What to pack, the ultimate question. Canada has four very distinct seasons, so it's good to know ahead of time what to expect so you can make sure you pack that speedo and leave the gloves and scarf at home.

Because of Canada's vast size climatic conditions vary widely, and only very general information can be given. Canada consists of a predominantly temperate climate with four distinct seasons. In summer, hotels, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and stores are air-conditioned. In winter, all private and public buildings, railway stations and bus terminals are heated, and all main highways are cleared of snow. Although days in summer are warm, evenings may be cool, and visitors planning fishing, camping or canoeing trips should bring medium-and heavier-weight apparel in addition to summer clothing.

For today's weather, check out Environment Canada.