The great white north, Canada is such a beautiful place to explore, offering wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing, beautiful untouched parks and quiet roads to explore. There are so many beautiful places to see, make sure you give yourself ample time to see as much as possible!
When To Visit: Between mid-May and early June is a great time to visit Canada. It’s before the official high season so prices are still quite reasonable, but the weather is starting to get a little warmer and wildlife are starting to come out of their hibernation for the winter.
If you’re heading to Canada specifically for the ski season or to see some snow, any time in the winter is going to be a good time to visit. Make sure you pack your thermals though, it does get very cold here!
Language: Canada has two official languages, both English and French. The amount of French spoken varies from state to state but generally you will find road signs and announcements in both English and French.
International Airport: There are more than 300 airports across the country of Canada, servicing all corners of this huge country. The main and busiest of them all is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, which also offers connections to the rest of the country.
Capital City: Ottawa
Time Zone: Canada actually falls into 6 different time zones across the country, depending on where you visit. Time zones vary by about 3 hours across the country.
Currency: The currency in Canada is Canadian Dollars $CAD. At that time of writing, $1CAD converts to $1.08AUD, $0.74USD and £0.59GBP.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Credit cards are widely accepted no matter where you visit, and ATMs are easily accessible in all major cities. Some international credit cards might attract fees so always check with your bank to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Driving: Always drive on the right side of the road in Canada.
Power: In Canada the power plugs and sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz.
Internet Access: Wifi is pretty easy to come by in your hotel and often in some bars and restaurants if you ask your server for the password, but is less common to access easily in common areas such as city streets and shopping centres. Load up your maps before you leave your accommodation so that you still have access when you’re out and about.
Visa Requirements: Anyone travelling to Canada on an Australian or New Zealand passport require an e-visa to enter Canada. They cost just $7CAD and can be applied for via the Government of Canada website.