Gap Years and Backpacking in Canada

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Moving to Canada
If you're thinking of making the move to Canada then read how it's done
Complete Gap Years
The best way to get to Canada on your gap year
Chillin' in Canada
Caroline- show's us just why you should visit Canada
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What's the best way of getting around Canada?
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Travel in Canada

Gap Years in Canada

Located in North America, Canada is the second largest country in the world.  Because of its incredible size, much of the Canadian landscape has been left untouched, creating some of the most beautiful places in the world.

The cities

To experience a slice of Europe head to the city of Quebec, once settled as part of New France. French is the common language here, and medieval and gothic influences can be seen in the architecture, although the maple syrup here will remind you that you are in fact across the Atlantic Ocean.

Other big cities in Canada are Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls to see one amazing waterfall.  The thing to do in these cities is to go shopping, watch an ice hockey game, and try the cuisine of the world restaurants.

For film and TV buffs, Vancouver is the place to go. Television and movies shows such as Smallville, Supernatural, Final Destination, and the Twilight Saga, just to name a few, were all filmed here. In Vancouver you can go on an On Location Tour to see where scenes were shot, and get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process.  You might even get to see some filming taking place.

The nature

The cities should be a small part of your gap year in Canada; the national parks are where this country really shines.  In the Prairies region, lays the beautiful Banff national park in Alberta.  In Banff and Jasper national parks backpackers can go on incredible hiking trails which take you past tall snow capped mountains, and blue lakes.

To spot arctic wildlife head to the desolate location of Nunavik. This frosty region is not only the place for more striking landscapes, but it also offers the chance to experience the Inuit culture and maybe spot a polar bear if you’re lucky.  Other wildlife here is the musk-ox, arctic foxes, caribou, seals and beluga whales.

Skiing and snowboarding is another awesome way to past the winter months in Canada.  Whistler and Banff are two of the most beautiful locations to speed past at 40 mph. You can choose to do Cross Country skiing down the Canadian Rockies, or heli ski in the Banff region. 

Backpacking in Canada

So why don't you see what all the fuss is about and visit Canada on your gap year...

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Complete Gap Years

Complete Gap Years

Volunteering & Jobs

Although Canada is best known for its winter activities, there are plenty of other things you can do. Whether it's learning to speak French, volunteering on animal projects or working over the summer somewhere, we've got options for you. We do also have a few husky projects and ski season jobs, because really who doesn't love some crazy winter sports!

Jobs and Volunteering in Canada

Snow Zone

Snow Zone

Winter Jobs

Winter Jobs

Animals

Animals

Languages

Languages

Advice

Canada is a big old place and while it's pretty easy to get around and very safe, there's so much to do that we wouldn't want you to miss out on anything. So, here's our advice section on Canada where you can read about husky sledging in the Arctic, just how ridiculously fun skiing can be and what it's like to move to Canada, if you're considering it for your gap year.

Advice for Canada

Husky Volunteering in the Arctic

Husky Volunteering in the Arctic

Snowboarding in Lake Louise

Snowboarding in Lake Louise

Moving to Canada

Moving to Canada

Getting Around

Getting Around

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Canada Fact!

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Canada was a little behind the times when it came to national flags. It didn't one until February 15, 1965, when its maple leaf flag was adopted by parliament.