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Traveling to Canada: Do’s and Don’ts

Traveling to Canada: Do’s and Don’ts

Oh Canada, such a beautiful country that meets the northern border of the United States
of America. If you are on the fence about going, you might as well just jump right off and head on out! Seriously! Home of free healthcare, some of the most beautiful scenery in the world,
and spanning across five time zones. Canada is a beautiful, peaceful country that attracts
many visitors. Traveling to Canada, however, can be a little tricky if you are not fully
prepared. Here are some dos and don’ts for traveling to Canada, but first, check out this awesome video about 101 facts about Canada.

Do your research beforehand.

When traveling to a different country, it is important
to remember that each country has their own set of immigration laws. When traveling
from the United States to Canada, you need to consider what documents you need.
Sometimes a US passport will do the trick, but depending on what Canadian territory
you are visiting, you may need a visa or even a birth certificate to enter Canada. Always
do your research first!

Don’t bring any unpackaged, fresh food or pet food with beef or lamb
products.

Different countries have different regulations on immigration and what you
can and cannot bring into the country. While planning your trip to Canada, research
what you are allowed to bring over the border. No need to find a reason for their
immigration regulations, just simply respect the Canadian policies they have in place. In
terms of pet food, Canada welcomes cats and dogs. Just make sure their food does not
contain beef or lamb products, those are two food products that Canada does not allow
to cross the border.

Do make sure your financial affairs are organized and prepared.

The beautiful country of Canada spans across 5 zones, with 10 provinces, two dominant
languages (English and French), and is known to be the second largest country in the
world (behind Russia). It is important to know which province you are going to be
visiting, and to become familiar with their currency. Most places in Canada accept both
the Canadian dollar (CAD) and the US dollar. However, other places only accept CAD.
Look up the currency for the province you wish to visit, and make sure you contact your
banks to let them know you are traveling out of country. The bank can also provide you
with more information to keep your financial affairs in order, so that the currency you
use in Canada is the right currency.

Don’t attempt to argue or mess with border control or customs.

You would think this is a given, but there are people out there who feel border control and customs
cannot touch them. Simply be on your best behavior, and be polite. The people working
these immigration controls are just trying to do their job in a legal way. If you do mess
with border control or customs, they can deny you entrance into Canada—even if you
already paid for your whole trip.

Do sight see, go on adventures, and learn a little bit of French!

Traveling to other countries can be difficult and a little bit stressful. Just do your research
beforehand, get all of your affairs in check, and begin to plan the fun parts of your
Canada vacation. Go sight see the beautiful country of Canada, visit national parks, and learn some French. Canada has so much culture to offer travelers, and you have
certainly picked a wonderful destination for your vacation!

Canadian Transportation

Canadian Transportation

Canada is a huge country based along the northern border of the United States, consisting of 10 provinces. Traveling through the whole country of Canada will require an extended stay, or just multiple trips to this beautiful country. During your visit, you can get to one location to another in a variety of different ways. Canadian transportation systems are similar to the United States. Canada offers planes, trains, buses, cars, and even taxis to help get you from place to play in Canada.

Traveling through Canada by plane is probably the best option if you are going from one province to the other, and if the ground transportation route is just too long. While you can take a plane to places that are not that far apart, it may be more economical for you to stick to plane travel when it comes to extended distances.

Buses and taxis are very prominent in the bigger cities of Canada. If you are in the city, you are more likely to grab a taxi than you are a bus. The busses in Canada are very comfortable for transportation, and can even be provided from family owned companies. Often times the buses are used for tours across various parts of Canada. This is similar to a sight-seeing tour, and it allows you to explore the area for a little bit as well.

Transportation by car is always an option, and most American citizens travel to Canada by car (and vice versa!). Even if you fly to Canada, you can still rent a car from well-known established car rental companies, like Hertz. However, they require drivers to be the age of 25 before they can rent a car, and it is important to brush up on your Canadian traffic rules before arriving.

The traffic rules in Canada is a little bit different than other nations, but with similar concepts. Simply by doing research on your Canadian province, you should be able to come across a small section of road rules to help you on your journey.

One of the best ways to see the beautiful country of Canada is to travel by train. The railway systems in Canada flow with the beautiful Canadian landscape, offering continuous gorgeous views for train passengers. If you intend to travel Canada by train, make sure you look up the train schedule first. There are limited departures for trains, and it is important for you to plan ahead!

