Canada is a maple-leaf country with much to discover

Confessions of an Immigrant in Canada: “I’m already exhausted. “What hides the Maple Leaf Country?

The phrase “Let’s make it to the Canadian border” from a famous Soviet comedy has long been a winged phrase, with everyone putting its own meaning into it. Many of our compatriots dream ofleeing to Canada, after watching the show about the stunning wildlife, beautiful lakes and simple tough guys loggers. And only those who have already moved can tell the whole truth about Canada: “It’s a dormitory country, where you will be cold and lonely.”

Canada is one of the most popular destinations among those who want to “get out of boring Russia. They say there is a paradise there – the salaries are seven times higher than in Russia, education is of high quality, and medicine is free. This is why Maple Leaf Land is rated very high among potential Russian emigrants, and as a consequence, to get to the “promised land” one has to go through seven circles of hell. Well, if this is the torture, then it makes sense to go? The logic is simple, though.

Of course, many are sure that once they step off the ramp at Toronto Airport, manna from heaven will fall upon them immediately, hiring managers will line up behind the new arrivals, and singer Celine Dion will stop by for a cup of coffee.

But many are sorely disappointed when they arrive. Unless you’re actor Alexei Serebryakov, who moved his entire family to Canada while continuing to make millions in Russia, you won’t be allowed to enter Canada’s paradise.

“People in Russia are rude, but they pay me money.”

Serebryakov, as you know, moved to Canada about ten years ago. He explained his choice of place of residence by the fact that in Russia “the boorishness” won. The actor prefers to live and raise children in a country where “there is no need to push elbows, be rude, be aggressive and afraid of people”.

The star of “Leviathan” and “Shtrafbat” repeatedly allowed himself openly Russophobic statements, criticized the Russian authorities and accused Russia of inciting war. Once director Karen Shakhnazarov could not stand the attacks of his runaway colleague and said that “I have not heard that actor Serebryakov was in demand in Canada or the United States” – he continues to shoot in Russia, but is not shy to pour mud on his homeland.

Serebryakov called rudeness “a national Russian trait. “Photo: Anton Belitsky/Globalookpress

In short, we could write a lot about Serebryakov, but this is, after all, an article about Canada, so let’s continue. Canadians are considered to be friendly and peaceful people. But a few facts about them may seriously shake your confidence in their adequate perception of the world.

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For example, in one of Canada’s northern provinces, there’s a tradition of drinking the Sour Toe cocktail, the main ingredient of which is. a frozen human toe. It’s hard to believe, but it’s really true. Rugged Canadian bartenders use fingers amputated after frostbite, for example, and drinking such a cocktail is considered a sign of supreme courage.

Also, in case you didn’t know, Canada has a seriously functioning UFO airstrip – it is located in the province of Alberta, in St. Paul. It was opened back in 1967, and the opening was supervised by the Minister of Defence himself.

The downside of Canada: “It’s a dormitory country.

And in general, experts say, immigrants from countries with an ancient and distinctive culture, such as Russia, simply do not feel comfortable in Canada. Canada has no culture of its own, no distinctive folklore or ancient traditions, no national cuisine or national costumes, and generally no concept of “spirituality. It is often said that Canada is a large hostel or hotel for newcomers, and none of them feel at home. Orthodox churches are an encouragement to Russians in Canada – even those who were not close to religion when they first moved here are drawn to Russian spirituality, which is so close. Although, it would seem, when leaving, with few exceptions, they sought to forget Russia altogether.

In addition, many are surprised that the notorious tolerance is only declared here – in fact, the white population is trying not to settle near the areas of illegal immigrants and refugees. For several years now, the latter have become more and more numerous, and of course, almost all of them live on welfare and do nothing, so the locals are understandable.

The Prime Minister of Canada is happy to invite refugees into the country. Except the locals aren’t very happy. Photo: Insidefoto/Globalookpress.

However, all these “cute” quirks are just trifles compared to the most important test that awaits you in winter. If you smirked now and said to yourself: “Find something to scare the Russians!”, we hasten to upset you.

