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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

Money and costs

Currency
Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM 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

°C°F
mmin
CAN
Halifax
Go Jul–Sep
Mar – May
724535
Jun – Aug
1384436
Sep – Nov
1385647
Dec – Feb
1-62416
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Vancouver
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1365543
0.4
0.01
Jun – Aug
21136956
0.2
0.01
Sep – Nov
1485646
0.33
0.01
Dec – Feb
724435
0.53
0.02
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Toronto
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
8113627
1.87
0.07
Jun – Aug
962722
2.27
0.09
Sep – Nov
733528
1.87
0.07
Dec – Feb
1-63322
2.3
0.09
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Québec City
Go Jun–Sep
Mar – May
924528
0.33
0.01
Jun – Aug
24147456
0.57
0.02
Sep – Nov
1135238
0.3
0.01
Dec – Feb
-5-14238
0.2
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Churchill
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
3-4178
Jun – Aug
1676044
Sep – Nov
2-43524
Dec – Feb
-20-27-2-17
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Banff & Jasper National Parks
Go May–OctDec–Apr
Mar – May
6-14222
0.63
0.02
Jun – Aug
1846540
2.3
0.09
Sep – Nov
4-44025
0.93
0.04
Dec – Feb
-5-14197
0.1
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Canada

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

Flights to Canada

The best price found from United States to Canada is on October 11th, 2018, travelling with Porter Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $56.00
YTZ
Toronto Island

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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