Majestic mountains, wicked adventure sports, top hiking trails, cultured cities, a vibrant arts scene and some of the friendliest folk you'll find in the world make Canada a top destination to visit all year round.

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Transport in Canada

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Canada, you may find yourself travelling by:

Passengers on a ferry in Canada

Ferry

Find your sea legs and enjoy a mode of transport that offers scenic views and a dose of fresh air. A ferry ride in Canada is a fun way to get acquainted with the coast.

Grand Canadian Rockies

Man cycling in the Canadian Rockies amidst the views

Bicycle

One of the best ways to see a place and get fit at the same time, cycling allows you the freedom to set your own pace and go where big tour buses often can't.

Accommodation in Canada

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Canada you may find yourself staying in a:

People cooking at a campsite in Canada

Campsites

Have the ultimate outdoors experience by camping out under the stars with friends in the beautiful Canadian wilderness.

Canada holiday information

At a glance

Best time to visit Canada

Culture and customs

Eating and drinking

Geography and environment

History and government

Outdoors Experiences in Canada

Shopping

Festivals and Events in Canada

Health and safety

Further reading

Canada travel FAQs

CANADA TOURIST VISA
Australia: Not required 
Belgium: Not required
Germany: Not required
Ireland: Not required
Netherlands: Not required
New Zealand: Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Not required
United Kingdom: Not required

From 15 March 2016 the requirements for entry into Canada will change. Any nationalities who previously did not require a visa will be required to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). See http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp for details and to apply. There is a fee of CA$7 for this service. Eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA already however it is not compulsory. On March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada.

Tipping is very much a part of the culture in Canada. Tipping is expected in restaurants and cafes, and is not already included in the bill. Generally, add 15% to the bill or feel free to tip a higher amount if the service is particularly good or you're feeling generous. Overall, it's your choice but remember that wait staff are usually receiving the minimum wage, which is quite low in Canada. Tipping taxi drivers and valet attendants is also customary.

Internet access is good in Canada, and it's easy to find in most cities and towns. Hotels, hostels and internet cafes are usually the best places to access the internet.

Mobile phone coverage is generally very good in Canada but coverage may be patchy in remote areas such as national parks and other mountainous places. Ensure global roaming is activated before you enter Canada.

Western-style, flushable toilets are the standard in Canada.

Cup of coffee = 1.70 CAD
Local bus fare = 2.25 CAD
Budget takeaway meal = 5 CAD
Restaurant meal = 20 CAD

Drinking water from taps in Canada is considered safe unless otherwise advised. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water.

Major credit cards are accepted by most retailers and restaurants in Canada. As in most countries, be sure to carry adequate cash for smaller purchases.

ATMs are very common in Canada, so finding one won't be a problem in most towns, cities and suburbs.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 14 Apr Good Friday
  • 22 May Victoria Day
  • 1 Jul Canada Day
  • 4 Sep Labour Day
  • 9 Oct Thanksgiving Day
  • 11 Nov Remembrance Day
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Canada go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/canada/public-holidays

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Canadian raccoon

Top responsible travel tips for Canada

  1. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  2. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.
  4. Canadian cities generally have excellent public transport options. When sightseeing, try to use buses, trains or monorails - or even better, walk.
  5. When camping or visiting national parks, refrain from feeding native animals or leaving food out.
  6. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  7. It’s not uncommon to encounter bears within campsites and national parks. Intrepid leaders have been trained for these situations and will inform the group on how to 'bear proof' the camp. There’s no reason to be alarmed as it is extremely rare for bears to attack humans. In this case, follow the instructions of your leader at all times.