Visiting Canada and Canadian Tourism

Over 18 million foreigners visit Canada every year making tourism an over $80 billion-a-year Canadian industry — bigger than lumber, fishing, and farming combined. So why not join in?

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The Government of Canada spends a lot of effort promoting Canadian tourism through a variety of websites and social media accounts, including Instagram — as seen here. The current slogan is "Canada: Keep Exploring" with "explorecanada" their most widely used user name and hashtag.

Why come to Canada?

Canada is a large, diverse country with a lot going for it, but most tourists are drawn to a few of the same things:

Nature — Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, full of picturesque forests, mountains, and lakes that make it a fantastic place for camping, hiking, or just wandering around and admiring.

Winter Sports — Canada’s snowy climate and mountainous geography has produced no shortage of must-visit parks and resorts for anyone interested in skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or any other activity best enjoyed in the cold.

Cities — Canada is home to several large, modern cities that anyone with a taste for urban life will be able to appreciate.

Cost  — The Canadian dollar is generally quite weak in comparison to other currencies, which make it a very affordable option for people without too much money in their travel budgets.

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The rest of this chapter deals with general information about traveling to Canada. For more information on things to see and do in Canada’s four most popular tourist destinations, please see the specific chapters on British Columbia tourism , Alberta tourism , Ontario tourism , and Quebec tourism .

What language do they speak in Canada?

Foreigners are sometimes confused by Canada’s language situation. Officially, Canada has two official languages , French and English. However, this is mostly just a matter of government policy. The vast majority of Canadians only speak English, and lack even basic skills in French. French-speaking tourists should not expect to speak French in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, or Calgary.

The capital city of Ottawa is more functionally bilingual than most Canadian cities, and all museums and government-related attractions will feature signs and brochures in both French and English. Staff at popular attractions will likely be fluently bilingual as well, as will many employees of popular stores and restaurants. It helps to ask, however.

The famous city of Montreal , in the province of Quebec , is the most bilingual city in Canada and most residents, particularly those who live and work in the downtown core, can speak fluent French and English. It is not considered controversial in Montreal to speak either French or English to a stranger and assume the other person will understand. In other parts of Quebec, however, rates of English fluency are much lower and it may be considered offensive to speak English to a stranger without first asking for permission.

Downsides of Canada

To avoid unhappy surprises, would-be tourists to Canada should be aware of the following potential disappointments before they go:

Bad weather — Unless you are specifically traveling to enjoy winter activities (see above), there are generally only a few months of the year (usually around June to September) in which Canada’s weather will be mild enough to enjoy. Canadian winters, and even parts of spring and fall, are often cold, dark, snowy, and wet, which can make tourist activities difficult or unpleasant.

Long travel distances — Canada is an enormous country and its main cities are all spread quite far apart from each other. Tourists, particularly European tourists unfamiliar with the vastness of North America, are sometimes disappointed to learn that they will probably only be able to see a rather small part of Canada on their trip. Visiting multiple major Canadian cities on a single vacation — for example, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal — would be extremely time-consuming and likely cost thousands of dollars in domestic travel alone.

“America Jr.” — Some tourists are disappointed to discover that Canada is extremely similar to the United States . Travelers familiar with America should not expect to encounter a strikingly different culture in Canada. Stores, brands, food, entertainment and so on will be overwhelmingly American. Though the international press likes to emphasize Canada as being a more “liberal” country than the US, Canadians will probably not seem very different from Americans in day-to-day encounters.

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Security checkpoint at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Serjio74/Shutterstock

Sick travelers.

Travelers from certain countries will need to be cleared by a medical exam as part of their application process before they can visit Canada. During times when there's a global panic over the spread of a particular infectious disease, such as the SARS scare of 2003 or the Ebola scare of 2014, visitors who display worrying symptoms may be detained by border authorities and sent to a hospital for quarantining.

How to Visit Canada

Customs and visas.

Canada does not treat all international visitors the same; citizens of certain countries will have an easier time entering Canada than others. All foreign visitors to Canada, however, must bring a valid passport from their home country.

Residents of the United States have the easiest entry to Canada, and don’t require anything other than a passport to get in. Residents of Great Britain, western Europe, and a few other countries have to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization ( ETA ) before they can enter. This is a very easy process that only takes a couple of minutes and should be done online  before you leave. Once completed, an ETA lasts for five years or until you get a new passport.

  • Find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa

Residents of countries not covered by the ETA program can only visit Canada after obtaining a short-term visitor’s visa . Applications can be done online, through the mail, or at an overseas Canadian consulate. They take a couple weeks to process and usually cost around $200. For more information, see the Government of Canada’s visitor eligibility questionnaire .

It is illegal for anyone, from any country, to enter Canada to work or live without first obtaining a long-term visa , which are much more complicated to apply for, and take many months to be approved.

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Canada's land border crossing stations operate as drive-throughs. Visitors who arrive by air cross the border at the Canadian airport.

Crossing the Canadian Border

Anyone entering Canada from a foreign country by land, sea, or air — including Canadians themselves — are required to have an interview with a Canadian border guard at their point of entry so it can be determined they are a safe and legal visitor. Exactly how long and invasive this interview will be depends very much on where you are coming from, why you want to visit, whether you have completed any authorizations you may need, and how clearly you communicate these facts. It pays to be honest, cooperative, and informed.

  • Canada Border Services Agency
  • Wait Times Now, estimated wait times for major Canadian border crossings

It should be remembered that while foreigners enjoy various legal rights after they enter Canada (see below), no foreigner has the right to get into Canada just because they want to. Canadian border guards have the power to deny anyone entry to Canada for any reason. Possessing a criminal record, a history of subversive political activity, dangerous diseases, suspicions of drug trafficking, or just broadly suspicious behavior are all common grounds for refusal of entry to Canada.

Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 Canadian security forces have been extra vigilant about terrorist threats, particularly from the Islamic world. Would-be visitors from the Middle East or parts of Africa, or those with a history of visiting such places, may find themselves subject to increased scrutiny.

  • Visiting Canada Help Centre and FAQ, Government of Canada

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Visitors to Canada are expected to hand a completed Declaration Card to a border guard in order to cross the border. These cards, which ask basic questions about the visitor and their trip, are usually handed out on airplanes or trains. Visitors who cross a land border usually have to just tell the information to the guard.

Bringing Goods to Canada

It is illegal for foreigners to bring products into Canada to sell without first going through the complex procedures for engaging in international commerce . If you cross the border with more stuff than a reasonable person would assume you need for a trip, the authorities may conclude you are probably intending to illegally sell goods. The only exception is a maximum  $60 worth of “ gifts .”

Tobacco and liquor products are counted separately, and foreigners can bring a fair bit of both into Canada. The current tobacco limit is quite generous; you can bring up to 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, and 200 grams of tobacco, if you so choose. The liquor limit is stricter: you can only bring 1.5 litres of wine, 1.13 litres of another liquor, or a 24-pack of beer. Bringing food products into Canada is generally a hassle, as there are very specific rules and limitations for just about every type.

Dangerous goods, like guns , other weapons , and fireworks can be imported, but have their own particular rules. A few very specific things are likewise banned in Canada for safety reasons and are thus illegal to bring into the country, such as certain kinds of kites and baby products. A complete list can be found on the Canadian Government’s official prohibited consumer products list . It’s also illegal to import what the government describes as  “obscenity and hate propaganda ” which includes any movies, books, comics, or magazines that contain, in the opinion of the border guard, overly hateful, perverted, gory, terroristic, or violent content.

  • Alcohol and Tobacco Limits, Government of Canada
  • Restricted and Prohibited Goods, Government of Canada

Traveling Inside Canada

Laws for foreigners.

This should hopefully go without saying, but foreigners have to obey Canadian laws while in Canada. Those who do otherwise can be charged, arrested, sentenced, and imprisoned just like Canadians. At the same time, the legal protections granted to Canadians by the Canadian Constitution also apply to foreigners visiting the country. This includes the right to avoid self-incrimination, the right to consult a lawyer, and the right to dispute before a judge any charges or fines imposed by a police officer.

Canada has extradition treaties with more than half the world’s countries , meaning foreigners who commit a crime in Canada but leave the country before they are caught or punished can be caught by local police and forced to return to Canada to face justice (and vice-versa). Only in very rare situations will a foreigner accused of a crime in Canada be tried and punished for it by their own country’s justice system.

Getting Around in Canada

Flights within Canada are notoriously expensive, with the average domestic flight costing at least $300, plus airport fees and taxes which usually add an additional $40 or so. The country has three national airlines, Air Canada  (airline codes: 014, AC or ACA, part of the Star Alliance airline coalition) and  WestJet  (838, WS, WJA, part of its own 16-airline alliance ) which are largely domestic, and  Air Transat   (649, TS, TSC) which is mostly international. Canada does not have a major discount or budget airline, though in recent years the major airlines have been experimenting with budget spin-offs, such as Air Canada Rouge and Westjet’s Swoop . Flights to northern Canada , and especially within northern Canada, are extremely expensive, often a thousand dollars or more, and to get to certain remote regions travelers must use a special northern airline or a chartered flight.

Every major Canadian city has its own international airport , and many smaller cities too. There are also several considerably smaller regional or domestic airports that exclusively service flights between Canadian cities. Most of Canada’s big city airports are located around 20 kilometers from their city’s downtown core, or about a 30 minute drive. Vancouver and Toronto have trains that go directly from the airport to downtown.

  • Security Screening at Canadian Airports, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

The railroad played an important role in Canadian  history , but trains have now become among the slowest, most expensive ways to travel the country. While trains can be a somewhat convenient way for tourists to travel between large Canadian cities located relatively close to each other, air travel or driving remains much more popular, and may even be cheaper.

VIA Rail is Canada’s primary passenger train service, offering direct service from Vancouver to Toronto (at over 4,000 km, one of the longest train trips in the entire world!), Toronto to Montreal, and Montreal to Atlantic Canada, with stops in all significant cities along the way. Traveling between the axis of Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal is a popular route. A cross-country Canadian train ride, from one end of the country to the other, will take about four days and cost around $500-$800.

VIA Rail’s Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal stations also offer connecting trips to the United States, via Amtrak . Several provinces also have limited train service to some of their more remote areas. Cruise-like luxury train services are provided by Royal Canadian Pacific  for those willing to pay.

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A Via Rail passenger train takes a break in Blue River, British Columbia. joseph s l tan matt/Shutterstock

Driving in canada.

Anyone driving a car or motorcycle in Canada must possess a valid driver’s license . A foreign driver’s license will generally be recognized as valid by the police if it can be read by them, which is to say, if it has English text on it. Don't forget to check if your car insurance applies in Canada!

Car and Bus Travel

Canada is united by a massive cross-country highway known as the Trans-Canada Highway  that extends 7,821 km from the farthest western portion of British Columbia to the farthest eastern part of Newfoundland. It is primarily a west-east corridor, however. Though the Trans-Canada highway does have some northern forks, these do not go very far and none reach Canada’s  northern territories . Every province has its own highway system as well, and these often merge into portions of the Trans-Canada highway. Through a combination of national and provincial highways, virtually every part of Canada is reachable by road travel, though in many cases drive times will be incredibly long.

  • Trans-CanadaHighway map, Transport Canada

Many tourists enjoy traveling between Canadian cities by charter buses , which are large, comfortable buses featuring modern amenities such as bathrooms and WiFi. In eastern Canada, Greyhound is the dominant charter bus line. Other provinces are serviced by various regional bus companies.

Public Transportation

Most large Canadian cities have relatively sophisticated public transportation systems, with some combination of bus, light-rail train, monorail, subway, street car, and ferry services that can be used to navigate most of the downtown core and surrounding areas. The exact combination of services will vary from city to city (as will the cost of tickets and passes). In most cases, public transportation does not travel to rural areas, though some rural communities may have their own public transportation system.

Shopping in Canada

Canadians use the Canadian dollar (symbol: $ ) to pay for goods and services, which can be obtained at any ATM machine, which can be found at banks, shopping centres, corner stores, and many other public places. Most Canadian ATMs will accept foreign bank cards, though withdrawal fees can be high. Some smaller, independently-run shops will have a strict “cash only” policy, but these days, most Canadian business will actually prefer to do transactions through credit or debit cards . Visa and Mastercard are the most commonly-used credit card brands in Canada, and many shops will not accept other kinds — though some will, making it a good idea to ask ahead of time.

US dollars are often accepted at Canadian stores, particularly in tourist-heavy areas. Some places may have a policy of accepting US dollars “at face value,” however, meaning American money will not be accepted at its exchange rate worth, but rather treated as if it was worth as much as Canadian money, which is a bad deal.

Foreigners will be charged sales tax on every purchase they make in Canada, through special “value-added tax” known as GST and either PST or HST . Canada does not have a rebate program allowing foreigners to get a refund for the GST, PST, or HST they spend in Canada.

Challenges, dangers and annoyances when visiting Canada

Medical costs.

Though Canada offers generous public healthcare insurance, you have to be some form of long-term, legal Canadian resident before the government will pay for your hospital visits or operations. Non-residents will be billed full cost for any medical service performed while in Canada, which is why it always pays to get travelers’ medical insurance .

Canada has some of the world’s cleanest tap water and strict laws to ensure the cleanliness and safety of any meat, dairy, or poultry products sold at restaurants or grocery stores.

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No foreigner will be denied emergency medical service in Canada, though if they have no insurance they will later face a hefty bill. In addition to hospital admittance and treatment, the uninsured should be prepared to pay full cost for things like ambulance rides and hospital beds. Seen here, a sign in a Vancouver hospital emergency room.

Staying Safe in Canada

Canada is generally a safe country, but it has some dangerous places. Every large Canadian city will have a couple of “bad neighborhoods” where criminals tend to congregate and locals generally avoid — particularly after dark — for fear of being harassed, robbed, or assaulted. Unfortunately, these neighborhoods can often be located close to tourist areas, and may seek to take advantage of the obviously confused or foreign. At the same time, most serious, violent crime in Canada tends to occur between people who know each other. Visitors who act confident and use caution and common sense should have little to fear.

Leaving belongings unattended in any public place is generally considered a high-risk activity, and though some businesses may store forgotten items in a “ lost and found ” collection of lost property, the police — and indeed, most Canadians — will generally be unsympathetic to victims of theft caused by inattentive behavior. People generally lock up their homes, cars, and bicycles before leaving them unsupervised. In rare cases, tourists and locals may be targeted by scam artists looking to cheat them out of money. In big cities, most scams are quite brazen, and usually take the form of a stranger asking for money on some sympathetic pretext, such as a phony personal emergency or phony charity. In some cases, a thief may attempt to quietly sell stolen goods to a stranger. Beggars can be common in some large Canadian cities as well. Many Canadians regard them with indifference, believing them to be scam artists.

The police can be called anytime in Canada by dialing 9-1-1 on the telephone. Canadian police are obligated to treat crimes committed against foreigners exactly the same as crimes against Canadians.

  • Scams in Canada, TravelScams

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This table presents information on tourism spending of foreign visitors in Canada by country of residence, tourism region and spending category. Country of residence is organised into eleven major source of travellers to Canada including the United States, Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, India, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico and other overseas countries. Spending categories include accommodation, food and beverage, transportation in Canada, recreation and entertainment, and clothes and gifts.

