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When you think of Canada you think of vast, open expanses, blanketed in pure-white snow. You think of forests and fjords, of lakes and peaks, but there is so much more to see and do than just the incredible landscape.
Canada is big. Like really big. It's the second largest country in the world with the longest coastline. But 90 per cent of Canadians live within 160km of the US border, making most of the country untouched and under-explored.
Due to its large amounts of snow you'll be hard pushed to find a better ski resort than those of Banff and Whistler. And it's not just skiing. Quality of life is extremely high in Canada with Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver all being voted in the top 10 'most liveable cities'.
So why don't you see what all the fuss is about and visit Canada on your gap year...
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.