Best time to visit
Unsure when to visit Canada? Our travel experts at First Class share the best times to go depending on your interests.
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.
Be inspired by our range of itineraries in our Canada brochure. We can personalise any element of your trip to how you want it.
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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:
- You do need a passport or an equivalent travel document in order to enter Canada.
- For detailed information on entry requirements visit the Government of Canada's Requirements to Enter Canada page.
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:
- For the latest information on the country's safety, visit the official government website here
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)
From 5.5 hours to 11 hours
Canadian Dollar $
A-Z OF CANADA
Our bite-sized A-Z of Canada provides you will all of the must-see places and activities that this wonderful country has to offer, from the vibrant city of Vancouver, the iconic rail journey that is Rocky Mountaineer and the natural wonder of the Northern Lights.