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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!