When you think of Canada you probably think of maple syrup, forests, lakes and hockey, don’t you ? Of course Canada’s landscapes are some of the most beautiful but Canada has so much more than its pine trees, poutine and Niagara Falls for you to enjoy ! Discover a multicultural country loaded with history : from Native American, to French as well as British history. You will fall in love with amazing Canada !
You’ll find a lot of national celebrations all year long :
We speak English et on parle français aussi !
You probably already know it, Canada and Québec are part of on and only country but a lot varies from one region to the other. First and foremost, the language ! In Québec, you’ll mostly hear people speaking french (If you’re used to France’s french, you’ll notice they have a different accent) but everyone speaks fluent english too. In other parts of Canada english is the official language – and people usually don’t understand french.
So practice your english and your french, you’ll become trilingual !
Québecois (aka Canadian French) 101 :
The official currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). It’s probably a good idea to have a currency converter on you phone to manage your expenses more easily. If you need to change your money, almost all banks will be able to exchange your local currency for Canadian dollars … And banks are everywhere ! If you need cash, it’s even easier, on top of banks you’ll find ATMs (cash dispensers) in many shops ! So don’t worry about money managing in Canada, it’s easy.
And oh, you will without a doubt need a credit / debit card to rent a car or book a hotel room.
To go from place to place, renting a car is the best solution money-wise, gas is pretty affordable and there are no tolls ! While driving beware of Canadians passing-by on your right and on your left (if you are used to be passed-by on the left only). If you’re staying less than 90 days, you’re home country driver’s licence will be enough, but if you stay longer be sure to get your International Driver’s Permit. When renting a car, better get insured (not included in the car rental).
If you were wondering what side the steering wheel is on, it’s on the left side and Canadians drive on the right side of the road.
Funfact : just like in the USA, on highways and bypasses you’ll see “fastlines”. Most of them are one or two lanes on the left of the road for cars carrying at least 2 people. They were added to stimulate carpooling and are quite efficient if you want to get where you are heading faster ! Because, yes. You guessed it, most Canadians are alone in their car !
If you need to join / go to you embassy while in Canada, go to this website for the address, phone number, email address and website : https://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-in/canada
For any on the spot emergency, call : – 911.
Here are the different booking plateformes for your activities :
Canada’s tourist office : https://us-keepexploring.canada.travel/?_ga=2.48677922.500676587.1528449952-1367706846.1512563653
Canadian national parks : http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/index
Rent a car : https://www.autoescape.com
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