Fast facts and travel tips

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Canada is a vast country – the world's second largest. It is filled with diverse natural wonders and a rich multicultural heritage. Canadians are known to be polite and open, and are proud to welcome visitors. We are thrilled to celebrate the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism!

Here is some basic information to help you plan, pack for and enjoy your trip to Canada.

Fast facts

Time zones

Canada has six time zones:

  1. Pacific Standard Time
  2. Mountain Standard Time
  3. Central Standard Time
  4. Eastern Standard Time
  5. Atlantic Standard Time
  6. Newfoundland Standard Time
A map of Canada indicating the locations of each time zone

Getting to and around Canada

Like any country, we have rules about what you can bring into or take out of Canada. But don't worry, they aren't that complicated.

Customs and duty

Getting around while you're here

By air

Our major airlines are Air Canada, WestJet and Porter Airlines, but smaller domestic connect larger cities to remote locations. Plan ahead – watch for seat sales before you arrive in Canada.

By rail

Via Rail is Canada's main passenger rail service. For best rates, make sure to book your tickets in advance.

By ferry

Travelling from Vancouver to Victoria? Relax and enjoy the journey on one of British Columbia's many ferries. Ferries also make it easy to travel in the Atlantic region – for example, Marine Atlantic offers a year-round ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and the province of Nova Scotia.

By bus

For a more affordable option, take the bus! Different coach companies serve different parts of the country, but the major providers are Greyhound Bus Lines, Coach Canada and Megabus.

By car

If you are travelling with your whole family or as a small group, you may wish to rent a car. It is always the most economical to return your rental car to the same place you rented it. Most car rental agencies offer unlimited kilometres, but check with your supplier to see if those rates change should you cross a border.

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