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Canada Travel Advice

Trees lakeside with mountains in background

Have a read of our travel advice ahead of your trip to Canada. Here we’ve put together some of the key essentials, such as when to travel, what visa requirements there are, money matters and health needs, so you’re all set for your Canadian Adventure!

lake side cabin nestled in the trees snowy mountains in background

Best time to visit Canada

Despite Canada’s size the seasons are similar across the country, the further south of Canada you are the more the seasons are similar to Europe.  The Canadian summertime runs from mid-June through to August where temperatures can soar up to 30-35 degrees centigrade – particularly in the west. Summer is peak travel time to Canada so it’s best to book early to avoid any disappointment with availability.  The best seasons to travel to Canada are the shoulder months in spring and autumn where temperatures are often still warm, there are fewer tourists, better availability and lower prices – opt for a spring getaway between April to May and watch the country awaken from its winter slumber.  For a warm autumnal holiday travel in September through to October and watch the lush green summertime colours change to vibrant hues of red, yellow and orange.  The best months for whale and bear spotting are between June and October.

At Rickshaw Travel we cater for Canada holidays from spring through to autumn only.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

British passport holders are required to complete an ‘Electronic Travel Authorization’ (eTA), which allows travel to Canada for up to 6 months. The process is very simple, is done online by following the link above, and is usually approved within minutes, with a small fee of $7 CAD per person. We recommend that you arrange this at least 4 weeks before your departure, as if you fail to have a valid eTA you may be refused entry into the country and face the possibility of a fine.


You should also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your passport details with a friend or member of your family back home, just in case the unfortunate happens and you do mislay them.

Two people standing with the Canadian flag mountains in background
long road forest and mountains in background

Getting around Canada

We offer car hire holidays to Canada as only when driving through the winding roads between forests, lakes and mountains can you truly appreciate the scale and grandeur that is Canada. There really is nothing quite like exploring on the open road. The roads are very well maintained, and your own rental car gives you the flexibility of pulling over for that jaw-dropping view or photographing a passing bear (from a safe distance of course)!

Book flights with Rickshaw

At Rickshaw not only do we prearrange every aspect of your holiday itinerary we also book international flights and any domestic flights for your trip.

People stood by Canadaian sea plane
Rustic cabin accommodation with bridge over water


When you travel with us to Canada you’ll experience lots of different types of accommodation along the way, each with their own charm. We try to opt for small-scale accommodation with plenty of local character wherever we can. From central city hotels, to lakeside lodges and everything in between.