Overview for Canada
Glorious Canada – big-shouldered mountains chiselled into rugged splendour by glaciers and the elements. Fields of golden wheat wave gently in the wind, sheltered by the widest blue sky. Nature still grandstands here - raw, pristine and fierce. Rainforests, serpentine coastlines, the eternal blanket of arctic ice and even a small desert are all part of the vast and unique natural patchwork.
The offers for travellers are endless. In summer, raft wild rapids or paddle along placid lakes, venture on a wilderness trek or cycle around quiet islands and down steep mountains. In winter schuss down the slopes of Whistler or Mont Tremblant, warm your spirits at an outdoor carnival or spend a steamy night at the amazing Ice Hotel near Quebec City.
Canada’s cities offer a plethora of sublime experiences. Explore Toronto’s ethnic neighbourhoods, indulge in Montreal’s superb cuisine, explore colonial history in St John’s or even dive with wolf eels and octopuses in Vancouver.
No matter where or when you travel in the world’s second largest country, you’ll find exceptionally hospitable people and a delightful mélange of cultures. Canada welcomes the world and we welcome you to keep exploring this beautiful country.
Best Time to Visit
Canada is beautiful all year round and the West Coast is no exception During October to March, it is cool and rainy. April to September is warmer and drier. As one head’s inland from the coast into the Rocky Mountains the trends continue – but to an extreme with desert conditions being the norm throughout the Rockies.
Although the citizens of many countries are exempt (see below) you may need a Temporary Resident Visa to enter the country. If you plan to visit the United States and do not travel outside the borders of the US, you can use your single entry visa to re-enter as long as the visa has not passed its expiry date. Working while in the country is forbidden without a work permit, although Canada does have several temporary work permits for youth from specific countries.
As emphasized in many places Canada is a multicultural country - as such the paramount point of respect to embrace this attitude as much as possible. Outward displays of racism, sexism, or homophobia will be met with hostility. Religious intolerance is included in this. Even slight preferences may be noticed and noted.