Before determining what form of transportation you will be taking in Canada, do your research first. Early bookings (for flights and trains) are ideal for anyone looking to vacation in Canada. If you plan to rent a car, familiarize yourself with the road rules of the province or city you will be visiting. If you plan to take a bus tour, try to plan as far ahead as possible to book your seats. If you are traveling by taxi, just remember to tip your drive. Canada offers so much for locals and tourists across the world, and with multiple forms of transportation, each visitor will be satisfied!

Best places to visit in Canada

Best places to visit in Canada

Located on the northern US border, the beautiful country of Canada lies. Making up the
northern part of North America, Canada stretches from both the east coast to the west
coast, consisting of 10 provinces. This beautiful country offers many beautiful
landscapes and French heritage. To see all of Canada, you will probably have to go more
than once—but that does not mean you cannot plan ahead! Here are a few of the best
places to visit while traveling through Canada.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

This beautiful Canadian city lies closely to the Pacific Northwest portion of America
(just above Washington), with much to offer to locals and tourists from across the world.
The city of Vancouver offers an artistic view for locals and tourists, with plentiful
museums exhibiting only the most beautiful art pieces that Canada has to over. Not only
is the art prominent in this beautiful, Canadian city, but Vancouver is also the home to
the ever popular Stanley Park. Stanley Park offers gorgeous scenery from Canada’s
finest, but also a scenic sea wall.

2. Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Chances are, you have already heard of Banff National Park. Photographers,
adventurers, tourists, all of these individuals taking amazing pictures and posting those
to social media of Banff National Park Scenery. Chances are, you have already said “I
want to go here!”, or “what a beautiful place!” If you have not, not to worry! There is still
time to go visit this ancient park. Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park,
dating back to the 1800s. In the modern world, Banff National Park still offers beautiful
scenery, and plenty of things to do. Perhaps some of the highlights from Banff National
Park are the gondola ride, ski resorts, and hot springs. Are you more of an adventurous
tourist and prefer adventure? Banff National Park has something for everyone!
Adventurers can enjoy the diverse landscape, and those who simply want to relax have
hot springs to do so.

3. Québec City, Québec, Canada

Québec City is located in Québec Canada, and offers a taste of Europe for those who do
not actually want to go to Europe. This city is home to history, French culture, and is
perfect for romantic destinations. The city once stood in the shadow of the ever-popular,
Toronto, but when Québec City reached 400 years, the cities tourism took a leap
forward. Quebec City is home to a beautiful citadel, cathedral, Montmorency falls, and
even a castle like hotel. This city is perhaps one of the most historic and French cities
that Canada offers to the world. The city encompasses its 400 year history with its stone
buildings, narrow streets, and colonial core. Make sure to bring your French skills with
you, as this is the most French speaking city in all of Canada!

Those were three places in Canada that are surely worth visiting. No amount of wording
can truly encompass the beauty and culture these Canada destinations can bring us. Be
sure to plan ahead, and learn some French!

Best time to visit Canada

Best time to visit Canada

Canada is a beautiful, vast country that makes up the northern part of North America.
The country itself borders the continental United States, stretches from coast to coast,
and is home to 10 Canadian provinces. Canada is home to 36.3 million residents, and a
plethora of beautiful, diverse species. With the country being so big, and even having 10
different provinces to visit, it is important to determine when the best time to visit
Canada is.

January through March

Canada is pretty far north from the equator, which is why it is no surprise that these
months host the Canadian winter. Do not let that winter fool you, though! Canada
winters can host some amazing wild life events, natural events, and even different
winter festivals. One of the most popular festivals for this time period is the Quebec
Winter Festival. This festival lasts for 14 days and is well known for amazing snow and
ice sculptures.
During this time frame, one of nature’s most rare shows can be seen: the aurora. The
aurora is commonly known as the northern lights, and can only be seen, late at night in
some of the coldest regions around the world. Though it may be cold, seeing the
northern lights will be worth it!

April through June
April and May are both less common months for tourists to travel to Canada. So much in
fact that the price of traveling to Canada during these months is lower than the rest of
the year. If you have to be traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia (along the west
coast of Canada), you can witness the best day time skiing. The sun is shining, and the
skies are clear, but the weather conditions are still great for snow play!
May is when the snow starts to melt, and other Canadian destinations become more
accessible. This month is also great for whale watching along the eastern coast of
Canada.
June is an ideal month to visit if you want nothing to do with Canada’s cold winter. The
snow has melted, bodies of water have no more ice, and the weather is certainly not
cold!

