CANADA TRAVEL ADVICE

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Unsure when to visit Canada? Our travel experts at First Class share the best times to go depending on your interests.

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Where to go

There's so much to see in Canada. From the breathtaking lakes and mountains of the west to the picturesque charm of the east.

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Whatever you choose to do in Canada, expect to be blown away. From the dramatic landscapes and incredible wildlife to the west and spectacular cuisine, coastlines and culture in the east.

Passports & Visas: 

The Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is your visa for Canada, you need to apply for it online before you travel. 

  • Anyone flying to Canada needs an eTA in order to enter the country.
  • The eTA costs $7 CAD (which is about £4).
  • Find out if you need an eTA on the Government of Canada website.
  • Apply for your eTA here.
  • Your eTA is electronically linked to your passport so you don’t have to print anything out. Just don’t forget that passport!

Language & Culture:

  • There are hundreds of languages spoken in Canada, with English and French both being official languages. However, you can travel using English only.  
  • French is spoken in every region with the largest concentration of native French speakers being in Québec.

Food & Drink in Canada:

  • Canada has a thriving foodie scene which has taken influence from the vast range of cultures in the country. Vancouver is known for its Asian fusion foods, Québec has a French influence and look out for German cuisine in southwestern Ontario.
  • Some Canadian specialities to look out for are poutine, the amazing regional seafood and of course maple syrup.
  • Tipping between 15 - 20% is normal practice. 

Money and Expenses:

  •  Most major credit cards are widely accepted within Canada, as well as debit cards.  Most major credit cards are widely accepted within Canada, as well as debit cards. 
  • A goods and services (GST) tax of 5% us charged for most goods sold in Canada, as a travelled you will be charged this tax. Be careful, as this tax will not be included in the price advertised.


Government Travel Advice for Canada:

Time Zones
Newfoundland (GMT -3:30)
Halifax (GMT -4:00)
Toronto (GMT -5:00) 
Winnipeg (GMT -6:00)
Regina (GMT -6:00)
Edmonton (GMT -7:00)
Vancouver (GMT -8:00)

Flight Time
From 5.5 hours to 11 hours

Currency
Canadian Dollar $

Recommended Airlines
Air Transat
Air Canada
British Airways
Icelandair
Westjet

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We are very proud that our personal, friendly service and attention to detail has led to us becoming an industry leader in providing tailor-made holidays. We have been recognised throughout the years by winning a number of prestigious awards from within and outside of the travel industry. We won the "Best Operator to Canada" award at the 2017 British Annual Canada Travel Awards for a record 15th time.

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