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If you are planning a trip to the wonderfully wild country of Canada, doing your research beforehand will ensure that your trip goes without a hitch and that you will be able to make the most of the time you spend there. Although Canada is pretty similar to the United States in many ways, there are also a lot of differences between the two closely-connected countries, which means you can’t just rock up there expecting to behave exactly as you do at home.


Here are some tips which should help you out when planning a trip to Canada:


Planning a Trip to Canada?

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If you want to visit Canada, you will first need to meet the requirements set out by the Government of Canada, Immigration, and Citizenship. The first thing you should do is visit so that you can apply for the relevant travel document, should you need one, but you will also need to be healthy, have enough money to support you for the duration of your visit and not have a criminal record, to gain entry in most circumstances.


Facts About Canada


What many people don’t realize is that Canada is a really huge country, in fact, only Russia is bigger than Canada, which is home to ten provinces spread across three territories. There are also five separate time zones in the country. You will need to bear this in mind if you plan to travel extensively across the country on your visit and plan your travel times accordingly.


Just to give you some idea of Canada’s scale, it is 4.491 kilometers from Toronto to Victoria and a huge 7,403 kilometers from St John’s in Newfoundland to Toronto. So, you will probably want to hire a vehicle if you plan to see as much of the country as possible.


However, due to its sheer size, most visitors to Canada do not even attempt to try and see it all. It is much more common for tourists to choose one region of the country and explore that as thoroughly as they can and then coming back for more on another occasion.




Canada’s currency is the Canadian dollar, which is not the same as the United States dollar. Despite this, some of the towns and cities that border the United States will accept both U.S. and Canadian dollars, but you shouldn’t rely on them doing so, and you should always have plenty of Canadian money on hand, just in case.




In Canada, the drinking age is 18-19, depending on which province you’re in. This means that you will be able to go to a bar and have a good time even if you haven’t hit 21.

Sales Taxes


Sales taxes are usually added onto the bill in Canada, unlike in the U.S. when they are calculated separately, so you may find that, when you have had a meal or made a purchase, the bill will be around 15 percent higher.


Furry Friends


If your dog has the right paperwork, you can bring him along on your trip to Canada, and he will be totally welcome.


If you want to know more about traveling in Canada, check out for more things you should know when you’re planning your trip to the beutiful country.


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