Do I need a visa to travel to Canada?
While a visa is not required for most countries, you will need to visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization, which costs CA$7. If you are traveling from South Africa, you will need a visa.
Is tipping customary in Canada?
Tipping between 15-20% on restaurant bills and giving taxi drivers and other service workers a small tip is a cultural expectation in Canada. It is a courteous way to show gratitude and helps supplement what are frequently very low wages (which is how Canada keep prices lower). We always leave the decision of how much to tip (if at all) up to the individual travelers, but it is a cultural norm in Canada.
What is the internet access like in Canada?
If you're in major cities and towns, you will probably have pretty good access to fast, wireless internet. Many of our Canada expeditions do visit some of the more remote regions of the Arctic, and in these areas and while cruising, it is possible that you will not have internet for several days while we are out of range. Otherwise, Canada's internet is reliable.
Can I use my cell phone while in Canada?
If you have activated mobile roaming on your phone before leaving, you will get good coverage in cities and throughout most of southern Canada. However, since most of our itineraries venture into the depths of Canada's remote wilderness and Arctic regions, far from any cell towers, it's likely that you will not have service for some or all of your trip.
Do I need a power adapter/ converter?
Canada has 110V power with the same sockets as those in the United States. If you are traveling from another part of the world, you will need a power adapter/ converter to use the outlets.
What are the toilets like in Canada?
You will find standard flush toilets throughout most of Canada.
Approximately what will it cost for (in USD):
Public transportation - $1.70
Coffee - $1.28
Dinner - $15.00
Takeout food - $4.00
Can I drink the water in Canada?
Yes, you can drink tap water in Canada. Try to be environmentally friendly by re-filling your water bottle rather than buying new plastic ones.
What is the most common way of paying for things in Canada?
Canada has the Canadian Dollar, which is about 0.76USD to one CS. You will be able to pay with your credit card in almost all businesses in the major cities and tourist destinations, and ATM access is pretty easy. You should still have some cash on hand for smaller purchases.
Should I purchase travel insurance for my trip?
You should always purchase travel insurance! We have more information on one of our recommended providers here