Canada, the land of snow, beavers, and maple syrup. Did you know that Canada is the largest maple syrup producer in the world? Just thought you should know. If you are planning to travel to this massive, and incredibly beautiful country, here are several things you must know, so you can be fully prepared.
Canada is Huge
If you think you will be covering Canada in just one trip, then you are very wrong. Canada is one of the largest countries in the world, next to Russia, and the distances are ernoumous. Try not to rush from one city to the next just so you can visit everywhere, you will be exhausted, unlikely to have any fun, and you will still not cover it. Unless you intent to stay for several weeks or even months, just choose one city or two and go deep.
Be ready for the cold
Canada is known for its snow, and generally cold weather so pack layers. Even if you decide to visit during summer, the temperatures tend tip dip during the evenings and nights. Pack warm clothes, hats, scarves, and even gloves, because you won’t be having any fun when you are cold.
Apply for Your ETA before You Travel
An electronic Travel Authorization is a must have for most nationalities to gain entry in Canada. The Canada visa application is easy and inexpensive, and filling the form takes only a few minutes. All you need to have is a passport, a credit card and an email address. Then you need to answer a few simple questions, some personal information, and a little less than $10. The eTa visa takes just a few minutes for approval, and once it is approved, it has a validity period of five years. You must use the same passport you apply your eTa with to go to Canada.
Get Free Accommodation
When traveling, accommodation is always one of the most expensive aspects. Canada is especially not cheap, although there are some hostels sprouting up. Even these hostels are quite pricey as well, so if you want to have free accommodation while in the country, try Couchsurfing. A lot of people around the world are willing to host travelers and you get to sleep on their coach for free. Of course, some people actually have beds to offer so you don’t literary have to sleep on a couch. However, even if you do, it will save on your budget, and well, beggars can’t be choosers.
Tim Horton is your to-go-to Coffee Place
Timmies is as Canadian as Maple syrup, or apologizing for everything. Canadians say sorry in almost all their sentences. Okay, maybe not all, but they are famous for their ‘sorry’. One of the best things about the Timmies chain is that it is available everywhere. Getting your caffeine fix and a cheap snack is quite easy in Canada.
These are some of the things you need to know about the country. Remember to carry your travel insurance, which is very important because accidents. However, whatever you do, remember to have fun, and enjoy some inland maple syrup.