A Beginner’s Guide to Canada: What to See, What to Do

If you want to visit Canada but can’t decide where to start, don’t worry. In this guide we have prepared for you, we talk about the places you should see and the things you should do. With the help of this information, we are sure that your visit to Canada will be very enjoyable. But before we get started, let’s list what you need to know about this country, as good preparation is essential for an enjoyable trip.

What You Need to Know

  • Everything is big in Canada. This is such a big country that you cannot see it all at once. To give you an idea, the landmass is as big as the entire Europe. Choose a specific area to visit and focus on that area. Simply put, you can choose West Coast, East Coast, or Central Canada. You won’t be able to see all of them at the same time, but this would be an excellent reason to return to Canada.

  • Do not come with a shirt and shorts. The weather in Canada is almost always cool and especially cold during the winter months. If you are not used to this climate, do not come with a simple t-shirt and shorts, or you will be sick for most of your visit. Buy the big hats that Canadians call “toques” and dress in layers. During the winter season, the weather can be as cold as minus 20 Celsius.  There is one thing the Canadians know how to do and that is how to prepare for winter.

  • Get your ETA Visa. A Canadian visa can be obtained electronically, and you must get it if you are not from a country on the list of exceptions. The process can be completed online within a few minutes. You will need a credit card, passport, and email address.

  • Make sure your budget will be sufficient. Canadian accommodation fees can be surprisingly high. Hotel prices are higher than in most countries, and if you don’t take this into account while preparing your budget, you may be disappointed. Remember that you can save money by taking advantage of services like AirBNB. Couch surfing may not be as comfortable as a hotel, but it is cheaper.

  • Get used to Tim Hortons. There is a Tim Hortons store in every corner of Canada, and these stores are Canada’s Starbucks. Tim Hortons is a coffee, snack, and donut chain and can provide you with all these things at an affordable price.

When To Visit

To visit Canada, you need to decide on the most suitable season according to your expectations. There are many festivals held in Toronto between March and June, so this is the best season if you want a cultural trip. Summer months are more suitable for nature trips, so if you plan long treks in nature, it will be better to come between July and September. If you want to do winter sports, you should come between October and March. Each season offers something different – decide according to your plans and wishes.

What to Do

The things you can do will vary depending on the region you want to visit. If you want to try your luck at the casinos, we recommend visiting Ontario and Quebec, as the most land-based casinos are found in these two cities. (Or you can play roulettes online by VulkanVegas.) If you are considering visiting the East Coast, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island are among the places you should visit. Quebec and Montreal also make up the major cities in this region. The East Coast will also be the right choice if you want to visit beaches. Don’t forget to eat lobster rolls!

The West Coast is suitable for those interested in outdoor activities. Mount Robson, Mount Columbia, and Snow Dome are ideal for trekking and winter sports. You can be alone with nature in national parks such as Banff, Jasper, and Yoho. British Columbia, Alberta, and Vancouver make up the major cities in this region. You can “whale watch” on the beaches between April and October. You can even surf if you come in the right season!

In addition to the East and West Coasts, a Central region is also available. This region is highly urbanized and includes Ontario and Winnipeg. If you like to spend time in cities rather than nature, we recommend you to visit the Central area. Don’t forget to go to the Toronto Islands, where cars are prohibited, and everyone rides a bike. No matter which region you pick, we wish you an amazing journey: Have a nice trip!