Things To Know

If you're coming to Canada for a meeting or convention, this is the place to find all the practical resources, tools, information and tips you'll need to make your trip a memorable one. For example, find out more on:

  • Clearing customs
  • Exchanging currency
  • Reserving a rental car
  • Finding the most scenic or speedy ways to travel.

Practical Information

The Destination Canada keeps you up to date on weather, seasons and time zones across Canada. Read up on Canada's health services, phone system and public holidays. Get practical advice on visa and passport requirements, duty-free shopping and money matters. Learn where to mail a letter or access the Internet. It's all here at your fingertips.

Passports & Visas
Start here for updated information on visa and passport requirements for US and other international visitors to Canada.

Embassies & Consulates
Canada hosts numerous embassies, consulates and high commissions that provide assistance to foreign travelers. Find the contact information you need here. 

Health & Medical
Pick up travel insurance tips, learn about Canada's top-notch hospital and medical services as well as how to access emergency services and more.

Mail, Phone & Internet
Find out about local and long-distance calling, using your cell phone in Canada, mailing parcels and letters, and where to get Internet and e-mail access so you're never out of touch.

Public Holidays
See a complete list of federal and provincial holidays and celebrations to help plan your visit.

Time Zones
Check out the current times in Canada's six different time zones.

Currency & Money
Learn about exchanging money in Canada, using credit cards and bank machines, calculating sales tax and visitor rebates, common tipping practices and how to use the handy currency converter.   

Weather & Seasons
Check out the seasonal climate and temperatures across the country to see what activities coincide with your meeting or convention.

Retail & Shopping
Get details about shopping hours across the country and links to some of Canada's trendy and most vibrant shopping hot spots.

Customs & Duty Free
Here we list the requirements for bringing in gifts and other items to Canada, as well as provide information on the duty-free limits for US and other international visitors returning home.

Measurements & Voltage
Find out if your electrical items are compatible here and access a handy converter so you can quickly convert to Canada's metric system, e.g., change miles to meters and quarts to liters.