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With its vibrant cities and breathtaking natural landscapes, Canada offers a whole range of adventures. The second biggest country in the world, Canada spreads from the astonishing Rocky Mountains on the East Coast all the way to the picturesque fishing villages in Nova Scotia on the West Coast.
No matter what time of the year or which province you are visiting, there is always something to do or see in Canada. With many stunning national parks and beautiful turquoise lakes, this is a country that welcomes adventurers ready to explore the great outdoors with open arms, despite the generally colder climate.
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Language: English and French
Capital: Ottawa (Ontario)
Population: 37.5 million
At the time of writing, 1 Pound Sterling (GBP) will get you 1.73 Canadian Dollar (CAD).
Cash or card? You won't need to carry large amounts of cash with you for everyday use as credit and debit cards are widely accepted everywhere in Canada. However, having some cash (around CA$ 100) with you while exploring out and about might come in handy when making smaller purchases, especially in more remote areas. You should also always check in advance if your deposits for car rentals or local hostels are required to be in cash to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Travelling with a card? Major credit card providers such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express are widely accepted and finding an ATM isn't a problem in Canada. The only exceptions are more remote Northern provinces where you will have to pay in cash.
Pro tip: Try to always pay in Canadian Dollars even if you are given the option to pay in Pounds as many vendors will charge you a higher interest rate for the transaction.
Looking for a good deal on your Canadian Dollars?
For great rates and maximum convenience, you can buy your Canadian Dollars with ICE for home delivery or in selected ICE stores using click & collect. You can also get yourself a prepaid travel money card that can be topped up on the go and won't charge you any fees while exploring this stunning country.
Flights from the UK to Canada take between 8 hours (Toronto) and 13 hours (Vancouver), depending on your final destination.
High season in Canada starts in July and continues until October, so if you are looking into booking cheaper flights, you should consider visiting in February, April or November when the airfare is much lower.
Pro tip: If you are thinking of renting a car, the best place to buy cheap gas in Canada is in native reserves. With lower taxes, you'll find the gas prices noticeably lower than in bigger towns and cities.
Trying out the country's most popular dishes is a must. Eating out in Canada is very popular and fairly affordable. For example, a lunch at a sandwich shop will cost you less than CA$13 (£7.50) and a nice meal at a restaurant around CA$25 (£14.50).
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Using public transports in bigger cities like Toronto and Montreal can save you a lot of money. A single ticket costs CA$2.50 (£1.45), which is significantly cheaper than using a taxi or an Uber.
A taxi from Toronto airport to Toronto downtown costs around CA$ 60 - £35 per single journey.
Using Megabus is the cheapest option when it comes to travelling between provinces as you can find tickets for as little as CA$1 (58p) when booked in advance. This is by far the most affordable way of transportation, and can be even used if you fancy a quick trip over the borders to the US.
Renting a car is one of the most convenient ways to explore the Canadian wilderness. Renting a car is hugely popular in Canada and there are many car rentals on the market, so you should consider looking around first before jumping on the first offer you see. You can hire a car for between CA$35 - CA$80 (£20 - £46) per day.
Flying internally is only money savvy if you have a packed itinerary and only a limited time to do so. The prices are often very high as Canada has only two major airlines, WestJet and Air Canada. You can expect to pay CA$200 (£117) for flights from Toronto to Vancouver, while travelling from Calgary to Ottawa could set you back by CA$260 (£150).
Pro tip: If you are thinking of flying a shorter distance, for instance from Ottawa to Montreal, going by train or taking the Megabus will save you a lot of money.