Everything you need to know before traveling to Canada

by Jeff Bushman
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Everything you need to know before traveling to Canada

Canada is a beautiful blend of vibrating cities and breath-taking nature. Whether you are planning a summer vacation with your family or you are considering a trip to see aurora borealis during winter months, there are a few things you need to know. In the following text, we are going to discuss visa requirements, Canadian people, and of course, places you shouldn’t miss.

The very first thing you have to do is to obtain all the documents you need. Besides a passport, you need to get ETA Visa (Electronic Travel Authorization). It is a new requirement for entering the country and it is obligatory for all visa-free nationals, except Americans. So, if you are not an American, you will need to get this document, and you can find all the information regarding it by visiting eVisaExpress. You can apply for this document online and your ETA will be approved within minutes. Once granted it will be valid for 5 years or until your passport expires.

Everything you need to know before traveling to Canada

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Let’s talk about Canada now. Did you know that Canada is the second largest country in the world? This means that you will not be able to see everything, so it is a good idea to make a list of things that are close by. If you want to travel to another city or province, you should rent a car. Yes, you can use buses or trains, but the car will get you to your destination faster and you will not be restricted in any way. In addition, you have to learn about speed limits in Canada, since they are different than in the USA.

Furthermore, you have to be prepared for the weather. It gets pretty cold in Canada, even during summer months. It is important to pack layers. It is warm during the day, but the temperature tends to drop significantly at night.

You are probably aware that Canadians are bilingual. Both English and French are official languages, but about 80% of people use English as their first language. On the other hand, French is dominant in the province of Quebec. So be ready to hear many different accents of both languages as well as different levels of proficiency and of course, a number of other languages.

Moreover, Canadians are extremely polite. They absolutely disapprove things like being rude in public, making a scene, cutting in line, and so on. They may come off as reserved, but they are extremely tolerant and amiable. They will apologize even when there is no need to.

Let’s move on to beautiful sights in Canada that are waiting for you. Clearly, one of the most popular tourist destinations is the Niagara Falls. It is located on the border of the USA’s New York and Canada’s Ontario. The best place to view the falls, on the Ontario side, is from the Queen Victoria Park. Additionally, there are many national parks in Canada such as the Banff National Park, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and many more.

Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica

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If you are a history buff, you should explore cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, Montreal and visit Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Zoo, VanDusen Botanical Garden, the University of British Columbia, Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica, and so on. Also, if you want to see the world’s largest collection of dinosaur and fossil exhibits go to Drumheller.

All in all, you can plan all sorts of vacations in Canada, depending on your preference. It is important to inquire about all the documents you need to enter the country, and then you can start organizing other aspects of the trip.

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