Planning Your First Trip To Canada? Follow These Great Tips


Canada has a great reputation as a welcoming country with some amazing cities and some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. It’s the perfect travel destination because it has a little bit of everything. You could go skiing, take a city break, visit one of the 16 UNESCO heritage sites. The people in Canada are so polite too, so you’ll always feel welcome. 

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If you haven’t been before and you don’t know where to start with planning your trip, here are a few important things you should keep in mind. 

Getting Into Canada

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have the right paperwork so you can actually get into the country. If you are travelling from the UK, you don’t need to apply for a full visa, which is good news. But you do need to apply to enter the country through the Canada eta system. You can do this online and pay a small fee before you set off on your trip so you don’t have any issues at the airport. Once you’re in Canada, you can freely travel around without worrying about any visa issues. 

Pack For The Weather

If you’re thinking about a trip to Canada, you probably already know that the weather can get extremely cold, but make sure that you don’t underestimate just how icy it can be. Pack plenty of layers so you are prepared for the worst. However, keep in mind that Canada has a very diverse climate and depending on where you go, the weather might not be that cold. 

If you plan to drive around Canada and visit a few different places, it’s especially important that you check the weather in the places that you are going to. In particularly cold areas, there might be road closures because of the snow, so keep up with the latest developments. 

Visit In the Spring Or Autumn 

Anybody that doesn’t like the cold weather might decide to visit in the Summer to escape the cold. The thing is, a lot of people get this idea, so the Summer is peak season for tourism in Canada, unless people are going during the skiing season. Everywhere will be busy and the cost of flights and accommodation will be much higher too. 

If you want to save a bit of money and have a stress free trip, you should consider visiting in the Spring or Autumn instead of going in the height of Summer. 

Pick One Area To Visit

Getting around in Canada can be difficult and it’s not as easy as jumping on a train like you would in Europe. Some places are difficult to reach without a car, so it’s not as easy to hit lots of different spots in one trip. 

If this is your first time in Canada, you should pick one area to visit and stick to it so you have more time to explore fully without worrying about long travel times. 

If you are looking for a skiing trip or an adventure holiday, British Columbia is one of the best places to go. It’s also where you’ll find cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver, so you get a bit of everything. 

Manitoba is another great province where you can visit the city of Winnipeg. It’s also the best place in the country to see the Northern Lights. Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world, so if you’re interested in wildlife and you want to see some of the most majestic animals on the planet, Manitoba is the best place in Canada for you. 

Ontario is the most populated province in Canada and home to the capital city of Ottawa. It’s the place to go if you want to visit Niagara Falls and the Niagara wine region. There are some beautiful parks and hiking trails in the area too. 

On your first trip to Canada, it’s best to pick one of these provinces and spend your trip there so you have time to fully explore. 

Sample The Best Canadian Dishes

Canada doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for being a great food destination but there are some incredible local dishes you should try while you are out there. There is a big food truck scene in Canada, so you’ll find lots of hidden gems dotted around the side streets if you explore. 

Poutine is one that you have probably heard of before. This is the ultimate in comfort food and the Canadians consider it their national dish. It’s a simple dish that consists of chips, cheese curds, melted cheese and gravy. When it’s all layered up and put in the oven, it’s incredible. 

Beaver Tails are another popular Canadian snack food for those with a sweet tooth. This fried dough, similar to a doughnut, can be topped with anything from M&M’s to Nutella. 

If you are feeling a bit homesick and you want a taste of something that reminds you of British cuisine, the Pate Chinois is perfect. It’s very close to a shepherd’s pie, but it also contains creamed corn too. 

While you’re out there, Tim Hortons is always a good option for some cheap eats. It’s not the best thing in the world and you might have tried it over here anyway, but it’s a good option if you need some food in a hurry. 

Take Advantage Of The Parks 

Canada has one of the best park systems in the world, so make sure that you take advantage of it while you are out there. There are beautiful lakes, picturesque coastlines, and dense forests all over the place. Banff, the first national park in the country is still one of the best, and the Whistler Mountain bike park is great if you want a bit of adventure. You should also visit Ontario to see Niagara falls, of course. 

Canada is such an incredible country with so much to see and do. If you are planning your first trip, make sure to follow these tips to get the most out of your time in Canada.

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