Niagara Grape, color tours, marine areas, Canadian economy, Okanagan Valley
The exact impact of tourism on the Canadian economy is difficult to ascertain, but it is estimated that it generates between 3.5 and 4.0 percent of jobs and about 5 percent of the GDP. Canada’s variety of seasons and scenic attractions draws large numbers of tourists. There are many festivals, including spring blossom festivals in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, the Ottawa Festival of Spring, and the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. The Niagara Grape and Wine Festival and color tours in central Ontario and the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec are autumn attractions. Visitors are also drawn to Canadian wilderness areas. In the winter the abundant snowfall has been exploited, and a number of skiing centers, especially in the Canadian Cordillera region, are considered world class. About 485,000 sq km (about 187,000 sq mi) of terrestrial and marine areas have been preserved in their natural state as national parks, and each of the provinces and territories also has set aside land as provincial or territorial parks.
Some 60,000 Canadian businesses cater to tourists. More than two-thirds of tourist revenues come from Canadians themselves. Americans were the most frequent foreign tourists, making 80 percent of overnight trips in 1995; following them are the British at 4.5 percent and the Japanese at 4.1 percent.
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