Before you go
Itineraries and before-travel musts
To make the most out of your trip, it’s important to plan ahead and consider all aspects of your journey. This includes obtaining the necessary travel documents, researching entry requirements, and packing all travel essentials.
Before you travel
Before boarding a plane, ship or train be sure you have the following:
- valid passport which is not expiring during your stay, and
- hold the right visa or an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization).
US citizens can travel freely using only their passport, without any additional travel documents.
If you feel sick during travel to Canada
For people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine
To visit Canada, foreign nationals typically need a valid passport and an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa, depending on their country of origin. The eTA is an electronic document that allows travelers from visa-exempt countries to enter Canada for tourism, business, or transit purposes for up to six months.
Following passport holders have simplified eTA travel eligibility. Others must obtain a regular tourist visa.
All EU citizens
Papua New Guinea
United Arab Emirates
Timing your holidays
Some businesses and organizations may close or operate on reduced hours during the following holidays. so it’s important to plan accordingly if you’re traveling or need to make arrangements for services during these times.
- New Year’s Day: January 1st
- Family Day (in some provinces): third Monday in February
- Good Friday: varies each year (usually in March or April)
- Victoria Day: Monday before May 25th
- Canada Day: July 1st
- Labour Day: first Monday in September
- Thanksgiving Day: second Monday in October
- Remembrance Day: November 11th
- Christmas Day: December 25th
- Boxing Day: December 26th
How long does it take to travel Canada?
The amount of time it takes to travel Canada depends on several factors, including the mode of transportation, the route taken, and the places visited. Canada is the second-largest country in the world by land area, so traveling from coast to coast can take a significant amount of time.
Driving across Canada from the east coast to the west coast along the Trans-Canada Highway takes approximately five to six days, assuming no major stops or detours. However, many visitors choose to take their time and explore various regions and attractions along the way, which can extend the travel time significantly.
Flying between major cities across Canada is a quicker option and can take as little as a few hours. Canada has several major airports, including Toronto Pearson International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which serve as hubs for both domestic and international travel.
Traveling by train is another popular way to see Canada, and Via Rail Canada offers several routes across the country, including the famous cross-country route, The Canadian. The trip from Toronto to Vancouver on The Canadian takes approximately four days and three nights.
Overall, the amount of time it takes to travel Canada varies greatly depending on the mode of transportation, the route taken, and the places visited. Visitors should plan their itinerary carefully and take into account any travel time and potential delays.
When to visit Canada
The best time to visit Canada depends on what you want to see and do, as well as which regions you plan to visit. Canada has four distinct seasons and varying weather patterns across the country, so it’s important to consider the weather and climate when planning your trip.
Summer (June to August) is the most popular time to visit Canada, especially for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and water sports. The weather is generally warm and sunny, and many attractions and national parks are open for visitors. However, this is also peak tourist season, so expect larger crowds and higher prices.
Fall (September to November) is a great time to visit Canada for those who enjoy fall foliage and cooler temperatures. The changing leaves create stunning landscapes, especially in regions like Quebec and Ontario. This is also a good time to visit for outdoor activities like hiking and biking, and prices are generally lower than in the summer.
Winter (December to February) is ideal for winter sports enthusiasts, with world-class skiing and snowboarding in destinations like Whistler, Banff, and Mont Tremblant. This is also a great time to experience winter festivals like Quebec City’s Winter Carnival and the famous Niagara Falls Festival of Lights. However, temperatures can be very cold, especially in central and eastern Canada.
Spring (March to May) is a great time to visit Canada for those who want to avoid the summer crowds and enjoy milder weather. The snow begins to melt, and many attractions and parks start to open. This is also a good time to see wildlife like bears and whales, especially in destinations like Banff and Tofino.
Planning a road trip
Canada is home to some of the most scenic routes in the world, including the iconic Trans-Canada Highway, the breathtaking Cabot Trail, and the stunning Icefields Parkway. Imagine driving through towering mountains, alongside pristine lakes, and through charming small towns – all while experiencing the freedom and thrill of the open road.
But the beauty of a road trip in Canada doesn’t end with the scenery. Along the way, you’ll have the opportunity to explore charming towns and bustling cities, each with their own unique character and culture. From the multicultural metropolis of Toronto to the charming fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, there’s something for everyone.
And let’s not forget about the outdoor adventures – Canada is home to some of the most spectacular national parks in the world, with endless opportunities for hiking, camping, canoeing, and more. From the rugged beauty of Banff and Jasper to the coastal wonders of Pacific Rim National Park, you’ll have the chance to experience Canada’s stunning natural beauty up close and personal.