Helping You Plan

The information you need to explore this beautiful country of ours.
Planning a trip in Canada
 

Time Zones

Many Canadians don’t know that there are actually six time zones being used across the country. Make sure to keep time changes in mind as you make your way from one province or territory to another.

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The time zones are:

  • Pacific Standard Time (UTC -8): British Columbia, Yukon
  • Mountain Standard Time (UTC -7): Alberta, Northwest Territories, part of Nunavut
  • Central Standard Time (UTC -6): Saskatchewan, Manitoba, part of Nunavut, and some of northwestern Ontario
  • Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5): Quebec, most of Ontario, and most of Nunavut
  • Atlantic Standard Time (UTC -4): New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Labrador
  • Newfoundland Standard Time (UTC -3.5): Newfoundland
 

Air Travel

Travelling between provinces and territories by air is simple. All large Canadian centres have direct flights from major American airports.

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Did you know:

  • There are more than 100 airports in Canada
  • In addition to the well-known Air Canada and Westjet, there are dozens of regional airlines that can fly you to and from cities and harder-to-reach parts of the country
  • To learn about Canadian airport security guidelines, visit Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.
 

Car & RV Travel

Canadians definitely love the open road. Travelling by motorbike, car, truck or RV is an amazing way to see the country.

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THE OPEN ROAD

  • If you’re planning on driving in another province or territory, always bring proof of insurance.
  • Car rental companies are found at most airports and in towns and cities, including Budget, Discount, Hertz, National, Enterprise and Thrifty, among others.
  • For advice on RV rental visit Go RVing.
  • For information on highway and road conditions, visit the Weather Network.
  • If you're driving a borrowed car or trailer, bring a letter of permission signed by the owner.
 

Train Travel

Tour Canada from the elegance of a train coach.

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ALL ABOARD

  • Train travel is one of the best ways to explore our country
  • From gourmet service in the Rocky Mountaineer's custom-designed GoldLeaf Dome Coach, to a spectacular cross-country journey on ViaRail's the Canadian, to a vintage luxury ride on the Royal Canadian Pacific, romance of the rails is alive and well in Canada.
 

Bus Travel

An affordable and comfortable way to get from city to city, Canada's system of bus routes spans the entire country.

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GET ON BOARD

  • Greyhound is the largest provider of inter-city bus services in Canada.
  • A list of private coach tour operators can be found at Motor Coach Canada.
 

Public Transit

Explore Canada’s cities like a local.

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BUSES, TRAINS, RAPID TRANSIT

  • Most Canadian cities have public transit systems.
  • Buses account for most of the fleets, but many major Canadian cities also have subways, metros or light rapid transit services, include Vancouver (SkyTrain), Calgary (CTrain), Edmonton (LRT), Toronto (subway), Ottawa (O-Train) and Montréal (metro).
 

Boating

With the world’s longest coastline and a huge amount of fresh water lakes (not to mention countless riverways), boating plays a big part in Canadian life.

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MAKE WAVES

  • Canada has hundreds of thousands of lakes.
  • For information on boating safety regulations and requirements for non-resident boaters, visit the Transport Canada Visitor Information page.
 

Accessibility

Be free to explore Canada on your terms.

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  • For details about accessible transportation in Canada and links to resources for travellers with special needs, visit the Access to Travel website.