Travel guide to Western Canada

Facts

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Inhabitants
6,800,000

Travel preparation

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit West Canada is during the summer months, and if you like to ski you can do so all year round on the glaciers in the well-reputed area of Whistler.

Literature

Essential Vancouver and British Columbia (0844289418) British Columbia (1577487958) Alberta (1550412736)

Local conditions

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Time zone

When it is 12.00 in England, it is 03.00 in British Colombia. When it is 12.00 in England, it is 04.00 in Alberta

Culture and entertainment

Among British Colombia's cultural experiences are scores of museums about, among other things, the Indian culture, and Vancouver Aquarium has shows starring killer whales every day as well as aquariums with fish from all over the world. The nightlife in Vancouver is also very vibrant, and the city hosts two theatre festivals each year. Calgary holds the great Stampede Rodeo with prairie wagon races and Indian performances every year in July. Both Calgary and Edmonton compete in holding the largest number of festivals, and this is only to the advantage of the tourist.

Accommodation / Hotel

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You'll find something in all price ranges and standards among Vancouver's 18,000 hotel rooms, and you can also find a few camping sites in the outskirts of the city. Calgary and Edmonton both have lots of places to sleep, too, but you should probably reserve in advance in Calgary, if arriving during the rodeo. Book your hotel in Western Canada here

Local transport

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Taxi

There are lots of taxis in all larger cities in Alberta and British Colombia.

Other transport

Buses operate between all cities and areas in the region.

Special conditions

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The distances in British Colombia are vast, which means that you have to be prepared for some long rides. Be careful when in the Rocky Mountains, as it is bear-country. Several people are killed or injured every year, because they don't care about the safety regulations and warnings.
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