Difference between revisions of "Talk:Canada"
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I've reduced the list of twenty cities down to just nine since that is our standard max for the number of cities to list at any level. If you make changes to the selection, please note your reasoning here and also remember that NINE IS THE MAX. -- Colin 20:32, 29 October 2006 (EST)
Question ... in the USA page there is "Other Destinations" after Cities - in which they lost several National Parks ... may we PLEASEZZ do the same for the Canada page?? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by GregGH (talk • contribs)
Sure, it's a useful bit of information. Just keep it to a handful of the most popular non-city destinations. - Todd VerBeek 13:11, 31 March 2007 (EDT)
I removed the line stating Vancouver is the economic capital of western Canada, since Calgary has many more corporate head offices, is home the oil industry, and is growing much faster than Vancouver.
Would it make sense to break the country's regions into provinces, rather than cities? I guess this is a problem with the idea that Wikis are not generally hierarchical ... but geography is. Doesn't anybody else feel that this is a bit of an issue? It relates to some other discussions in the travellers' pub, like for example the one about article naming conventions. Or is hierarchy just something we won't worry about until later since this is a Wiki?
So, what do you guys think? Do those regions make sense? A concern I have is for the uniqueness of names. For sure many places have something that could be called the West Coast. Does using the provinces make more sense then? Or should be just say "West Coast of Canada" and "Canadian Rockies", etc? Anyways, when I get a better sense of how best to do this, I will edit Victoria (Canada) and other entries to point smoothly back up the hierarchy (as San Francisco does ...) CL 01:40, 23 Sep 2003 (PDT)
It didn't make sense to move this talk page away with the CIA world factbook information, so I left it here with the new article. This is probably a good start for a proper travel article on Canada. Although it could probably be a bit more informative on background, culture, etc., I believe it covers the main points. Please comment, edit, or otherwise dissect ... --Ctylemay 12:56, 6 Oct 2003 (PDT)
Really nice content happening here. Great work! Majnoona
w/r/t the region names: I'm starting to get a little less happy about these. What about this?
The main difference with the current scheme is that a) we use "________ (Canada)" instead of "_____ of Canada" or "Canadian _____" as the disambiguator, which is more in line with the article naming conventions, and b) Central Canada is split into Ontario and Quebec. I think this is actually more reasonable, as these are the two most populous and densely-settled areas, and really deserve their own top-level regions. Barring objections, I'll make these changes. -- Evan 09:37, 8 Nov 2003 (PST)
I think that West Coast (Canada) is a poor choice for the region name. I think it would make a lot more sense to simply call it British Columbia. From what I can tell West Coast (Canada) is a region basically defined by what it is not. That is it is the part of British Columbia not part of the Rocky Mountains. This creates confusion as most of central British Columbia would not generally consider itself to be on the 'west coast'. I think that it makes a lot more sense just to call the region British Columbia and accept that there will be some overlap with Rocky Mountains. Wikitravel is not a heirarchical system and there is no reason that the regions have to be entirely distinct. The fact that the town of Fernie (British Columbia) would be within both the Rocky Mountains and British Columbia region is not a problem. Whereas having both British Columbia and West Coast (Canada) does create a lot of confusion as to where new information about these areas should be added. Probably once I get a little better at this, I will try to fix this up a bit. -- webgeer 11:05, July 21, 2004 (PST)
From a Canadian perspective, there are three, possibly four, acceptable ways to subdivide Canada dependant upon the context of discussion.
By Political Divisions (generally alphabetical)
Did you know that the Province of Manitoba is itself divided into between 3 and 6 regions?
But this of course, is just the thoughts of one geek way up at the end of the road in Northern Manitoba. --Weaponofmassinstruction
As a Yank driving across southern Canada, I was impressed by long stretches of quasi-wilderness to be crossed east of the Vancouver metropolis as far as the resorty parts of the Canadian Rockies. Even more quasi-wilderness to be traversed east of Winnipeg and north of Lakes Superior and Huron. Western Ontario mainly.