Seven months of the year – winter, and no central heating

The fact is that there is a major difference between the housing and utilities systems of Russia and Canada. In Russia, traditionally all utilities are supplied through independent channels – this is, by and large, a legacy of Soviet times. If hot water is cut off, it can be heated on the stove. If the gas fails, you turn on the electric stove. “If the radiators run out, you get an electric heater.

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In Canada, however, everything is tied to electricity, and any failure in the network, you automatically stop working heating, water and even sewage.

Meanwhile, most of Canada is located at about the same latitude as Russia, and even further north. Therefore winters are very long, snowy and frosty – even in the southern part of the country winter lasts 6-7 months, and the temperature outside can easily reach -30 ° C. And when there are power outages all over the country after heavy snowstorms, it’s really a disaster.

A common sight on the streets of winter Montreal. Photo: Ryan Remiorz/Globalookpress

Imagine, it’s minus 30 outside and you’re in a cold house with nothing to cook food on and no way to even wash and go to the bathroom in the basics. So even today, every winter is an ordeal for Canadians: the state of emergency due to snowfall is a normal reaction of the authorities, at least for the last few years. And in 2014, Canada was hit by such freezing temperatures that even Niagara Falls froze.

The interesting thing is that in Canada, centralized heating and water supply, something we take for granted, does not exist as a phenomenon. Every house has an autonomous system, and it is very expensive to heat a house, especially since Canadians build rather frivolous for such a harsh climate panel houses.

Another negative impact is the fact that houses in Canada do not have hallways and corridors – all the cold from the street goes straight into the living room. As a result, to keep the house warm, you have to shell out at least $600 a month. This is a lot even for Canadians, so they have found an easier way out: they just. freeze.

The temperature in the house of an average Canadian in winter does not exceed 18 degrees. That is why people walk indoors in two sweaters, put on slippers, warm themselves by the fireplace, and wrap themselves in plaids. It was the Canadians who brought into fashion the so-called tuk-tuk hats: they do not take them off even at home, because without them it is simply cold. Even in schools there is the same fierce “chill”: they say it is good – children do not sleep in class.

In short, Canada is a special harsh place, where, apparently, they prefer not to solve the problem with the heating, but to maintain it.

By the way, masks have become a closet item here not only because of the pandemic. More important is the cold. Photo: Graham Hughes Keystone Press Agency/Globalookpress.

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Political scientist, publicist, analyst Leonid Krutakov explains this impracticality of the Canadian population by the fact that they are not indigenous to the country: “They moved there, as they say, so for them it was more of a territory of development, not a territory of life and habitat. So they built the infrastructure according to the principle of least cost.

Pulling networks, heating systems, heating pipes, hot water supply separately, building a cogeneration plant for this purpose, bringing electricity – this is a very costly story, the expert explains. “It is justified only if you live here and are going to live here forever. But if you come as a shift worker, in the historical sense, and you haven’t developed a tradition yet, of course, such things as arranging central heating don’t even occur to you.”

This is, in a sense, a legacy of the Soviet Union and its totally social attitude towards the population and this problem. That is, we solved problems not at the expense of personal participation, but at the expense of the total distribution of funds. That is why we had such a centralized system.

No wonder 90% of those who moved to Canada in a couple of years either come back to our hot radiators or start looking for their happiness abroad.

The aftermath of Toronto’s 2019 snowfall. While waiting for special equipment, it’s easier to remove the snow yourself. Especially since the equipment won’t come to a particular house at all. Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd

“What, is heaven on earth broken?” The cry of the emigrant’s soul in Canada

So, a Russian-speaking programmer who left for Canada a couple of years ago described how his life in the country has turned out. The pandemic caused a crisis in the country and our compatriot was immediately deprived of half of his salary. He was summoned to see the president of the company and was advised to switch to Work-Sharing, the state benefit program. It is available to all officially employed specialists, if the employer has problems. People are not fired, but they are not paid the same amount as before.

The programmer admitted in the article: he is thinking about looking for another job, but the jobs that suit him are not as well paid as before. Salaries are 20-30% lower than they were a year ago. At the same time, the competition is enormous: tens of thousands of people are looking for jobs in Canada.

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“In general, the ‘interesting’ life begins,” the author of the publication sadly states.

