Canada is the second largest country by total area in the world. Its location and size are premises for really huge diversity of flora, fauna and natural landmarks to be seen. Bordering with 3 oceans and the USA on the south, the possibilities are really endless. You have the option to have a beach vacation on the Pacific or the Atlantic ocean, an expedition to the Arctic Ocean, a walk expedition in the wild Canadian tundra, canoe expeditions that cross entire Canadian regions, crossing national parks and exploring the marvelous nature.
But enough advertising, let us talk about the tips when you decide to visit Canada, what is there to know, how can the visit or vacation be more pleasant and how can we save money.
Visiting big cities
If you decide to visit some of the big cities, like Toronto, there are some things that will save you money.
For example, it is good to check the fare rates to Toronto and the close-by airports. Due to the high traffic volume the price of your flight to city-bound airports can be higher than the price to some airport, which is outside of town. An hour drive to Toronto can save you a good amount of money from the ticket price. This brings even more benefits.
Prices of car-rentals and other accommodations you might need/clothes, shoes, sleeping bags, tents, sun lotion, etc. / will surely be cheaper in a smaller town, compared to the prices in Toronto. You can really find a better car-rent deal, better car and/or health insurance, so consider your destination of arrival.
Look-out in the Internet for places-to-go and things-to-see for free or very low price. Visit museums, parks, exhibits, extraordinary establishments like the rotating restaurant in the CN Tower in Toronto. You can even find cheap hotels around the Toronto area by doing your research.
Find and download Smartphone applications that will help you enjoy the city like a local, by seeing on the map cafes, restaurants, cinemas and other interesting sites on the go.
And if you feel the voice of the nature calling you, Canada is one of the best places to follow. With its 43 National Parks, all vary in nature and offering different experience. You can establish a deep connection with nature, during your stay. You can rent a villa or a guest house, or you can just stretch your tent in the wild. Let’s give some tips for visits in the nature.
There is a Fee Freeze on all the natural park fees, which consist in park entry fee, renting a place in the park, fire permits, water and electricity and other accommodations and permits. This Fee Freeze is a great benefit, but anyway you should check the prices in different parks. This is a lot cheaper option, compared to a hotel stay and for nature lovers it is really splendid.
The average entry fee for the National Parks is $4 for the youth to $20 for groups. The campsite day permit is $8.80 per day, and most of the other permits are around $10. A tent will cost you from $100 for one-person or $550 for a 10x10feet tent. A sleeping bag will cost you from $30 to hundreds, depending what your preferences are. You should consider this option, compared to the $60 per day in a 2 star hotel or a $250-$300 in a 4 star/these are average prices for a double room in Toronto/.
Good advice is to check-out when to go on your your vacation, which season, whether it is a winter vacation or a summer one. Check out temperatures, rain conditions, snow etc. and be sure on what terms will you conduct your vacation. Also inform yourself for park closures due to bear attacks, floods, landslides or others.
Before you visit, check out the Canadian Customs Regulations, Health Regulations, any interesting Canadian Law, which you should follow, or any other regulations that concern you. This way you shall not be troubled with any inconveniences, during your stay.
After taking all this things in consideration, all you have to do is pack and have a nice vacation. Good luck!