  • 3. International Travel: Advance Information Table: 66-001-P Description: This product provides monthly and year-to-date information on visitors entering Canada and on returning Canadian residents. It also includes an estimate of overnight trips by province of entry (visitors) and re-entry (Canadian residents). The data is released seven weeks following the reference period. Release date: 2024-02-23
  • 4. Frontier Counts: Interactive Dashboard Data Visualization: 71-607-X2023020 Description: The "Frontier Counts: Interactive Dashboard" provides access to data on the number of border crossings in an interactive and customizable format. The counts include only those travelling for tourism-related purposes. The dashboard includes four visualizations: leading indicator of air arrivals, leading indicator of land arrivals, returning Canadians, and visitors to Canada. Release date: 2024-02-23

International travel by non-Canadian visitors coming to Canada for a trip. Data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program.

International travel by non-Canadian visitors coming to Canada for a trip. Seasonally-adjusted data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program.

International travel to Canada by automobile (car), motorcycle, truck or other land vehicle, by port of entry (border crossing). Data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program.

International travel by non-Canadians visitors coming to Canada for a trip, by Canadians returning from a visit abroad and by other non-tourism travellers (e.g. crew), by port of entry (e.g. airport, border crossing). This table includes breakdowns by mode of transportation (e.g. plane, automobile (car), boat) and by duration (same-day, overnight). Data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program.

International travel by non-Canadians visitors coming to Canada for a trip, by Canadians returning to Canada from a visit abroad and by other non-tourism travellers. This table includes breakdowns by mode of transportation (e.g. plane, automobile (car)) and by duration (same-day, overnight). Seasonally-adjusted data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program.

  • 10. Non-resident visitors entering Canada, by country of residence, mode of transportation, arrival type and traveller type Table: 24-10-0055-01 Geography: Canada, Province or territory Frequency: Monthly Description: International travel by non-Canadians visitors coming to Canada for a trip, by port of entry (e.g. airport, border crossing). This table includes breakdowns by mode of transportation (air, land, water), by arrival type and by duration (same-day, overnight). Data come from Frontier Counts, part of the Tourism Statistics Program. Release date: 2024-02-23
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  • 1. Leading indicator of international arrivals to Canada January 2024 Stats in brief: 11-001-X202404327643 Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin Release date: 2024-02-12
  • 2. National tourism indicators third quarter 2023 Stats in brief: 11-001-X20240053389 Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin Release date: 2024-01-05
  • 3. The 1986 to 2022 revisions of the National Tourism Indicators Articles and reports: 13-605-X202300100004 Description: This article explains the impact of new and revised data on the National Tourism Indicators (NTI). With the release of the fourth quarter 2022 estimates of the NTI in March 2023, all data were revised from the first quarter of 1986 to the third quarter of 2022. Estimates for all of 2022 were revised again with the release of the first quarter of 2023 NTI in June 2023, now including the fourth quarter of 2022. Release date: 2023-09-28

This article explains the impact of new and revised data on the National Tourism Indicators (NTI). With the release of the fourth quarter 2021 estimates of the NTI in March 2022, all data were revised from the first quarter of 2018 to the third quarter of 2021. Estimates for all of 2021 were revised again with the release of the first quarter of 2022 NTI in July 2022, now including the fourth quarter of 2021.

This article explains the impact of new and revised data on the National Tourism Indicators. Indeed, with the release of the first quarter 2021 estimates of the National Tourism Indicators in June 2021, all data were revised from the first quarter of 1986 to the fourth quarter of 2020, updated benchmarks from the 2017 Provincial and Territorial Tourism Satellite Account were incorporated, and other sources of new and revised data and some methodological changes were introduced as well.

This paper presents a numerical portrait of the pandemic's impact on travel and tourism during 2020. It involves an examination of those data produced directly by the Canadian Centre for Tourism and Transportation Statistics.

  • 7. Leading indicator of international arrivals to Canada by air fourth quarter 2020 Archived Stats in brief: 11-001-X202101323543 Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin Release date: 2021-01-13
  • 8. Study: The Economic Impact of Travel Restrictions on the Canadian Economy due to the COVID-19 Pandemic Archived Stats in brief: 11-001-X202029726503 Description: Release published in The Daily – Statistics Canada’s official release bulletin Release date: 2020-10-23

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This article describes the upcoming revisions (November 2019) in the Canadian Macroeconomic Accounts resulting from the inclusion of illegal cannabis production, consumption and distribution as well as statistical revisions of the international travel services. The paper highlights the impact of these revisions on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the balance of international payments (BOP).

With the release of the first quarter 2013 estimates in June 2013, the National Tourism Indicators (NTI) were revised from the first quarter of 2009 to the fourth quarter of 2012. In addition, all data series expressed at 2002 prices (adjusted for inflation) have been rebased to the 2007 reference year. The change affects National tourism indicators data adjusted for inflation from 1986 to date. This article explains the impact of new and revised data on the NTI.

This Canadian Tourism Satellite Account Handbook developed by Statistics Canada is intended as a guide to how the Canadian Tourism Satellite Account (CTSA) is compiled. The Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) has become the internationally recognized framework and a vital tool by which to measure tourism activity in an economy. The goal of this handbook is to make the CTSA and its inner workings as transparent as possible by bringing previous internal documentation into the public realm along side previously published documents and new documentation. By sharing the Canadian practical experiences in development of the TSA, it should benefit other countries and other interested practitioners in the process of developing and understanding TSAs.

This handbook covers information on the relevant tourism and national accounting concepts and definitions related to the CTSA. Detailed explanations of the various survey data sources and the methods used to move this data into the TSA framework are discussed.

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How "good" are the National Tourism Indicators (NTI)? How can their quality be measured? This study looks to answer these questions by analysing the revisions to the NTI estimates for the period 1997 through 2001.

How good are the National Tourism Indicators (NTI)? How can their quality be measured? This study looks to answer these questions through analysis of the revisions to the NTI estimates for the period 1997 through 2001.

  • 7. Guide to the National Tourism Indicators: Sources and Methods Archived Surveys and statistical programs – Documentation: 13-594-G Description: This guide provides indicators that are used to monitor supply, demand and employment for tourism in Canada on a timely basis. The guide provides information on the methods used to derive the supply, demand and employment indicators. It also provides information on the seasonal adjustment method and the derivation of constant dollar series. This guide was commissioned by the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC), following a pilot project providing quarterly and annual updates for the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA 1988). Release date: 2001-02-21

The purpose of this article is to inform Travel-log readers of the availability of a new analytical tool - the National Tourism Indicators. These estimates, which measure trends in tourism in Canada, are placed in perspective here, taking into account the concepts and definitions used in developing them.

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Some call it a culture shock, others have been in Canada before and know what to expect. Most agree that Canada is different from the rest of the world. Study my list of Canada Facts before you come here and you will adjust quickly and be spared from too big surprises.

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How Canada Got Its Name

Canada means “village” and comes from the Iroquois word “Kanata.” It has been in use since the earliest European settlement in Canada.

According to the story, when Jacques Cartier arrived in 1535 he talked to two native youth who told him about the route to Kanata. They were talking about the nearby settlement of Stadacona, but Cartier thought that they were referring to the entire area.

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Geographic Canada Facts

  • Canada is the second-largest country in the world, behind Russia.
  • Canada has ten provinces and three territories .
  • Ottawa is the Capital of Canada
  • 81 % of the Canadian population lives in cities (based on 2013)
  • Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa have a population of over 1 million.
  • Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world.
  • Canada has six time zones.
  • The Trans-Canada Highway is over 7,604 km in length and is the longest highway in the world.
  • Montreal is the world’s second-largest French-speaking city after Paris.
  • Almost half of Canada’s population was born in other countries.
  • Canada has the fourth lowest population density in the world with three people per square km.
  • Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world.
  • Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories are two of the world’s largest lakes.
  • The Athabasca Sand Dunes in the Athabasca Provincial Park of northwest Saskatchewan are the most northerly sand dunes in the world.
  • The largest non-polar ice field in the world can be found in the St. Elias Mountains, Yukon.
  • Mount Logan in the Yukon is Canada’s highest mountain at 5959
  • Wasaga Beach in Ontario is the longest freshwater beach in the world.
  • Alert, in the Nunavut Territory, is the northernmost settlement in the world, 817 km from the North Pole.
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -63C on February 3, 1957, in Snag, Yukon .
  • The border between Canada and the United States is officially known as the International Boundary and is the world’s longest unprotected border.
  • Manitoulin Island on Lake Huron, Ontario is the largest freshwater lake island in the world.
  • Three of Canada’s islands make the top ten for size in the world – Baffin, Ellesmere, and Victoria Island located in Nunuvit/NWT.

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Canada is a Monarchy

This is a fact about Canada making us totally different from the Untited States. Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth and used to be a colony of the British Empire.

Therefore, after Queen Elizabeth II death, King Charles III is our King, just like he is the King of the United Kingdom.

The Crown has a minor role in Canada’s government and is mostly symbolic. The King’s representative in Canada, the Governor General, attends several ceremonial functions, and represents Canada in state visits and other international events.

The Polite Canadians

Saying “please” and “thank you” is important and part of the Canadian culture. You will notice right away how friendly we all are.

Canadians don’t always mean what they say. This has to do with just being nice and not having to say NO. Therefore you have to be able to read between the words. Don’t be surprised, if a Canadian tells you to meet up somewhere and he doesn’t show up or cancels at the last minute.

The word “sorry” is used an awful lot. It’s not only used to apologize for your actions, but it’s also used when you bump into someone, sneeze, interrupt, or have a different opinion. It’s just a word being used, without much meaning.

More Facts about Canadians

  • The population in Canada in 2021 was 38.25 million
  • Canadians have invented Kerosene, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, the electric cooking range and much more.
  • Canada produces about 30 million tons of municipal solid waste annually. This is about 1.8 kg per day per person
  • About 81 % of the population lives in cities.
  • About 90 % of the population is concentrated within 160 km of the Canada/USA border.

Canadian Food Facts

  • A Canadian eats an average of 190 eggs per year (I wish this number would mean organic eggs).
  • Canadians drink more fruit juice than anywhere else.
  • Typically Canadian food includes bacon, poutine, maple syrup, pancakes, and most of all, Tim-bits (small donuts from Tim Horton’s).
  • Campfire food includes chilli dogs, chicken cooked on top of a beer can, salmon on a cedar slab, smores, Bannock, and cornbread.
  • Cheddar is the most popular cheese in Canada. According to one study, on average Canadians consume over 23 pounds of Cheddar per person annually. Aged cheddar is the only one, not coloured orange.
  • Find out more about Canadian Country Food .

Tim Horton’s is a National Symbol

Tim Horton’s is an incredibly popular coffee and doughnut chain. There is a Tim Horton’s on every corner in any Canadian city and you also find a “Timmy” in every larger town.

Tim Horton, a National Hockey League legend, opened the first store in Hamilton, Ontario in 1964, when coffee and a donut cost 10 cents each. Tim Horton’s has developed into a gigantic franchise.

Although Tim Horton’s is not Canadian owned anymore, you still can buy the Dutchie and Apple Fritter, two of the original donuts offered at the time. Also, try the Timbits, and get a deal with a box of twenty!

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Maple Syrup and Birch Syrup

Is there anything more Canadian than maple syrup? The skill of collecting and processing the sweet sap of the sugar maple was already known by the native people of eastern North America, long before the arrival of European settlers.

Make sure you try pure maple syrup with your pancakes instead of corn syrup which is often used as a cheap replacement.

In northern British Columbia, you will also find Birch Syrup, which is rarer and has a different, but delicious taste.

Macaroni and Cheese (KD)

There is no other packaged food in Canada better known than our orange-flavoured Kraft Dinner. We even have a nickname for the favourite pasta and cheese dish; every Canadian child and teenager knows KD. KD is also my son Kevin’s initials…how funny is that!

Kraft Macaroni and cheese is somewhat of a Canadian national dish for children and young adults.

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It comes in a blue package including two pouches, one with the macaroni and one with the cheese mix. If you try it, make sure you buy the original!

We eat French Fries covered with Gravy

All Canadians know that the real, authentic poutine comes from the province of Quebec. However, you can get different versions of it all across the country. It is a dish made up of French fries, fresh cheese curds, and brown gravy. Yum!

Canadian Beer, Wine, and Drinking Facts

  • The beer named after Canada is called Molson Canadian. Molson Coors Canada is the oldest brewery in North America.
  • The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.
  • Canada is famous for its ice wine, made from pressed frozen grapes. It’s usually used as a dessert wine.
  • Some of the country’s world-famous wines are from British Columbia wine is also produced in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Canadians are puzzled by the lukewarm water and drinks presented to them in Europe. Europeans, on the other hand, can’t figure out why drinks in Canada are served full of ice, and the glasses are empty after a few sips.

So, if you want to be a real tourist, ask for drinks with No Ice.

Free Drink Refills

Maybe we do it because of the ice? In lots of restaurants, you will be presented with a second cup of soda and unlimited free refills of coffee.

Having your Glass or Coffee Cup taken away when empty

Actually, to me it makes sense. Europeans, on the other hand, can’t comprehend this.

You are in a restaurant and the waiter takes your empty glass or coffee cup away when it’s empty. Honestly, you don’t have to leave the restaurant when your glass or cup is gone. But, if the restaurant is filling up and people are waiting for a seat, you might as well move on.

Drinking Age

In Canada, the legal drinking age is 19, or 18 in some provinces and territories. Canada is very conservative regarding drinking laws. You are not allowed to bring alcohol out on the streets and drink in public.

If you attend a rodeo or town festival, there will be a confined area for drinking and you will need two picture IDs to get in. Most drinking is done at home or in bars, or at a campfire out in the wilderness.

Watch out when camping in provincial parks. Learn from the Canadians and pour your drink into a travel coffee mug, when drinking outside.

Drug use in Canada

Canada is not the conservative country ist was when I arrivied over twenty years ago. Actually, it is hard to regognize.

Cannabis in Canada is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. You will find plenty of Canabis Stores in cities and towns and it’s usually the first place you come across. There is a fairly long history of legalization in Canada, and there is a larg supply of legal marijuana growers and sellers all over the country.

You will notice the distinct smell, when walking around neighbourhoods.

One of the Cannabis Stores on Westside Road

Canada’s province of British Columbia is started a first-in-the-nation trial decriminalising small amounts of hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin in January 2023. Adults can possess up to 2.5g of such drugs, as well as methamphetamine, fentanyl and morphine.

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The measuring system.

Not only do visitors to Canada get confused about our measuring system, but we are also confused as well. Canada is officially under the metric system but never got fully converted.

Speed limits are in km/h. Road distances are in m or km. The temperature is given in degrees Celsius. Heights and weights are still in imperial units. For lumber and building material the imperial system is still used as well.

In many stores produce is still sold by the (English) pound. This might have something to do with our high food prices. The price for a pound of fruit doesn’t seem too bad, but once you see the kg price you might be shocked. In my opinion, it’s done to trick the consumers!

The fact is, we are a half-converted country that can flip-flop between metric and imperial measurements four times in the same sentence.

And, the most confusing of it all is writing down a date in Canada! The  YYYY – MM – DD  format is apparently the only officially recommended method of writing a numeric date in Canada, just to be different and cause confusion.