At the end he added that not everyone would understand his outcry. As if he was in the water. In the comments, users tried to tease the man who shared his innermost feelings, living with his wife and young child in a foreign country, and now losing half his income.

“What, earthly paradise broken?” – Alexei Sinitsky asked.

“They’re clamping down on slacker white-collar workers who haven’t held anything heavier than a mouse in their hands. They were fat for a long time, and now [shouting] ‘karoul, the income is falling,'” Sergio said harshly.

“Why are you even in Canada? You’re better off in Russia. Here no one looks at you as a second-class citizen, native language, native culture. There are fewer complications, less rat race, and you can live your life to your satisfaction, without graying from constant stress. I don’t understand you, those who have left, from the word “at all,” – confessed Dmitriy Sokolov.

Find ten differences: a Russian forest or a Canadian one? Photo: David Chapman

How can you not remember the emigrant’s joke story that circulated on the Runet about 20 years ago.

“It’s that fucking snow again!” Immigrants in Canada howled with despair

August 15th. Here we are in Canada. I’m fascinated by this country! It’s adorable here! The mountains are so beautiful. I can’t wait to see them covered with snow.

December 2nd. Finally! It snowed last night. Hooray. When we woke up in the morning, we found an enchanting picture outside the window. Everything was covered with a white, fluffy blanket. The view is like an amazing Christmas card! I’m delighted!

December 19. It snowed again this night. I never got a chance to clear the parking lot and drive to work. It’s gorgeous here, of course, but I’m already exhausted from constantly clearing the parking lot of snow. Idiotic snowplow!

December 25th. It’s that fucking snow again. Just got to get to the throat of that s**t son of a snowblower. I swear I’d strangle the motherfucker. And then why doesn’t the city spray salt on the icy roads? Almost killed myself walking yesterday!

December 27th. It’s that white ***hole again last night. Been sitting at home for three days, except for outings to clean the parking lot after the snowblower. Can’t get anywhere. The car has disappeared under a mountain of this white stuff! And how brutally cold it is! The guy at the forecast bureau on the TV promises another 20 centimeters of white ***now tonight. Asshole. Do you know how many shovels of snow those 20 centimeters will make.

May 10th. That’s it! Leaving for Florida. I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind wanting to live in fucking Canada.

“What about them?”

In just a couple of decades, we’ve been taught not to adopt the best practices of the world, but to live with an eye on others. But if we look closely, is everything so good where we’re not? Let’s get to the bottom of this. Every Monday Tsargrad talks about international experience in one area of life or another. We don’t say they have it bad and Russia has it good. We are simply presenting facts.


Anthem of Canada

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world, second only to Russia and crowning the North American continent. The country is a symbiosis of pristine nature and modern urban life: in the south of Canada there are industrial areas, and in the north – boundless forests, full-flowing rivers, numerous lakes and mountain ranges, reaching the Arctic zone. Along with the capital, Ottawa, the largest metropolitan areas are Montreal, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto. Canada is a constitutional monarchy with a strong democratic tradition. The Queen of Great Britain is recognized as head of state, and is represented by the Governor General. All power is vested in the government, headed by the Prime Minister.

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Canada has an area of 9,984,670 square kilometers, making it the largest state not only in the Americas, but in the entire Western Hemisphere. The population, according to 2015 data, is about 36 million people. Canada has the longest land border on the planet with one country, 8,891 km, namely the United States of America along with Alaska. The state has access to the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. By sea, the border runs with the Danish autonomous territory of Greenland and the French islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Canada has polar possessions in the Arctic, claims and part of the continental shelf, including the North Pole.

Jasper National Park Rideau Canal in Ottawa Toronto Lights of Vancouver at night

Maple Leaf Country, as Canada is also called, is a parliamentary federation of 3 territories and 10 provinces. One of them, Quebec, has a predominantly French-speaking population and the other, New Brunswick, has both French and English speakers. The rest of the country, with the exception of the Yukon Territory (which is also bilingual), speaks more English.

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Statue of a Canadian logger Indian Lodge

The name of the country supposedly comes from the word kanata, which means “village” in the language of the Algonquin Indians. The turning point came in 1535, when two natives said the word to guide the navigator Jacques Cartier to the Indian village of Stadacona, near present-day Quebec.

