Jerry Turboff Likes to Travel to Canada

February 6, 2011

My wife’s and my passion is travel, and one of the places we enjoy visiting is Canada. We particularly like the fact that it does not take forever to travel there, yet feels like it is a world away from where we live in Texas. Below are a few facts that may help fellow travelers on their journeys to Canada. Canada’s climate varies across the country, and all regions feature four distinct seasons. Ontario and Québec, known as the Maritime Provinces, are more humid than the western provinces, and I recommend taking a sweater or light raincoat if you plan to visit there.

Québec and Ontario are usually a little colder in the winter and slightly warmer in the summer. The mountains offer the greatest variation of temperatures and can range from 3 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 75 degrees during the summer. Layers of comfortable clothing are essential if you visit the Rockies, since it is likely a sudden change in temperature will occur. Vancouver and Victoria feature the mildest weather in Canada, with temperatures typically hovering around 73 degrees during the summer. The Canadian dollar represents Canada’s currency, and denominations include $100, $50, $20, $10, and $5.

Coins have names some of we Americans might find amusing: A “toonie” is worth $2.00, and a “loonie” is worth $1.00. Quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies are worth the same as they are in the US. Canadian dollar traveler’s checks are easy to use, and they are accepted as currency at most hotels, stores, and restaurants. In addition, most major credit cards are widely accepted across the country, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Visitors must go through Canadian Customs and state what articles they are bringing into Canada, their country of origin, their Canadian destination, and their visit’s duration. When visitors leave Canada, the regulations of the destination country will apply.

by Jerry Turboff

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