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Language (s) in Canada
Canada has two official languages: English and French. A lot of French is spoken, especially in the coastal provinces on the Atlantic Ocean - around Montreal and Quebec. In British Columbia, in the west of the country, everyone speaks English. Canadian English is very similar to American English. We have listed a few useful phrases for your Canada trip below:
Eh - after almost every sentence, actually means nothing
How’s it going, eh? - How are you?
Would you like a pop? - How about a soft drink?
Right on - that's exactly how it is
Basically, like, you know? - meaningless filler words
The maximum speed is 50 clicks - the maximum speed is 50 km per hour
Don’t let the bed bugs bite - good night!
Money and Currency in Canada
The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar, also known as CAD or $. It's worth a little less than the American dollar. The prices in Canada are comparable to those in Western Europe. You can see the current exchange rate via the "Converter".
The one dollar coin is also called 'loonie' in Canada, while the two dollar coin is nicknamed 'toonie'. It is convenient to have a supply of loonies and toonies with you because you can use them for phone calls or other machines.
How do I get cash?
If you have a bank card with a Cirrus or Maestro logo, you can use your EC card to withdraw money from ATMs at almost all banks during your trip to Canada. You can also withdraw money from ATMs with your credit card, but remember that you need a PIN for your credit card. You can apply for this at your bank.
Do i need a credit card?
Credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard and American Express, are generally accepted means of payment on Canada tours. Be sure to take a credit card with you as you will need it when renting a car. The deposit for the vehicle is deposited on your credit card. You can also pay smaller amounts with your credit card in shops or hotels, the Canadians do that themselves too. They use their credit cards as much as we do our debit cards.
How much do you tip in Canada?
In Canada, tips are usually not included in the price. A tip of 10-15% is common in restaurants, cafes and taxis. How much pocket money you need per day, of course, largely depends on your budget. When you go out to eat, you can get a good meal with a glass of wine or beer (plus tip) for CAD $ 15-25 per person. The entrance fees to the national parks are between 5-15 CAD $ per person.
Deposit on site
Most hotels block a deposit on your credit card upon check-in. Since each hotel determines this individually, the amounts also vary from accommodation to accommodation. Our tip: Have the amount “unblocked” immediately when you leave the hotel.
There are also no overarching regulations for rental car deposits and the individual offices on site set their deposits individually. Plan a sufficient credit limit for your credit card.
Communication in Canada
Free WiFi hotspots usually only exist in larger cities. However, numerous internet cafés, fast-food restaurants and bars often offer free WiFi access. You will also find free WiFi access in most of the accommodations we offer.
When you arrive at the reception, please ask for WiFi access.
With today's standard cell phone, you can call home (although it is quite expensive). It is therefore the cheapest option to buy a calling card and use the landline to make calls. You can buy them anywhere, and the rate varies from 1 to 5 dollar cents per minute. Also keep in mind that in Alaska and Yukon you will not have any reception outside of the larger cities.
You can of course just send a postcard home. Postcards and stamps are sold in kiosks, shops and the national parks. A postage stamp for a postcard to Germany costs 90 dollar cents. There are also post boxes everywhere you can drop your card.
On the Pacific west coast (Vancouver) it is 9 hours earlier than in Germany, in Calgary it is 8 hours and on the Atlantic east coast (Montreal) it is 4 ½ hours.
The voltage in Canada is 110 volts, so it is different from ours. The devices have a plug with 2 or 3 pins. Sometimes the German flat plug fits into the socket, but always take an adapter with you to charge your camera, for example.
The tap water in all cities, hotels and resorts in Canada is of drinking water quality. It can sometimes taste a little like chlorine. But you can buy bottled mineral water everywhere. It is better not to drink water from lakes and rivers, as it can contain Giardia parasites, which cause stomach and intestinal problems.
Holidays / festivals
In addition to the holidays around Easter and Christmas / New Year and some regional holidays, the national holiday "Canada Day" on July 1st and Labor Day on September 2nd are important days in Canada. In the USA there is also Independence Day on July 4th and Memorial Day, which is celebrated on the last Monday in May. Keep this in mind for your trip!
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