My Canadian history began long ago and not in the best way. Now I'm 28, for the first time I applied for a student visa to Canada when I was 18. I wanted to go to learn the language for the school year.
I remember how they collected a huge stack of documents, as I went to the Canadian Embassy in Moscow for an interview with another girl-student. I then prepared a suit for myself, I bought a tie for this business and a clatter, a refusal. Inside, it seemed that I was a loser, and there was a fear of my parents that I did something wrong.
The reason for the refusal was the following: "We are not sure that you will be able to finance your trip throughout the year", although the salary of your father seems to be enough. Money on the account like, too. Well, we thought so then.
7 years have passed since I again wanted to fly to Canada, only not to study, but simply to travel. That refusal then gave me a lot of new opportunities, I left for England, London, and subsequently graduated there university. But this is another story.
After 7 years, I called SMAPSE and applied for a tourist Canadian visa. They pointed out everything, and that earlier there was a refusal, but this did not affect the positive decision. I got a visa. I waited about a month. All these procedures are standard and, in my opinion, are not complicated: collected documents, took off the scans of the agency, received a visa. Well, or, where necessary, went to the visa center personally. Everything is simple with tourism. Learning is more difficult.
I have something to compare with. I was in the UK, France, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Spain, a number of African countries, the United Arab Emirates. I consider it important to name those places where I have already visited, because this forms a comparative characteristic of Canada.
I built the itinerary this way: a week in Montreal, a week in Toronto, a week in Vancouver. Why so? I wanted to visit the French province, the capital-Montreal, to see how it differs from the English-speaking part. Further, the goal was to drive to Toronto by bus, see Niagara Falls and the famous CN Tower. From there, by plane to Vancouver.
Well, from the listed cities it seemed to me less saturated. As it seemed to me, it loses both Toronto and Vancouver. Another, very important point - it's more expensive! It is more expensive, as there is a constant need to pay the provincial tax and mandatory service charge for all services. Because of this cafes, restaurants, are 30% more expensive.
Impression of Montreal was negatively. Arrived at the airport, then the road - some abandoned garages, old buildings of the suburbs painted graffiti. The big plus of Montreal was his stunned park. I went there regularly to run. In the city there is a river, the embankment is a plus.
Unlike Montreal, the city seemed fresh, bright, new. A lot of glass, skyscrapers. In Montreal, there were more out-of-date buildings. A special advantage of the city is its location on Lake Ontario. There are beaches, recreation areas. As I mentioned earlier, I could not leave Toronto without visiting a CN Tower.
In this tower, for the first time in my life, I took a ride in a high-speed elevator. Looked at the city from the viewing platform and walked along the glass floor, and also visited a spinning restaurant at an altitude of 300 meters. The restaurant is really impressive. Firstly, the size, in my opinion, there are about 400 seats, secondly, because it is spinning. When boarding, I got a map with the buildings marked on it, where there were descriptions. When I called the waiter to tell me about something, he happily started his lecture without hesitation.
It's really huge! In general, I did not imagine it as it was what I saw. To go from Toronto for an hour and a half, for small towns with neat two-storey houses. Then when you drive up to the waterfall, across the road have built hotels, restaurants, casinos, in general, the whole city opposite the waterfall. I bought a ticket for a boat (a small ship). But, I'm disappointed, get wet! Styling, hairstyles - everything will remain in the past. The waterfall is huge when you swim in a boat, it seems that it surrounds you from all sides, like a sugar cube thrown into a glass on which water is poured.
Yes, the ship-boat is not the only means of transport to observe the waterfall. This, let's say, the bottom view. Nearby there is a helicopter park, and there is an opportunity to look at all this miracle of nature from above. I traveled with a group, we had a tour organized, and we broke into groups of 7 people and went to the helicopter. It cost about $100 per person. Of course, if you have the opportunity, ride a helicopter over Niagara. No matter how I describe impressions, the turns that our pilot were making out, all of this will never convey emotions.
Another feature of Niagara Falls is its location next to the vineyards, and after the boat and helicopter rides we were taken to a wine tasting. Once again I will note that everything is very neat. All these grape fields seemed to be combed, the bushes stand perfectly. When we arrived in the field, there was a table with different bottles. All approached, tried, made smart faces, and talked with each other.
This city, in my opinion, deserves the greatest attention. My trip there began perfectly from the very beginning. Everything went perfect from the arrival at the airport. It was not loaded, everything there is somehow comfortable and alludes to the general culture, traditions, features of the city. Leaving the building, there was no free taxi on the street, but there was a limousine. We got into a limousine, there were 5 people. We arrived at the hotel and paid for everything $20. Our hotel was in the center. The city immediately had a feeling of comfort. People were polite, friendly.
There are many bicyclists rolling on rollerblades. There are berths with yachts, and in the harbor a small floating airport with airplanes landing on the water is built. It performs the function of air taxi to the nearest major island of Victoria.
One of the symbols of the city is a tree - sequoia, and if you drive an hour from Vancouver, you can get to the local reserve where you raise fish. The place is made in the format of the museum. Further, if you move to the mountains, you can get into another sequo park where you can walk along suspension bridges that run from tree to tree. You begin to realize all their power. The length of the longest suspension bridge is 140 meters and it passes at an altitude of 70 meters above the river. Bridges are everywhere: on rocks, on trees.
As you can understand from what has already been said, Vancouver is a very rich nature, you want the sea - get the sea, you want mountains, get mountains. And all this in an hour or two drive from the center. The mountains are rich in different ski routes, and they can only be compared with Switzerland.
Another amazing feature of the city that in its waters come whales. Here you can organize sea tours to places where you can see these amazing animals. Sail on the boat for two hours. Sea trip is very entertaining. We sailed between small islands. All the way we were accompanied by a fur seal, and the guide on a boat told us about the sea inhabitants in English. A surprising feature is that many of them have their own names.