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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hello’
English
‘bonjour’
(bon-zhoor)
French
Plug combo ab
Electricity
120V/60hz
Mar-Nov
Best time to go
Summer
Saturday
HRS
09
09
MINS
46
46
Current Time
GMT -5

Money and costs

Currency
Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated April 04, 2019 2:25PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$100
  • Dorm bed: $25–40
  • Campsite: $25–35
  • Self-catered meals from markets and supermarkets: $8–12
Midrange
$100–250
  • B&B or room in a midrange hotel: $80–180 ($100–250 in major cities)
  • Meal in a good local restaurant: from $20 plus drinks
  • Rental car: per day $35–65
  • Attraction admissions: $5–20
Top end (more than)
$250
  • Four-star hotel room: from $180 (from $250 in major cities)
  • Three-course meal in a top restaurant: from $50 plus drinks
  • Skiing day pass: $50–80

Visas

Visitors from certain countries require a visa to enter Canada. Those who are exempt require an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA; $7), with the exception of Americans. This must be applied for prior to traveling and can be completed online. It...

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When to go and weather

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Getting to Canada

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Canada

Car An extensive highway system links most towns. The Trans-Canada Hwy stretches from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island. Away from the population centers, distances can be deceivingly long and travel times slow due to single-lane highways. All major rental car companies are readily available.

Train Outside the Toronto–Montréal corridor, train travel is mostly for scenic journeys.

Ferry Public ferry systems operate extensively in British Columbia, Québec and the Maritime provinces.

Air Regional and national carriers crisscross the country, taking days off travel time and reaching northern towns inaccessible by road.

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