I was surprised to find French spoken more than English in Western Ontario, although most people were bilingual or even trilingual considering aboriginal languages. I came away with the impression that English-speaking southern Ontario must be a fairly recent overlay on a French-speaking hinterlands actually much larger than Quebec. LADave 16:03, 21 September 2007 (EDT)
Can we also have a map showing where each province is? As somebody who doesn't live in Canada I only know where Ontario and Quebec lie, it might be helpful for potential visitors. 184.108.40.206 06:55, 18 October 2007 (EDT)
Canadian dollar (CAD) also known as ...
Canadian dollar (CAD) - is also known as the loonie? Is there any truth to this suggestion. I know Americans call their currency the Greenback and a number of other Dollars have their own nicknames, what is the CAD called? - Huttite 16:43, 6 Jan 2005 (EST)
heres one for you license fanatics: If I pull a Loonie, Toonie, a quarter (Canadian) and another quarter (American) out of my pocket and scan them, can I release that image to the public domain? 220.127.116.11 21:58, 20 Jan 2005 (EST)Weaponofmassinstruction
Another shot at hierarchy
Now that we have Wikitravel:Breadcrumb navigation, the hierarchy of countries makes a lot more difference. Canada is a little out of whack, and I'd like to fix it. I'd like to use provinces for 1st and 2nd-level containers, and have a couple of regions at the higher level. From W to E, S to N, roughly:
Another option is to just leave out the regions, and only use provinces/territories. That's probably easiest; 11 is in spitting distance of 7+/-2. Comments? --Evan 12:12, 8 Dec 2005 (EST)
Credit Cards giving better Exchange rates than banks?
The exchange rates of both pale in comparrison to Currecny Exchanges, which often do the exchange for a flat fee, but generally credit cards do currency exchanges at a premium to bank exchanges. --Walter Görlitz 15:39, 24 March 2006 (EST)
Canada is not Australia
So, I think that Canada is much more likely to be confused with its former colonial power, and its nearest neighbor, than it is to be confused with Australia (even by Australians). I just don't think that this is a "respect" issue for Canadians; there are very few ill-informed visitors here who expect kangaroos and Paul Hogan. There are, however, a number of visitors who think that Canada is "practically" the US, or that it's still subject to British rule. --Evan 16:40, 26 May 2006 (EDT)
I would think that voicing opposition to gay marriage would be OK in canada, afterall, we are no Turkmenistan, we can express our political opinions, besides which much of the country is opposed to gay marriage, regardless of what the "majority thinks" there is a substantial minority opposed to gay marriage, especially in the west. Therefore I removed that caution.
New Entry Rules
So apparently  under the new tighter entry rules between the US and Canada, the guys at the Canadian border can pretty much see an American's entire criminal record including minor decade-old convictions. Maybe we need a note? -- Colin 00:53, 23 February 2007 (EST)
Getting There - By Air
The section on air travel to Canada still shows Air Canada as the only national airline in the country, which is a matter of dispute since Westjet carried 11 million passengers last year (mostly domestic) while Air Canada carried 34 million (deomestic, transborder and international). Furthermore, the section makes reference to "Air Tango", which is not only an incorrect title of the Air Canada subsidiary, it no longer exists as an entity.
Edmonton is Collaboration of The Week
I thought it was worth flagging here in the hope of bringing it to the attention of one or two people with relevant knowledge. Tarr3n 11:45, 7 August 2008 (EDT)
Can someone with reasonable knowledge of Canada hack down that huge list of OD's to 9 or less of the most popular, and hopefully pick 9 that are somewhat spread throughout the country and not concentrated in one area? Thanks! – cacahuate talk 18:16, 27 November 2008 (EST)
I've removed the section on not talking politics from the Respect section. My experience is that Canadians are generally happy to talk politics. Of course, like most people, they often don't wish to hear ignorant or closed-minded views, but this is self-evident for all people. I don't think politics is off-limits in Canada any more than it would be in any other country of the world, and therefore it doesn't merit a special mention here. --Inas 00:09, 11 May 2009 (EDT)
It is illegal in Canada to have any open alcohol in public, unless you are at a licenced establishment, or private property.
You may want to mention this on the main article, since a number of countries around the world do allow consumption of alcohol in public.