Canada is an excellent vacation spot with its breathtaking scenery, wildlife, winding roads and cosmopolitan capitals. These five tips will help you get to Canada, even if your travels are not frequent. Ensure your visit to Canada from the UK is a smooth, enjoyable experience please read on ETA Canada Visa on the new Electronic Travel Authorisation requirements for air travelers.
Tip #1: Get a Canadian Travel Guide
A good travel guide is essential for anyone who travels to any foreign country. Canada is no different. You can print a Canada travel guide online, or you can buy a well-known guide like Lonely Planet.
A great travel guide will help you find the best places to stay, shop and eat. You will find lots of information about places to stay, shops, eat, drink, and other activities that you can do with the family. A good guidebook for Canada will make your trip memorable.
Tip #2 – Think about the Climate
Make sure you consider the weather before packing for Canada. The Maritime Provinces tend to be a little more humid than the western provinces. Halifax, Nova Scotia has weather that is both mild and freezing in the winter.
Canada’s mountain regions can see extreme temperature variations, so be prepared to travel there. In these areas, layering is a good idea. However, Victoria and Vancouver are more temperate than the rest of Canada and rarely see freezing temperatures.
Tip #3: Be Prepared for Border Crossing
Recent restrictions on border entry have made travel to Canada more complicated. You should always check the documentation requirements to travel to Canada before you go.
Visit the US Department of State Website for the latest information on traveling to Canada from America.
Tip #4 – Understand the Currency
It is important to understand the currency of Canada before you travel. Canada uses the Canadian dollar. However, many border points will also accept American dollars. Since they are accepted almost everywhere, it is a good idea to keep traveler’s cheques in Canadian dollars.
Canadian chartered bank have the best rates for currency and traveler’s checks. Canada also has many ATMs.
Canada has a sales and use tax, similar to the US. When you plan your expenses to Canada, don’t forget this tax.
The provincial sales tax rates will vary. These are the current provincial sales tax rates:
* No sales tax in Alberta and Nunavut.
Saskatchewan: Sales tax at 5%
* 7% Sales Tax in British Columbia, Manitoba
Quebec sales tax: 7.5%
* Ontario sales tax at 8%
* Prince Edward Island has a 10% sales tax
* 13% Harmonized sales tax in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick