Canada Travel Guide

With diverse seasons and terrain, Canada offers an ever-changing variety of experiences and scenery. While snow-capped mountains illuminate the sky, lakes paint the landscape in sumptuous shades of turquoise. No matter if you're craving outdoor activities or vibrant city life, rocky mountain vistas or coastal escapes, you have many options for your Canadian excursion.

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When to Visit

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  1. Peak Season

    June to August

    During the summer months in Canada (with highs of 20°C-37°C in some parts) visitors can explore the many diverse hiking trails as all national parks will be open, offering spectacular viewpoints. With increased hours of sunlight each day over the warmer months, you can revel in one of Canada’s 561 lakes. This is also the best time to experience Canada’s biggest celebration in red and white for Canada Day on July 1st. Make sure to book accommodation and flights in advance and keep in mind that prices will be significantly higher.

  2. Low Season

    November to April

    This is one of the best times to explore Canada if you are a skier or snowboarder and to enjoy a range of winter activities including snowshoeing or ice skating at the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. As the temperature drops (and the days become shorter) the number of winter festivals increases and you will find this is the best chance to experience Carnaval de Québec – Canada’s most popular winter festival. Other noteworthy festivals include the Maple Syrup Festival in Ontario or the Ottawa Tulip Festival. Visitors will need to pack warm clothes, as the temperature will drop to -30°C and is expected to only reach highs of 7°C  in some parts.

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FAQs about Canada

  • Do you tip in Canada?

    Yes. Tipping is very common in Canada. Restaurant workers rely mostly on tips for their income, as such, their hourly wage is quite low. When paying for a meal, it is typical to tip around 15% to 20%. Also, when riding in a cab or getting a haircut a 10% minimum tip is expected.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet access in Canada is relatively accessible. Wifi hotspots are often available at various public and travel locations such as stadiums, airports and hotels, however, they are not guaranteed. Most cafes and restaurants supply free wifi. 
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Yes. As the world’s largest source of fresh water, it is no surprise that tap water is abundant. The water in all Canadian cities is treated and safe to drink.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Canada. American Express is accepted at a limited selection of retailers and restaurants. Note that you could be charged a 1-3% foreign transaction fee for each use. Be sure to check with your bank for details. Generally, you should be able to take money out at ATMs for your international debit cards.
  • What are the public holidays?

    In addition to the typical public holidays (New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labour Day and Christmas), Canada also has a number of unique holidays including Canada Day on July 1st, Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October and Remembrance Day on November 11th. Each province also has a number stat holidays that vary from province to province.
  • What are the toilets like?

    Public toilets in Canada (often referred to as washrooms) are generally quite clean. It is customarily free to use public toilets, however, when at local cafes and restaurants, they commonly request that you purchase something prior to using the facilities.
  • Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?

    Most travellers need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport. What you need depends on: the type of travel document you will travel with, the country that issued your travel document, your nationality and how you will travel to Canada. 
  • Is it always cold in Canada?

    Contrary to popular belief, Canada has very warm summers that can get up to 38°C in some cities. Although Canada has cold winters and it remains freezing in the very northern parts of the country year-round, most of Canada’s population enjoy the best parts of all seasons (snow and sunshine alike).

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