The presence of the DD / MM / YY (most of the world) and MM / DD / YY (American) formats often results in confusion and misinterpretation. So, I[m writing it out, when ever possible, like “September 20, 2023”

We Don’t Use Umbrellas, We Wear Hoodies

I always have to smile when guests from Europe arrive with an umbrella in their luggage. We don’t use umbrellas where I live. It might be a cultural quirk; we are just too cool for umbrellas.

The only time I remember having used an umbrella was over a campfire in the pouring rain to keep the fire from going out.

Most of us don’t use umbrellas during a downpour. We Canadians just wear a hoodie and pull it over our heads. We might be soaked by the time we get to the car, but there is no freakin way that we will be caught in public using an umbrella.

So, leave your umbrella at home and pack your cortex gear instead.

Supermarkets Will Make You Speechless

Our average Canadian supermarkets are huge and you might be bewildered by the assortment of choices you witness. There’s an entire aisle of breakfast cereal, another aisle for soft drinks, a dozen brands of yogurt, and how many flavours of chips?

Large stores are open till late at night and on weekends.

Hunting and Guns

Lots of Canadians hunt, and having a few rifles in the house is the norm. Since hunting is a tradition of First Nation people, guns are generally treated as tools, rather than toys. Guns don’t have to be registered, but we have to do a course to be certified to buy rifles and ammunition.

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Two Weeks Of Vacation

Canada ranks third last among economically advanced countries in the amount of paid vacation time, according to a U.S. study. For the most part, employees get ten vacation days annually. Only Japan ranks behind us and the United States takes the last place.

No wonder many of us are trying to be self-employed. So before you Europeans complain again about your work hours please think about us Canadians.

Health System in Canada

Our health system sucks big time! Canada has a severe shortage of doctors. I might be in terrible pain, but having to wait a few months for an MRI and two weeks to see my physician is the norm.

If you have to go to Emergency at the hospital, you will be there for hours waiting your turn, no matter how much pain you are in. I speak from experience when I arrived with a broken vertebra a couple of years ago.

Make sure you sign up for travel insurance before coming to Canada. This way, you won’t have to pay out any cash if you need to see a doctor.

Canadian Weather

As far as countries go, Canada is pretty much the coldest, together with Russia. More Canadians die each year from exposure to extremely cold temperatures than from other natural events, according to Statistics Canada.

Come to British Columbia in the summer and you will experience the extreme heat. Forest fires are common during the summer season and we often have campfire restrictions. Check out Canada Climate for more information.

Santa Claus is Canadian

Santa’s home at the North Pole lies in a disputed area between a few countries claiming the North Pole. Canada is not the only country that claims Santa as their citizen. I visited the town of North Pole, in Alaska this summer and was told that this was Santa’s official home. But who cares, we here in Canada know that Santa Claus is Canadian, according to our immigration minister.

Every year, Canada’s post office receives millions of letters addressed to “Santa Claus, North Pole” and Santa responds to every one of them. How cool is that!

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Animals Are Wild

While exploring Canada’s wilderness there is a big chance that you will come across wild animals . We have black bears, grizzly bears, polar bears, elk, moose, cougars, bobcats and much more.

Wild animals are beautiful and incredible to see, but they are also extremely dangerous! Act responsibly when you see a wild animal and stay in the car when you come across one while driving.

Before hiking in the wilderness, learn Canadian facts regarding wildlife safety and what to do if you encounter a wild animal. Find out about other Wilderness Dangers in Canada.

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Canada Has A Polar Bear Prison

Churchill, a remote town in the far north of Manitoba has the world’s only polar bear prison. Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World and it is best known for the polar bears that inhabit the area in the fall.

A polar bear prison is a place for the polar bears that come too close to the town and become a threat to residents. It is also a fact, that the locals in Churchill leave cars and houses unlocked in case people are passing by and need a place to retreat from the polar bears.

With all the Canadian facts and information, you are ready to hit the road and explore Canada and meet the locals.

What is the time in Canada? This depends on where you are in Canada. On that page you can find clocks showing the current time for all major Canadian cities, what time zone they are located in, and when daylight saving starts and ends.

And now, with all your knowledge about Canada Facts, you are ready to hit the road, explore Canada and meet the locals.

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Olivia Bush

  • Updated: January 9, 2024
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Many industries were hit hard by the global COVID pandemic, but the hardest hit industry was the tourism industry. The ban on travel directly affected airlines, cruise lines, accommodation services, tourist attractions, and food services.

It also had an indirect impact on other industries such as retail when visiting shoppers didn’t bring in extra revenue. Some areas, such as the South Shore area in Nova Scotia, were hit harder than others because many local businesses rely on the revenue brought in by tourists.

In this article, we have collected data on how the pandemic affected the tourist industry. We have also included statistics from the first quarter of 2022 to see what has been happening with the number of tourists in Canada since travel bans were lifted.

Tourism Statistics for Canadians

Canada recorded 32 million tourists in 2019 with Toronto and Vancouver the two most popular destinations among international tourists.

  • The number of jobs in tourism-dependent industries fell from 2.1 million in 2019 to 1.6 million by the end of 2020.
  • Post-pandemic, the tourist industry has struggled to find staff and at the end of the first quarter of 2022, there were 170,000 unfilled jobs in tourism.
  • The revenues from the aviation industry fell by 89.9% from April to December 2020.

The tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022 was 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

  • The GDP from tourism increased by 11.9% in the final quarter of 2021.
  • Spending by Canadians was 85.8% of the total tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022.

There were 315,400 overseas tourists in Canada in May 2022.

  • There were almost ten times more trips to Canada made by US residents in May 2022 compared to the year before and almost twelve times the number of overseas visitors.
  • There were seven times as many trips to the United States by Canadian residents in May 2022 compared to the previous May.
  • 593,200 Canadians flew to the United States in May 2022, which represents 73.6% of the trips by air recorded in May 2019. Overseas flights returned to 67.2% of the pre-pandemic levels in May 2019.
  • 44% of Canadians feel confident welcoming tourists from overseas to their area, while 70% are happy to welcome tourists from other parts of Canada.

84% of Canadians believe tourism is important to the Canadian economy.

Before the Pandemic

In 2019, before COVID forced countries around the world to close their borders, Canada recorded a total of 32 million tourists, the ninth-highest number in the world. However, when looking at the number of tourists in relation to the population, Canada is 49th in the world with 0.85 tourists per resident. It ranked number one in North America.

Toronto and Vancouver were the most popular destinations in Canada among international travellers. In 2019, Toronto ranked 53rd and Vancouver 68th among the world’s most popular cities with 4.74 million and 3.4 million tourists respectively.

In 2019, there were 2.1 million jobs in the tourism-dependent industries and there were 232,000 tourism establishments.

During the Pandemic

Initially, in the first quarter of 2020, only 187,000 jobs were lost in the industry, but as the pandemic forced the borders to stay closed for much longer than initially thought, the second quarter of 2020 saw 581,000 jobs lost. By the end of 2020, there were 1.6 million jobs in the tourism-dependent industries.

The number of active tourism businesses fell by 9.9% in December 2020 compared to January 2020. This was over three times the overall contraction of the Canadian economy, which was 3.1% during the same period.

The aviation industry was one of the hardest hit, with the revenues from April to December 2020 declined by 89.9%. In the same period, accommodation revenues from hotel stays fell by 71.2%. Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver recorded the lowest occupancies in Canada and saw the biggest revenue drop at 90.8% representing a loss of $2.3 billion across the three cities.

Post Pandemic

In the first quarter of 2022, tourism’s share of the gross domestic product in Canada was 1.3% of the total. The gross domestic product from tourism was up by 0.9% and it was the fourth consecutive quarterly increase. Tourism spending increased by 50.7% in the last four quarters, but in the first quarter of 2022, it was still 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

The growth in the first quarter was largely due to an increase in tourism spending by Canadians during domestic trips. This was up 2.9% compared to the final quarter of 2021. In the first quarter of 2022, tourism spending by international tourists was down by 6.9% compared to the final quarter of 2021. However, there had been a large increase in the number of overnight visitors from the United States and overseas in the final quarter of 2021 especially during the Christmas holidays.

The tourism sector has been steadily adding back over half a million jobs and the number of jobs in the tourist industry went up by a further 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022. However, the industry has struggled to fill these jobs and there were still 170,000 jobs unfilled by the end of the quarter.

Closer look at the tourism spending increases

GDP: The GDP from tourism increased by 11.9% in the final quarter of 2021. It was followed by a more modest increase of 0.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The biggest contribution to the tourism GDP came from the transportation services at 2.9%.

Employment: The number of jobs attributed to tourism has been steadily rising since travel restrictions were relaxed. The number of jobs rose by 4.8% in the fourth quarter of 2021 and by a further 0.8% in the first quarter of 2022. Travel services were the largest contributor with a 10.2% increase followed by transportation services (2.6%).

Domestic Tourism Spending: The amount Canadians spend on travel increased by 2.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The main contributors towards the increase were passenger air transport, and pre-trip expenses such as camping equipment, recreational vehicles and crafts and activities equipment. Spending by Canadians was 85.8% of the total tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022.

International Tourism Spending: Spending by international tourists was up by 116.4% in the last quarter of 2021. However, it well by 6.9% in the first quarter of 2022. The biggest contributor to the decline in the first quarter of 2022 was passenger air transport at 11.4% followed by accommodation services at 4.8%.

Tourism Statistics for May 2022

In May 2022, the number of international tourists in Canada continued to rise but was still not at the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. There were almost twelve times as many trips to Canada from overseas countries in May 2022 compared to May 2021. It was still less than half of the trips in May 2019. There were 315,400 overseas tourists in Canada in May 2022.

There were almost ten times more trips to Canada made by residents of the United States in May 2022 compared to the year before. The number of trips represented more than half (52.1%) of the trips taken in May 2019.

The number of visits from US residents in May 2022 was over 1.1 million compared to May 2021 when there were 113,500 trips made by US residents. In May 2019, there were 2.1 million trips to Canada from the United States.

Out of the American arrivals recorded in May 2022, 692,000 were by automobile and 43.7% of the trips were day trips. In May 2021, there were 105,000 trips by automobiles and 1.4 million in May 2019.

Visitor numbers from major markets in Europe and Asia continued to grow. In May 2021, there were 7,100 European visitors to Canada compared to 164,000 in May 2022. Trips to Canada from Asia went up from 8,500 to 72,700 during the same period.

The table below shows the numbers of overnight trips before the pandemic in May 2019 and post-pandemic in May 2021 and May 2022 and the year-on-year differences. We can see from the table that the numbers travelling from France and Mexico have recovered the best while travel from China, Japan and South Korea has been the slowest to recover.

Travelling abroad by Canadians

At the same time as travel to Canada increased again, Canadians started to travel more to the United States and overseas. In May 2022, there were 2.2 million trips to the United States by Canadian residents. In May 2021 there were 311,800 trips to the United States by Canadian residents, so the number of trips a year later was around seven times higher.

The majority of the trips, 1.6 million were by automobile and 58.5% of all trips were one-day trips. The number of Canadians travelling to the United States by air in May 2022 edged closer to the pre-pandemic levels. The 593,200 flights to the United States in May 2022 represented 73.6% of the trips recorded in May 2019. In contrast, only 28,200 Canadians were flying to the United States in May 2021.

The number of Canadians who resumed overseas travel has risen sharply from May 2021 until May 2022. In the previous May, there were only 51,400 overseas trips made by Canadians compared to 652,400 this May. The flights taken in May 2022 represent 67.2% of the flights taken in May 2019 and it was the highest monthly recovery so far.

Canadian views on travel and tourism

Since the return to a more normal life, Canadians are readier to welcome both Canadian and international visitors. 70% of Canadians welcome visitors from other parts of Canada, 48% are happy to welcome visitors from the United States and 44% felt happy to receive tourists from overseas.

In a survey on the importance of tourism to the Canadian economy, 84% of Canadians believe it is important. 82% said they believe Canadians travelling domestically is important for the economy, while 79% of the people responding to the survey said overseas tourists are important to the economy.

The travel industry is expected to reach its pre-pandemic levels by 2024 or by 2025 at the latest. While more people’s confidence in the safety of travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels, the growth can be slowed down by geopolitical events such as the war in Ukraine.

Conclusions

The global pandemic hit the tourist industry the hardest, and it has been slower to recover from the pandemic than other industries. However, as the confidence to travel continues to grow, the numbers have been increasing and are slowly getting closer to pre-pandemic levels.

Foreign tourism from France and Mexico has been quickest to recover, though still lacking behind pre-pandemic levels. The number of arrivals from Asian countries such as China, Japan and South Korea has been slow to pick up again.

Most Canadians see the tourist industry as important for the Canadian economy and the number of Canadians who feel happy to welcome tourists into their towns and cities is steadily increasing.

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21 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Canada

Written by Lana Law Updated Apr 25, 2022 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

The second largest country in the world, Canada has no shortage of beautiful landscapes and interesting sights for travelers to explore. From coast to coast to coast, the country is home to vibrant and culturally rich cities, along with incredible natural wonders.

In Western Canada , the Rocky Mountains; the Okanagan Valley; and the cities of Vancouver, Victoria, and Calgary are some of the best places to visit and frequently dominate itineraries. In Central Canada , Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City are some of the most popular tourist destinations.

For those who venture out to Canada's Atlantic Provinces in the east, the beauty of Gros Morne National Park , along with the cities of Halifax and St. John's, provide their own unique character.

Off the beaten path, but equally impressive, is Canada's North , where great rivers flow out to the Arctic Ocean, creating some incredible territory for canoeists, and where polar bears can be seen in the wild. Travelers can explore the remote beauty of places like Nahanni National Park ; Great Slave Lake; and the towns and cities of Churchill, Whitehorse, and Yellowknife .

For ideas to help plan your travels, see our list of top tourist attractions in Canada.

1. Niagara Falls

2. banff national park & the rocky mountains, 3. toronto's cn tower, 4. old quebec (vieux-quebec), 5. whistler, 6. ottawa's parliament hill, 7. st. john's signal hill national historic site, 8. old montreal, 9. polar bears of churchill, manitoba, 10. vancouver island, 11. bay of fundy, 12. victoria's inner harbour, 13. gros morne national park, 14. vancouver's stanley park, 15. calgary stampede, 16. canadian museum for human rights, 17. the okanagan valley, 18. cypress hills interprovincial park, 19. royal tyrrell museum in drumheller, 20. dawson city, 21. rideau canal.

Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is Canada's most famous natural attraction, bringing in millions of visitors each year. Located just over an hour's drive from Toronto, along the American border, these massive falls drop approximately 57 meters. You can see the falls at an astoundingly close distance from several key points.

Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge have been attracting tourists and daredevils for well over a century. Between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries there were numerous attempts to plunge over the falls in various types of homemade boats and barrels. This, along with tightrope walkers and other spectacles, led to the adjacent town of Niagara Falls developing a carnival type atmosphere that still persists today.

Families will enjoy a walk down Niagara's outrageous Clifton Hill leading to the gorge and falls. Other popular things to do here include a cruise to the base of the falls, a trip up the Skylon Tower for a fantastic aerial view, and a look from the bottom of the falls on the Journey Behind the Falls experience.

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Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier

Banff National Park lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta, and showcases some of Canada's most beautiful scenery. Turquoise-colored lakes, snowcapped peaks, and glaciers are all easily accessible in this stunning park. Take a scenic drive or head off on one of the best hikes in Banff .

