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Safe Travels

Stress-Free Vacation

Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, friendly people, and vibrant cities. Whether you are planning a road trip through the Rocky Mountains or a city break in Toronto, it’s important to take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

See how to travel safely in Canada, including advice on transportation, accommodation, food and drink, and emergency situations.

Transportation

When it comes to transportation, Canada offers a variety of options, including public transportation, taxis, and rental cars.

Public transportation:

Canada has an extensive public transportation network that is generally safe and reliable. However, it’s important to keep your belongings close and be aware of your surroundings, especially during rush hour when crowds can be large.

Taxis

Taxis are a convenient option for short trips, but it’s important to only use licensed taxis. Ask your hotel or restaurant to call a taxi for you or use a reputable taxi app such as Uber or Lyft.

Rental cars

If you plan on renting a car, make sure you have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Canada has strict driving laws, including mandatory seatbelt use and a zero tolerance policy for drinking and driving. Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road and be aware of the weather conditions, especially in the winter when snow and ice can make driving hazardous.

Accommodation

Canada offers a range of accommodation options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels. When choosing where to stay, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Choose a hotel or hostel that is located in a safe and well-lit area, close to public transportation and major attractions.
  • Look for hotels that have 24-hour security, video surveillance, and secure room locks. Keep your valuables in the hotel safe and don’t leave them unattended in your room.
  • Check online reviews before booking your accommodation to get an idea of what other travelers have experienced. Look for reviews that mention safety and security.

Food and Drink

Canada is known for its diverse and delicious cuisine, from poutine in Quebec to sushi in Vancouver. Here are some tips to help you stay healthy and safe when it comes to food and drink:

Water

Tap water in Canada is generally safe to drink, but if you prefer bottled water, make sure the seal is unbroken.

Food

Canada has strict food safety regulations, so you can generally feel confident in the quality of the food. However, it’s always a good idea to check that food is cooked thoroughly, especially meat and fish.

Alcohol

If you plan on drinking alcohol, do so responsibly and never leave your drink unattended. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas.

Emergency Situations

While Canada is a safe country to travel in, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

9-1-1

911

Emergency number

Public Healthcare

Available healthcare

Public Healthcare

Available healthcare

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