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CANADA            North America Enquiry Form

From the modern cities of Montreal and Toronto in the more commercial east to vibrant Vancouver nestling in the shadow of the Rockies, Canada has it all. Vast open prairies, extensive forest covered hills, countless lakes and rivers teeming with salmon and trout, bears, elk, wolves and other wildlife, snow-capped mountains and glaciers abound for the outdoorsman. Modern galleries, exquisite shopping, cosmopolitan cuisine are few of the offerings for the discerning visitor.

Indigenous Inuit and native Indian share this magnificent land with the descendents of those early settlers from France and other European nations. The traditional and distinctive ‘Mounties’, in their resplendent red uniforms continue to watch over the care and safety of all in this cosmopolitan nation.

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Being such a large country, the climate varies depending on which area one visits. Canada also has very distinct seasons. The warmest months are July and August, and in winter (December, January and February) it is very cold with heavy snowfalls in most provinces. Autumn is a beautiful season with crisp air and brilliant fall foliage, while in some areas spring brings the emergence of carpets of wild flowers.

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Time: Canada covers six time zones, from GMT –8 in the west to GMT -3.5 in the east.

Electricity: Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. American style flat two-pin plugs are standard.

Money: The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.


Approximate Currency Exchange Rates

CAD 1.00 =

USD 0.89

GBP 0.48

CAD 1.00

AUD 1.18

ZAR 6.32

EUR 0.70

NZD 1.45

Note: These rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only. Please go to our Currency Converter for the latest rates.


Language: The official languages are English and French (predominantly in Quebec).

Entry requirements for Irish nationals: Irish nationals must hold a passport valid for the period of intended stay. A visa is not required for stays of up to six months.

Passport/Visa Note: All visitors (except US citizens) must hold a valid passport. An onward or return ticket and sufficient funds to cover the period of intended stay is required by all visitors.

Health: No vaccinations are necessary for travel to Canada. West Nile Virus, spread by mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water, poses a threat during summer months in rural areas, so insect-repellent measures are advised for those visiting the countryside particularly in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. Rabies is a problem and can be spread by small animals such as racoons and bats. Medical care is excellent, but expensive - medical insurance is essential. Food and water is entirely safe.

Tipping: There is no service charge added to restaurant bills, and staff expect to receive tips; 15% is the usual amount. Hairdressers and taxi drivers are also usually tipped at the same rate, while bellhops, doormen, porters and similar service providers at hotels, airports and stations are generally paid $1 per item of luggage carried. Tour guides and bus drivers generally receive $3-$5 per day.

Canada holiday
Canada holiday

Safety: Most visits to Canada are trouble-free. The country is politically stable, but does share the common international risk of terrorism. There have been no recent terrorism events. The crime rate is low, but travellers are advised to take sensible precautions to safeguard their belongings as they would anywhere. Canada is prone to tornadoes between May and September.

Communications: The international access code for Canada is +1. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 01144 for the United Kingdom); the outgoing code is not necessary for calls to the US and the Caribbean. Internet cafes are widely available. Most international mobile phone companies have roaming agreements with Canadian operators, however it may be cheaper to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card if visiting the country for long periods.

Duty Free: Travellers to Canada are allowed to enter the country with the following items without incurring custom duties: gifts to the value of C$60 (excluding advertising material, tobacco and alcoholic beverages); 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or cigarillos and 200g of tobacco or 200 tobacco sticks; 1.14 litres of liquor or wine or 24 x 355ml bottles or cans of beer or ale. There are strict regulations governing the import of the following: explosives, endangered animal and plant species, items of heritage, fresh foodstuffs and weapons.


Please complete the North America Enquiry Form and we'll come back to you with ideas and costs for a wonderful holiday in Canada.
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