When it comes to student travel, Canada is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world. And for any student on an English course in Canada, it doesn’t usually take long to realize that they’re onto something very special indeed.
Getting Around in Canada
The first thing that strikes you on arriving in Canada is just how big it is. Fortunately, from the point of view of the traveler who’s got to see as much of it as possible before their course comes to an end, the transport system is good and getting around is, for the most part, pretty straightforward.
To get from coast to coast, there’s only one sensible option, and that’s to fly. But for almost every other journey, there is a range of bus and train options to choose from. The former is cheaper, more common, and is the best option for hopping from city to city, but train journeys in Canada – especially the famous Toronto Vancouver cross-country route – are amongst the most breathtaking travel experiences imaginable.
Vibrant Canadian Cities
One of the main reasons for coming to Canada – on a language course, or otherwise – is that it’s not short of a vibrant city or two. There’s Montreal and Toronto, obviously, both of which are bustling modern metropolises with sights and attractions aplenty.
Then, of course, there’s the frequently overlooked capital, Ottawa, not to mention Calgary and a number of other, smaller cities like Victoria and Canmore. Each of these has something slightly different to offer both the tourist and the student taking a Sights of Canmore tour guide.
But none of these, arguably, is a patch on Vancouver. For when it comes to being a colorful yet laid back city with a hip, bohemian scene that extends into nightlife, shopping and all things artsy and cultural, Vancouver probably stands alone.
Canada’s Great Outdoors
But traveling in Canada just wouldn’t be traveling in Canada if it didn’t involve a little ‘off-roading’! Whether it’s hiking, climbing or, during the winter months, skiing, Canada is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors.
Looking at a map of Canada it can seem like that as soon as the cities end, national park begins. Indeed, there are no fewer than 42 national parks, one of which – Wood Buffalo National Park – is approximately twice the size of Wales!
And this, ultimately, is what really makes the country stand out from the point of view of a student traveler on an English course in Canada: it’s covered with absolutely vast, and indeed almost untouched, wildernesses.
Being given the opportunity to spend some time surrounded by a seemingly endless series of one stunning panorama of mountains, rivers and forests after another can feel like, not so much a privilege, as a singular honor.