The jewel of the park is Lake Louise , where green waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers, and visitors can stroll easily around the shores. Just a short distance is Moraine Lake, another impressive alpine lake with an even slightly more dramatic surrounding.

Bow Lake in Banff National Park

The Icefields Parkway , which runs from Lake Louise to Jasper, is an unforgettable drive and another major attraction in Banff. At the south end of the park is the lovely little town of Banff, providing all kinds of options for accommodation, shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Banff is also a major winter sports area and home to Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village , two of Canada's best ski destinations.

  • Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Banff National Park
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Toronto skyline with the CN Tower

On the shores of Lake Ontario in Canada's biggest city is the iconic CN Tower, one of Canada's most famous landmarks. The tower stands an impressive 553 meters high and dominates the skyline.

At the top, you can find fine dining in the revolving 360 restaurant, and enjoy a meal while looking out over the city and lake. The LookOut and the Glass Floor offer beautiful views out over the entire area. For an added thrill, consider stepping outside of the enclosed area onto the metal walkway for the CN Tower Edgewalk. You'll be harnessed in and then be able to walk around the building, 116 stories or 356 meters (1,168 feet) above the ground below.

But even those who choose not to go up the tower will find themselves stopping to stare at the structure, which is visible from almost everywhere in the city. At night, the tower is lit in different colors.

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Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Canada's historic gems. Spread across the Upper and Lower Town of Quebec, this area contains the city's most historic buildings. The Lower Town, along the St. Lawrence River, is the site of the original settlement and home to the outstanding Fairmont Le Château Frontenac , as well as numerous other treasures. The Upper Town rests on 100-meter-high cliffs and is home to the Citadel , the Plains of Abraham , Place d'Armes , and the Parque Historique de l'Artillerie .

Old Quebec is one of Canada's most popular historical areas and is well developed for tourism. In addition to the historical sites, other highlights include artists displaying their works on Rue du Trésor; interesting museums, like the Musée de la Civilisation; and unique shops and restaurants.

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Whistler Mountain

Just a two-hour drive from Vancouver is the famous ski resort of Whistler Blackcomb and the year-round resort destination of Whistler. While Whistler has always been an important winter sports area, it has also developed into a popular summer destination, with golf, mountain biking, and a lively town atmosphere no matter when you visit.

The village gained international attention in 2010 when it became one of the locations for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The area offers world class skiing, hotels, and dining, as well as a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities and beautiful mountain scenery.

  • Read More: Top Things to Do in Whistler & Easy Day Trips

Ottawa's Parliament Hill

Ottawa's Parliament Hill stands high above the Ottawa River and is graced by the Neo-Gothic-style Parliament buildings built in the last half of the 19th century. The most prominent feature is the Peace Tower, which divides the House of Commons and the Senate on either side. In front of the Parliament buildings is the Centennial Flame , lit in 1966 to commemorate the centenary of the Canadian Confederation, and behind the buildings is a sculpture garden.

In the summer, the Changing of the Guard takes place on the front lawn of the Houses of Parliament, weather permitting. Below Parliament Hill, a lovely walk runs alongside the Ottawa River.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ottawa

View of St. John's from Signal Hill

At the entrance to St. John's harbor, overlooking the city and sea, is Signal Hill National Historic Site. It was here, in 1901, that the first wireless transatlantic signal was received. It also played a strategic role in the Seven Years war with France, although the current fortifications were built during the hostilities of 1812.

The Cabot Tower is one of the key sites of Signal Hill. It was built in 1897 to mark the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of Newfoundland. It also now commemorates Guglielmo Marconi's reception here in 1901 of the first transatlantic radio telegraphy signal, transmitted over a distance of 2,700 kilometers from Poldhu in England.

In the tower are exhibitions on the history of Signal Hill and the history of communications (with a special section on Marconi). From the top, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and the coast as far as Cape Spear - the most easterly point of North America.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in St. John's, Newfoundland

Rue St. Paul in Old Montreal

Old Montreal, lined with lovely historic buildings, is a place to go for great shopping and fine dining. While Montreal itself is a vibrant modern city, Old Montreal, down by the waterfront, is where you'll want to go to soak up the atmosphere.

Some of the must-see places in Old Montreal include Rue Bonsecours and the landmark Marché Bonsecours in the old town hall building, the interior of the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica , the lively Place Jacques-Cartier , and the 1870s City Hall .

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Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba

One of Canada's most unique attractions is the polar bear migration that sees these beautiful creatures make their way from land out onto the ice in Hudson Bay, near the town of Churchill in Northern Manitoba .

This small community opens itself up to tourists each fall. Tours take visitors out in tundra buggies with caged windows for close encounters with the polar bears. The prime viewing time occurs in October or November while the bears are waiting for the water to freeze before heading out onto the ice.

Eden Grove near Port Renfrew

Although it is less than a two-hour ferry ride from the mainland, Vancouver Island can seem a world away. Most people head to Victoria, BC's capital city, for sightseeing and culture, but if you head north into the wild and remote landscapes, the island holds some unexpected and unforgettable experiences.

Nature lovers can hit the best hiking trails on Vancouver Island and set themselves up at some beautiful camping locations . Those looking for more comfort can always turn to one of the island's lodges or resorts.

One of the island's most incredible sights are the old-growth forests of giant trees, some more than 1,000 years old. Within day-tripping distance of Victoria are the ancient trees of Eden Grove, near the town of Port Renfrew . If you are heading up island, you can also wander through Cathedral Grove , not far from the town of Port Alberni, or go all the way out to Tofino to see even more huge trees.

Tofino, BC

On the rugged west coast, a magnificent scene of sandy coves and dramatic rocky shores reveals itself as you drive up to Tofino . Around this tiny but incredibly popular off-the-beaten-path tourist town, in nearby Pacific Rim National Park Reserve , you can find incredible hiking trails , some of the largest trees in Canada, endless beaches, great surfing spots, camping , and places where you can simply soak up nature in peace.

Tofino is a year-round destination , although in the storm season from November to March, many visitors come to appreciate the huge waves rolling ashore; some come to surf, and others come simply to cozy up next to a fire in one of Tofino's lovely resorts looking out over the Pacific Ocean.

Other destinations around the Island, include Nanaimo , Parksville , and Qualicum Beach , all on the eastern shore, looking out onto the Salish Sea. If you really want to get away from it all, head up to the far north of the island and explore Cape Scott Provincial Park .

  • Top-Rated Attractions on Vancouver Island
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Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy, located in Eastern Canada in between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia , is known for its amazing tides. The variation between high and low is the largest in the world, measuring up to a maximum of 19 meters (10 fathoms).

While there are many ways to appreciate this natural wonder, some of the most popular locations and sights along the Bay of Fundy are the cliffs and rock formations at Hopewell Cape , Fundy National Park , the Fundy Trail Parkway , and Grand Manan Island .

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions on the Bay of Fundy

Victoria's Inner Harbour

Few Canadian cities have done such a beautiful job of developing their waterfront area as Victoria and its Inner Harbour. This is a great place for strolling, relaxing, shopping, dining, and watching street performers all against the backdrop of the harbor.

The centerpiece of this area is the historic Empress Hotel , one of the city's most lovely buildings. Over the years, the Empress has welcomed kings and queens and, today, features a traditional high tea, which is one of the highlights for many visitors coming to Victoria. While the harbor area is popular year-round, it is particularly lively during the summer months.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Victoria, British Columbia

Gros Morne National Park

Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park is more remote than many of Canada's most popular national parks, but worth the effort to discover this beautiful landscape of mountains and fjords. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring steep cliff walls, waterfalls, and interesting rock formations carved by the glacier-fed waters.

Most visitors take a boat tour to appreciate the scenery, but there are also hiking trails and opportunities for kayaking. In winter, the park receives far fewer visitors, but is open for ski touring, complete with backcountry ski huts.

Vancouver's Stanley Park

One of Vancouver's greatest treasures is the 405-hectare Stanley Park, conveniently located on the west side of the downtown area. Situated on a peninsula, the park is surrounded by the ocean and home to huge red cedar and Douglas fir trees. The seawall , which rings the park, has an extensive walking, jogging, and biking path with designated lanes for walkers and bikers. From the seawall are some lovely views of the city and mountains. A scenic drive also winds through Stanley Park with numerous pullouts.

Within the park are the Vancouver Aquarium , scenic Beaver Lake , and the Stanley Park Pavilion and Rose Garden . Also of special interest are numerous totem poles , some of which were erected more than 100 years ago. In the spring, the cherry trees burst into bloom in an amazing display.

  • Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Stanley Park
  • Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Vancouver

Calgary Stampede

This 10-day affair is one of the most widely anticipated events in Western Canada, with many locals and summertime travelers planning their holidays around the Calgary Stampede. For this week in July, the city of Calgary turns into a true western town, where people who might otherwise be wearing suits to work instead don jeans and cowboy boots.

At the Stampede Grounds are daily rodeo events drawing participants from across North America, thrill rides, games, food, and the nightly Grandstand Show. Around town, free "Stampede Breakfasts" are hosted by numerous establishments either at indoor or outdoor locations and usually consist of pancakes. Many big name country music performers also typically come to the city for this event.

  • Read More: Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Calgary

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg

Winnipeg's newest major attraction, which has drawn both national and international attention, is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Opened in 2014 near The Forks , the building displays a unique design that is eye-catching to say the least, with geometry and colors based on images of the Canadian landscape.

Also unique is the concept behind the museum, which proved controversial when deciding which histories would be featured here. The museum highlights personal stories, capturing different perspectives, and focuses on a range of themes.

Official site: https://humanrights.ca/

  • Read More: Top Tourist Attractions & Places to Visit in Winnipeg

View of Okanagan Lake in the Okanagan Valley

Locals who live in Penticton and Kelowna like to say that the Okanagan Valley is located on the warm side of the mountains from neighboring Alberta. This statement rings true - this long valley is truly a summer playground for Western Canadians.

Huge lakes dominate the valley floor, and some of British Columbia's best beaches can be found here. Offshore from the lively cities, canoeing, pleasure boating, and sailing are all popular activities, and every sunny summer day, the lakes are filled with smiling, laughing people having fun.

Along the gentle inclines leading up from the lakes, you'll find farms growing some of Canada's best fruit, including cherries, peaches, pears, and plums among many others. Places to stay are numerous; quality accommodation can be found in both Penticton and Kelowna.

In the winter, the Okanagan quiets down somewhat, but when the snow flies, locals head to Big White, Apex, Silver Star, or Sun Peaks, some of British Columbia's best ski resorts .

Aerial view of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

The province of Saskatchewan and Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park in particular, are often overlooked as places to visit in Canada. A bit out of the way, they attract less tourists but those who do make the effort to get here are amply rewarded.

Wide-open spaces, huge skies, and abundant (and rare) wildlife are the norm out here, as is a feeling of peace and quiet. Rent a canoe and paddle one of the many lakes, go for a long hike in the grasslands, or if you find yourself here in winter, strap on your downhill skis and take a few runs.

For a bit of frontier history, swing by Fort Walsh National Historic Site and learn what life was like here in the late 19th century.

Entrance to the Royal Tyrrel Museum

One of the world's premier dinosaur museums, the Royal Tyrrel is not to be missed. Incredible displays of dinosaurs found nearby are impressively showcased in a world-class setting. As you wander through the 13 galleries, you'll be transported back 3.9 billion years to the time that dinosaurs roamed the world. Standing next to these giants will truly make you feel rather insignificant.

A visit here isn't all indoors. Be sure to take time to explore the interpretive hiking trails located on the museum property.

Paddlewheeler near Dawson City

Home of the 19th-century gold rush, Dawson City today finds its gold in the pockets of the happy visitors that come to see what life was like back in those crazy days. The town has done an excellent job of preserving the historical architecture of the time. In fact, the downtown core, called the Dawson Historical Complex, is a National Historic Site.

The Yukon River runs right by the city, and for a true historical experience, be sure to take a ride on a river paddlewheeler.

Rideau Canal in Ottawa on a beautiful summer day

The historic Rideau Canal is a beloved four-season playground for the residents and visitors to Eastern Ontario. Extending from Kingston, on Lake Ontario, for 202 kilometers to Ottawa, this National Historic Site has been in operation since 1832.

In the summer, pleasure boats filled with families enjoying the summer sun transit the locks and make their way slowly along the route, stopping for ice cream and snacks at small towns along the way.

A portion of the canal in Ottawa transforms into a 7.8-kilometer-long ice skating rink in winter . All along the route are warming huts, pastry shops (be sure to try a Beaver Tail), coffee and hot chocolate vendors, changerooms, and washrooms. The skating season usually runs from January to early March, depending on the weather, and admission is free.

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Michael Bryan

Michael Bryan

Modified & Updated: 06 Sep 2023

Published: 21 Sep 2020

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Known as the Land of Maple and poutine, Canada has captured hearts around the world for its friendly people and beautiful landscapes. With the Pacific Ocean in the west, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean in the east, Canada serves as a meeting point for many cultures. As the second biggest country on Earth, Canada also boasts different sights and centuries of heritage. However, what else is there to know about it? Get to know more about this country with these Canada facts.

  • Canada’s land area is 9.985 million km² or roughly 3 times the size of India.
  • Canada’s estimated Gross Domestic Product for the year 2020 is $1.971 trillion and about $50,000 per capita.
  • During the 16th century, French and British explorers went to the land who later settled along the Atlantic coast.
  • Canada’s capital, Ottawa, has a population of more than 800,000 as of 2020.
  • Toronto is the largest city in the country (630.2 km²) and also the most populated, about 2.6 million people.
  • Canada lies in the northern part of North America.
  • By land area, Canada is bigger than the United States.
  • The United States is the only bordering country of Canada by land.
  • Before the European colonization, indigenous peoples occupied Canada for thousands of years.
  • Canada is second to Russia as the world’s biggest country.
  • Toronto is often mistaken as the country’s capital. However, Canada’s capital is Ottawa and not Toronto.
  • The currency of Canada is called the Candian Dollar (CAD).
  • Canada’s official languages are English and French.
  • The people or citizens of Canada are called Canadians.
  • The area code of Canada is +1, which is the same as the United States .
  • Kim Campbell was the first and only female prime minister of Canada to date.
  • Canada’s motto is “From sea to sea.”
  • Canada’s motto describes how its land area touches both the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans.
  • In general, the US does not require visas from Canadian citizens.
  • As of today, Canada already had 23 prime ministers and its current prime minister is Justin Trudeau.

People believe that poutine came from Quebec in the 1950s.

The most popular widely-believed theory for poutine’s origin suggests that it came from a restaurant formerly called Le Lutin qui rit in Warwick, Quebec.

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Canada ranks as the 228th most populated country in the world.

Canada has one of the lowest population sizes in the world, as most of the country is uninhabited. In fact, the whole country has a population size of just 4 people per sq km.

More than 70% of Canada's population has European origins.

Out of the country’s population, approximately 20 million people or 73% have European ancestors. Meanwhile, 18% are Asian, 5% are Indigenous, and the remaining 4% are African, Latin American, and Oceanian.

Canada has 3 main indigenous peoples.

The indigenous Canadians (known as Aboriginal Canadians, First Peoples, or Native Canadians) were the Métis, First Nations, and Inuit. As of the latest consensus, the First Nation has a population of 1,000,000, Métis has 600,000, and Inuit with 65,000.

