What is Canada known for?
Being the world`s second largest country in regards to land mass, you`ll find an extraordinary amount of unique diversity in the culture and history, as well as incredible natural landscape and attractions. The country is filled with wonderfully friendly people, classy, diverse cities, and a varied landscape that includes tundras, rainforests, deserts and huge mountains. Come to Canada for varied experiences, from iconic wilderness - complete with epic landscapes, bears, moose, and endless hiking trails - to Canadian culture such as trying maple syrup in its motherland, trying tasty Poutin, and watching an ice hockey game. Spend your time hiking through the Rockies, learning about the maritime history of the east coast, or exploring the cosmopolitan cities of Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, this is a country where every traveler will find something to their liking.
What are the best places to visit in Canada?
Canada is famous for the gorgeous scenery and uninhabited land. From the breathtaking peaks of the Rockies to the stunning coastlines of Vancouver and Nova Scotia, there are so many beautiful landscapes. There are three oceans, mountains, plains, and some of the most attractive cities in the world, like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Then there is the view of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) from sites like Yellow Knife, White Horse, and Edmonton where the nights are clear, the landscape is flat, and the Northern Lights are perfectly visible. You can explore the oldest walled city in North America, Quebec City that sits dramatically atop Camp Diamond. Hit the slopes in Banff, the most popular ski slopes in the country. Sunshine Village, Whistler, Lake Louise and Jasper are just a few others you should check out (they stretch from British Columbia to Quebec). Go to Calgary where you`ll find great hiking, kayaking, skiing, water rafting, and camping. Stroll the nation`s capital, Ottawa, home to fantastic museums, art galleries, and plenty of shopping. Tour around the most multicultural city in the world, Toronto. With over half of the city`s population being foreign-born, it offers a beautiful diversity, delicicous food, and an awesome, artsy vibe.
Canada is filled with famous attractions and awe inspiring scenery that combine to make this country one of the most awesome places to live or visit in the world. When it comes to scenery, Canada is hard to beat. Whether it`s for the country’s incredible natural beauty, delicious food, unique culture, or unbeatable road trips - Canada has it all!
When is the best time to visit Canada?
The best time to visit Canada is during the fall months, from September through November. The weather has cooled down but is still comfortable, the summer crowds have left, prices drop, and changing fall foliage offers a beautiful backdrop for a vacation. Also, fall brings celebrations in full swing such as pumpkin, apple and wine festivities.
Typically, the summer months is the peak time to visit, but no matter when you choose to travel to Canada there will be some advantages (perhaps cheaper flights and hotels, fewer crowds) and some disadvantages (cold weather, fewer hotel options).
Canada is a wide-ranging country with vastly different climate conditions. Be sure to understand that your experience can be quite different depending on which area of the country you are visiting.
How many days should I spend in Canada?
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
What is the best way to get around Canada?
Visitors wanting to explore multiple places in Canada will likely require several forms of Canada transportation. Flights allow travelers to span the miles quickly, while buses offer a broader variety of destinations at affordable prices. Driving a car, meanwhile, gives the freedom of flexibility, and traveling by train and ferry reveals some of the world`s most stunning scenery.
Canada`s major cities have excellent public transport systems, with a mixture of buses, trams, light rail systems and underground trains. If you`re visiting Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal or Ottawa, you can easily get around without a car.
Traveling by train is an excellent way to see Canada`s too-pretty-to-be-real scenery, but limited departures mean you`ll need a relaxed and accommodating schedule. VIA Rail, run by the Canadian government, is the only main passenger train operator in the country.
With the exception of the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, train travel is often more expensive than flying. However, prices are cheaper in winter months, and discounts are often available to early bookers.
For those planning to drive from the United States, keep in mind that wait times at busy entry points can be lengthy during summer months and on weekends, so be sure to check the Canadian Border Services Agency website going in and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website going out.
Smaller, more remote border crossings often have shorter wait times but are not open 24 hours, so confirm times beforehand. In addition to a passport or other valid travel document, you`ll need to show your driver`s license, vehicle registration papers and proof of liability before entering the country.
For travelers renting a car after arriving in Canada, you`ll find all the major companies, including Avis, Hertz and Thrifty. Local agencies like PractiCar (based in British Columbia) and Routes Car and Truck Rentals in Ontario may offer considerably cheaper options. Booking in advance often equals better deals.
What is the currency of Canada?
All of Canada uses the Canadian Dollar (CA$ or CAD). Like most global currencies, the value of the Canadian dollar floats against that of all other major currencies.
Canadian bills or bank notes are commonly available in CA$5, CA$10, CA$20, CA$50, and CA$100 dollar denominations. The CA$1 and CA$2 bills have been replaced with coins (the loonie and the toonie).
Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted across Canada and ATMs are easy to find in urban areas so it's not necessary to bring loads of cash with you. Having some cash on hand when you arrive is a good idea though for tipping or odd small purchases.