Yes Canada is exteremly picky giving even a regular tourist visa.
You must prove that you won't stay in Canada as a refugee. That's what they are afraid of. I don't know if you are single. Single man from middle east and asia considered as potential refugees.
Give them copies of property/land/car etc. you own and your income in India. You have to convince them that you won't stay in Canada but you will go back to India. If you are married and have children give their ID's. Or like advise and prove them you have old parents in India and you are the only person to take care of them so you will go back and no intention to stay in Canada etc.
If you are being employed by a Canadian company they must invite you and say your skills are needed in Canada and no one in Canada has your special skills to do the job.
This may take months before you hear anything from them...Itir
As Canada's capital, Ottawa is naturally a center of government. However, high-tech industries and tourism are also important aspects of the city's economy. Because it is on the border between English-speaking Ontario and French-speaking Quebec, Ottawa is the most bilingual city in Canada.
Ottawa dates from 1800, when Philemon Wright established a small settlement on a 165-foot (50-meter) bluff at the confluence of the Ottawa, Rideau, and Gatineau rivers. The site was chosen as a convenient place from which to ship timber to Quebec City. The new settlement was called Bytown, after Colonel John By.
In 1855, Bytown was chosen by Queen Victoria to be the capital of the United Provinces of Canada. There had been a bitter rivalry between English-speaking Toronto and French-speaking Montreal over which should become the capital of the new nation. Bytown represented a compromise because it was on the border of the two provinces. After the city became the nation's capital, its name was changed to Ottawa, after the Outaouaic Indians who had lived in the area.
Nowadays, Ottawa is a pleasant city of about 1,140,000 inhabitants. There are numerous parks, lakes, and open spaces, and the city is surrounded by a two-and-a-half-mile-wide (four kilometer-wide) greenbelt.
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Cold, cold, warm, hot & humid & cold again. This is how I would best describe the four seasons in Canada. For most part of the country we have extreme cold in the winter time and rainy, wet summer. Not to mention the humidity. A little dryer in Alberta and the prairies. Should of placed this tip under dangers and warnings, but I figured when you come here, you kind of expect such weather.
It is highly recommended that you dress in layers when coming here in winter, from other countries. Many folks heard of the Canadian, cold weather here or read it somewhere, but never actually experienced it in real life. For us locals it is normal and we are familiar with this brutal weather during the winter months, especially in January and February. For most part of the country winter hits hard and stays long, except for BC. British Columbia is the only province at the west coast without a white winter. It is more rain than snow over there, unless you go up to the mountains, like Whistler.
It is not unusual that temperatures go below minus -40 C degrees in the winter time. Especially when the winds hits you. This greatly increases your chances to get a frost bite from the extreme cold. Here is what you need to survive:
Dress in layers
Wear wind resistant pants
Wear wind resistant jacket with a hood
Wear wind and water resistant footwear / Boots
Wear multiple socks
Wear thick gloves
Protect your eyes from the blinding snow with shades, (Sunglasses)
Limit the time you spend outside in extreme cold days
Use lip moisturizer like Chapstick.
Don't wonder around alone too far
Have a cell phone with you if possible
Please do not get scared from our winters. It is more fun than inconvenience. There are so many things to do here in the Winter time. Please send me a message with special requests or questions. Hope I could help.
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Favorite thing: VICs are Visitor Information Centres and definitely the best source to obtain information for your trip. Every little town has its own VIC which is usually perfectly equipped with literally hundreds of brochures about the region, its sights and accommodations. Nearly all the staff of the VICs I visited was well-trained and could answer even the most unusual questions. Especially in the smaller towns and villages, the VIC is also the place to go to if you need to check your mail or update your VT pages - free Internet is often available.
Getting a call from the golf pro north of the border, in western BC, marks the start of spring for us in northwest Montana. A drove of eighty miles north, across the border into western BC, signaled snow had melted and the greens and fairways resemble an expensive carpet. The lawnmower has first cut the entire course and we will be the first to play the course this season. One thing about living in a snow belt, is walking in fresh grass covered by snow all winter. The ball bounces on the fairways and bites on the greens.
Fondest memory: The fondest memory of spring in Canada are the remarks from "newbees" when entering this emerald green paradise. "The roads are so wide" and "This fairway feels like a carpet". This is one thing you need to add to your "I want to do before I die list".
Canada Post handles most of Canda's mail.
Postcard stamps are CAD 0,52 (within Canada), CAD 0,93 (USA) or CAD 1,55 (rest of the World).
... and than there is sales tax too.
Counting the time
Counting the time
my gave you passed and
my hours, my minutes,
my seconds and my life...
It meditated in my
past, my loves, my griefs,
my family, my works,
my passing present and my future
each time but nearby, but hardly,
but sure, but concrete,
and my beatings, agitated and strong,
the end and the beginning
of a new phase.
Fondest memory: The doors
You were the correct person
by your factions,
by your words, by your
silence, among to your life,
by the rear door and I left for
the large door.
Who some day knows
we will not need,
neither doors to enter neither
to leave. Alone a place to be and
to love to the end.
niagara falls are a natural beauty but too much commercial right now!but is something to visit!
the near village,niagara on the lake,is a little jewel!!!
around niagara falls have a trip to eyre zone!it's very elegant, and quite.
toronto is an excelent north american city!! is very hot in summer .the skylon tower is very impressive!
Fondest memory: i look forward to be back to canada to explore the west side !
i miss the vitality of montreal toronto and ottawa and the little villages that lies near the cities!
* L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site (1978)
* Nahanni National Park (1978) #
* Dinosaur Provincial Park (1979)
* Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek (1979, 1992, 1994) # * 5
* Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump (1981)
* SGang Gwaay (1981)
* Wood Buffalo National Park (1983)
* Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks (1984, 1990) # 6
* Historic District of Old Québec (1985)
* Gros Morne National Park (1987)
* Old Town Lunenburg (1995)
* Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (1995) *
* Miguasha National Park (1999)
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It would be impossible to visit Canada in one vacation. The comments I've included cover 30 years of trips.
I have travelled across most of Canada. One must realize that it is a 4 to 6 day drive to drive from the west coast to the east (or vice versa). I will add something about each province I have visited. If you are planning a visit, contact me - I may be able to supply hints and information. There is really a lot more I could say, but I'm worried about going on too long.
By the way, my summaries do not include the three territories - certainly not because they are not worth visiting, but only because I have not visited them yet.
Christmas (literally, the Mass of Christ), also known as Noël, is a traditional holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus with both religious and secular aspects, commonly observed on 25 December.
Celebrated mostly by Christians, the holiday is based on the traditional ?though not accurate? birth of Jesus, as 25 December 1 BC.
Fondest memory: Christmas has acquired many secular aspects, which are sometimes celebrated as often?or more?than the birth of Jesus. Many Christmas traditions originated with pre-Christian observances that were syncretised into Christianity. Examples of this process are the northern European Yule, and the Winter Solstice celebration found in many older as well as recent pagan celebrations.
Gift-giving is a near-universal part of Christmas celebrations.
children leave empty containers for Santa to fill with small gifts such as toys, candy, or fruit.
In Canada children hang a Christmas stocking by the fireplace on Christmas Eve because Santa is said to come down the chimney the night before Christmas to fill them
Halloween is an observance celebrated on the night of October 31, most notably by children dressing in costumes and going door-to-door collecting sweets or money.
The term Halloween comes from hallow and eve, as it is the evening before "All Hallows Day".
Halloween's theme is spooky or scary things particularly involving death, magic, or mythical monsters. Commonly-associated Halloween characters include ghosts, ghouls, witches, bats, black cats, owls, spiders, goblins, zombies, skeletons and demons, as well as certain fictional figures like Dracula and Frankenstein's monster. Homes are often decorated with these symbols around Halloween.
Fondest memory: Black and orange are the traditional colors of Halloween. In modern Halloween images and products, purple, green, and red are also prominent.
Elements of the autumn season, such as pumpkins and scarecrows, are also reflected in symbols of Halloween.
The carved jack-o'-lantern, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween's most prominent symbols. In Britain and Ireland, a turnip was and sometimes still is used, but immigrants to America quickly adopted the pumpkin because it was more readily available; additionally, it is much larger and easier to carve. Many families that celebrate Halloween carve a pumpkin into a frightening or comical face and place it on their home's doorstep after dark. The practice was originally intended to frighten away evil spirits or monsters.
Canada occupies the northern portion of North America. It shares land borders with the contiguous United States to the south and with Alaska to the northwest, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west; to the north lies the Arctic Ocean.
Boreal forests prevail throughout the country, ice is prominent in the Arctic and through the Rockies, and the relatively flat Prairies facilitate agriculture. The Great Lakes feed the St. Lawrence River (in the southeast) where lowlands host much of Canada's population.
Fondest memory: Newfoundland is at the mouth of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the world's largest estuary. The Canadian Maritimes protrude eastward from the southern coasts of Quebec. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are divided by the Bay of Fundy, which experiences the world's largest tidal variations. West of Ontario, the broad, flat Canadian Prairies spread toward the Rocky Mountains, which separate them from British Columbia.
The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), colloquially Greater Canada in North America, belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species. The species name, canadensis, is a New Latin word meaning "of Canada".
Commonly, reference is made to these birds with the words "Canadian Geese", but the word "Canadian" is incorrect. The proper terms are always "Canada Goose" and "Canada Geese".
Fondest memory: The black head and neck with white "chinstrap" distinguish this goose from all except the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast and grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are 7 subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese.
Like most geese, it is naturally migratory, the wintering range being most of the USA. The calls overhead from large groups of Canada Geese flying in V-shaped formation signal the transitions into spring and fall. In some areas, migration routes have changed due to changes in habitat and food sources
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