Canada is a wonderful country to visit and often likened to Scotland. With vibrant cities, spectacular natural wonders, a unique indigenous culture and some amazing food and drink experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Before you book your trip though, make sure you are aware of any visa requirements. There is nothing worse than fronting up at the airport to find you don’t have the necessary paperwork. Your holiday dreams may be shattered before you even leave.
Most people need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorisation (Eta Canada Visa) to visit Canada for holiday or business. You can find out if you need a visa on the Canadian Government website and you can obtain one at www.eta-canada-visa.com. If you are a visa-exempt foreign national, then you will require an Eta Canada visa to board a flight to Canada. However, you won’t need an Eta Canada visa if you are planning to arrive in Canada by land or sea, for example by train or bus from the U.S. or on a cruise ship. There are some exemptions and special circumstances too so make sure you check out the website before you book your trip.
Once you have your documents in order it’s time for the fun bit, planning your trip.
Canada is a huge country and if you are short of time it may be best to concentrate on one region. Do you like to do all your own research and planning or prefer to leave it up to the travel experts and go on a tour? The time of year you wish to visit and whether you are travelling with children will also influence your travel plans.
Canada has world class cities such as Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, with lots of exciting museums, art galleries and restaurants to fill your days. If you are travelling in winter, then visiting one of the many ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies will provide a winter wonderland. Or perhaps you would like to visit one of the 37 national parks in Canada. Banff National park is spectacular and provides a picture perfect landscape. If shopping is your thing then head to West Edmonton Mall located in Edmonton, Alberta. It is one of the largest shopping malls in North America and could keep you occupied for days.
Planning your holidays is one of the joys of travelling, and with so much to see and do in Canada you are spoilt for choice. Enjoy your trip.
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