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{{Infobox Country|country = Canada|map = <map lat='60.673178565817715'lng='-97.03125'Canadazoom='2' view='0'float='right' is the northernmost country of ='Canada'/>|language = English, French|capital = [[North AmericaOttawa]] and is composed of ten provinces and three territories|pop = 34,001,000 (2009 est. English and French are the two official languages of the )|currency = Canadian Dollar ($CAD)|hitch = <rating country, English being spoken by 2='ca' /3 of the population is the majority language in most provinces while French is the main official language in the province of Quebec but widely spoken in New Brunswick and some areas of Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia>|BW = CA|neighbour = ([[Greenland]]), [[Saint-Pierre and Manitoba. Inuktitut is the main language in Nunavut Miquelon|Saint Pierre and has official status there but English is widely spoken. So for the convenience Miquelon]] (''incorporated''), [[United States of the common hitchhiker these America]]}}'''For specific information about provinces and territories are discussed in detail along with their capitals in , see the bottom of the following pagespage.'''
The vast majority of the population lives in harmony within their vast country, this has been enabled by the size of the country which allowed people to live using their own belief, languages or religion without necesserily being bothered by anybody else in a 'Live and let live' motto. Therefore, hate crime are absent and major 'Canada'difference'' clash more rare but especially existing during some specific peak situation usually caused by an intern political tumult. It might be useful for a traveller to know if there is an important referendum or political crisis going on, deciding on the future northernmost country of [[North America]] and is comprised of ten provinces and three territories. English and French are the country as your accent might 'tag' you to one or another two official languages of the country's nation and therefore become a ball and chain. For exampleEnglish, it might not always be being spoken by 3/4 of good help to be White the population, is the majority language in some First Nation reservesmost provinces. French is the main official language in the province of Quebec, sounding French but also widely spoken in New Brunswick and some parts areas of Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba. Inuktitut is the country or main language in Nunavut and has official status there but English in others during a National Referendum or Election timeis still widely spoken. As many people might think you are from For the other part convenience of the country when aboarding them common hitchhiker the provinces and be less keen to helpterritories are discussed in detail, along with their capitals, in separate pages.
Canada is For a wide country where many visitors do not really realise its scale prior to their arrival and neither realise the various extreme temperature that can suddenly happen and hit at different season. Certain nothern rural regions in each provinces are inhabited by a scarce or even absent permanent population. It might not always be bright to adventure yourself into some wild or less inhabited part of journey across the country without the proper equipement nor having registered yourself to some local authorities prior to do such journey. As a simple reminder, the density of population [[Trans-Canada Highway]] is about 3,2 habitants/km² and about 75% of that population lives in the south by the border with the USA. It is common and normal in some part of main road crossing the country east to drive few hundreds km without any living soul in the areawest. Noneless to sayHowever, even if the country has some similitude with its southern and only neighbour, the [[United States]], the cultural and life approach of the population highway system numbering system is quite uniquespecific to every province.
== Communication =Car Number Plate ===Just like its southern neighbour, the [[United States of America|United States]], every provinces are issuing their own specific car plates. For example, a car from Manitoba will have a specific [[wikipedia:License plates of Canada|Car licenses]] tagged as such.
The best and cheapest way is to contact people in === Local attitude ===Even if the area you are is to find the nearest phone booth, there are usually plenty within in a city country bears some similitude with its southern (and usually at every petrol stationonly) neighbour, shops or restaurant. Unlike many countriesthe [[United States of America|United States]], they are always in good condition the cultural and reliable so always make sure to have a few 'quarter' availablelife outlook of the population is markedly unique.
Mobile phone are not widely spread The majority of the Canadian population lives in harmony within their vast country. The size of the country has allowed people to live using their own beliefs, languages or religion without being bothered by anybody else, in a 'Live and the networks let live' motto. Therefore, hate crimes are expensivemostly absent and major ''difference'' clashes even rarer, unreliable, primitive and only cover certain urban areasbut may exist. A mobile phone user usually pay It might be useful for a traveler to make call and be aware of the current political situation to avoid getting into a discussion which may offend more than anything else. Sometimes, during such situations, it might not be helpful to receive callhitchhike as a white in a First Nation reserve, or sound French in an English area, he will also usually have no signal when he reaches the nearest mountains or hillsvisa versa. That said, Canadians are generally friendly and forget their stereotypes once they meet you in person.
The rural population will usually be keen to help if the traveler is making the first steps into breaking the 'stranger in the locality' image, as the split between country- and city-folk is also existent. The rural community feeling is usually pretty strong and when people believe you belong there and act more altruistic. However, some rural regions have large populations of urban commuters which has the tendency to bring a more individualistic mentality.
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== [[Winter]] hitchhiking ==
'''Be careful!'''
Canada is a vast country (the second biggest in the world) and many visitors do not realize its size or extremes in temperature prior to arrival. Certain northern rural regions are inhabited by few or even no permanent population, so it might not always be bright to adventure by yourself into some wild or less inhabited part of the country without the proper equipment or having registered yourself to some local authorities prior to such a journey. As a simple reminder, the density of population is about 3.2 habitants/km², and about 75 % of that population lives in the south, nestled by the US border. It is normal in some parts of the country to drive a hundred kilometres without any living soul. With temperature often dropping beneath −30 Celsius, you should not stand outside more than 15 minutes. It's VERY important to make sure you wear the appropriate gear and take precautions to never be stuck anywhere outside without shelter. In winter the roads can be icy or narrowed by the snowbank, so it will often be hard for cars to stop by and pull over safely. Drivers won't do it if they don't feel safe as the risk of causing an accident might be too high, and the driver would have to bear entire responsibility of it towards their [[Categoryinsurance]]. It's even more important in icy conditions to make sure you find a hitching spot where there is good visibility and a safe place to pull over. In some areas, especially in the northern territories, every citizen is bound by law to provide help and safety to every citizen in need from the hazards of temperature and nature. The reaction towards that will often differ, going from immediate support to a 'where have you left your brain!?!? being out by this weather!'. Your actions may be perceived as quite stupid and irresponsible to have dared outside without being prepared for the weather, as most locals prefer to enjoy the cosiness of their home in winter storms. For that reason, shops, restaurants, or gas stations usually won't kick you off their property in extreme weather. In the summer it's different, and you may be asked to leave if there is no danger from the outside elements. == Experiences ==''I have hitchhiked many thousands of miles through most of the provinces. Getting rides is usually slightly easier than the [[United States]], but harder in some places. The cost of food makes travel here very expensive. Border crossing as an American citizen is incredibly frustrating! It usually takes four to six hours of intense interrogation of myself and violation of the privacy of other people in my life. The first time I was held and interrogated for over six hours and eventually turned away because I couldn't provide documentation proving that I had a reason to return to the states; they wanted me to buy a return bus ticket to prove I was only staying a short while, sorry, not happening! Well I got a little crafty with their requirements and subsequent attempts to enter have been easier, heh. You may have to get creative, but where there's a will, there's a way. Don't give up! This is a beautiful country!'' [[User:Thewindandrain|Thewindandrain]] ([[User talk:AmericaThewindandrain|talk]]) 00:45, 5 June 2013 (CEST) == Nomadwiki & Trashwiki == {{nomadwiki}} {{Provinces Canada}}{{IsIn|North America}}[[Category:Canada|*]] [[de:Kanada]][[es:Canadá]][[fr:Canada]]
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