Checklist for Travelers to Canada

One way to get to know a person is to travel with him or her. People’s true personality tends to emerge when they are dealing with stress. They also reveal their maturity, sense of responsibility, and other positive qualities’ or lack there of when faced with situations with which they are not familiar. However, that does not necessarily mean that you should seek out stressful travel situations in order to discover your travel companion’s true personality. It therefore pays to anticipate difficulties when traveling with others and to be ready for them.

If you are traveling to Canada, the first priority is to be sure to carry your travel documents. If you are from the United States, you need to have a valid passport, permanent residence card or nexus card (US citizens and permanent residents are allowed to enter Canada without a visa). If you come from a country that is not included on Canada’s visa-exempt list, then you should have your travel documents and visas ready. Border officers and airport customs will check these documents before they grant you entry into the country or even allow you to board an airplane flying to Canada.

Those who are traveling on temporary resident visas should also bring their visitors to Canada insurance documents in case border officers ask to see it. To be safe, you should also bring photocopies of all of your travel and identification documents.

Of course, a traveler’s checklist should include appropriate clothing. The type of clothes you need to bring to Canada will depend upon the time of year that you will be there, and the place where you will be staying.

If you are in Canada for the summer, you can bring your usual summer clothes: t-shirts, shorts, jeans, and other light clothing. You should also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats for UV protection. Summers in Canada can get very hot, just as it can get very cold during the winter. If your visit occurs during this season, do not forget to bring your warmest jackets, boots, and long underwear. You should also bring wind breakers, gloves, scarves, mufflers, and hats. The cold winds can get very strong during winter, especially if you are headed to the prairies – Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northern Alberta. Actually, anywhere in the North will be cold.

Canada has plenty of outdoor adventure attractions, so there is a chance that you will go hiking or exploring the outdoors. You should definitely bring a pair of sturdy hiking boots, or at least walking shoes. Even if you do not plan to go hiking or trekking, walking through snowy streets still requires a pair of boots. Be sure not to forget warm socks as well!

There are also cities in Canada, in northern Ontario, Quebec and the Acadian regions of the Maritimes, where Canadian French is widely spoken. The people of Quebec, for instance, often prefer not to speak English even if they can understand it. So do not forget to bring a French phrasebook with you.

Finally, you should have a widely-accepted credit card in your wallet at all times. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted in most stores, hotels, restaurants, and other commercial establishments.

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How to Spend Your Summer in Canada

If all that you know about Canada is that it can get really cold there during winter, or if your only mental picture of the country is that of a land covered with snow, then your knowledge of Canada is lacking. If you are interested in visiting the country, you should know that its summers can get just as hot and humid as those in the United States. Temperatures in parts of southern British Colombia (which usually has the hottest spots in the country) often get up to 35 degrees Celsius in the summer. That means that Canadian summers can be hot enough that you would want to stay at a beach and relax with a cold drink.

With this in mind, one can easily see how enjoyable spending the summer in Canada can be. There are so many things that can be done and so many places to see. Besides, summer is probably a better time of the year for older people than winter. Super Visa holders (this type of visa is only offered to parents and grandparents of permanent Canadian residents and citizens) will of course want to avoid submitting claims on their Super Visa insurance due to illness caused by the cold weather. Many people tend to get sick in the fall and winter, especially if they are not used to cold weather.

Here are just three fun things you can do in Canada during the summer:

  • Go to a river or lake or an ocean beach.

Canada has so many lakes and rivers, not to mention really beautiful beaches along the coasts of British Colombia, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. If you are looking for a white sand beach, Tribune Bay on Hornby Island along the BC coast is the place to go. Beach bums who are fond of making sandcastles and all kinds of giant sand figures will love Devonshire Beach on Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta. Annual sand castle building contests are commonly held here. You can also go kayaking along the coast of Prince Edward Island or on Gabriola Island in BC. Tourists have literally thousands of beaches across the country to choose from.

  • Get close to the wildlife.

There are two ways for people to get close to the wildlife in Canada. They can either go to the natural habitat of the animals they would like to see, or visit these animals in park reserves, zoos, and the like. The Vancouver Aquarium, for instance, is an awesome, family-friendly place where you can learn many things about sea lions and otters while watching the animals play in their pools. Along the northern coast of BC in towns such as Prince Rupert or Bella Coola, you can take a boat tours to view grizzly bears in their natural habitat feeding on salmon.

  • Go on outdoor adventures.

Take advantage of the warm weather, go for that long hike and get to know the Canadian outdoors. For example, the West Coast Trail is a six-day hike along the rugged Pacific Coast of Vancouver Island. You could also explore the trails that run through the Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, which is a UNESCO-designated world heritage site.

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Explore The Beauty of Canada With Study Travel

For incredible inspiration and an injection of adventure in the subject you study, travel to Canada, one the most naturally diverse countries in the world. Famously clean-living, laid-back and very welcoming, the Canadians have a good standard of living and seem very content and positive about their beautiful country. Combining study, travel and a touch of adventure is the perfect way to enhance a student’s learning and encourage personal development.

Canada has much to satisfy the adventurous student. With a popular outdoor culture there is the opportunity to hike, climb, ski or kayak and explore some of the magnificent natural playground that makes up the majority of this vast country. You may be lucky enough to encounter a Grizzly Bear or even spot a Humpback Whale while on a boat trip off the west coast. Seeing one of these beauties gracefully break the surface of the ocean is an awesome experience.

Visit Niagara Falls, Canada’s Most Famed Attraction

Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most stunning [and certainly its most voluminous] waterfall in terms of water flow. The Niagara Falls waterfall is actually a group of three that is located right on the border between The United States and Canada. Just standing and taking in this amazing sight is breathtaking, but the more adventurous can get really close and take an exciting boat trip right under the fall of the water; it’s a lot of fun but be prepared to get very wet! The water racing over the precipice is deafening, the spray is spectacular and the feeling of human insignificance in the presence of such a sight is heightened. Visiting these falls is certainly a memorable and also somewhat humbling experience.

City Life

Vancouver is situated on the coast of Canada and is considered one of the best places in the world to live. A visit to Vancouver helps students identify the differences between this first world society and their own, as well as question the economic disparities and reasons for these. This city is home to a very diverse population and therefore many languages are spoken – in fact, English is the first language of only about half of the people that live here.

Another great city is the provincial, cultural and economic capital of Canada, Toronto. There are so many opportunities in the city to suit several different areas of study. Travel to Toronto to visit one of the many museums, explore Toronto Island, or climb the tallest free-standing tower in the western hemisphere, The CN Tower. The more daring among your students can even do an Edge Walk, an exhilarating no-hands walk right on the outside ledge of the tower. The views are second to none even if the experience makes it tough to keep your eyes open.

Montreal is another cultural gem. There is an eclectic art scene here and some wonderful museums housing them. If French is your field of study, travel to Quebec where students can immerse themselves in the bilingual culture. Canada has endless opportunities for exploration, study and adventure and a holiday here will certainly be one to remember.

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