With major landmarks including Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, and amazing cities to discover such as Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and more, it’s obvious why Canada broke their record of 20.8million tourists in 2017.
The West coast is steeped in some of nature's most beautiful wonders, where temperatures hang at a luxurious 23c with a light breeze straight off of the Pacific. Or visit the East coast with its vibrant culture of live music, summer festivals and historic architecture complimented by the incredible wildlife this side of the country has to offer.
Whichever part of Canada you're planning on visiting, having travel insurance which covers you for essentials such as medical expenses, cancellation, personal possessions and legal expenses is paramount.
Canada is one of the most expensive places in the world to receive medical care, so should you require medical treatment, travel insurance could quickly become the most important thing in your luggage.
We are travel insurance specialists, and genuinely believe that our policies can offer policies to suit your needs at a budget friendly price. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about sifting through hundreds of options – our policies all offer the same great levels of cover, all you have to do is choose the excess you would like to pay in the event of a claim (ranging from £150 to nothing at all!).
There is so much to see and do in Canada you will be spoilt for choice! Below are a few of our favourites and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have.
*Prices and information correct as at August 2018
Although you don’t need any vaccinations to get into the country, it may be worth discussing the below with your doctor:
They have had bouts of both Measles and Mumps in western Canada, so we would advise ensuring you are up to date with these before travelling also. For more information please click here.
Visitors to Canada are now expected to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) in order to enter.
The only times this is exempt is if you have a valid Canadian visa or permanent resident card. If you have dual nationality you will be expected to use your Canadian passport.
It costs $7 per eTA and you can apply for yours here.
If only one parent is travelling, ensure that you have a letter of consent from the non-travelling parent to ensure smooth sailing through immigration.
|Currency||Canadian Dollar – notes range from $5-$100 and coins include $1 and $2.
$1 are referred to as ‘loonies’ and $2 are referred to as ‘toonies’
Click here for the current exchange rate.
|Emergency Info||For emergencies, call 911|
|Tipping Protocol||This depends on the service:
Cabs – Generally between 10-20%
Doorman - $2 if he hails you a cab
Bellman – Up to $5 per bag
Chambermaid – Up to $5 a day or a lump amount at the end of your trip
Valet – $5-$10 when picking up the car
Bar/Wait Staff – Not as strict as in the US, between 10-20% is acceptable.
|Drinking Age||Each province sets its own age. However, the legal age is 19 years old unless you are in Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec where it is 18 years old.|
|Weather||Hurricanes in coastal areas are more likely between July – November whereas Tornados are more likely between May – September in southern Canada.
During the winter months, highways can be closed due to snowfall and/or avalanches. Ensure you check before leaving your accommodation
|Seasons||Spring – March 20th - June 20th
Summer – June 21st – September 21st
Autumn/Fall – September 22nd – December 20th
Winter – December 21st – March 19th
|Languages spoken||English and French|
|Plug Type||110-120 V - 60Hz|
|Driving Side||Right Hand side|
|Local Laws/Customs||Local laws can vary depending on the province or territory you are visiting.
For more information on customs regulations in Canada visit the website of the Canadian Border Services Agency
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