The name Canada comes from an Iroquoian word.

Between 1534 and 1542, French-Breton explorer Jacques Cartier made three voyages across the Atlantic.  During one of those journeys, he heard two captured guides speak the Iroquoian word (the language of the indigenous people in North America)  “Kanata” which means ‘village.’ Eventually, in the 1950s, the name Canada started appearing in maps.

Canada has the most lakes of any country in the world.

With around 2 million lakes, Canada holds the most lakes in the world. Of all these lakes, around 563 cover more than 100 sq km. Some of these large lakes are Lake Superior and Lake Huron in Ontario and the Great Bear Lake in the Northwest.

Lake Superior is as big as Austria.

As both Canada and North America’s largest lake, Lake Superior measures roughly as big as the entire country of Austria. Additionally, Lake Superior is also the world’s largest freshwater lake by area.

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Ontario has a reputation among newlyweds.

For over 200 years, many newlyweds around the world have visited and enjoyed the magnificent view of the Niagara Falls . As a result, Ontario has been crowned as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World.”

Currently, Kraft Heinz is the leading food and beverage company in Canada.

Of all food companies, Kraft Heinz Canada is the biggest manufacturer in the country. Each year, it generates more than 13 billion Canadian dollars in sales. Some of its best-sellers are Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Peanut Butter, and Renée’s Salad Dressing. Currently Kraft Heinz Canada’s Headquarters lies in Toronto.

Canada's population is only 12% of the US population.

As of 2020, Canada has a population of around 37 million residents. Although Canada is much bigger than its bordering country by land area, the United States has over 328 million in population.

Lake Superior has a low species diversity.

Despite its size and namesake, Lake Superior is home to only 50 species of fish such as the chinook salmon, sea lamprey, white perch, brook trout, bloater, and round goby. Generally, Lake Superior is categorized as an oligotrophic lake for its low plant ecology and abundant oxygen in the deeper parts.

The Northern Territories offer the best view of the Northern Lights in Canada.

If you want to see the Northern lights from Canada, the Northern Territories would be your best bet. Typically, this area includes the Rocky Mountains, Vancouver, and Western provinces where the lights can be seen 240 nights a year. Usually, the lights are most visible from December to March.

Canada has been home to over 250 cultural origins.

One of the little-known Canada facts is how it’s first country in the world to have multiculturalism policy. This policy recognizes the country’s heritage and also enforces is protection. By this mandate, every Canadian must be given equal treatment and due respect regardless of cultural differences.

“O Canada” is the country's national anthem.

Originally called the Chant national, Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier wrote the lyrics in  Québec City, while French-Canadian-American musician Calixa Lavallee composed the music in 1890. Eventually, the song officially became the country’s national anthem in 1980.

"O Canada" has been changed a few times.

Despite using it for almost 40 years, Canada’s national anthem has been revised three times. The current version of its national anthem was written by Montreal lawyer Robert Stanley Weir.

The Canadian flag features an 11-pointed red maple leaf.

Also known as the Maple Leaf Flag, the Canadian flag has two main colors of red and white. Canada’s Maple Leaf Flag displays the 11-pointed red maple leaf as an emblem of unity, peace, and tolerance.

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The maple leaf in its flag also symbolizes Canada's natural resources.

Aside from its abstract meanings, the maple leaf in the middle of the flag symbolizes the Canada’s cultural heritage and natural resources.

It took over 35 years for Canada to choose its flag.

Overall, it took the Canadian parliament more than 35 years to settle on what flag to use for the country. Its red and white flag with the iconic maple leaf was formally launched on February 15, 1965. Thus, the country celebrates ‘National Flag of Canada Day’ every February 15th. How’s that for cool Canada facts?

Canada's indigenous people used maple sap as a food staple.

Aside from the fact that the maple leaf represents Canada’s abundant natural resources, it also references how indigenous peoples used maple sap as a food staple before the European settlers arrived. Definitely one of the more symbolic Canada facts.

Canada supplies more than 70% of maple syrup to the world.

From pre-colonial times until today, the maple tree remains vital to the economy of Canada. If the flag wasn’t any indication, Canada supplies more than 70% of the world’s maple syrup produce.

Canada ranks 7th in the world's largest producers of oil.

Aside from its maple produce, the gas and oil industry play important parts in the Canadian economy. Currently, Canada ranks as one of the global leaders in oil production per capita.

Western Canada holds its biggest oil reserves.

Canada has its largest onshore reserves in the western provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. There are also oil offshores near the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Canada exports coal to several Asian countries.

In terms of natural riches, Canada also stands out for its enormous coal deposits. Along with its other resources, Canada’s coal deposits boost its economy through exporting, particularly to several Asian countries. Additionally, some provinces like Quebec have rich uranium deposits along with many mines.

Canada also has many wind farms.

While coal may not be sustainable, Canada also leads the world in wind energy production. Around 8 of Canada’s provinces have the largest wind farms in Canada. In particular, Quebec’s Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms is the largest in the country with a capacity of more than 360 MW.

Canada has a huge manufacturing industry.

The manufacturing sector is one of the biggest catalysts of the Canadian economy. Some of its biggest manufacturing sectors are for motor vehicles, machinery, aerospace, and food manufacturing.

Some big American car brands are usually made in Canada.

The central province of Ontario has produced cars for General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford for more than 50 years already.

Around 22 million tourists visit Canada every year.

Due to Canada’s diverse geography, culture, and history, Canada has established itself as one of the world’s prime tourist destinations. The country’s hospitality industry employs more than 1.5 million people and welcomes around 22 million international tourists each year. In total, tourists provide an annual revenue of approximately $90 billion to Canada’s GDP.

Canada already hosted three Olympic Games.

To date, Canada has hosted three Olympic Games. It began with the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, followed by the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. In 2010, it hosted the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

There have been 3 Canadian teams in the NBA.

Of all Canadian teams in the NBA , the only one still functioning is the Toronto Raptors founded in 1995. Founded in the same year, the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis by 2001. Finally, the Toronto Huskies only played for a year in 1946 until it became defunct in 1947.

Canada won its first NBA title in 2019.

More than 70 years after joining the National Basketball Association, Canada finally won its first NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors in 2019. For this season, the Toronto Raptors’ small forward Kawhi Leonard also claimed the title as the finals’ most valuable player.

Toronto Raptor's victory was widely celebrated.

After winning its first NBA championship in 2019, Canadians filled Toronto’s streets to cherish the moment. On behalf of the whole country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted in celebration.

History made! @Raptors , it’s time to bring that championship to Canada! #WeTheNorth — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 26, 2019

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The 1st of July is the celebration of Canada Day.

This day commemorates the agreement within the British North America Ac, now known as the Constitution Act 1867. In addition, the celebration signifies the Confederation of the British colonies into four regions: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and Ontario.

Canada Day was once called 'Dominion Day'.

Coming from the French word ‘Fete du Dominion,’ Canada Day used to be called Dominion day until the Canada Act’s passing in 1982. It’s important to note that once this day falls on a Sunday, the holiday will be observed on the 2nd of July.

Canada Day is popular in its nickname "Canada's birthday," especially to the press.

However, the term seems to oversimplify the country’s milestone. At its core, Canada day honors how Canada has achieved an advanced political control and governance of the country.

Canada is a Parliamentary Democracy and a Prime Minister is leading it.

Although it is a Parliamentary Democracy, Canada also operates under a constitutional monarchy. The Queen functions as the executive authority and head of state, while the Prime Minister serves as the head of government. Furthermore, the Parliamentary Democracy has three divisions: the House of Commons, the Senate, and the Sovereign.

Canada has established its constitution in 1982.

As of 1982, Canada has become a completely independent country but still part of the British Commonwealth. In line with this, the British royal family does not receive any money from Canadian citizens. However, using Canadian funds is necessary as a support to the Queen when executing her duties or serving as a Queen of Canada abroad.

Farms in Canada are filled with varieties.

Most farms in Canada lies in its countryside or rural areas. These farms grow grain, vegetables, fruits, and raise livestock such as cattle for meat and dairy. These crops are also used to make wine, whiskey, beer, and candies.

Ontario produces 60% of Canadian wines.

The provinces of British Columbia and Ontario are the two biggest wine producers in Canada. Every year, Canada produces more than 50 million liters of wine, with 60% of that production coming from Ontario. Some of the best wines from Ontario are: Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon blanc.

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Canada is making wines for over 200 years already.

For over 200 years now, Canada’s early settlers cultivated Vitis vinifera grapes, Vitis labrusca , Vitis Riparia , and other hybrids to produce its wines. In the year 1866, Canada had its first commercial winery opened in Pelee Island, Ontario.

Canada's biggest farms are in the Prairie region.

In Western Canada, there are many land-extensive crop farms that produce oil such as canola and seeds like wheat, barley, and other common crops.

The United States is the biggest importer of Canada's honey.

Each year, Canada produces more than 70 million lbs of honey. Out of this amount, about 35 to 40 million lbs are exported to the United States.

Canada has a smaller fishing industry.

Although the country is relatively surrounded by waters, fishing is not a big industry in Canada. In total, it only employs around 75,000 people. Nevertheless, its fishing industry contributes more than $5 billion to the Canadian economy annually.

Poutine is the national dish of Canada.

Known as Canada’s national dish, poutine combines French fries, cheese, and gravy for a savory meal. Although many international cuisines have claimed that they “invented” poutine, its creator has never been confirmed. Definitely one for delicious Canada facts!

Montreal-style Smoked Meat is Canada's signature sandwich.

Montreal-style Smoked Meat is a salted beef brisket, much like pastrami. Before the smoking process, the meat is cured for a week using an array of spices. Often served with rye bread with mustard, Montreal-style Smoked Meat is a perfect partner for poutine.

Bannock is the best traditional cuisine in Canada.

This versatile and savory bread has been a Canadian staple from the earliest indigenous people. Also known as fry bread, Bannock is considered a simple bread that is easy to make.

Nowadays, it already has a baked version as well as different varieties and twists in cafes and bakeries. Now that’s one of the Canada facts you’d have to taste for yourself.

Nanaimo bars are a trademark no-bake Canadian dessert.

Aside from butter tarts, and Montreal-style bagels, locals usually indulge in nanaimo bars made of wafers, nuts, and coconuts in custard. Another traditional Canadian dessert is Beavertails, or deep-fried dough covered in a variety of toppings.

The Nanaimo bar was voted as "Canada's Favourite Confection."

The Nanaimo bar got its name from the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. The first documented printed copy of the Nanaimo bar’s recipe appeared in the prized cookbook of Edith Adams in 1953. Since then, Nanaimo bar’s popularity continued to rise, eventually claiming the title for Canada’s favorite confection.

Lacrosse is Canada's national summer sport.

Aside from being Canada’s top summer activity, Lacrosse is also the oldest organized sport in North America. Played in teams, the main goal for lacrosse is hitting the ball into the enemy’s net using sticks.

Ice hockey is Canada's national winter sport.

While lacrosse is Canada’s summer sport, ice hockey is its choice sport for the winter. Moreover, ice hockey is the third-most-popular sport for kids in Canada with over 14 million fans across the country.

There are 7 major sports in Canada.

Apart from ice hockey and lacrosse, other sports such as soccer , curling, baseball, gridiron football, and basketball also draws millions of fans.

The first prime minister of Canada was born in Scotland.

Appointed in 1867, Sir John Alexander Macdonald served as the first prime minister of Canada. Interestingly, Prime Minister Macdonald was born in Scotland when his family decided to migrate to the Province of Upper Canada which is known today as Ontario.

Macdonald was the second-longest serving Prime Minister of Canada.

From 1867 , Sir John Alexander Macdonald became Canada’s first prime minister until 1873. After another Prime Minister’s term, Sir John Alexander Macdonald was re-appointed in 1878, serving the country until 1891. This feat earns him the title of the second-longest serving Prime Minister in Canada’s history.

Mackenzie King has served the most terms as a Prime Minister of Canada.

With three non-consecutive terms, William Lyon Mackenzie King served as Canada’s Prime Minister for a sum of of 21 years and 154 days. First appointed in 1921, King got reappointed in 1926 and 1935.

Cricket almost became Canada's national sport.

Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, proposed cricket as the national sport of Canada. However, due to the impact and popularity of other sports in the United States to Canada and even around the world, Canadians lost interest in cricket.

Ontario native James Naismith invented basketball.

Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, James Naismith was a Christian chaplain, physician, and sports coach. In 1891, he moved to Springfield, Massachusetts where he invented the game of basketball. Naismith also founded the basketball program at Kansas University and wrote the original basketball rule book. How’s that for neat Canada facts?

James Naismith is now a Canadian sports Hall of Famer.

Seven years after inventing basketball, Naismith earned his medical degree in 1898. Later on, he became the athletic director and coach of the Kansas Jayhawks. Naismith still pursued his passion and witnessed its mainstream success in 1904 as basketball got recognized as an Olympic sport.

In line with this, James Naismith received many Hall of Fame inductions as well as a sports trophy named after him.

Canada Goose is one of the biggest winter clothing companies in Canada.

The Canadian holding company, Canada Goose Holdings Inc. is a publicly-traded company (traded under the stock code GOOS). In 1957, Sam Tick founded the company under the name Metro Sportswear Ltd. To this day, Canada Goose remains as one of the biggest clothing companies in the country.

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The Royal Bank of Canada is the country's largest bank.

With a market capitalization of $145 billion, the Royal Bank of Canada is the country’s largest bank. Currently, it has 80,000 employees and roughly 16 million clients. Moreover, Royal Bank of Canada is a publicly-traded company under the stock code RCB.

The bank focuses its services on retail banking, investment banking, corporate banking, private baking, wealth management, mortgage loans, credit cards, and insurance.

There a video game called "Death Road to Canada."

Released in 2016, Death Road to Canada is an action RPG that lets you navigate a post-apocalyptic world while fighting zombies.

The brand Canada Dry is more than 110 years old.

Most famous for its ginger ale, Canada Dry has served beverages for over 100 years now. The word “dry” promotes the product as “not sweet” and as dry as wine.

Canada Dry is now owned by an American company.

In 2019, Canada Dry received a lawsuit from the U.S. Government, accusing the company of false health claims for a product with only trace amounts of ginger. As a result, Canada Dry had to erase these claims from its marketing.

Alberta, Manitoba, and Québec allow people to drink as early as 18 years old.

In contrast to the United States’ legal drinking age of 21, the minimum legal drinking age in Alberta, Manitoba, and Québec is 18 years old. However, apart from those 3 places, Canada enforces a minimum drinking age of 19. Definitely one of the Canada facts to remember if you plan on visiting soon.

Canadian Thanksgiving occurs every second Monday of October.

Canada celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving annually every second Monday of October. Much like its American counterpart, Canadian Thanksgiving aims to honor all the blessings and harvest from the past year.

Before, Canadian Thanksgiving did not have a fixed date.

Although Canada has celebrated Thanksgiving since 1879, it wasn’t until 1957 that the holiday had a fixed date. The observance was finalized after then-Governor General Vincent Massy issued a proclamation in January 1957.

Roman Catholicism is the most dominant religion in Canada.

Practiced by 39% of the population, Roman Catholicism is the biggest religion in Canada. Meanwhile, 24% of its population practices Protestantism, while 25% are undecided. The remaining 12% of its population practice Anglicanism, Hinduism , Sikhism, Islam , and Buddhism.

