Canada is a beautiful country to visit for an extended stay or a short period of time. You may have family in Canada, or you may just want to go there for a vacation. No matter what time of year you decide to travel to Canada, making plans ahead of may help you have a stress-free and successful trip. Here are five travel tips to remember when traveling to Canada.
1. Don’t Forget Your Passport
When traveling to Canada, some Americans may not realize that they need a Passport. A child under the age of 15 will need to have their birth certificate or a certified copy, which will be used as their passport for entrance into Canada.
2. Your United States Driver’s License is Valid
Once you’ve entered Canada, you will be able to drive with a valid United States driver’s license. Be aware that speed limits do vary in Canada and they are posted using the metric system. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the miles per hour to kilometers per hour conversions. You should also acquaint yourself with the differing traffic laws in Canada before you get behind the wheel.
3. Consider Purchasing Travel Insurance
If you have family members in Canada, you have the option to purchase Super Visa insurance. This type of insurance allows the parents or grandparents of Canadian citizens to remain in the country for an extended period and be covered by medical insurance. This insurance typically will cover emergency and hospital visits, up to $100,000.
4. Be Prepared to Convert U.S. Money to Canadian Currency
When you cross the U.S. and Canadian border, some retailers may accept U.S. currency. But as you travel farther into Canada, those that do accept U.S. currency may be few and far between. You can stop at any local bank in Canada and exchange your American money for Canadian currency. Be aware there may be bank and ATM fees when exchanging currency.
5. Check Your Cellular Carrier for International Roaming Rates
Although your cellular phone may still have service in Canada, you may end up paying high roaming fees. It’s a good idea to check with your service provider and see if they have special travel packages. This may help avoid expensive roaming fees.
Following these tips may help to keep your trip running smoothly and stress-free. Then you can focus on the beautiful scenery and culture that surrounds you in Canada. Have a great trip!