July through October

July and August are the summer months for Canada, and offer a great variety of outdoor
activities. This is also a great time to watch Orca’s follow the salmon to Canada (on the
west coast).
From late August through November, the salmon run commences. Salmon return from
the ocean to western Canadian rivers for mating, and attract beautiful predators along
the way.

September and October exhibit the beautiful fall of Canada. From colorful leaves to
cooler weather, Canada’s scenery is at its most beauty during this time. This is also a
great time to visit Niagra Falls!

November and December

During these two months, the winter starts to return. Don’t let the cold scare you,
though! With the holidays approaching, Canada hosts many different holiday-based
festivals during this time, and they also start to reopen the skating rinks.
The best time to visit Canada, is during whatever season you want to visit. There is
always something to see or do year round in this beautiful country!

Oh Maple, you sweet sweet Syrup

Oh Maple, you sweet sweet Syrup

The sweet nectar the runs down the valleys of Canada

Its not joking matter that one of the biggest stereotypes of Canada is its syrup. Maple syrup is big on flavor, and big on money in Canada. Canada produces the vast majority of the worlds maple syrup, 91% of which is produced in Quebec. Canada’s maple syrup producing regions are located in the provinces of Quebec (primary producer), Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. There are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada. Maple syrup is 100% natural and the producers of it are made to stick to strict guidelines during production.

Maple syrup is made by first tapping a tree. By doing this the producers are able to extract the syrup directly from the maple tree. This process is done in the spring time when the nights are still cold. It causes the tress to take up more water from the ground. During the day when the temperature increases a change in pressure causes liquid to flow back to the bottom of the tree, enabling easy collection of the sap. This all happens between March and late April and collection takes place for about two weeks.

A tree can be tapped for sap extraction if it measures at least 8 inches in diameter. In order for a tree to be tapped to extract maple sap, it must be deemed suitable based on the criteria of health, diameter and growth rate. Up to a maximum number of three taps per tree per season is allowed per regulation

Once the sap is harvested in the woods, the sap is taken to a sugar house where it is boiled to become syrup. While this boiling is happening, pipes from storage tanks feed sap along a narrow ridged pan which is called an evaporator. The evaporation causes the syrup to become denser and sweeter. About 10.5 gallons of sap boil down to make about 1/4 gallon of syrup through this process.

Viewing the Northern Lights in Canada

Viewing the Northern Lights in Canada

My favorite destinations

Today I bring to you some of the best places to view the heavenly northern lights while on your trip to Canada. Whether you are traveling to Canada specifically to view the northern lights, if you have it planned as part of a larger trip, or merely if you are just in the planning phase of a trip, the information here should be of great interest. Canada is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights, and its true. The best time of year to view the northern lights in Canada is in the fall and winter, along the auroral zone.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

If you are looking to have a northern lights experience accompanied by a cultural experience, I suggest you visit Iqaluit, Nunavut. Here you will be able to view the lights and interact with Canada’s indigenous people. One can also enjoy polarbear viewing, ice fishing, and kayaking in this arctic destination.

Northern Labrador, Newfoundland

Probably the most popular aurora borialis viewing, and the most famous, is in northern Labrador, in Labrador and Newfoundland. The spark of adventure brings travelers here on snowmobile with the promise of exceptional viewing at night. There are more the 1500 km of trails that span the providence, and the attractions of hunting and fishing add to the experience of viewing the northern lights.

Rocky Mountains, Alberta and British Columbia

Some of the most amazing viewing of the northern lights in Canada can be done from the top of some of the most pristine peaks in North America. The Canadian Rockies are home to Banff national park (one of my favorites!) which has exceptional aurora borialis viewing. There are low pollution levels here which make for some of the best possible viewing situations in the whole country. For the best viewing experiances, head out and find a lake, sit back, and enjoy!

Top 20 sights to see in Banff National Park

Top 20 sights to see in Banff National Park

A list compiled by a professional

There is a reason Banff is my number one choice in Canada. Its beyond beautiful. If you love nature and  the outdoors, visiting pristine lakes, viewing majestic peaks or even climbing, snowboarding, and skiing, Banff has it all. A paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, you can climb, check out ice fields, go camping, look for wildlife, hike to your hearts content and even go paragliding. Check out this awesome video compiled by Tracker Productions for your viewing pleasure.