Those who know Canada only superficially imagine eternal snows in which polar bears roam; Inuit hunting whales; grim loggers basking around a campfire in the impenetrable taiga to the droning accompaniment of polar wolves.

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Inexperienced travelers may arrive in Canada in high summer hoping to ski, but they will have to travel thousands of miles before the snow crunches under their feet. But the idea of the cold and unfriendly Arctic is unforgettable: Many people think of Canada and see images from the movie Gold Rush – starving Charlie Chaplin in the far-off Yukon eating his boots in a snowstorm outside the windows of a gold diggers’ hut.

The most populous provinces of the country are Ontario and Quebec. Many Canadians believe that the upper boundary of the forests of these regions is the beginning of the High North. The Canadian Shield, a vast glacial plateau that stretches in a wide strip from Hudson Bay through the province of Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba to the circumpolar Northwest Territories, originates here. The Canadian Shield is a dusky land whose landscape consists of rocks, limestone, many lakes and swamps. Beyond the Canadian Shield extend vast areas of permafrost. In these snow-covered lands, on Baffin Land, is a national park with the eloquent name Auyuittuk, which translates from the Inuit language as “land that never melts. The ice shell holds untold riches: ores of non-ferrous and precious metals; huge reserves of gas, oil, and uranium. The indigenous people of the country, the Canadian Indians and the Inuit, are challenging the government for the right to use these minerals.

Canada offers its visitors such a variety of vacations that you may find it hard to decide what to enjoy. There is an endless expanse of natural beauty, a multitude of rivers and lakes, and a variety of climates. Year-round cultural activities are possible thanks to regular festivals of the peoples of the Old and New World and artistic events, in which everyone can participate. For shoppers, there are numerous stores, malls, boutiques and souvenir shops.

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The territory of the country is a hilly plain. Mountain ranges run along the west and east coasts. The Canadian Cordilleras, which originate on the border with Alaska, stretch along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Many mountains range from 2 to 2.7 kilometers in height. Along the Atlantic coast, the Appalachian Mountains are not very tall. This includes the peaks east of Quebec, the Shickshaw Mountains (north of the Gaspé Peninsula), and the Notre Dame Massif on the right bank of the St. Lawrence River.

The St. Lawrence River is Canada’s main waterway. It has many tributaries: the St. Maurice, the Ottawa, the Manicouagan, and several others. Being navigable, it connects the Atlantic to the Great Lakes basin. Other rivers are the Nelson, Saskatchewan, Athabasca, Churchill, Peace River, Mackenzie, Fraser, and Slave. As for lakes, not every state can boast so many. The most famous and significant of them are located on the U.S. border: Ontario, Upper, Erie and Guron. On the Canada-U.S. border is also the famous Niagara Falls, one of the most powerful on Earth.

The flora is dominated by coniferous forests. They stretch between the two oceans, mostly south of the tundra. Of the trees, black and white spruce, pine, thuja, and larch are found. Deciduous forests are somewhat smaller, where poplar, birch, willow, and alder grow. Tundra is occupied by northern mainland Canada and island areas to the north, where shrubby willow and birch and sedge grow. Snow and ice cover Baffin Land and the Polar Islands region. They also do not melt in the summer, which, by the way, is very short.

Two polar bears in northern Canada Reindeer

Canada’s animal life is represented by such tundra inhabitants as the reindeer, polar hare, arctic fox, musk ox, and lemming. South of the polar zone the local fauna is more diverse. Animals found here include the gray bear, elk, snow goat, caribou, snow goat, wapiti, a deer close to the red deer, big-toed sheep, as well as wolf, fox and the cougar and lynx, predators of the feline family. The family of rodents is quite numerous: chipmunk, beaver, squirrel chikari. Among birds there are a lot of commercial species, there are nesting migratory birds. There are a lot of fish in the freshwater reservoirs.