Education is free in Canada.

One huge benefit of being a Canadian citizen is how its government handles education. Thus, Canadians enjoy free to very minimal education fees until high school. Additionally, most public institutions offer relatively low fees for post-secondary education, often subsidized by the Canadian Government.

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Healthcare is also free in Canda.

Free education is not the only advantage of Canadians. The government also covers most costs for health care, such as hospitalizations, check-ups, and other procedures. However, others would argue that Canadians still pay for their medical services indirectly through their taxes.

Canadians have an average life expectancy of 82.52 years.

According to reports, more than 85% of Canadians express satisfaction with their healthcare services. In contrast to the United States, Canada spends less per capita on health-care and has a longer life expectancy of 82.52 years compared to the United States’ 78.93 years.

You can easily apply for Permanent Residence in Canada.

Due to Canada’s relatively low population, the government tries to make it easier to apply for a Permanent Resident status. As long as an applicant has a good background, solid working experience, a university degree, and clean records, it’s likely they would qualify. However, the process may take several months or years as it requires a lot of paperwork.

Americans still need to bring their passport to enter Canada.

While US citizen’s don’t need a visa to enter Canada, the law requires all persons to present proofs of identity and citizenship. For non-Canadians, a valid passport is always necessary. If you are an American citizen under 16 years old, you only need to present proof of U.S. citizenship.

Canada has 20 UNESCO heritage sites.

Out of these heritage spots are 9 cultural sites, 10 natural sites, and one mixed site. The cultural sites include Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Historic District of Old Quebec, Old Town Lunenburg, and Red Bay Basque Whaling Station.

Some of the most famous Canadian natural UNESCO sites include Dinosaur Provincial Park, Wood Buffalo National Park, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, and Gros Morne National Park.

The Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump was used to hunt Plains bison.

As the name suggests, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Southern Alberta features a cliff formation that native people used for hunting Plains bison.

Furthermore, Old Quebec is filled with museums and landmarks surrounded by fortifications dating back to the 17th century. Meanwhile, the Old Town Lunenburg preserves the original British colonial settlement in North America from the 18th century.

The Niagara Falls sits on the border of Ontario and New York.

One of the world’s most famous falls lies in the borders of Ontario, Canada, and New York , United States. Niagara Falls is a collection of three waterfalls, namely the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls. Once combined, the Niagara Falls can pour 3,160 tons of water per second, which is one of the highest flow rates on Earth.

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The Niagara Falls provides most of the hydropower in Ontario and New York.

Since 1881, Niagara Falls has provided a significant amount of electricity to its bordering lands. Currently, it provides more than 25% of the electricity in Ontario and New York from its surrounding hydropower plants.

MasterChef Canada also airs outside the country.

First aired on January 20th, 2014, the reality cooking show has episodes every Tuesday night on CTV and the Cooking Channel in the United States. Additionally, MasterChef Canada also airs in other countries such as Italy, Spain, and Sweden.

Canada is home to some of the world's biggest islands.

Aside from being the largest island in Canada, the Baffin Islands also ranks as the 5th biggest island in the world. At 507,451 km², it is more than twice the size of Great Britain. Additionally, the Ellesmere Island and Victoria Island in Canada also measure just a little smaller than the state of Michigan, United States at 250,493 sq km.

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U.S. Embassy Ottawa

490 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1N 1G8 Canada Telephone:  +1 (613) 688-5335 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (613) 238-5335 Fax:  +1 (613) 688-3082 Email:   [email protected]

The Ottawa consular district includes the counties of Kingston, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Refrew, Russell, and Stormont in Eastern Ontario, and those parts of the Québec regions of Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue near Ottawa.

U.S. Consulate General Montreal

1134 Rue Ste- Catherine West Montréal, Quebec H3B 1H4 Canada Telephone:  +1 (514) 398-9695 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (416) 645-9124 Fax:  +1 (514) 398-9748 Email:  [email protected]

The Montreal consular district includes Greater Montreal and the regions of Southern Quebec Province (Laurentides, Lanaudiere, Laval, Montreal, Montregie, Estrie, and the southern parts of Centre-du-Quebec), including Joliete, Drummondville, and Sherbrooke.

U.S. Consulate General Toronto

360 University Ave Toronto, Ontario M5G 1S4 Canada Telephone:  +1 (416) 595-1700 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (416) 201-4056 Fax:  +1 (416) 595-5466 Email:  [email protected]

The consular district includes the province of Ontario except for the counties of Kingston, Lanark, Leeds, Prescott, Refrew, Russell, and Stormont, which are served by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa.

U.S. Consulate General Vancouver

1075 West Pender Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 2M6 Canada Telephone:  +1 (604) 685-4311 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (604) 685-4311 Fax:  +1 (604) 685-7175 Email:  [email protected]

The consular district includes British Columbia and the Yukon Territory.

U.S. Consulate General Halifax

Purdy's Wharf Tower II 1969 Upper Water Street, Suite 904 Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 3R7 Canada Telephone:  +1 (902) 429-2480 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (902) 429-2480, Press 1 Fax:  +1 (902) 423-6861 Email:   [email protected]

The Halifax consular district includes New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon.

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201 Portage Avenue, Suite 860 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3K6 Canada Telephone:  +1 (204) 940-1800 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (403) 266-8962 and press "0" for assistance (Consulate General Calgary) Fax:  +1 (204) 940-1809

The Consulate in Winnipeg provides only emergency services for U.S. citizens. Routine services such as visas, passports and notarials are handled at other U.S. Consulates General, primarily Calgary.

U.S. Consulate General Quebec  2, rue de la Terrasse Dufferin (Vieux Quebec, behind Chateau Frontenac) Quebec, Quebec G1R 4T9 Canada Telephone:  +1 (418) 692-2095 Emergency After-Hours Telephone:  +1 (418) 692-2096 Fax:  +1 (418) 692-4640 Email:   [email protected]

The consular district includes Quebec City and those regions of Quebec Province to the North and East of the Montreal and Ottawa Districts (indicated above) – to include the area around Saguenay/Lac Saint-Jean, Rimouski and the Gaspé Peninsula – as well as the Territory of Nunavut.

U.S. Consulate General Calgary  615 Macleod Trail S.E., 10th Floor Calgary, Alberta T2G 4T8 Canada Telephone:  +1 (403) 266-8962 Fax:  +1 (403) 264-6630 Email:   [email protected] The consular district includes Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, excluding Nunavut.

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For tourist visits to Canada of less than 180 days, U.S. citizens do not need visas. Other types of travel generally require visas. Visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for current information.

If you have a criminal record, you may be unable to enter Canada. To determine whether you are criminally inadmissible and get information about how to overcome this finding, refer to the  IRCC website .  Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials determine if you can enter Canada in accordance with Canadian law.  

Travel Programs:  Both the U.S. and Canadian governments urge frequent travelers to join the  NEXUS trusted traveler program .

Entry into Canada:  Canadian law requires that all persons entering Canada carry proof of citizenship and identity. A valid U.S. passport, passport card, or NEXUS card satisfies these requirements for U.S. citizens.

Children under 16 only need proof of U.S. citizenship.

Entry into the United States:  When traveling by air from Canada, U.S. citizens must present a U.S. passport book or other approved identification document. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website provides a full list of allowable documents.

Travel with Minors:  If you plan to travel to Canada with a minor for whom you do not have full legal custody, CBSA may require a letter of authorization from the minor’s parents or legal guardian(s). Please refer to the  CBSA website  for more details.

Private Boaters Entering Canada:  Canadian law requires all foreign private boaters, including recreational vessels, to present themselves upon their arrival in Canada to the CBSA. See the  CBSA website  for relevant reporting requirements.

Private Boaters Exiting Canada: Boaters may report their arrival to the United States or apply for a registered boater program using the CBP Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile (CBP ROAM) app. Please visit the  CBP ROAM webpage for more information.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to Canada. For information on restrictions for HIV positive foreign residents of Canada visit the IRCC website .

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

911 is the emergency telephone number in Canada.

Crime: Although Canada generally has a lower crime rate than the United States, violent crimes occur throughout the country, especially in urban areas. Criminals may target parked cars, especially in large cities and popular tourist destination, for opportunistic smash-and-grab thefts. Do not leave unattended possessions in a vehicle, even in the trunk. Some jurisdictions such as Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver may fine you for leaving your car doors unlocked or for leaving valuables in view. Pickpockets may target you, especially in popular tourist areas. Exercise caution. Safeguard yourself and your property.

Demonstrations  occur frequently. They may take place in response to political or economic issues, on politically significant holidays, and during international events. 

  • Demonstrations can be unpredictable, avoid areas around protests and demonstrations. 
  • Check local media for updates and traffic advisories.

While there is a very small likelihood of violence at a political gathering in Canada, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to avoid all protests and demonstrations and maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness when traveling abroad.

International Financial Scams:  See the  Department of State  and the  FBI   pages for information.

Victims of Crime:  U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.  Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at +1(613) 688-5335. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crime.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

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•    Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution

•    Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home

•    Replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulates for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated and rules with regard to best practices and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. 

Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. If you are considering travel outside of populated areas, particularly in the northern Arctic territories, you need to know that search and rescue capabilities are limited because of extreme isolation and the harsh climate. You must be prepared for significant delays in receiving emergency assistance in these areas and plan accordingly.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  Individuals establishing a business or practicing a profession that requires additional permits or licensing should seek information from the competent local authorities, prior to practicing or operating a business.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Controlled Substances:  Canadian law prohibits possession and trafficking of controlled substances and narcotics, including some substances that may be legal to possess under the law of certain U.S. states. Canada has legalized the personal consumption of recreational cannabis, but Canadian law prohibits taking cannabis across Canada’s national borders . Drug smugglers risk substantial fines, a permanent bar from Canada, and imprisonment.

Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Although counterfeit and pirated goods are prevalent in many countries, they may still be illegal according to local laws. You may also pay fines or have to give them up if you bring them back to the United States. See the U.S. Department of Justice website for more information.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See the following webpages for details:

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  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad  

Firearms : Canada controls firearms more strictly than the United States. Violation of firearms restrictions may result in prosecution and imprisonment.

Visitors bringing any firearms or ammunition into Canada must declare the firearms in writing using a Non-Resident Firearm Declaration form. If you plan to borrow and use a firearm in Canada, you must obtain a Temporary Firearms Borrowing License in advance. You must present these forms in triplicate and sign them in front of a CBSA officer at the border. (It is not possible to make photocopies at the border). Full details and downloadable forms are available at the Canadian Firearms Program website .

Canadian law requires officials to confiscate firearms, ammunition, and other weapons from persons crossing the border who do not declare having the items in their possession. Officials will not return confiscated firearms, ammunition, and weapons and possession of any of these items may result in your arrest and imprisonment. You should inspect all belongings thoroughly before traveling to Canada to avoid the accidentally importing firearms, ammunition, or other weapons.

LGBTQI+ Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTQI+ events in Canada. See our LGBTQI+ Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Pornography: Canada has strict laws concerning child pornography, and in recent years there has been an increase in random checks of electronic media of travelers entering Canada.

Canadian officials may search your computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices without a warrant at the border and illegal content can result in the seizure of the device as well as detention, arrest, and prosecution of the bearer.

Tax Issues:  For information on U.S. Federal tax issues, please refer to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website for international taxpayers .

  • Refer to this link for reporting requirements regarding Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR) .
  • Refer to this link for information on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) .
  • Refer to this link for information about the Voluntary Disclosure Practice .

Travelers with Disabilities:  The law in Canada prohibitsdiscrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities and the law is enforced.  Social acceptance of persons with disabilities in public is as prevalent as in the United States. For more information, visit the Accessibility Standards Canada website .

Students:  See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Canada, dial 911 . Ambulance services are widely available.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription. Check with Health Canada to ensure the medication is legal in Canada.

Healthcare in Canada : The level of public health and sanitation in Canada is high. Adequate health facilities are available throughout Canada.  Canada’s medical care is of a high standard but is government controlled. Access to ongoing medical care is difficult for temporary visitors who are not members of a Canadian province’s government-run health care plan. Many physicians will not take new patients. Specialist care is only by referral and may take months to obtain. Although trauma-care is on par with that in the United States, emergency room waits for non-life threatening problems can be very long. Some health care professionals in the Quebec may only speak French.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of doctors and hospitals . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all CDC-recommended vaccinations .

Further health information:

World Health Organization U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Air Quality:  Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery: We strongly recommend supplemental insurance  to cover medical evacuation in the event of unforeseen medical complications.

Pharmaceuticals:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.

Assisted Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy:  If you are considering traveling to Canada to have a child through use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) or surrogacy, please see our ART and Surrogacy Abroad page .

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:  As in the United States, all emergency assistance in Canada can be reached by dialing 911.

For detailed information on road conditions throughout Canada, as well as links to provincial government websites, please see the Transport Canada website or the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) website. The CAA honors American Automobile Association memberships. Automobile warranties of vehicles purchased in the United States may not be valid in Canada.

Winter travel can be dangerous due to heavy snowfalls and hazardous icy conditions. Some provinces require snow tires. CAA has tips for winter driving . Both winter conditions and wildfires may prompt the sudden closure of highways. Provincial ministries of transport typically post closures and other alerts about road conditions on their websites.

Traffic Laws:  Driving in Canada is similar to driving in many parts of the United States. Distances and speeds, however, are posted in kilometers per hour and some signs, particularly in Québec, may only be in French. U.S. driver’s licenses are valid for visitors in Canada. Proof of auto insurance is required. U.S. auto insurance is accepted  for tourists in Canada. For specific information concerning Canadian driving permits, mandatory insurance, and entry regulations, please contact the Canadian National Tourist Organization .

Some provinces require drivers to keep their vehicles’ headlights on during the day and some have banned driving while using a hand-held cell phone. Motorcycles cannot share a lane, and safety helmets for motorcycle riders and passengers are mandatory.

It is illegal to take automobile radar detectors into Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, the Yukon, or the Northwest Territories, regardless of whether they are used. Police may confiscate radar detectors and impose substantial fines.

Drivers approaching border crossings into the United States may encounter traffic backups. Drivers should be alert, as lane restrictions at border approaches exist for drivers in NEXUS and FAST expedited inspection programs.

Public Transportation: Public transportation options vary across Canada, but all cities and most major towns have a public transit system .

Aviation Safety Oversight:   The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Canada’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Canada’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Canada should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the  U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the NGA broadcast warnings .

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Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Canada .  For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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DESTINATION CANADA

Destination Canada, the Canadian government's official tourism website, offers a host of information to help you plan your trip to Canada: travel guides, places to go, things to do, souvenir wallpapers, etc.

NATIONAL PARKS (Parks Canada)

The official Parks Canada website presents Canada's national parks. Note that each Canadian province also has its own provincially-managed parks. So if you don't find the park you are looking for on this website, check out the provincial parks website of the province in question (see links below).

TOURISM QUÉBEC

The Tourism Québec website has everything you need to organize your holiday in la belle province .

Other Québec tourism offices:

  • Bureau Touristique de Percé
  • Tourism Charlevoix
  • Maritime Québec

QUÉBEC PARKS (SÉPAQ)

Pay an online visit to Québec's fabulous network of parks. This website will be useful for preparing your vacation in our great outdoors. You will find photos, videos, lists of activities and accommodations, and much much more.

