Canada

Canada is often considered a premier destination for an outdoor enthusiast! 

Stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic, Canada is the second-largest country in the world and one that boasts some truly awe-inspiring landscapes.

Whether you are focusing your visit on Canada’s vibrant cities, like Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver, coming to enjoy the rugged East Coast, or planning to spend time outdoors hiking, skiing, or swimming in crystal blue lakes in the Rockies, this is a country with something for everyone!

Our Travels in Canada

Grounded by the uncertainties of the global pandemic, in 2020, we have set off on a mission to explore our own backyard in Canada.

With our self converted Sprinter Campervan, Benji, in toe, we traveled across Canada in 2020/2021, exploring many top destinations as well as some off-the-beaten-track regions.

We hope our articles below will serve as a source of inspiration for your own travels around Canada.

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General Information

What to Expect

Language

English is the primary language in Canada except for Quebec region, where French is an official language. If you are planning to travel to Quebec, knowing a few basic words in French will be beneficial.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get around Canada is by car. Whether you are planning a cross Canada adventure or looking to explore a small region, you'll need a car to go just about everywhere. Public transit is usually good in big cities, but connections between tourist attractions across the country are limited.

Credit Cards & ATM

Credit Cards are accepted in all hotels, restaurants, and other establishments. Some smaller shops and stalls in farmers markets might still rely on cash, so always carry some with you.

Plugs

Voltage in Canada is 120 V, 60Hz. Sockets are American style, types A or B. International converters can be found in many convenience stores and large supermarkets.

Currency

Canada’s national currency is Canadian Dollars (CAD). For the last few years, it's been hovering between $0.7-0.8 for $1 USD.

Safety

Canada is generally considered a very safe country. Crime rates are very low, even in major cities.

Best time to Visit Canada

Winter

If you like snow and you can handle the frigid temperatures, Winter can be a really fun time to visit Canada. There is skiing and snowboarding, and snow angels and polar bear dips, and tons of other fun to be had in the snow. Depending on the region, temperatures in the Winter range between -40°C to 0°C, so bundle up, if you plan on visiting during this time of the year.

Spring + Fall

Spring and Fall are considered to be shoulder season in Canada. May/June and September/October generally offer good weather but less crowds at many destinations and attractions across the country. Remember that many destinations around Canada, including Canadian Parks, many resorts and campgrounds operate seasonally. They typically open around mid-May and close for the season after Canadian Thanksgiving in early October.

Summer

Summer is by far the busiest time for holidays in Canada. The parks are alive with activities, the lakes and beaches are buzzing and cities welcome many events and experiences. Locals are out and about which leads to more crowds and higher hotel/tour prices. The weather is mostly pleasant, especially out West and out East, but with heat and humidity temperatures can also rise to unbearable 35-40°C.

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