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Did you know Canada is the second-largest country in the world? With a country this large it's hard to know where to start, but you can be sure that wherever you do, there will be something amazing to explore.

    

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Overview

Canada is awe-inspiring in many ways, home to some of the hippest urban cities and acres of gorgeous landscape. For a nice blend of city and nature, head west to Vancouver. Set along the water, Vancouver features a laid-back vibe and is a great way to start your vacation. Less than two hours away, you can hit the slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Whistler is equally beautiful in both the summer and the winter. You can also visit the biggest city in Canada, Toronto. Toronto offers incredible attractions, from exciting concert halls to spectacular gardens, festivals, and sporting events. Or, head east to Montreal, Canada’s second-largest city and an important cultural hub. Montreal has developed a unique and distinguished culture, a confluence of French and English traditions. The city is also home to many festivals. No matter the season, Canada has so much to offer.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Canadian citizens must travel with valid government-issued photo identification (such as an enhanced driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for Public Safety Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/air/identification-requirements. Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling, please provide the appropriate travel documents for the trip. Review required documents here, https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/children/children-travel.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.ca/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit https://travel.gc.ca/returning/customs for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or https://travel.gc.ca for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official website at https://travel.gc.ca.

Climate:
Average Celsius Temperature:
  • December through February: 2° to 3° (Winter)
  • March through May: 7° to 17° (Spring)
  • June through August: 21° to 24° (Summer)
  • September through November: 20° to 7° (Autumn)

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is recommended.

Local Currency: CAD

Currency Information: Banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities. Major credit cards are also accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America Standard

Local Language: English | French

Transportation: Rental cars, private transfers, ridesharing services, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules for public transportation, please inquire at your hotel.