Climate and weather

Canada’s extremely diverse climate is greatly influenced by its length and topography. The extremes of cold winters and hot summers make it continental. The country can be divided into a number of climate zones: cold in the north and warm on the Pacific coast. The cold zone includes the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and the northern parts of the Labrador Peninsula and the Mackenzie River Basin. The ground here freezes very deep and snow does not melt for most 365 days. Summers are short, with almost no precipitation. Average annual temperatures are between 5 and 10 degrees with a minus sign.

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Atlantic coast Summer in Canada

The farther you get from the polar latitudes, the milder the climate. In southern Canada, summers are warmer (20-25°) and winters are milder. Precipitation is heavier, at about 400 mm to 500 mm a year. Snowstorms are frequent in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. On the Atlantic coast, on the contrary, the cold period is milder, and summers are less warm and fogs are not uncommon. Summers are the same on the Pacific Coast, and winters are mild with rain. The only place in Canada where January temperatures do not drop below 0° remains the region adjacent to Vancouver. Precipitation is abundant in the city itself, on the order of 5,000 mm per year. The headwaters of the Yukon Peninsula have the lowest temperatures on the American continent: -60° C.

Canadian Cities

Canadian cities are not only the starting points of travel across the country, but also a combination of unusual and vibrant experiences. In a suburban cottage luxury car can peacefully coexist with an ordinary wooden canoe. A striking example of Canadian eclecticism is Montreal, a city of unique combination of North American modernism and charming Old World style: graceful old red-brick mansions perfectly coexist with ultra-modern skyscrapers.

In winter, downtown Ottawa’s canal turns into a giant ice rink

For North Americans, Quebec’s ostentatious extravagance is a perfect example of the French way of life. The complete opposite of this old city is energetic Toronto, whose residents consider it more groomed, and where tourists can see the Canadian version of the American metropolis. The nation’s capital, Ottawa, is known for its great museums, hi-tech businesses and peculiar bureaucracy. Calgary’s sassy attitude reminds American tourists of Texas, and the nature surrounding Vancouver makes the city especially charming.


There are practically no written sources that shed light on the history of Canada prior to European colonization. The period is represented by the findings of archaeologists, which unequivocally testify that Indians and Inuit have inhabited this territory since antiquity. People migrated here from eastern Siberia and Alaska in whole groups. The population in that distant time was mainly engaged in hunting and fishing. Animism dominated among the local beliefs. Well, the first Europeans appeared here in about 1000 and it was the Vikings from Iceland who landed on the island of Newfoundland. The Icelander Leif Ericson, the Portuguese Joao Fernando Lavrador and João Vash Cortirial, the English Francis Drake and Henry Hudson, and many others pioneered the Canadian lands.

The French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on Gaspé in 1534.

In the first half of the 16th century, the French landed on the Canadian coast. On the Gaspé Peninsula, the navigator Jacques Cartier planted a cross and proclaimed the land to be the domain of the French crown. But the first to explore the North American coast from Newfoundland to Florida was the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano, in the service of the French, who coined the name “New France. But the English were also interested in the new overseas lands when they began exploring Newfoundland. The military leader and navigator Humphrey Gilbert declared it an English possession in 1583. The rivalry between the English and the French in the eighteenth century entered a sharp phase. In 1763 the Treaty of Paris was concluded. According to it New France fully fell under British sovereignty, remaining in this status until 1867.

A painting by Benjamin West The Demise of General Wolfe, depicting the death of British General James Wolfe after his victory at the Battle of the Fields of Abraham in 1759.

On July 1, 1867, the British North America Act was approved, giving rise de facto to the independent state of Dominion Canada, whose authorities gained the right to form their own government. De jure Canada remained part of Great Britain. Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland were not part of the Dominion. Canada was formed in its current borders in 1870, and Newfoundland became part of it in 1949. In 1931 the Statute of Westminster was passed, which expanded the country’s rights. It gained full independence in 1982 with the passage of the Canada Act by the British Parliament. The monarch of Great Britain remains the formal head of state.

