Essential Info for Canada
Population: 36 million
Capital city: Ottawa
Neighbouring countries: Canada shares a border with the United States of America to the south, as well as the US state of Alaska to the northwest.
Geography: The land is a vast wilderness populated by large modern cities, often against the rustic backdrop of beautiful natural surroundings. The second-largest country on the planet, it boasts vast mountain ranges and prairies, massive lakes, lush forests and rugged coastlines.
Political system: Federal parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy.
Major religions: Christianity
Main languages: English and French
Money: The Canadian Dollar (CAD), divided into 100 cents.
Tipping: As in the USA, 5 to 20 percent depending on the type of service.
Time: There are six time zones in Canada, ranging from GMT -8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.
Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz. Standard plugs are flat two-pins, or plugs with a third round grounding pin.
Internet domain: .ca
International dialling code: +1
Emergency contacts: The all-purpose emergency number in Canada is 911, and connects to police, fire and ambulance services. Canadian police are highly professional and efficient, and are ably assisted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the iconic Mounties.
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right side of the road. The rail system connects most major cities and smaller communities while buses are modern, safe and clean. Cycling is encouraged, while metered taxis are regulated.