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
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!