A Short Guide for First Time Travelers to Canada

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Canada is a beautiful country with warm and friendly people. If you are traveling to Canada, make sure you do a bit of planning. Spend some time to sort out your itinerary, things to do, places to be, what to eat and how to move about.

Expense approximations

The most important thing to do if you are traveling to Canada for the first time is to calculate your expenses for the first few days at least. Make sure you have some extra cash at hand for unforeseen expenditures.


The cost of accommodation significantly depends on the city you are planning to stay in. Keep an estimate of around 65 – 100 CAD per night. If you are planning to stay more than a few days, you might want cheaper rates. Try checking popular travel websites for lowest rates.


Eating out in Canada is expensive. Eating out at restaurants can easily range from 15-40 CAD per meal. If you are visiting for a few days, then you might want to try out sandwich stalls or fast food restaurants for meals under 15 CAD.


There are multiple options for transportation within the city including buses, metro, and taxis. A metro ticket costs 3.25 CAD for adults, 2.75 CAD for seniors and free for children under 12 years of age. If traveling across cities there are great transport buses such as Megabus, Red Arrow and Greyhound. Renting a car is another option but it is expensive ranging between 30 and 75 CAD, plus you will need a driving license. You can also call a cab or share one with other passengers to save money.


There are lots of outdoor activities to do in Canada. Most activities such as canoeing, skiing, snow-boarding, and hiking are expensive. If you are planning to try some outdoor activities make sure to have an extra 200-300 CAD for fun! If you don’t have that kind of budget, then opt for some nightlife at pubs or bars, or enjoy a walk in parks.

Daily budget

Overall you much keep in mind a daily budget of at least 100 CAD. If you spend less than that, that’s great; but as they say wish for the best and prepare for the worst!

Important numbers and locations

Be sure to have a list of emergency numbers ready in your wallet including an emergency contact. The emergency phone number for Canada is the same as the USA. Call 911 for emergency situations. Stay safe!

Hope you liked our short guide for first-time travelers to Canada. Have a great time and get to see the land of wonders while you are there. Get accustomed to Canadian culture, make friends and check out popular destinations in your vicinity. But before you go, don’t forget to check out the weather forecasts and pack accordingly!

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