ONTARIO TOURISM

Discover Ontario, home of Niagara Falls, Toronto, the Thousand Islands and Ottawa.

ONTARIO PARKS

Learn more about Ontario's provincial parks. Where to stay, what to do, rates and reservations...

Your trip to Western Canada should begin with a visit to this website, which offers a host of practical information about BC.

Everything you need to know about British Columbia's provincial parks.

TRAVEL ALBERTA

The official Travel Alberta website invites you to visit the beautiful province of Alberta and the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Everything you need to plan your Western Canadian adventure.

ALBERTA PARKS

Visit this website to learn more about Alberta's beautiful provincial parks and wilderness areas.

TRAVEL YUKON

Discover this unique northern region, rich in history and natural wonders. The official tourism website provides a host of useful information to help make your dream a reality.

TOURISM NEW BRUNSWICK

The official tourism website of the province of New Brunswick. Travel guides, attractions, accommodations, activities, restaurants, photos, videos...

TOURISM NOVA SCOTIA (Halifax)

Nova Scotia is the heart of the Maritimes, steeped in the rhythm of the sea and the clean salt air. Start your trip with a visit to this useful and inspiring website.  

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Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. With an area of 9,984,670 square km, it is the world’s second-largest country by total area, falling behind Russia, and just beating out China and the United States . Ottawa is its capital and Toronto is its largest city. English and French are its official languages . The Canadian dollar ($) (CAD) is its official currency . The United States is its only land bordering country, with which it has the world’s largest land border. It is a sparsely populated country. The people identified with Canada are called Canadians . The country has immigrants from many countries, which make it one of the world’s most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations.

If you’ve never traveled to Canada then you probably don’t know a whole lot about the country except maybe that it’s located above the United States. Oh and probably hockey, maple everything and Tim Horton’s, right? Don’t feel bad. That’s about all anyone really knows about the country unless they’ve been there. But there’s plenty of other things that you should know.

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Updated travel information for Mexican citizens coming to Canada

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

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Canada and Mexico have maintained a deep, positive and constructive diplomatic partnership over the past 80 years. We have worked to ensure North America is the world’s most competitive economic region and maintain strong bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. To support travel and people-to-people connections between Canada and Mexico, while also preserving the integrity of our immigration system, the Government of Canada is adjusting its travel requirements for Mexican citizens.

February 29, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – Ottawa – Canada and Mexico have maintained a deep, positive and constructive diplomatic partnership over the past 80 years. We have worked to ensure North America is the world’s most competitive economic region and maintain strong bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. To support travel and people-to-people connections between Canada and Mexico, while also preserving the integrity of our immigration system, the Government of Canada is adjusting its travel requirements for Mexican citizens.

As of February 29, 2024, at 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, Mexican citizens who hold a valid US non-immigrant visa or have held a Canadian visa in the past 10 years and are travelling by air on a Mexican passport will be able to apply for an electronic travel authorization (eTA). With the high number of Mexican citizens currently holding US visas, the majority will continue to enjoy visa-free travel to Canada. Those who do not meet these conditions will need to apply for a Canadian visitor visa. This responds to an increase in asylum claims made by Mexican citizens that are refused, withdrawn or abandoned. It is an important step to preserve mobility for hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens, while also ensuring the sound management of our immigration and asylum systems.

The application process for Mexican citizens seeking a work or study permit will not change. Mexican citizens who want to work in Canada will continue to have access to a wide number of existing labour pathways, including the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program.

Canada supports ongoing travel, tourism and business with Mexico. We will continue to work with the Government of Mexico to strengthen our regular pathways to immigration, and with our provincial and territorial counterparts to support a system of managed migration as well as to support those in need of protection. Canada is expanding its network of visa application centres in Mexico to better serve these clients. Today’s action will relieve pressure on Canada’s borders, immigration system, housing and social services, while preserving mobility for Mexican citizens who want to come to Canada.

The Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) is a vital example of the mutually beneficial migration that we seek to promote regionally and globally. Canada is ready to work with Mexico to build on this program, through the modernization of a new SAWP bilateral agreement, to offer Mexican workers new opportunities, through the incorporation of year-round primary agriculture and seasonal fish, seafood and primary food processing into the program. This will benefit workers and businesses on both sides of the Canada–Mexico relationship.

Canada is continuously monitoring the impacts of its visa policies for both visa-exempt and visa-required countries, as well as asylum claim trends. These challenges are not limited to one country. Any adjustment to Canada’s travel requirements are made to preserve the integrity and sustainability of our asylum and immigration systems.

More information about these changes, including for people in transit or with upcoming flights, is available on IRCC’s website .

“Mexico is an important partner to Canada. We will continue to welcome Mexican temporary workers, students, visitors and immigrants who bring diverse skills and important contributions to our economy and communities. We strive for balance between the movement of people between our two great countries, and the need to relieve pressure on our immigration system so we can provide protection to those who need it the most.” – The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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Asylum claims made by Mexican citizens reached a record high in 2023 at a time when Canada’s asylum system, housing and social services were already under significant pressure. The majority of these claims (approximately 60%) were either rejected by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, or withdrawn or abandoned by the applicant.

In 2023 alone, asylum claims from Mexican citizens accounted for 17% of all claims made that year from all nationalities around the world. The country’s asylum claim rate has risen significantly since the visa was first lifted in 2016 (from 260 claims in 2016 to 23,995 claims in 2023). 

All eTAs issued to Mexican passports before 11:30 p.m. Eastern time on February 29, 2024, will no longer be valid—except for eTAs linked to Mexican passports with a valid Canadian work or study permit. Mexican citizens travelling to Canada without a valid work or study permit will need to apply for a visitor visa or reapply for a new eTA —if they are eligible.

Mexican citizens holding a valid work or study permit can still travel by air to Canada with their existing eTA as long as it remains valid, and they can continue to study or work in Canada based on the validity and conditions of their permit. Mexican visitors who are already in Canada on an eTA can stay for as long as they are authorized (up to six months from the date they arrive in Canada). However, if they plan to leave Canada and wish to return, they must have the proper travel documents (visa or new eTA). 

Most approved visa applicants receive multiple-entry visas, which allow them to visit Canada as many times as they want, for up to 10 years, or until their passport expires.

The eTA is a digital travel document that most visa-exempt travellers need in order to travel to or transit through Canada by air. IRCC first began expanding its eTA program to eligible citizens from visa-required countries in 2017. Mexico will now be among 15 countries whose citizens can to fly to Canada on an eTA, instead of a visa, if they meet certain requirements .

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Canada Restores Visa Requirement for Mexican Visitors

The immigration minister said Mexico had not done enough to address the surge of asylum seekers arriving in Canada.

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By Vjosa Isai

Canada announced on Thursday that it would require visas for Mexican nationals to enter the country, a move that comes amid a surge in asylum requests from Mexicans arriving in Canada.

The rule follows months of discussions between the two countries over the rise in the number of Mexicans entering Canada, including repeated attempts by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address the issue with Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

Some provincial officials say a surge of asylum seekers has strained their resources and their ability to provide social services.

“We needed to give Mexico, because of our friendship, the chance to rectify things,” Marc Miller, Canada’s immigration minister, said at a news conference.

“This clearly was not done,” he added, “so we had to take a decision.”

The visa mandate, which will go into effect Thursday night, had been lifted by Mr. Trudeau in 2016 to boost tourism and as a sign of the close ties between the two countries.

Since then the number of Mexican asylum claims has soared, to roughly 24,000 last year from 260 eight years ago. About 17 percent of all Canadian asylum claims last year were filed by Mexican nationals.

Most asylum claims from Mexico are rejected, withdrawn or abandoned, Mr. Miller said, clogging up an immigration system already facing difficulties trying to cope with a mounting backlog of refugee claims. “It has ripple effects,” he said.

For some Mexicans who can afford plane tickets, flying to Canada has become an alternate route to the United States, allowing them to avoid the smugglers who control the paths to the U.S. southern border.

U.S. immigration officials have recorded a large increase in the number of migrants, including Mexicans, crossing into the United States from Canada, though nowhere near the enormous numbers at the southern border.

“But they are significant,” Mr. Miller said. “And that’s something we have to manage as a partner with the U.S.”

Immigration has become a major issue in the United States ahead of the November election, and the Biden administration has made the tightening of the country’s borders a top political priority.

President Biden and Donald J. Trump, who is almost certain to be his Republican rival for the White House, were both scheduled to appear on Thursday in South Texas to discuss migration.

Mr. López Obrador told reporters on Thursday that his government respected Canada’s decision, but said that Canada could have sought “other alternatives,” without offering specifics.

He also issued a “small, respectful, fraternal reproach” to Mr. Trudeau, though he said that his government’s response would be “to act with prudence, with serenity.”

Not all Mexicans will be required to have a visa to travel to Canada. The rule excludes Mexicans who have had a Canadian visa within the past 10 years, or if they currently have a temporary U.S. visa. Travelers in this category need an electronic travel authorization, which is valid for up to five years.

Canada’s visa decision is the latest step in the country’s effort to address asylum claims made from regular ports of entry, like airports, and from unofficial border crossings.

Canadian officials in January also placed restrictions on foreign students , doubling the savings threshold new applicants must have to qualify for a study permit, after a surge raised concerns about pressures on housing.

After an agreement with the United States, Canada last year closed a popular land border crossing between New York State and Quebec, called Roxham Road , following a spike in migrants entering Canada there.

Some provincial leaders, including François Legault, the premier of Quebec, have criticized the federal government’s response and say it needs to provide more financial help to defray the costs of absorbing thousands of migrants.

About half of Canada’s 290,000 asylum seekers are in Quebec, the province’s immigration minister has said, and Quebec is asking the government for 1 billion Canadian dollars in assistance.

Emiliano Rodríguez Mega contributed reporting from Mexico City.

Vjosa Isai is a reporter and researcher for The Times based in Toronto, where she covers news from across Canada. More about Vjosa Isai

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Where will you be for the April 8 total solar eclipse? There’s still time to grab a spot

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America. It will be the last one visible from the contiguous United States until 2044. Here’s what viewers should expect to see during each stage of the eclipse. (Feb. 16) (AP video: Christine Nguyen)

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A total solar eclipse will cross North America in April. This animated map shows the path of totality across parts of Mexico, the U.S. and Canada. (Feb. 29) (AP Animation: Panagiotis Mouzakis and Marshall Ritzel)

FILE - Blake Davis, 10, of Coral Springs, Fla., looks through solar glasses as he watches the eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. After April 8, 2024, there won’t be another U.S. eclipse, spanning coast to coast, until 2045. That one will stretch from Northern California all the way to Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Sunglasses won’t cut it during the April 8 eclipse. Special eclipse glasses are crucial for safely observing the sun as the moon marches across the late morning and afternoon sky on April 8, covering more and more and then less and less of our star. (AP Video/Shelby Lum)

FILE - People gather near Redmond, Ore., to view the sun as it nears a total eclipse by the moon, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse in North America first hits land at Mexico’s Pacific coast, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE - People gather near Redmond, Ore., to view the sun as it nears a total eclipse by the moon, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse in North America first hits land at Mexico’s Pacific coast, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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FILE - Heavy traffic moves slowly along Interstate 80 in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Wyoming was one of the states in the path of the total eclipse, and thousands of people poured into the state for the view, causing massive traffic jams that are normally seen in major metropolitan areas. (Blaine McCartney/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP, File)

FILE - Tyler Hanson, of Fort Rucker, Ala., watches the sun moments before the total eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse in North America first hits land at Mexico’s Pacific coast, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

FILE - A model of the planet Saturn stands near Route 1 in Westfield, Maine, Friday, May 9, 2003. The nation’s largest three-dimensional scale model of the solar system is positioned along a 40-mile stretch of highway between Presque Isle, Maine, and Houlton, Maine. The April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse in North America first hits land at Mexico’s Pacific coast, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Where will you be watching the April 8 total solar eclipse ? There are just a few weeks left to pick your spot to see the skies darken along a strip of North America, whether by land, sea or air.

For those who live inside the 115-mile-wide (185-kilometer-wide) path of total darkness , it may be a matter of just stepping outside and donning special eclipse glasses to watch the spectacle unfold. For the millions outside the path, or those who just want to improve their chances of clear skies, it could mean hitting the road with a game plan.

The eclipse reaches Mexico’s Pacific coast in the morning, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada by late afternoon. Most of the rest of the continent will see a partial eclipse.

Where to watch the total solar eclipse

The weather will be key, and spring weather along the path can be dicey. Mexico and Texas offer the best odds of sunny skies, said retired Canadian meteorologist Jay Anderson .

“There’s no guarantee of sunshine anywhere — just better chances,” he said.

Anderson studies satellite data for the previous 20 years to calculate how often a location has cloudy weather on any eclipse day. Besides Mexico and Texas, he said there are other promising spots on the path of totality, particularly along the Great Lakes.

FILE - Eclipse watchers squint through protective filters as they view an eclipse of the sun from the top deck of New York's Empire State Building in New York on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 1932. Full solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. (AP Photo/File, File)

The advice: If you’re flexible, start paying attention to local weather about 10 days out, and make your plans on the three-day forecast. Die-hard eclipse chasers often line up more than one location and make last-minute decisions based on the best forecast, he said.

How to prepare like an eclipse chaser

One veteran eclipse chaser recommends picking a location and make it a vacation so that the eclipse is “the cherry on top” and not the only highlight — just in case things don’t work out.

Tom Schultz will be traveling from his retirement home in Costa Rica to watch the eclipse from his mother-in-law’s house in Rochester, New York, along with other relatives.

“If we get rained out, we’ll get this great family reunion,” said Schultz.

Veteran Anne Marie Adkins could drive across town in San Antonio to see the total eclipse, but opted to join an astronomer-led tour to Mazatlán, Mexico, betting on clear skies there. She’s been thwarted by clouds on other trips. For the 2017 U.S. eclipse, she went to Nebraska and had to scramble that day to find better skies.

“It’s a gamble. You never know what you are going to get,” said Adkins.

Post-eclipse traffic is a particular worry, especially in more rural areas like the Texas Hill Country. Patricia Moore, of the Bandera visitors center , said last year’s “ring of fire” eclipse provided a dress rehearsal for police and other first responders. Tiny Bandera — the “Cowboy Capital of the World” — expects crowds from nearby weekend music festivals.

“After the eclipse will be a challenge,” she said.

Where are the eclipse watch parties?

With the eclipse falling on a Monday, cities and towns along the path have lined up a weekend full of activities and watch parties to attract visitors. There are a multitude of music festivals and gatherings planned at museums, parks, wineries and other businesses hoping to capitalize on the buzz.

Niagara Falls has a slate of events for days and is expecting July Fourth-sized crowds for the eclipse, said Sara Harvey, spokeswoman for Destination Niagara USA.

There are multiple vantage points to watch the show from Niagara Falls State Park, and the famous Maid of the Mist tourist boats may be running, weather permitting, she said. Even if it’s cloudy, visitors will get “a beautiful view of the falls,” Harvey said.

In Waco, Texas, festivities will culminate on eclipse day with science-themed activities outside Baylor’s McLane stadium , along what’s called Touchdown Alley.

It may be too late to snag a cabin on a cruise ship positioned off the Mexico coast for the eclipse, but there are other watery options including a ride on the paddle-wheeler Victorian Princess on Lake Erie from Erie, Pennsylvania.

