski. Areas around Banff have been established for years with the first chair lift in Canada being built on Mt Norquay in 1948. The town of Banff is home to visitors who come to ski the slopes at either Norquay, Sunshine Village or Lake Louise Mountain Resort.

The new ski resort of Kicking Horse

The new ski resort of Kicking Horse

The area is in complete contrast to the newer resorts such as the Kicking Horse ski resort located between the Percell Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. Since 2000 this resort has installed many new lift systems and opened new ski areas in order to attract tourists to this remote part of British Columbia. As well as this area being an attraction in the winter months people also flock to the west coast of the country in the summer to experience the natural world that is on offer on Vancouver Island. This is home to rarest form of temperate coastal rainforests and people come to see the flora and fauna that is associated with this type of ecosystem. Canada encourages people to visit these fragile areas but they are well protected by its distribution of national parks. The parks encourage campers who will lodge for a number of days travelling around the park by either foot, bike, or boat. As well as the great outdoors attracting visitors so too do Canada’s cities.  Nearly all of the Canadian cities are attractive to visit as they have an abundance of space and they therefore all have a green feel to them.

The cobblestone streets of Charlottetown

The cobblestone streets of Charlottetown

Despite the fact that the country is tender in years there is enough history in each region for the major urban settlements to celebrate its own unique culture. Charlottetown is the capital city on Prince Edward Island and although only 36,000 people live there it is in the main urban centre on the Island. Parts of the city represent a walk back in time with cobblestone streets being flanked by cafes, galleries, historic buildings and boutiques. Tourists are able to visit the Confederation Centre of the Arts with there being art displays and even live theatrical performances. There is even a military museum available for tourists interested in military history. The larger cities such as Montreal also attract many visitors. Visitors are able to sample the any aspects of this major world class city. Just following its history by visiting its museums gives the tourist a greater understanding of the country’s history.

The city is home to many top sports teams regardless of the time of the year, and there are many top stadiums to visit. The Olympic Stadium was the setting for the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games and has been the home to the baseball and football teams that play in the city. It no longer has a permanent tenant but hosts many play-off games and big matches. The nightlife of Montreal is also an attraction for visitors. The city can be quite calm during the day yet this is quite the opposite at night as there is a certain edge to the atmosphere. There are many jazz bars, dance clubs and live music venues that attract a wide variety of students, artists and musicians to enjoy the entrainment that Montreal has to offer.

Canada is a modern country with a deep history and rich culture. This mix is attracting more and more visitors each year.