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Canada Travel Guide & Tips

True North, Strong, and Free. House is Canada so I may be a bit biased but it’s one beautiful country from coast to coast.

Canada is a vast country that’s filled with the prettiest of landscapes, friendly people, and exceptionally diverse in culture. While we do not always get the wanderlust that I believe we deserve, the ones that make it are will have an opportunity to observe the sky-clawing Rockies of the west, the hustle and bustle of Toronto, and pink-sand shores of Prince Edward Island. Canada has a lot to offer for every kind of traveler so ensure to schedule enough days off.

This Canada travel guide can help you plan your next holiday.

FACTS ABOUT CANADA

    • Electricity – 110V
    • Currency — Canadian Dollar ($ CAD)
    • $1 CAD = roughly $0.75 USD
    • ATMs can be found around and charge cards are accepted everywhere
    • Mobile – You can find pre-paid no cost SIMs at grocery stores and handy shops
    • Tipping – Customary to tip 15-20%
    • Unit of Measure – Metric (Celsius, Meters)

MONEY SAVING TIPS

Go Outdoors – It will not cost a good deal of money to enjoy the wonderful outdoors. In the summertime, there are a slew of options throughout the nation to go camping, canoeing, biking, and hiking. In the winter, there is snowshoeing, cross-country ski, and more camping if you are feeling adventurous. All you will need to do is rent some equipment and you are on your way.

Flights – Canada is a huge country and thus you will probably be relying on the plane to get from place to place. As there aren’t any low-cost carriers each state, you will want to be certain you book early and pay attention to seat sales provided by WestJet, Porter, or Air Canada.

Celebrate Festivals – Summer is when the cities come to life and what better way to determine how locals enjoy excellent weather than to visit a free festival. Toronto has Carabana, Montreal has a festival practically every weekend, and Vancouver has the global Jazz Festival.

PACKING TIPS

Canada has more winters and shorter summers. Like nations of the north, what makes summer awesome is how the days are extremely long so that you may be outside in daylight until past 9PM. Having a country the size of Canada, the climate changes dramatically so that you want to ensure you do your research and package accordingly.

WINTER

Warm – a few parts of Canada can become frightfully cold (yes I am looking at you Ottawa and Quebec) so you would like to ensure that you have good warm layers. The jacket is most likely the most crucial and companies like Columbia have top-quality down feather coats which are great at retaining heat. Oh and if you are going something REALLY cold you will need to ensure that you have good shoes since those are going freeze up.

SUMMER

Stay Bug-Free – Anytime you are in the outdoors, there is a possibility of mosquitos and other sorts of flies that may bite so ensure you have good repellant available.

Sun Protection – Nothing new here. Be sure that you have sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from damaging UV rays.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN CANADA

Adventure

Curling – Try your hand at this winter game that’s far more fun to play than to watch. Just be ready to fall on the ice at least once and battle at being successful sweepers.

Ice Canoeing – You have probably never heard of this one but Quebec City has this crazy thing where you kayak at the iceberg filled St. Lawrence. It is pretty extreme but totally worth it if you can swing it.

Dogsledding – We do get a good deal of snow and what better way to enjoy the white fluff than to have pulled from the most adorable dogs on a dogsled.

Winter Carnaval in Quebec City – Each winter, Quebec City turns into a wonderland of wonder and magic. It may be quite chilly out there but this is a fun month-long event filled with activities, food, and shows. If you’re lucky you will have the ability to meet up with the mascot, Bonhomme.

Snowmobiling – Oh what a thrill it is to get behind the “wheel” of a snowmobile and zip through woods and backcountry roads created especially for snowmobiles. Quebec has some of the most amazing paths.

Canoe Trip in Algonquin – It doesn’t get more Canadian than renting a kayak, paddling out to the middle of a provincial park, and camping in the open wilderness with no access to mobile signal. Trust me, it is therapeutic as heck!

Sights

Research Toronto – If you come to my hometown, you will be treated with a sprawling metropolis comprised of different areas, each with their own personality. There is so much to see and do in a town that many say is just like a New York City, but cleaner, and with nicer people.

Calgary and the Rocky Mountains – Calgary is frequently looked at a gateway to Banff and Jasper but as I discovered, there is a lot to see and do in this magical town. Pair this with the Rocky Mountains and you’ve got a great itinerary.

Waterfalls North of Toronto – You do not have to go to Niagara Falls to see waterfalls. Just outside the large city are a slew of waterfalls which are all unique and beautiful in their own right.

Tobermory – This small gem north of Toronto is a beaut. The dramatic rocky cliffs together with crystal blue waters and the best fish and chips in the state make this an ideal weekend escape in the summer.