Two Worlds United foreign exchange students will discover
Canada's spectacular scenery, limitless recreational activities, friendly
people, safe towns, and the exciting cities of Toronto, Montréal, and
is bounded by the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans. Beyond the urban
areas, narrow roads that are unblemished by billboards or strip malls
wind through rolling farmlands, endless woods, Celtic seascapes, and
In the harsh northlands of forest, tundra, and arctic ice are unnamed
islands, forsaken rivers, and the sound of the wind. This contrasts
sharply with Toronto's sophisticated crowds and culture, Québec's
joie de vivre, and the lost-in-time ambience of the Maritimes, where
you'll sooner hear a fiddle tune than a siren.
More than 730,000 square kilometers (282,000 square miles) of natural
wilderness areas are preserved in federal and provincial parks, well-served
by roads, airfields, trails, and campgrounds. Summer resorts and top-rated
skiing areas are plentiful. Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta, bordering
the Northwest Territories, is larger than Switzerland.
Wildlife far outnumbers people—at less than 30 million, Canada has one
of the world's lowest population densities.
Canadian cities are known for their cleanliness, the result of frequent
garbage pickup. Downtown areas are vibrant and interesting, with efficient
transportation systems, preserved historical districts, and inner-city
In the 17th and 18th centuries, the battling British and French built
Canada's foundation. Today both French and English are official languages.