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Canada is one of those places you think you know a lot about. You know that it’s home to the Niagara Falls, and that the CN Tower in Ontario was once the tallest free-standing building in the world. You even know that Canadians are supposed to be a friendly, law-abiding bunch, who love nothing more than to watch a thrilling game of hockey, so you could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing surprising about Canada at all. You’d be wrong.

Canada is actually one of the most unique places you can travel abroad to, and as you would expect from the second largest country in the world, it has a lot of one-of-a-kind experiences to offer. Here are just a handful of them:

Howling with Wolves

When you’re applying for a Canadian visa at this website, the last thing you probably think you’ll end up doing on your trip is howling with wolves, but you can if you want to. Wolves often have a bad reputation, After all, they’re powerful creatures, who like to travel in packs. However, they are also very intelligent, interesting creatures, and spending some time in close proximity with them can be a very rewarding experience.

In August, there are a number of Wolf Howls held in Algonquin Park, where professional park rangers will holler out their best wolf howls before all of the tour members head out in special vehicles to catch a glimpse of the beautiful animals in their natural surroundings. It really is amazing.

Walk on the Seabed

Rocks from Bay of Fundy Explored.

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If you want to ensure that your next trip to Canada is a truly memorable one, what could be better than walking on the ocean floor: Nothing, right? So head to the Bay of Fundy – home of the planet’s highest tides – and when the tide is low, you’ll be able to walk on the seabed, which is filled with interesting fossils, rock formations and, of course, an abundance of seaweed!

See a Dinosaur

No, Jurassic Park hasn’t become a reality, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see a huge dinosaur! If you visit the fine city of Drumheller, which has been given one of the coolest nicknames ever – Dinosaur Valley – you can get up close and personal with a 151 foot long, 86 foot high dinosaur! Obviously, it’s dead, but still, impressive, right?

As well as taking a selfie or two with this mammoth creature, you can also spend some time digging the site where dinosaur bones have been found for more than 200 years. Who knows, you might find a whole new species!

Walk in the Footsteps of Vikings

Do you love your history? Do you think Vikings are really cool? Visit L’anse aux Meadow, and you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of Lief – the son of Eric the Red. You’ll also get to see impressive icebergs, try out ax throwing Viking style and have dinner in a fun-filled Viking inspired diner. Just imagine how great the photos will be?

Have you been to Canada? What are your most unmissable activities and attractions?

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International travel can be a real adventure, but it takes a whole lot more planning and packing than a national trip. The main difference is that you require your passport for international travel, but it doesn’t stop there. Visas, insurance, and even vaccinations can all be necessary, and if you haven’t got them with you, you’re in for a rough time. Being fully prepared for international travel is essential, as there are far more things which can go unexpectedly wrong.

Passport and Visas

Obviously, you’re going to need your passport to cross international borders, but that’s not all you’re going to need on the legal side of things. Some countries also require visas or visa waivers in order to be allowed to cross the border. For example, those visiting the United States will require an ESTA, on which you can find more information here. There are even visa waivers which are being introduced for travelling through European countries. Before you travel, be sure to check out the visa regulations that your nationality faces in your destination country, as they tend to differ for different nationalities. Your international driving license is also essential if you will want to hire a car at your destination.

Travel Insurance Details

Travelling internationally without insurance is not a wise move. If your trip is cancelled, flights are seriously delayed, or you become ill or injured, it’s good to know that you have a security net of insurance to get you through the potentially high costs you could incur. When you travel, be sure to pack the details of your insurance, including what is and isn’t covered, and a contact number, including country code, should you need any help while you’re abroad.

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Entertainment

There is nothing quite like long-haul flights to test someone’s character, especially if you face any delays in the airport on top of this. For this reason, entertainment isn’t just a luxury; it’s an essential. Books or a Kindle are a must, but a tablet or phone on which you can catch up with your favourite televisions series, watch films, or play games will really help to pass the time. The beauty of modern travel is that we can fit all of our entertainment into the palms of our hands, making travelling light easy.

Essentials

Some travel essentials include any medication you might need to take, including antimalarial tablets – you definitely don’t want to forget those. A small first aid kit, including bite and sting relief, will also come in handy. A plug adaptor is one of those things that’s easy to forget, but absolutely essential, so make sure that goes on your list. Suncream and aftersun are musts, and over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol never goes amiss either. Climate appropriate clothing is really important, so make sure you do your research before you go. Top tip: even if you’re going somewhere hot, take a light jacket, as the drop in temperature in the evenings might catch you out.

International travel is a fantastic adventure, but when you’ve got everything totally prepared, it’s far more likely to run smoothly.