Time zone: Canada has 6 time zones from GMT – 3.5 in Newfoundland to GMT – 8 on the Pacific Coast.
Telephone services: Country Code: 1
Outgoing Code: 011
Emergency telephone numbers: 911 or 0 (depending on province).
Tourist information: Visit Canada Centre, 62 – 65 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DT Tel: (0891) 715 000 (50p/min.) or (0891) 715 000 (general information)
Passport information: A passport valid for at least one day beyond the intended departure date from Canada is required. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa information: Required by all except nationals of: Great Britain, Australia, USA, Japan, EU countries and others. NOTE: Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice, it is advisable to check with the nearest Canadian Consulate, Embassy or high commission prior to travel.
Health information: No information available at present.
Food & drink: Water is considered drinkable, normal precautions should be observed with food.
Currency: Canadian Dollar (Can $) = 100 cents.
Credit cards are widely accepted. Travellers cheques in Canadian dollars are preferred
ATM availability: Over 13 000 locations.
Cost of living: Prices are similar to Western Europe. They are also dependent on season and province.
Languages: English. Quebec – French.
Weather: Summers are warm and sunny whilst winters can be very cold, especially in the North.
Electricity: 110 Volts AC 60 Hz. American style flat, 2 pin plugs are standard.
Post: 5 – 7 days.
Transport: FLIGHTS: About 75 airlines operate national services. RAIL: Services are extensive across Canada. ROADS: Extensive covering vast distances. COACH: One of the cheapest and most convenient ways of travelling the country. Each region is well served by networks of coach-lines. CAR HIRE: Available in all cities and airports to drivers with full licences over 21 years of age. DOCUMENTATION: Visitors may drive with their national driving licences for up to 3 months in all provinces.
Special information: Smoking has been barred from most public places.