Every year, Canada welcomes millions of tourists. Prior to
2020, these numbers soared over 32 million annual visitorsâ€”and that's not
counting the millions of Canadians who set off to tour their own country. As
the world's second-largest country, and also one of its most diverse, the
number of annual visitors continues to rise.
One of the biggest attractions is the great outdoors. Canada
is known for its rugged beauty and unspoiled regions. In fact, heading into
nature is one of the nation's past times and something that locals enjoy doing
when the weather permits.
Along with diving into the great outdoors, many tourists
also head to cities like Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto to enjoy a taste of
urban living. However, if you want to dive into a few of Canada's specialties,
you'll need to get off the beaten path a bit. You'll also need to learn just a
little bit more about the Great White North and its current economy.
Let's dive into three of Canada's most unique industries and
how you can get involved during your stay in the country.
Software entertainment is a technical term that involves something
we all love to do: gaming. Software entertainment covers traditional video
games, as well as mobile titles and casino games. The latter is particularly
important, as online platforms offer multiple titles, from blackjack to slot to roulette, for remote
For Canadians, that emphasis on remote play is incredibly
important, as many people live outside city boundaries. Being able to access
casino titles on the go is a top priority. But local software entertainment
companies aren't just tinkering with their virtual roulette wheels.
Canada is also home to some of the world's biggest gaming
developers, from Rockstar Games to Microsoft Studios to Ubisoft. These
companies have contributed to some of gaming's most celebrated titles,
including the Assassin's Creed franchise, the Need for Speed franchise, to FIFA
games from EA Sports and strategy games like Age of Empires IV.
If you're a gamer and you've heard of the companies and
titles above, then pencil in a time to head to Montreal's Video Game Museum or
else the Game Changers Travelling Exhibition, which was created by the Canada
Science and Technology Museum.
Canada has the world's longest stretch of coastline. From
the Pacific Ocean to the Hudson Bay to the Atlantic, Canada's coastlines
straddle some of the world's most abundant waters. This has helped make the
country's commercial fishing sector incredibly strong.
However, for hobbyist fishers, there's still plenty to dive
intoâ€”especially if you have a taste for salmon and halibut. If you find
yourself on the coastline, then be sure to opt for a guided fishing tour. These
are readily available along the coasts, and also include tours like
However, if you're a diehard fisher, then you can also craft your Canadian vacation
with fishing in mind. And with massive lakes dotting the country and plenty of
rivers, too, there's no need to stick to a coastline. For a fishing-first
vacation, target Newfoundland and Labrador. In particular, the Gander River is
known for its salmon fishing.
Along with being home to some of the world's top gaming
developers and commercial fishing companies, Canada's economy also focuses on
aerospace manufacturing. In fact, the country produces supplies for some of the
world's top aerospace programs, including those found in the US and China.
Specifically, companies like Airbus and MDA provide crucial
industry-leading parts, which cover products like robots, satellite systems,
and jet propulsion. These parts are then shipped around the worldâ€”which makes
Canada incredibly important for international space travel.
But how can tourists passing through join in on this
sort of endeavor? If you're heading to Canada, then you have a few options. The
first is to check out public exhibitions from the Canadian Space Agencyâ€”some of
which are remote and downloadable. Another is to target a private museum in a place like Ottawa, home of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.