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Information About Canada’s Telephone System

Canada has an excellent modern telecommunications system with 20,802,900 land lines and 8,751,300 cellular lines in use.

Important Phone Numbers To Know if Traveling to Canada

All embassies are located in the national capital of Ottawa. To name just a few:

The U.S. Embassy is at 490 Sussex Dr., Ottawa (tel. 613/238-5335). U.S. consulate are located in the following provinces: in Nova Scotia, Suite 910, Cogswell Tower, Scotia Sq., 2000 Barrington St., Halifax, NS (tel. 902/249-2480); in Quebec, 2 place Terrasse-Duffering, PO Box 939, Quebec City (tel. 418/692-2095) and 1155 Alexander St., PO Box 65, Postal Station Desjardins, Montreal (tel. 514/398-9695); in Ontario, 360 University Ave., Toronto (tel. 416/595-1700); in Alberta, 615 Macleod Trail S.E., 10th Floor, Calgary (tel. 403/266-8962); in British Columbia, Mezzanine, 1095 W. Pender St., Vancouver (tel. 604/685-4311).

A British consulate general is located in Ontario at 777 Bay St., Suite 2800, Toronto (tel. 416/593-1290).

An Australian consulate general is located in Ontario at 175 Bloor St. E., Suite 316, Toronto (tel. 416/323-1155).

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Other Important Information to Know About Canada

Time Zone:

Currency:

1 Canadian dollar is currently equivalent 0.88 U.S. dollars, 0.65 euros, and 0.44 British pounds. Current exchange rates for the Canadian dollar.

Population:

32,882,400 (83% White, 3.7% Chinese, 3.6% Ukrainian, 3.4% First Nations (Native American).

Holidays:

Statutory holidays are legislated through the federal, provincial, or territorial governments. Most employees are entitled to take off work during statutory holidays. These holidays include New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Canada Day (July 1st), Labour Day (1st Monday in September), and Christmas. Victoria Day (a Monday on or before May 24th), Thanksgiving (2nd Monday in October), and Remembrance Day (November 11th) are statutory in most provinces.

Language:

Canada’s official languages are English and French. About 60% of the population speaks English, while about 23% speaks French. 98.5% of Canadians speak at least one of these languages. Other commonly spoken languages include Chinese, Italian, and German. Several indigenous languages also have official status in the Northwest Territories.

Climate:

Like the U.S., Canada has 4 distinct seasons. Given the country’s large size, however, their arrival dates and lengths vary. Not surprisingly, the colder parts of Canada are in the north, and winters throughout the country are long and frigid. Coastal areas can be very wet. The summer months are pleasant, with high temperatures in the low 80s (Fahrenheit).

Fun Facts About Canada

  • Canada’s official national sports are ice hockey and lacrosse. The 6th largest metropolitan areas in the country participate in the National Hockey League (NHL).
  • 85% of French speakers in Canada live in the province of Quebec.
  • Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest nations.
  • Canada has distinct regional cuisines, as well as ethnic foods introduced by its immigrant populations.
  • Canada’s population density is among the lowest in the world. On average only 3.5 people occupy each square kilometer.
  • Tap water in Canada is among the purest in the world. Drink up!
  • Smoking in public places is highly restricted in Canada, though guidelines vary by province and city.
  • Canadian wines are delicious, and locally brewed beers tend to be excellent as well. Popular wine regions include the Niagara area of Ontario and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. Most cities and towns have brewpubs with locally brewed beers.
  • Canada’s newest territory is Nunavut, the Inuit homeland. It includes the Artic Ocean islands and coastline.
  • It is now cheaper to fly between Canadian cities than to take buses or trains. Check out WestJet for bargain flights.
  • Visit the beautiful city of Montreal from May to September. Try to catch its legendary Jazz Festival or the Grand Prix.
  • The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most impressive national parks in the world, including Banff and Jasper.
  • The 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver.
  • Canada is famous for its delicious maple syrup.
  • Canada is a model of multicultural living. For example, Toronto’s landscape includes Little Italy, Little Jamaica, Little India, Chinatown, Koreatown, Greektown, Portugal Village, and Corso Italia.
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