Here are some essential Canada facts to know before you go:
Best time of year to go
Whether its outdoor, indoor, foodie or cultural pursuits you’re after, there really is no bad time to visit Canada. Each season does of course bring its own benefits, however. Between January and March is the best time to go for those winter activities, with the skiing conditions said to be at their peak during these months. If you’re a wildlife fanatic, the months between April & November are your best bet for both grizzly and polar bear spotting and whale watching. No trip to the Northern Hemisphere would seem complete without at least attempting to see the northern lights, which appear most frequently between September through April. Finally, if its art, design, fashion, history, comedy, music, or just a good party you’re after, trust us, no matter what time of year you go, these things are all guaranteed.
Direct flights from London are available with a variety of carriers. Depending on where you’re flying to, flight times vary between approximately 6 and 10 hours.
Visa and Entry Requirements: If you’re a British or US citizen, there’s no Visa required, you just need a valid passport as per the norm.
Plane: Due to Canada’s size, air travel around the country is advised for the most part if you’re tight on time. Several airlines such as Air Canada offer great connections between cities and provincial airports.
Car: Many people choose to self-drive to get around Canada, and we agree that it’s a great way to see the country. However, the distances can be huge, so it’s worth bearing this in mind when deciding on how best to get around.
Train: Canada has a great rail network that connects most major cities, towns and tourist hot spots. Train travel offers incredible views of Canada’s stunning scenery and there are many luxury options that offer sumptuous on-board dining and accommodations.
As with the rest of North America, tipping is a part of life throughout Canada. As a social custom it is heavily practiced, and for that reason it is often expected. Restaurants expect around 15% gratuity, with 20% sufficient for truly great service.
A few fun facts:
1) The name ‘Canada’ was actually given by mistake when french explorer Jaques Cartier met with local Natives who invited him to their ‘kanata’, meaning ‘village’. The traveling party mistook this to mean that the name of the country was Kanata which subsequently developed into ‘Canada’.
2) The bear that inspired A.A. Milne to write about Winnie-the-Pooh was a bear cub named Winnipeg who was exported from Canada to the London Zoo in 1915.
3) Ontario is believed to have the world’s smallest jail, measuring a mere 24.3 sq meters.
4) Canada didn’t get its own national flag until almost 100 years after it became a country.
5) A mysterious lake creature to rival the likes of the Loch Ness Monster called Ogopogo is a monster said to live in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.