Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
If we are to believe a local saying - “Canada has two seasons: winter and the month of July”. It is true that the winters are long, lasting from November to April, even May. However, the vision of clear blue skies and pristine snow is amazing and winter sports’ lovers make the most of this season, whilst attending festivals that add life and warmth to the towns. The Winter Festival of Lights, which illuminates Niagara Falls from November to January and Quebec’s lavish carnival in early February are both worthy of mention. Watch out however, the weather conditions in the north can be most extreme.
The hot, humid summer period is very popular with tourists. It is ideal to take part in outdoor activities and the towns and cities are rife with events: in July Montreal stages a comedy festival, Juste pour rire and in August, Folkorama brilliantly showcases Winnipeg’s cultural diversity. The sunny Great North is also accessible at this time.
In southern Quebec, the Indian summer in October is famous for its mild temperatures and stunning forest foliage.
Formalities and useful addresses
British and US citizens do not require a visa to stay in Canada for short periods (up to 180 days for Americans). The Canadian authorities are planning on introducing the eTA (electronic Travel Authorisation) procedure in the last half of 2016. British citizens will require a visa however to transit or travel to the US.
Passport must be valid for length of stay.
High Commission of Canada – Canada House,Trafalgar Square - London SW1Y 5BJ - [TEL] (0207) 004 6000 - www.canadainternational.gc.ca/united_kingdom-royaume_uni
Embassy of Canada – 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW - Washington, D.C. 20001-2111 - [TEL] (202) 682 1740 - http://can-am.gc.ca/washington
British High Commission – 480 Elgin Street - Ottawa Ontario K1P 5K7 - [TEL] (613) 237 1530 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-high-commission-ottawa
U.S. Embassy – 490 Sussex Drive - Ottawa K1N 1G8 - [TEL] (613) 688 5335 - https://ca.usembassy.gov
Money and budget
Banks are generally open Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm (6pm on Fridays), some on Saturday mornings.
Credit cards are accepted just about everywhere in Canada.
Car rental for a week ( Category A ): $350.
1 double room in a big hotel chain (breakfast not included): $120/140.
1 meal in a big restaurant chain or in an ethnic restaurant (drinks included): $15/25.
1 large bottle of mineral water: $3.
1 coffee: $3/5.
1 beer: $7/10.
1 ticket to a nature park: $8.
1 ticket to a museum or cultural site: $10/20.
Health and safety
Police, Fire Brigade and Medical Emergencies: [TEL] 911.
Many rural areas do not have an emergency number, in which case press "0" to speak to an operator.
Alternative current is 110 V and 60 Hz. Biritish travellers will need a universal AC adaptor with slim pins.
Victoria Day (Monday before May 25)
July 1 – Canada Day
First Monday of September - Labour Day
Second Monday of October - Thanksgiving
November 11 - Remembrance Day
Provincial and regional holidays are also public holidays locally.
Motels –Situated on the outskirts of towns and along main roads, they are ideal for travellers in a hurry.
Camps and hunting or fishing lodges – Camps (with tents) and lodges that are, sometimes, only accessible by foot, hydraplane or private boats.
College Campuses – During the summer (May-August), a lot of colleges rent out dorms for a modest sum (laundry included, common bathrooms).
Campsites – Canada is rich in landscaped areas perfect for camping.
"Post offices are generally open Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm, sometimes later. You may also find post office facilities in pharmacies, shopping malls and auto-repair shops. "