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Venture to Canada's East and marvel at the majestic beauty of the Maritime provinces, the nation's capital in Ottawa and the beautiful French feel of Quebec City.
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In the east visit bustling cities and thundering Niagara Falls. Fall in love with the stunning sites of popular Ontario and Quebec tasting exceptional food and wine. Experience the wild coastlines of the Maritime Provinces and in the north visit the small seaport of Churchill, the “polar bear capital of the world”. If you're feeling adventurous, brave the cold and have yourself an Eastern winter adventure.
A year round destination, Canada's magnificent scenery and cultural treasures welcome visitors especially during summer. Fall (Autumn) particularly during September and October, offers stunning colour across the country. Winter in eastern Canada is notorious for being quite harsh, so if you fear the cold, best to avoid the months outside of June to October.
POLAR BEARS Churchill, Manitoba is known as the "Polar Bear Capital of the World". Experience the excitement of polar bear viewing from a world-famous Tundra Buggy as well as enjoy the eclectic charm of this unique Northern town.
FRENCH HERITAGE Québec offers travellers a rich French heritage to explore. From the spoken language and cuisine, through to its street signs and traditions, discover the cobbled streets of “French” Canada.
ATLANTIC MARITIMES As one of the world's most popular destinations, Canada's Maritime Provninces offer unspoiled nature, succulent seafood, rich history and rustic fishing villages from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.
WINTER From the unusual to the more traditional winter activities, winter in Canada is an amazing experience. See frozen mountains, lakes and glaciers, walk through an ice canyon, or discover the beauty of snow-covered forests.
For the most up to date information regarding visas for Australian passport holders to Canada, visit www.dfat.gov.au/visas/
The ethnic diversity of Canada means that rules of social propriety are quite complex. There are certain general expectations. Greeting, except in formal settings, does not require touching in the form of embraces or handshakes. As a community, Canadians are in general soft spoken, patient, and almost apologetic in their public behaviour. They are also in general tolerant of the complex network of cultural differences in public behaviour, more so in cities where such diversity is more common place.
The following information is intended as a guide only and in no way should it be used as a substitute for professional medical advice relative to a travellers individual needs and vaccination history. No guarantee is made as to its accuracy or thoroughness. For further information, please contact The Travel Doctor.
Frequent travellers or those intending a long stay overseas should consider vaccination against Hepatitis B.
Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk to these preventable diseases and the appropriate avoidance measures. Australians travelling to Canada should ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover the length of their stay. For further information visit the Smartraveller website http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Canada
Electrical plug type: American (some Japanese)
Voltage: 110-120 volts (Australia 240 volts)
Modem plug type: American (same as Australia).
Country Code for Canada: +1
Visa Global Assistance: 1866 639 1911 Directory Information: 411
Emergency Services: 911 The emergency services number may not be applicable in remote areas.
You'll enjoy convenient shopping hours across Canada with many stores open from 9am or 10am to 6pm seven days a week. City stores and suburban shopping centres are also open until 9pm on several weeknights, particularly on Thursday and Friday. Sunday shopping is permitted in all provinces and territories across Canada. Some store owners may choose not to open on Sunday so find out before you set out on your shopping excursion.
Tipping is practiced in Canada in a similar manner to the United States. It is a common practice in restaurants to have servers share their tips with other restaurant employees, a process called "tipping out". Workers who receive tips are legally required to report the income to the Canada Revenue Agency and pay income tax on it.
Many Canadian cities have clean and efficient public transit systems that make it easy and exciting to explore cities on a flexible schedule. Buses account for most of the fleets, but there are also streetcars, trolleys, sea buses, and trains. Major Canadian cities that offer subway, metro or light rapid transit service include Vancouver (SkyTrain), Calgary (CTrain), Edmonton (LRT), Toronto (subway), Ottawa (O-Train) and Montréal (metro).
English is the official language however almost 20% of people speak French, especially in Eastern Canada.
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