How would one go about opening a bank savings account in Canada?
Go to canada and open an account, and then transfer your money electronically, or write a check.
How about buying stocks and mutual funds in Canada?
Most of the major trading platforms and some brokerage houses will allow you to trade on foreign exchanges.
I also mean real estate in foreign countries, safety deposit boxes with multiple currencies, gold, silver, etc.
If you can think of a way to further diversify your base, you will be better able to weather whatever storm hits.