  1. The Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
  2.  Banff Upper Hotsprings.
  3. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
  4. Bow Falls.
  5. Surprise Corner.
  6. Mount Norquay Green Spot.
  7. Vermillion Lakes
  8.  Lake Minnewanka.
  9.  Two Jack Lake.
  10.  Johnson Lake.
  11. Bow Valley Parkway.
  12. Johnston Canyon.
  13. Morantz Curve.
  14. Moraine Lake.
  15. Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise.
  16. Icefields Parkway.
  17. Bow Lake and Num-ti-jah Lodge.
  18. Peyto Lake.
  19.  The Columbia Icefields.
My favorite destinations in Canada to visit

My favorite destinations in Canada to visit

Hello! Welcome to my Canada travel blog.

On my blog I will be posting all things related to travel in Canada. From culture to climate, means of transportation, necessary documents to enter the country as a tourist, activities for various groups, and so much more! I am excited to be able to share my love for Canada with everyone, so here we go…

Canada has a varied, vast landscape with wide open spaces, beautiful forests, massive mountains and wonderful bodies of water. Throughout my time spent in Canada, I’ve found a number of my favorite places to visit and want to share them with you here, so that you too can enjoy the greatness that is Canada!

Listed starting at my most favorite destination:

  1. Banff National Park
  2. Whistler
  3. Old Quebec
  4. Vancouver
  5. Toronto’s CN Tower
  6. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill
  7.  Old Montreal
  8. Churchill, Manitoba
  9. Bay of Fundy
  10.  Gros Morne National Park

My favorite thing about Canada is that the people are so nice. Everywhere you go people are kind and friendly, always willing and wanting to lend a helping hand to a traveler. I never had any problems while traveling in Canada, and it was always an amazing experience. I look forward to sharing more information with you coming up soon! Stay on the lookout for my next post about the beauties of Banff National Park! In the mean time you can get all the up to date information from Canada’s Official Travel and Tourism Website Here.

 

Dont hesitate to reach out with any questioins!

Famous Festivals in Canada

Famous Festivals in Canada

Canada, what a beautiful country! This North American country is vast, is home to 10 provinces, and millions of people. Often times Canada is famous for its fabulous views and state parks. As beautiful as these phenomenon’s are, Canada also has something unique to offer: festivals!

Each festival in Canada has its own time frame, depending on the season and the festival purpose. Regardless of what festival you want to plan, Canada can sure throw a party! Below is a small list of famous festivals that are held amongst the 10 provinces in Canada.

Vancouver Festival of Lights. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada’s most western province), the Vancouver Festival of Lights offers the largest firework competition for its visitors. This is not simply a bunch of people blowing off fireworks. The even encompasses food vendors, concerts, and the popular seawall challenge. This festival happens in July.

Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede surely has history on its side, dating back to 1912! This festival happens across the span of 10 days in July where they aim to preserve western culture and heritage. From tournament style rodeos, to rides, you won’t be bored during this festival!

Toronto International Film Festival. Though they do not seem common, film festivals are great entertainment and a great resource for film-lovers everywhere! Here you can view first showings of various films—from professional to indie—and even learn a thing or two about the art of film. This event attracts thousands of visitors from across the world and held annually, in September.

Winterlude Festival. Located in Ottawa, the Winterlude Festival takes the cold winter months to the next level. This festival is held during the first 3 weekends in February and is held in Canada’s capital: Ottawa. Here visitors have the chance to ice skate on the world’s largest ice skating rink, and view beautiful ice and snow sculptures. This Canadian festival takes winter to the next level by also offering concerts and even a snow playground during this festival.

Celtic Colors International Festival. Located in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia (specifically on the island of Cape Breton), the Celtic Colors International Festival is celebrated by the whole island of Cape Breton! This festival is held during October, which offers some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery. Compliment the scenery, the festival incorporates all things Celtic. From music to entertainment to food; this festival is here to celebrate the Celtic heritage.

This short list of famous festivals in Canada is certainly not a complete list. There are a variety of other activities and festivals that Canada has to offer its locals and visitors, and there is only one way to experience them! If you are looking to travel to Canada, make sure you know when you want to go, and look up what famous festivals are going to be held during that time frame. Not only will you get the tourist version of the country, but you will also get a taste of Canadian culture as well!