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Canada Travel Advice

To help you plan your holiday, our specialists have put together some of the key essential information about your Canada trip, including how to hire a car in Canada, when is the best time to travel, what visa requirements there are, money matters and health needs, so you’re all set for your Canadian adventure!

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Best time to visit Canada

The best time to visit Canada is during the shoulder months, in both spring and autumn where temperatures are often warm, you’ll see fewer tourists, and experience better availability and lower prices throughout. Your travel experience is also likely to be much more rewarding – if you opt for a spring getaway between April to May you’ll watch the country awaken from its winter slumber with wildflowers popping through and wildlife returning after the cold winter.

Alternatively, choosing a warm autumnal holiday in September through to October will offer postcard-perfect views – watch the lush green summertime colours change to vibrant hues of red, yellow and orange. For those looking for the best time to go whale and bear spotting we recommend travelling between June and October.

Despite Canada’s impressive size, the seasons are relatively 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.

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. Find out more about Visa & passport information for visiting Canada.


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.

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Man in car in front of river in Canada

Getting around Canada

A self-drive holiday in Canada is the best way to explore its grand landscapes. With Rickshaw we will help you with the car hire, getting you one step closer to driving through the winding roads between forests, lakes and mountains where you can 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 can also book international flights and any domestic flights for your trip.

Plane in Canada
Cabin in Wells Gray


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.