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Why should you visit Canada?

First of all, Canada is huge! There really is something for everyone because it’s a massive place! Looking for city vibes? Try Vancouver or Toronto. Want to go hiking? The Canadian Rockies and Banff are calling! Want to feel transported to Europe? Montreal is for you. Seriously, there’s so much to do and explore in Canada that you can’t go wrong!

Some top things to do include Niagara Falls, Calgary Tower, the Banff Gondola, Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park Totem Poles, and so much more!

Things to See and Do in Canada

Banff National Park
Vancouver Aquarium
See an MLB Toronto Blue Jays game
Explore Montreal
Hockey game
Niagara Falls
Royal Tyrell Museum
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
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Zip-lining near Whistler

Winter in Banff at Lake Minnewanka

Typical Costs When Visiting Canada

Accommodation – For budget travelers, you can find accommodation (Airbnb’s and low-budget hotels) in the big cities for $60-80 a night for the entire place or ~ $60 for a private room in a shared space. Hotels will often be around $150 USD or more in cities like Banff that are smaller and get crowded.

Food – In big cities, you can expect to pay $17 on average when dining out, but you’ll save if you eat out at lunch rather than dinner and if you capitalize on happy hours. Look for restaurants recommended by locals because they might be cheaper. Be sure to try poutine!

Transportation – If you plan to travel around Canada beyond the individual cities, you’ll need a rental car, which will cost you about $30 a day on average, but you can find them cheaper. Note, if you are not 25 years old, you’ll have to pay an “underage” fee as that is the minimum age to rent a car. Check that you don’t need an international driving permit depending on your country of origin.

You can get around on public transportation in big cities, which vary by city. For example Toronto has a subway system and Banff has busses.

 

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Suggested daily budget – $170 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in low-budget accommodation, renting a car, eating out a little, and cooking some of your meals. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher! If you are splitting any costs with traveling companions, this number will be lower!)

Money Saving Tips

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Use public transportation in the big cities!
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Get CityPASS to save on admission prices in big cities
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Visit the outdoors during shoulder seasons (fall & spring for Banff)
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Make use of happy hours

My Must Have Guides For Traveling to Canada

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Recent PhD graduate and hyper-planner of Periodic Adventures, my goal is to share travel inspiration, budget tips, detailed guides, and fun travel stories!

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