Travel Tips & Useful Info

Time

Calgary is 7 hours behind Greenwich Meantime (GMT). From March to November Canada observes Daylight Saving and Calgary is 6 hours behind GMT.

Voltage

Standard voltage is between 110 and 120 volts. Primary sockets generally require the 2 flat-pin variety. We recommend you pack a universal travel adaptor and you will need a voltage converter to use non-US/Canada appliances.

Money

The official currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD).

Euro, British Pounds, US Dollars and other major currencies can be exchanged locally or before you travel. While exchange facilities will be available at most airports they can incur substantial fees, therefore it is recommended to change money at a bureau de change or bank. Cash can also be withdrawn from ATMs and debit/credit cards are accepted at most establishments. It’s advisable to request bank notes in a mix of denominations, as smaller notes are handy for cheaper purchases and gratuities.

Health

You should seek medical advice before travelling to Canada from your local health practitioner to ensure you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus and routine vaccinations are recommended. Emergency health care in Canada can be expensive therefore it is important to ensure you have invested in good travel insurance.

Water

The water quality in Canada is good and tap water is always drinkable.

Food

While it may prove hard to get your taste buds past the iconic sweet maple syrup and salty savoury bacon, Canadian cuisine has so much more to offer travel foodies. The variety of fare differs across the nation making it difficult to define one particular cuisine; instead it has been inspired and adapted by the many different cultures that have passed through here, as well as what can be sourced from the land. On the west coast fresh seafood – salmon in particular, is incredibly popular; while in the more remote northern reaches seal meat is eaten, and across the country caribou is a real favourite.

Other common Canadian treats include poutine – French fries slathered with gravy and topped with cheese curds; a hunk of deep fried dough covered with sugar and cinnamon known as a Beaver Tail; a flaky sweet Butter Tar pastry; a unique assortment of flavoured crisps, from ketchup to pickle; and peppery slices of spiced beef served between two slices of thick rye bread.

Canada Trips