- Antigua & Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Dominican Republic
- Puerto Rico
- St. Barthelemy (St. Barts)
- St. Kitts & Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Maarten (St. Martin)
- St. Vincent and The Grenadines
- Trinidad & Tobago
- Turks and Caicos
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- Central America
- Czech Republic
- Middle East
- South America
- South Pacific
- Branson, MO
- Chicago, IL
- Corolla, NC
- Disney Parks and Resorts
- Glacier National Park, MT
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Lake Tahoe
- Las Vegas
- Martha's Vineyard, MA
- New Mexico
- New Orleans, LA
- New York
- Poconos, PA
- San Juan Islands
- Santa Fe, NM
- South Carolina
- South Padre Island, TX
- Winthrop, WA
Passports and VisasPassport required for entry.
Health InformationCanadian hospitals and medical services are excellent. The vast majority of hospitals are publicly managed and rates are set by provincial and hospital authorities. Hospital care for non-residents of Canada is charged at a daily rate or on the basis of the medical condition and length of stay. Charges vary from province to province and from hospital to hospital, but generally range from $1,000 to $2,000 a day. So it's important to obtain travel health insurance before leaving home, since it's possible your regular health insurance does not include coverage outside your country of residence.
TimeCanada encompasses six of the world's 24 time zones. Newfoundland & Labrador is 5 1/2 hours ahead of British Columbia. Daylight Saving Time is in effect from the first Sunday in April, when the clocks in most of Canada are advanced by one hour, until the last Sunday in October. Saskatchewan, however, does not observe Daylight Saving Time in the summer months.
ElectricityCanada, like everywhere else in North America, uses 110-volt, 60-cycle AC electric power.
Languages SpokenEnglish, French
CurrencyThe currency system in Canada uses dollars and cents similar to the U.S. system. In the past decade, the US$ has been very strong compared to the CDN$, giving American visitors a most favorable exchange value for their money.
Gratuity TipsTips or service charges are not usually added to restaurant bills in Canada. If you are satisfied with the service received, a tip of 15 percent is the usual amount given. Following the introduction of the federal goods and services tax (GST), many Canadians have begun to tip on the pretax amount. Barbers, hairdressers and taxi drivers are also usually tipped at 15 percent. Bellhops, doormen, redcaps (porters) and similar staff at hotels, airports and railway stations are generally paid C$1 per item of luggage carried.
Taxes and VATSThe GST, or "goods and services tax", is a 7% federal tax which applies to most foods and services provided in Canada. As of April 1, 1997 the HST or "harmonized sales tax" is a 15% tax that replace the provincial sales tax (PST) and GST in the provinces of Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
Non-resident visitors to Canada are entitled to a rebate of GST/ HST on certain goods they take out of Canada as well as short-term accommodations. Keep your receipts if you wish to apply for a GST / HST rebate Simply pick up a copy of Tax Refund Application for Visitors at any Customs office or most tourism information centers, duty-free shops, department stores and some hotels.
Banks, Credit Cards, ATMsMajor cards such as American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in Canada. Keep in mind your financial institution at home will automatically make the currency exchange before you receive your monthly statement.
The United State's neighbor boasts landscape so beautiful, they call it God's Country. Mountains, beaches, deserts, lakes, rivers, oceans, parks, forests, prairies, farm land - Canada has it all. Experience Canada's natural wonders, luxury escapes, cultural discoveries and urban retreats. Up close with nature, major adrenaline rush while ice climbing, relaxation in front of a cozy fire . . . all possible in Canada. This is definitely a place to refresh and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul on an amazing honeymoon.
It's impossible to highlight all of Canada's positives under one short destination description. Therefore, we've added each Canadian province as individual destinations so that you can appreciate each one for its own unique characteristics.
- British Columbia-Canada's super, natural province. Brilliant skiing, spectacular mountains, vibrant cities, and sparkling ocean.
- Alberta-The spirit of the west. Desert badlands, emerald lakes, ancient glaciers and the incomparable Canadian Rockies. Banff & Lake Louise
- Saskatchewan-A medley of landscapes. Windswept badlands, breathtaking river valleys, vast evergreen forests and rolling prairies.
- Manitoba-Canada's heartland. Sparkling waters, golden fields of wheat, and the "Polar Bear Capital of the World."
- Ontario-Immense, colorful, multi-cultural, and diverse. Home to sophisticated cities and vast, untouched wilderness.
- Quebec-La Belle Province. A vast land, with glorious natural beauty, stylish cities, and the best skiing east of the Rocky Mountains.
- New Brunswick-The largest of Canada's seafaring provinces. Whales, waves, and one of the Marine Wonders of the World.
- Nova Scotia-A magical world by the sea. Magnificent mountain trails, the rugged highlands of Cape Breton, and over 4600 miles of coastline.
- Prince Edward Island-Canada's smallest province. An island jewel of red-sand beaches, sapphire sea, and green rolling hills.
- Newfoundland-A land of startling natural beauty, rimmed by craggy cliffs and ocean bays. The far east of the western world.
- Nunavut-A brand new territory in the High Arctic, and home to the Inuit people. Ancient culture and incredible natural beauty.
- Northwest Territories-Land of the Midnight Sun. Soaring peaks, rolling tundra, wonderful wildlife and the mighty MacKenzie River.
- Yukon-Land of magic and mystery. Rugged wilderness, the magnificent northern lights, and the spirit of the gold rush pioneers.
Climate and Weather
Basically the summer in Canada is similar to that of the northern half of the U.S., with warm-hot weather from May to October, while residents of Vancouver Island can play golf 12 months of the year. Ski season runs from December until the end of March in the east of May in the west (later in some resorts). The spectacular colors of the fall season are best viewed (in eastern Canada) in late September or early October.
Canada's four seasons, each distinctly different, add to this country's appeal. In autumn, the crisp air invites you outdoors to enjoy the brilliant colors of fall foliage. In winter, the landscape is blanketed by glistening white snow. Learn to ski on nearby ski hills or ice skate along frozen rivers. Spring arrives as early as February on the West Coast, bringing with it the scent of lilacs, daffodils and hyacinths. And in the summer, Canada is gloriously warm and inviting.
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by Lucille Pucciarelli last updated on 11/02/2009