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Canada's climate varies widely, depending on the season and location. Summers are very pleasant across the country, with average 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 impossible to predict and you will want to plan for both warm and cold weather. It is advisable to dress in layers and wear winter boots when you are going outdoors during winter season.

Resort casual wear is acceptable when dining in our restaurants and we ask that denim is in good repair and no athletic wear be worn.

Credit Cards
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.

Electrical Current
110 Volts, 60 cycles AC

Entry Into Canada
For detailed information on Canada's entry requirements, please refer to the Government of Canada's website for more information.

Health Insurance
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.

Public Holidays

New Year's DayJanuary 1
EasterMarch or April
Victoria DayMay (Third Monday)
Canada Day July 1
Labour DaySeptember (First Monday)
ThanksgivingOctober (Second Monday)
Christmas DayDecember 25
Boxing DayDecember 26

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.

Time Zones
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 a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of up to 15% of the sub-total (before taxes) is given.

Canadian tap water is among the cleanest in the world and is very safe to drink.

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