If the sky beckons, Southwest and Delta have identified flights that will fly along or near the eclipse path. A special Delta flight from Austin to Detroit quickly sold out, prompting the airline to add another from Dallas.

Looking for an different kind of place to watch the sun, moon and Earth align? The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host NASA astronauts and other guests. Cedar Point amusement park on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio, is opening for the day. And the Little Rock Zoo in Arkansas is throwing a tailgate fundraising party and inviting visitors to watch the zoo’s residents react to the midday darkness.

You can also spend the day visiting the planets. In northern Maine, a scale model of the solar system is displayed along nearly 100 miles (160 kilometers) of U.S. Route 1. Retired geology professor Kevin McCartney expects to unveil a new 23- foot-tall (7-meters-tall) roadside sun at the University of Maine at Presque Isle on eclipse day. “You won’t be able to miss it,” he said.

Anderson, the weather expert, said it’s well worth the travel to see the “special magical moment” of a total eclipse: “It’s the Taylor Swift of natural events.”

This story was first published on March 2 and was updated on March 4 to fix the spelling of McLane stadium.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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Air canada must honor refund policy invented by airline’s chatbot, air canada appears to have quietly killed its costly chatbot support..

Ashley Belanger - Feb 16, 2024 5:12 pm UTC

Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline’s chatbot

After months of resisting, Air Canada was forced to give a partial refund to a grieving passenger who was misled by an airline chatbot inaccurately explaining the airline's bereavement travel policy.

On the day Jake Moffatt's grandmother died, Moffat immediately visited Air Canada's website to book a flight from Vancouver to Toronto. Unsure of how Air Canada's bereavement rates worked, Moffatt asked Air Canada's chatbot to explain.

The chatbot provided inaccurate information, encouraging Moffatt to book a flight immediately and then request a refund within 90 days. In reality, Air Canada's policy explicitly stated that the airline will not provide refunds for bereavement travel after the flight is booked. Moffatt dutifully attempted to follow the chatbot's advice and request a refund but was shocked that the request was rejected.

Moffatt tried for months to convince Air Canada that a refund was owed, sharing a screenshot from the chatbot that clearly claimed:

If you need to travel immediately or have already travelled and would like to submit your ticket for a reduced bereavement rate, kindly do so within 90 days of the date your ticket was issued by completing our Ticket Refund Application form.

Air Canada argued that because the chatbot response elsewhere linked to a page with the actual bereavement travel policy, Moffatt should have known bereavement rates could not be requested retroactively. Instead of a refund, the best Air Canada would do was to promise to update the chatbot and offer Moffatt a $200 coupon to use on a future flight.

Unhappy with this resolution, Moffatt refused the coupon and filed a small claims complaint in Canada's Civil Resolution Tribunal.

According to Air Canada, Moffatt never should have trusted the chatbot and the airline should not be liable for the chatbot's misleading information because Air Canada essentially argued that "the chatbot is a separate legal entity that is responsible for its own actions," a court order said.

Experts told the Vancouver Sun that Moffatt's case appeared to be the first time a Canadian company tried to argue that it wasn't liable for information provided by its chatbot.

Tribunal member Christopher Rivers, who decided the case in favor of Moffatt, called Air Canada's defense "remarkable."

"Air Canada argues it cannot be held liable for information provided by one of its agents, servants, or representatives—including a chatbot," Rivers wrote. "It does not explain why it believes that is the case" or "why the webpage titled 'Bereavement travel' was inherently more trustworthy than its chatbot."

Further, Rivers found that Moffatt had "no reason" to believe that one part of Air Canada's website would be accurate and another would not.

Air Canada "does not explain why customers should have to double-check information found in one part of its website on another part of its website," Rivers wrote.

In the end, Rivers ruled that Moffatt was entitled to a partial refund of $650.88 in Canadian dollars (CAD) off the original fare (about $482 USD), which was $1,640.36 CAD (about $1,216 USD), as well as additional damages to cover interest on the airfare and Moffatt's tribunal fees.

Air Canada told Ars it will comply with the ruling and considers the matter closed.

Air Canada’s chatbot appears to be disabled

When Ars visited Air Canada's website on Friday, there appeared to be no chatbot support available, suggesting that Air Canada has disabled the chatbot.

Air Canada did not respond to Ars' request to confirm whether the chatbot is still part of the airline's online support offerings.

Last March, Air Canada's chief information officer Mel Crocker told the Globe and Mail that the airline had launched the chatbot as an AI "experiment."

Initially, the chatbot was used to lighten the load on Air Canada's call center when flights experienced unexpected delays or cancellations.

“So in the case of a snowstorm, if you have not been issued your new boarding pass yet and you just want to confirm if you have a seat available on another flight, that’s the sort of thing we can easily handle with AI,” Crocker told the Globe and Mail.

Over time, Crocker said, Air Canada hoped the chatbot would "gain the ability to resolve even more complex customer service issues," with the airline's ultimate goal to automate every service that did not require a "human touch."

If Air Canada can use "technology to solve something that can be automated, we will do that,” Crocker said.

Air Canada was seemingly so invested in experimenting with AI that Crocker told the Globe and Mail that "Air Canada’s initial investment in customer service AI technology was much higher than the cost of continuing to pay workers to handle simple queries." It was worth it, Crocker said, because "the airline believes investing in automation and machine learning technology will lower its expenses" and "fundamentally" create "a better customer experience."

It's now clear that for at least one person, the chatbot created a more frustrating customer experience.

Experts told the Vancouver Sun that Air Canada may have succeeded in avoiding liability in Moffatt's case if its chatbot had warned customers that the information that the chatbot provided may not be accurate.

Because Air Canada seemingly failed to take that step, Rivers ruled that "Air Canada did not take reasonable care to ensure its chatbot was accurate."

"It should be obvious to Air Canada that it is responsible for all the information on its website," Rivers wrote. "It makes no difference whether the information comes from a static page or a chatbot."

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Air Canada chatbot promised a discount. Now the airline has to pay it.

Air canada argued the chatbot was a separate legal entity ‘responsible for its own actions,’ a canadian tribunal said.

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After his grandmother died in Ontario a few years ago, British Columbia resident Jake Moffatt visited Air Canada’s website to book a flight for the funeral. He received assistance from a chatbot, which told him the airline offered reduced rates for passengers booking last-minute travel due to tragedies.

Moffatt bought a nearly $600 ticket for a next-day flight after the chatbot said he would get some of his money back under the airline’s bereavement policy as long as he applied within 90 days, according to a recent civil-resolutions tribunal decision.

But when Moffatt later attempted to receive the discount, he learned that the chatbot had been wrong. Air Canada only awarded bereavement fees if the request had been submitted before a flight. The airline later argued the chatbot was a separate legal entity “responsible for its own actions,” the decision said.

Moffatt filed a claim with the Canadian tribunal, which ruled Wednesday that Air Canada owed Moffatt more than $600 in damages and tribunal fees after failing to provide “reasonable care.”

As companies have added artificial intelligence-powered chatbots to their websites in hopes of providing faster service, the Air Canada dispute sheds light on issues associated with the growing technology and how courts could approach questions of accountability. The Canadian tribunal in this case came down on the side of the customer, ruling that Air Canada did not ensure its chatbot was accurate.

“While a chatbot has an interactive component, it is still just a part of Air Canada’s website,” tribunal member Christopher Rivers wrote in his decision. “It should be obvious to Air Canada that it is responsible for all the information on its website. It makes no difference whether the information comes from a static page or a chatbot.”

An Air Canada spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post that the airline will comply with the tribunal’s decision.

Moffatt first visited Air Canada’s website on Nov. 11, 2022 — the day his grandmother died, according to the tribunal. There, he asked the chatbot about bereavement fares.

“If you need to travel immediately or have already travelled and would like to submit your ticket for a reduced bereavement rate, kindly do so within 90 days of the date your ticket was issued by completing our Ticket Refund Application form,” the chatbot responded, according to the tribunal’s decision.

The chatbot’s responses linked to the airline’s webpage that detailed its bereavement travel policy. The webpage states that the airline prohibits “refunds for travel that has already happened.”

Moffatt, relying on the chatbot’s instructions, booked a one-way ticket for about $590 from Vancouver to Toronto, the decision said. A few days later, he paid roughly $627 for a return flight.

On Nov. 17, 2022, Moffatt requested a refund through the airline’s application form. He provided his grandmother’s death certificate and emailed Air Canada employees for the next three months, the decision said.

In February 2023, an Air Canada employee told Moffatt that the chatbot had misled him, the decision said. Moffatt continued to exchange emails with employees but didn’t receive a refund, the decision said, prompting him to file a claim.

Moffatt said he wouldn’t have bought the tickets if he knew he would have to pay the full fare, according to the decision. Moffatt believed he should have paid about $564 total, the decision said, but he ended up paying roughly $1,209.

Air Canada argued that the chatbot is a “separate legal entity,” and the airline shouldn’t be liable for the information the chatbot provides, according to the tribunal’s decision. Air Canada also contended that Moffatt could have found the airline’s bereavement policy by further scanning its website, the decision said.

But Rivers ruled that those claims were unreasonable.

Rivers determined that Moffatt paid about $483 more than he should have. He ordered Air Canada to pay Moffatt that fee in addition to roughly $93 in tribunal fees and $26.80 in prejudgment interest.

“Moffatt says, and I accept, that they relied upon the chatbot to provide accurate information. I find that was reasonable in the circumstances,” Rivers wrote in the ruling. “There is no reason why Mr. Moffatt should know that one section of Air Canada’s webpage is accurate, and another is not.”

Jonathan Edwards contributed to this report.

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    Visitors to Canada have access to an array of one-of-a-kind cities—each one home to fantastic restaurants, interesting cultural monuments, and lively nightlife. Hop in a car or book a train ...

  9. PDF 2021 Tourism Fact Sheet

    Tourism spending grew further in the fourth quarter of 2021 and was partly attributed to an increase in international travellers, mostly from the US and Europe. Arrivals from Asia-Pacific experienced a slower recovery. The recovery of business events was subdued in 2021 due to public health measures and travel restrictions that impacted planning.

  10. Travel and tourism

    1. Travel by Canadian residents in Canada and abroad by trip purpose. Number of person-trips by duration of trip, main trip purpose and country or region of trip destination (x 1,000). 2. Spending by foreign residents travelling in Canada by country of residence, tourism region and spending category.

  11. Canada Facts You Want To Know

    More Facts about Canadians. The population in Canada in 2021 was 38.25 million. Canadians have invented Kerosene, insulin, the IMAX film system, the snowmobile, the electric cooking range and much more. Canada produces about 30 million tons of municipal solid waste annually.

  12. Travel.gc.ca

    Important information on travel insurance and why you shouldn't leave the country without it. General guidelines on what you can and cannot bring into Canada when you return from abroad. For Canadians outside Canada who need consular assistance. Government of Canada's official one-stop-shop for comprehensive international travel information.

  13. Tourism Statistics in Canada for 2024

    The tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022 was 34.2% below the pre-pandemic levels of 2019. The GDP from tourism increased by 11.9% in the final quarter of 2021. Spending by Canadians was 85.8% of the total tourism spending in the first quarter of 2022. There were 315,400 overseas tourists in Canada in May 2022.

  14. Travel and tourism statistics

    The Tourism Statistics Program produces detailed statistics on travellers travelling to, from and within Canada, as well as information on travellers' characteristics and spending. The program also provides information to the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts which produces data on travel and tourism expenditures, employment and gross ...

  15. PDF Fun Facts About Canada

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  16. 21 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Canada

    2. Banff National Park & the Rocky Mountains. Banff National Park lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta, and showcases some of Canada's most beautiful scenery. Turquoise-colored lakes, snowcapped peaks, and glaciers are all easily accessible in this stunning park.

  17. Destination Canada

    Destination Canada provides intelligence, tools and resources that help the Canadian tourism industry reach domestic and international markets. Research Monthly Overnight Arrivals Infographic - November 2023

  18. 100 Canada Facts That Will Make You Want To Visit

    01 Canada's land area is 9.985 million km² or roughly 3 times the size of India. 02 Canada's estimated Gross Domestic Product for the year 2020 is $1.971 trillion and about $50,000 per capita. 03 During the 16th century, French and British explorers went to the land who later settled along the Atlantic coast.

  19. 30 Fun Facts About Canada That Will Blow Your Mind

    Whether you've been there before or it's the next destination on your travel bucket list, you're sure to learn something new in this list of 30 fun facts about Canada. 1. Canadian Banknotes Are Made of Plastic. Unlike the currency of most countries, Canada's banknotes are made of a very thin polymer. This makes the 5, 10, 20, 50, and ...

  20. Visit Canada

    Visit Canada. Find out what document you need to travel, visit family and friends, do business, or transit through Canada, and how to extend your stay. Special measures for. For people affected by. Iranian temporary residents in Canada. The situation in Lebanon.

  21. Canada International Travel Information

    Call us in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1-202-501-4444 (from all other countries) from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution and Travel Advisories.

  22. Canada tourism office : Brochures and maps

    Destination Canada, the Canadian government's official tourism website, offers a host of information to help you plan your trip to Canada: travel guides, places to go, things to do, souvenir wallpapers, etc. NATIONAL PARKS (Parks Canada) The official Parks Canada website presents Canada's national parks.

  23. 70 Interesting Facts About Canada

    70 Interesting facts about Canada. 1. John Cabot was the first explorer to reach Canada in 1497. Italian by birth, he travelled to England, and secured ships hoping to find a shorter route to Asia. They landed on the coast of Newfoundland. 2.

  24. Updated travel information for Mexican citizens coming to Canada

    Canada and Mexico have maintained a deep, positive and constructive diplomatic partnership over the past 80 years. We have worked to ensure North America is the world's most competitive economic region and maintain strong bilateral, regional and multilateral cooperation. To support travel and people-to-people connections between Canada and Mexico, while also preserving the integrity of our ...

  25. Airline held liable for its chatbot giving passenger bad advice

    Air Canada is hardly the only airline to dive head-first into AI - or to have a chatbot go off the rails. In 2018, a WestJet chatbot sent a passenger a link to a suicide prevention hotline, for ...

  26. Canada Restores Visa Requirement for Mexican Visitors

    Marc Miller, Canada's immigration minister, last month. The visa mandate, which will go into effect Thursday night, had been lifted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016 to boost tourism.

  27. Where will you be for the April 8 total solar eclipse? There's still

    The eclipse reaches Mexico's Pacific coast in the morning, cuts diagonally across the U.S. from Texas to Maine and exits in eastern Canada by late afternoon. Most of the rest of the continent will see a partial eclipse. Where to watch the total solar eclipse . The weather will be key, and spring weather along the path can be dicey.

  28. Canada will reinstate some visa requirements for Mexicans, Mexico says

    Now, Mexicans who wish to enter Canada must apply for an electronic travel authorization by using a current U.S. visa or a Canadian visa that had expired within the past 10 years.

  29. Air Canada must honor refund policy invented by airline's chatbot

    After months of resisting, Air Canada was forced to give a partial refund to a grieving passenger who was misled by an airline chatbot inaccurately explaining the airline's bereavement travel policy.

  30. Canada airline to pay customer after chatbot gave false information

    Air Canada argued that the chatbot is a "separate legal entity," and the airline shouldn't be liable for the information the chatbot provides, according to the tribunal's decision.