Canada travel guide

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You're Going to Love Canada

A mix of nature and city life, summer beaches and snow topped mountains, Canada is a country that offers everyone something special to do.

What to do in Canada

1. Admire the Niagara Falls

These falls are by far one of the most popular attractions in Canada. Located on the border with the US state of New York, visitors have to see the Niagara Falls in person to understand the magic.

2. Discover Vancouver

The city of Vancouver is a must see. Don't miss out on going to Stanley Park, walking on the Capilano Suspension Bridge, or doing some shopping in Granville Island.

3. Practice Your French in Québec

After spending some time in the historic Old Québec area, you can visit the Fairmont Frontenac castle. Music fans should head to the Montreal Jazz Festival in the summer.

4. Be One With Nature at Banff National Park

Canada is home to some of the most spectacular scenery and in this national park, you will see lakes, forests, mountains and even glaciers.

5. Practice Winter Sports

Aside from the usual skiing and snowboarding in Canada, you can practice some more unusual activities such as snowshoeing, dog sledding and ice fishing.

When to visit Canada

There is not a bad time of year to visit Canada. This is a country that offers a different activity every season, so head there in summer if you prefer warm temperatures, or in winter if you love practicing snow sports.

How to Get to Canada

Entry Requirements

Citizens of the United States are able to enter Canada without a visa, while citizens of the EU and Australia can apply for an electronic Travel Authorization. For citizens of other countries, a visa is needed prior to arrival.

Plane

Nostop flights to Canada are available from all different continents. The local airlines are Air Canada and WestJet, the latter of which offers low-cost flights to and from the USA, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean.

Train

It is possible to arrive by train to Canada from New York or Seattle, through services run by Amtrak in collaboration with Via Rail.

Car

It's possible to drive from the US to Canada from many places, the most popular being New York to Toronto or Montreal on the east coast, or Seattle to Vancouver on the west.

Bus

Bus travel is available through Greyhound, which is the main coach travel provider and connects all the major Canadian cities with the United States.

Boat

There is a limited number of ferries that arrive to Canada from the United States. The main two travel from Alaska to Prince Rupert and from Washington to Sidney, both in the British Columbia province.

Popular airlines serving Canada

United Airlines
Good (69,535 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,708 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (28,436 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,812 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,770 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,368 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,357 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (23,635 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (9,192 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,556 reviews)
Iberia
Good (6,176 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,066 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (4,862 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,785 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (5,585 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (2,482 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (5,456 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (30,360 reviews)
Finnair
Good (3,885 reviews)
JetBlue
Excellent (20,193 reviews)
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Where to stay in Canada

If you are staying in the major cities, look for plenty of options in hotels and bed & breakfasts. In the countryside, you can rent a cottage or find a campground.

Where to stay in popular areas of Canada

Most booked hotels in Canada

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 570+
Fairmont Royal York
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 391+
Fairmont Banff Springs
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 737+
One King West Hotel & Residence
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 323+
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 875+
DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton - Niagara Falls
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 167+
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How to Get Around Canada

Public Transportation

The main cities in Canada are well serviced with underground metro systems, light rail and buses. For travel to regional areas, buses are the main mode of public transport.

Trains

Due to long distances, trains are not always the most convenient way to travel within the country; however, lines are available to and from all the major cities.

Bus

Bus travel within Canada is readily available through coach companies such as Greyhound, Megabus, Acadian and Coach Canada, each of which operates on specific routes.

Car

Car travel is one of the easiest ways of getting around in Canada. To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old, have at least 1 year of driving experience and a license valid for at least 6 months.

Plane

Flying is the fastest and most convenient way to get around the country, and this is made easier by the presence of over 500 airports, both international and regional, ensuring you can get everywhere by plane.

The Cost of Living in Canada

When it comes to renting an apartment in Canada, the most expensive cities are Vancouver and Toronto, while Québec City is one of the least expensive. An average weekly grocery shop will be around 75 CAD (57 USD), while a meal at an inexpensive restaurant will cost around 15 CAD (12 USD). You can pay with credit and debit cards throughout the country, with Visa and Mastercard being the most accepted cards.