Canada's climate varies widely, depending on the season and location. Summers are very pleasant across the country, with highs around 25 C. Winters are cold and snowy across the country, with the exception of southern British Columbia, which has mild winters with rain instead of snow. Spring and fall are tough to predict and you will want to plan for both warm and cold weather.
Casual wear is acceptable most of the time. Some establishments (nightclubs and bars) have a 'no jeans, no running shoes policy,' and certain dining rooms require men to wear jackets to dinner.
All major credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. Bank machines can be found everywhere and debit cards are also widely used. If you are using a foreign card at a bank machine, your money will be disbursed in Canadian funds.
Financial institutions will provide a credible rate of exchange when switching your currency for Canadian dollars.
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Entry Into Canada
For detailed information on Canada's entry requirements, please refer to the Government of Canada's website for more information.
Canadian hospital and medical services are excellent. It is recommended that visitors to Canada obtain traveler's health insurance before leaving their country because health insurance plans often do not extend coverage for services received outside the country of residence.
Visitors may find that they have either no health insurance or that they have inadequate coverage once in Canada. Visitors taking medicine prescribed by a doctor should bring a copy of the prescription, in case it needs to be renewed by a doctor in Canada.
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Easter|| March or April |
|Victoria Day|| May |
|Canada Day|| July 1 |
|Civic Holiday|| August |
|Labour Day|| September |
|Thanksgiving|| October |
|Christmas Day|| December 25 |
|Boxing Day||December 26|
Victoria public transportation service is serviced by the BC Transit as Victoria Regional Transit System. The system provides ample access to major points in and around Victoria including the Victoria International Airport, BC Ferries and The Butchart Gardens. Schedules, routes fares and more information is available on their website at www.transit.bc.com/regions/vic.
Shipping to Canada
Canadian customs brokers or a Canada Customs office can provide information on transportation companies that offer efficient service for time-sensitive meeting materials or exhibit goods.
Canada has six time zones: Newfoundland (3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Atlantic (4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Eastern (5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Central (6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time), Mountain (7 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time) and Pacific (8 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time).
Tips or service charges are not usually added to individual bills in Canada. In general, a tip of up to 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. At hotels, airports and railway stations, bellhops, doormen, redcaps (porters), etc. are generally paid $1-$2 per item of luggage. Larger restaurant parties of 8 or more may be subject to a mandatory gratuity, please check with your restaurant when reserving.
Canadian tap water is among the cleanest in the world and is very safe to drink.