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What To Know Before Planning a Trip to Canada

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What country has breathtaking scenery, friendly people, and maple syrup? Canada, of course! That’s what makes it the perfect country to explore on your next vacation. You’ll find everything from bustling cities and island retreats to whale-watching excursions and ski resorts. It’s also a welcoming country that celebrates cultural diversity.

Things To Know Before Going to Canada

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Here’s what to know before planning a trip to Canada so that you can enjoy an incredible vacation without hitting bumps in the road.

You Have To Meet Eligibility Requirements

Canada has a reputation for being a safe place to live and travel. But that’s possible thanks to their strict eligibility requirements for crossing the border.

Most notably, you can’t get into Canada if you have a criminal record. There are even certain circumstances when a speeding ticket can prevent you from entering Canada.

If you’re an American citizen, you’ll need a valid passport to cross the border. If you plan to drive while you’re in Canada, your American driver’s license will cover you.

Canada Is a Massive Country

Did you know that, in terms of landmass, Canada is the second largest country in the world? Since you can’t hit all the highlights in one trip, you’ll have to decide what sort of experience you want.

For a seaside escape with idyllic small towns, consider booking a trip to Nova Scotia. If you’re a foodie interested in the film industry, Vancouver is the perfect fit.

Outdoorsy travelers will marvel at Banff National Park or Niagara Falls. Montreal is a Francophone’s dream with its European flair and cobblestone streets.

Exchange Some Currency Before You Arrive

While it’s easy to find currency exchanges at border crossings and airports, they don’t always offer the best exchange rates. That’s why you should exchange some cash at your regular bank before your trip. You’ll have pocket money in case there’s an issue with your credit card.

You’ll also need to know your PIN to use your credit card. Most businesses in Canada rely on the chip and PIN system to manage card payments, so you’ll have to know your PIN to pay for things.

Researching what to know before planning a trip to Canada might not be the most glamorous part of travel, but you’ll be prepared.

Dianne Pajo

Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.

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