President Bush wraps up his two-day trip to Canada today (Wednesday) with a speech in the coastal city of Halifax.

The president will thank Halifax residents for opening their homes to air travelers diverted there after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Bush will also talk about the U.S.-led war against terror and his commitment to strengthening U.S.-Canadian relations.

The president's visit is widely seen as an effort to repair ties strained by trade disputes and Canada's opposition to the Iraq war.

Tuesday, Mr. Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin met in Ottawa and pledged solidarity in the fight against terror, while vowing to protect commerce between the North American neighbors.

The president's visit drew several thousand protesters to the Canadian capital. Thousands more are expected to protest in Halifax today.