Below you’ll find all the articles on Canada that I’ve written so far.
CANADA TRAVEL BASICS
CURRENCY | Canadian dollars (Check out xe.com for the most up-to-date currency conversion–they have a mobile app too!)
VISA / PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS | If you’re planning to spend less than 180 days in Canada, you can get by using just your U.S. passport–no Visa required. (Except for all that maple syrup you’re planning on buying, ba-dum-tshh!) Your passport must be valid at the time of your entry into Canada.
Yes, you need a passport to visit Canada from the United States. Yes, even if you’re driving.
LANGUAGE(S) SPOKEN | Most of Canada speak English as their main language, except for the province of Québec which is strictly a French-speaking region.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR? | Going off personal experience alone, I have felt safe every time I’ve visited Canada and have never witnessed anything to make me feel otherwise.
Obviously, always take standard safety precautions (don’t wander alone at night, stick to major streets and pathways, don’t flash your wads of cash you baller you). For more information on Canada safety concerns, see this page and always pick up travel insurance before you go.
WHERE TO STAY IN CANADA
I have personally stayed at the Chateau Frontenac, Hôtel le Concorde, and Hôtel Manoir de l’Esplanade in Quebec City and loved all of them. They’re all in fantastic locations that are walkable to everything, provided excellent service, comfy rooms, and awesome views.
However, Canada is MASSIVE and it’s packing tourism possibility out the wazoo. After you decide where in Canada you’ll be visiting,
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RECOMMENDED CANADA TOURS
➤ INTREPID TRAVEL | If planning an entire trip sounds overwhelming, popular tour company Intrepid offers a ton of multi-day tours of Canada that hit all the hot (and cold) spots and beyond. Intrepid tours includes all accommodation, some meals, and your own personal, knowledgable Canada travel guide.
➤ VIATOR TOURS | If you’re just looking for day tours to various attractions in Canada, Viator is my go-to tour company. They’ve got tours for urban sightseeing, day trips around the country, outdoor adventures, whale watching, and every single thing in between. Their tours include pickup and dropoff as well as your very own local tour guides.
CANADA PACKING ESSENTIALS
➤ CANADA GUIDEBOOK | I’m a big believer in travel guidebooks – they’re great for historical and background information, practical information like phone numbers, addresses, and opening and closing times, as well as restaurant recommendations and pretty pictures ’cause Canada is just beautiful! Consider them your portable Canada travel guide.
Rough Guides and Rick Steves are my favorite go-to brands but Lonely Planet has their own loyal following as well. And if you’re interested in a different kind of guidebook, check out Culture Smart! Canada. Culture Smart! guidebooks focus less on hotel recommendations and more on getting you acquainted with the local customs and culture of your destination. I LOVE these guidebooks and find them to be 100% accurate.