Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border. Wikipedia
Canada is an incredibly vast country, and most tourists marvel at the wondrous abundance of natural beauty. For the most part, the tourist trail (and accessible areas for that matter) follows the southern portion of the country. Northern Canada quickly becomes harsh in terms of climate and reachability. From East to West, and from Summer to Winter, there is plenty to do in the great outdoors. Additionally, Canada boasts a remarkably high quality of life, with many of its cities consistently ranking among the best places to live in the world.
Canada can be a tough proposition for backpackers on a budget. While there are a considerable number of backpacker-style bus routes, the fares are well within the expected range for North America. Many people opt to choose their own adventure by participating in ride-shares or by purchasing a car for a short term.