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Visit Canada

Visit Canada

Canada is the second-largest country in the world, with the longest coastline, and offers a diverse range of landscapes and culture. Visiting Canada provides a visitor with an impressive choice of natural wonders, vibrant cities, and unique experiences.

Canada at a Glance

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  • Official Languages: English and French
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Provinces and Territories: Canada is comprised of ten provinces and three territories.
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Time Zones: Canada spans six time zones: Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic and Newfoundland.
  • Climate: Canada is very large, so climate varies greatly across it. Coastal regions are temperate, while the northern regions experience extreme cold in winter. Research and pack accordingly for the specific region and time of year. Be prepared for cold winters and warm summers, especially in central and eastern regions.
  • Visa Requirements: Depending on your nationality, you may need a visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Some travelers are visa-exempt.
  • Travelling to Canada: Canada is well-connected with international airports in major cities.
  • Travelling Within Canada: Major cities have extensive public transportation systems and rental cars. For larger distances, a within-country flight may be advisable.
  • Laws: Be sure to comply with all rules, laws and regulations, and follow directions of local authorities.
  • Safety: Canada is generally safe for travelers; however it is recommended to take common precautions such as safeguarding belongings and being aware of surroundings.
  • Medical Insurance: While not required to visit Canada, medical insurance is recommended.

Canada at a Glance

British Columbia (BC)

British Columbia is known for stunning natural beauty and a mild climate. It’s home to Vancouver, the famous Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, and Victoria. BC offers a blend of outdoor adventures, cultural richness, and Pacific coastline.

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Alberta

Alberta is an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts. It’s a prairie province, but is home to Banff and Jasper National Parks, which offer breathtaking mountain vistas and pristine lakes. Calgary, home to the Calgary Stampede, and Edmonton are the major cities.

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Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan offers prairies, forests, and lakes for adventures like hiking and fishing. Saskatoon and Regina are the largest cities.

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Manitoba

Manitoba is a province of immense natural beauty, with over 100,000 lakes. Winnipeg, the capital, is famous for its historic Exchange District.

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Ontario

Ontario, the most populous province, offers a wide range of attractions. Toronto is the largest city and the capital of Ontario. Ottawa, the nation’s capital, offers history and culture. It’s famous for the great lakes and Niagara Falls.

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Quebec

Quebec is Canada’s French-speaking province. Montrèal and Quebec City are famous for their old-world architecture and vibrant arts scenes. History, culture, and cuisine is rich in this province.

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New Brunswick

New Brunswick offers a picturesque maritime landscape and the beautiful Bay of Fundy, known for its world-record tides. The main cities are Fredericton, Saint John and the bilingual Moncton.

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Prince Edward Island (PEI)

PEI, Canada’s smallest province, is a picturesque island famous for red sand beaches, rolling countryside, and being the setting of the Anne of Green Gables stories. The provincial capital, Charlottetown, offers history and a vibrant arts community.

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Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a maritime province steeped in history and natural beauty. Halifax is the capital. Cape Breton Island offers dramatic coastal landscapes and the renowned Cabot Trail.

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Newfoundland and Labrador

This east coast province is a place of rugged beauty, with fjords, icebergs, and charming fishing villages. St. John’s, the provincial capital, is known for its colorful row houses and lively music scene.

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Northwest Territories (NWT), Yukon, and Nunavut

In the vast Northwest Territories, experience the Northern Lights or explore Nahanni National Park. Yukon, home to the Klondike Gold Rush, is a gateway to wilderness adventures. Nunavut, Canada’s largest territory, offers untouched landscapes and rugged experiences.

Activities and Experiences in Canada

Canada offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences and sights, making it a destination that caters to all interests.
Canada’s activities encompass wildlife encounters, mountain adventures in the Rockies, beautiful scenery in Ontario’s cottage country, viewing the Northern Lights in the north, and more. Cultural immersion includes exploring indigenous culture throughout the country, vibrant arts scenes, and diverse cuisines.

Adventure sports enthusiasts can try white-water rafting, dog sledding, kayaking, and zip-lining amidst stunning landscapes.

Before You Visit Canada

happy latin man sitting flag canada Before you travel to Canada, be sure you have all of the travel documents you need and meet all other eligibility requirements, including providing biometrics and obtaining a valid study or work permit as necessary. You will need a valid passport; the expiry date should be valid for six months past your expected return date.

Generally, you need to provide proof of sufficient funds to support yourself while in Canada, and proof of your intention to return at the end of your visit.

Below are some programs and requirements to be aware of when you travel to Canada. Oro Immigration can provide guidance and support for those looking to come to Canada as a visitor. Whether you wish to work, study, or simply see the country, we can help you navigate your options.

Visitor Visas and Electronic Travel Authorizations (eTA)

If you’re planning to visit Canada, it’s essential to understand the visa or eTA requirements based on your nationality. Depending on your home country, you will need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter or transit Canada.

Business Visitors Program

Canada’s Business Visitors Program is designed for those looking to engage in international business activities while visiting the country. Business visitors can participate in meetings, trade shows, or other business-related events without the need for a work permit.

Super Visa Program

The Super Visa program is a fantastic option for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. It allows for extended visits, making it easier for families to reunite.

Visa-Exempt Countries and Visa-Required Countries

Canada has a list of countries whose citizens are visa-exempt, meaning they don’t need a visitor visa to enter Canada for short stays. For travelers from visa-required countries, obtaining the appropriate visa is essential.

Valid Canadian Passport Requirement for Dual Citizens

Dual citizens cannot apply for an eTA to enter Canada, but need a valid Canadian passport to board a flight to Canada.

 

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