If you are traveling to any country for the first time, it is of great essence to do a comprehensive homework, understand the country’s culture, what to expect once you get there and learn how to travel both safely and smartly. Canada is not an exception. With its bustling cities and astounding parks, anyone would wish to visit this fascinating country and enjoy everything it has to offer.
You, however, do not just wake up one morning and start packing to leave for Canada like you are about to visit one of your local cities. You need to set some time aside and get prepared whether you are going there for a vacation, or business reasons. Before you plan the trip, here are a few things and answers to some of the questions that could be running through your mind.
How is the weather in Canada?
You should be ready for the weather. One of the things that you should remember before packing for the trip is layers. If you are taking a vacation to Canada during summer, you should note that summer there is not like the other ‘summers’ you could be used to. You might experience some thunderstorms, and at times it gets chilly in the evening especially near the mountains.
Winter gets extremely cold except in some parts like Colombia where the temperature is mild. If you plan on going there during this season, make sure that you have packed lots of warm clothes such as a woolen hat, scarf to wrap around your neck and face and gloves.
Do you need a Visa?
You need to have ETA which stands for Electronic Travel Authorization before entering into Canada. You may need to have ETA before you board your flight but this depends on where you are coming from. Canada Visa application is a secure online process which will only take you a few minutes. All you need is a credit card, email address, and passport and after answering a few basic questions, entering your personal information and paying a small fee, you are good to go.
In some states, you will get the ETA a few minutes after, and it is valid for up to five years or until your passport expires. It is vital that when traveling to Canada, carry along the passport you used to apply for the visa application.
Do not forget to carry tips
This is not mandatory but, hi! It does not hurt to appreciate those service providers who have dedicated their time to make your stay there worth. After getting services from workers such as cab drivers, waiters, hairdressers, and others, you are expected to give a 15% to 20% of the standard bill tip. Note that this is not a must, but it is recommended.
What are driving requirements in Canada?
If you are from the USA from example, you should know that the speed limits in Canada are a bit different and therefore, before you start driving, make sure to check and understands the limits first. Driving can be hazardous in winter, and consequently, you need to have an emergency kit when going out to the snowy weather. It is also illegal for minors to smoke in the car and you should never have your phone in hands when driving.
These are a few basic things to be prepared for before leaving your native land to visit this amazing state. You should also know that Canadians speak both French and English, they are polite, and you can expect the best services while there. This place has everything for everyone, whether you love camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, snowboarding or sports enthusiast.