Canadian tank and soldier attack at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917

The new constitution, which came into force in the same year, is not recognized by French-speaking Quebec, the largest province in Canada. The origins of this protest are to be found in the 1960s and 1970s, when the situation of French Canadians began to escalate. Ideas of independence began to emerge in the region, actually supported by the former metropolis, France. In 1980, a referendum on the separation of the province was held, which ended in failure for the separatists. In 1995 a second plebiscite was held, but again the majority was against secession. Thus, Quebec, where nearly 95% of the inhabitants speak and understand French, remained part of the Canadian Confederation. According to article 122 of the Constitutional Act of 1867, bilingualism was allowed in the provincial parliament as well as in the whole country.

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As of 2015, Canada is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Let’s start with some of them and get acquainted with the sights of this original country.

L’Anse Aux Meadows is a national park in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is here, in the “bay of jellyfish”, according to scientists, that the Vikings, who came from Greenland, founded the first European settlement at the end of XI century. In the fishing village of the same name on the island of Newfoundland, a smithy and eight dugouts were discovered during excavations in the 1960s.

L’Anse Aux Meadows National Park.

Nahanni National Park is located in the South Nahanni River Valley, known for Virginia Falls and the fact that there are four canyons above it. The park opened in 1976 and is located 500 kilometers from Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories, in the southern part of the Mackenzie Mountains. Nahanni Park is known for its thermal springs containing sulfur compounds. The landscape consists of tundra, mixed forests, and deposits of calcium carbonate (tufa).

Nahanni National Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park “Dynosor”. Opened in 1955, it has become popular as one of the largest repositories of dinosaur fossils on the planet. Archaeologists have discovered the remains of more than 500 giant animals that inhabited the planet during the Mesozoic era. All of them belonged to 39 different species. The unique finds have been exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), the Royal Tyrrell Paleontological Museum (Drumheller), as well as the Canadian Museum of Nature (Ottawa) and the American Museum of Nature (New York City). The remains of many freshwater vertebrates have also been found.

Dynosor Dinosaur Provincial Park

Guayi-Haanas National Park was established in 1988 in the northwestern part of the province of British Columbia and includes the south of Moresby Island and a number of islands southeast of it. The dominant feature of the nature reserve: the San Cristoval Mountains, whose main peak, Mount La Touche, rises 1,123 m. The park includes the village of Ninstinz, inhabited by Haida Indians. The village, located in the Haida-Guay archipelago, is home to the largest collection of totem poles, revered by these people as mythical ancestors and tribal souls. But these masterpieces of art can be lost as they are badly affected by the local humid climate and begin to rot.

Guay-Haanas National Park

Old Quebec is the historic part of Quebec City, the capital of the province of the same name. Samuel de Champlain, the founder of the first French colonies in Canada, built the Chateau-Saint-Louis Palace, the residence of the governor and government of New France, in this place. Within Old Quebec, architecture from the nineteenth century dominates, but there are also earlier buildings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Quebec Fortress also survives to this day. Next to this military fortification is the Hôtel du Parlemant, the building of the National Assembly of Quebec, where the Lieutenant-Governor of the province also sits.

The historic town of Lunenberg is the finest example of English colonial settlement in North America. Administratively part of the province of Nova Scotia, located from its capital Halifax at a distance of about 90 km. Before Europeans, the area was inhabited by the Mi’kmaq Indian people. The city was founded in 1753. It received its name in honor of the British monarch George II and at the same time the ruler of Brunswick-Luneburg, a duchy in historic Germany. Local attractions include the city harbor and the Lunenberg Academy, the Anglican Church and the Atlantic Fisheries Museum, and the City House.

Historic Town of Lunenberg.

The Rideau Canal is a waterway connecting Ottawa to Kingston, a city in southern Ontario. The canal was opened in 1832, having been built in the event of a military conflict with the United States. It is the oldest operating canal on the continent and has not been interrupted since its opening. Its length is 202 km. In the summer the Rideau is put to work for tourists whenever possible, and in the winter, when the annual Winterlude Festival is held, a giant ice rink is set up on the canal, the area of which is commensurate with 90 hockey fields.

Red Bay Whaling Station. In the XVI-XVII centuries, seasonal migrants from the Basque Country settled here in Labrador, traded in whaling. In our time, not far from the coastal harbor is a fishing village of Red Bay, named for it, as well as the local red-colored granite rocks. The remains of the former station as well as whale bones and a number of shipwrecks here are local tourist attractions.

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