What Are the Provincial Plan’s Coverage When Traveling Outside of Canada?

Out of the budget medical emergencies can be extremely overwhelming and can be so burdensome. Especially when you are out on a trip with your family and friends, or on that important business trip only to find out that your Provincial Health Insurance will not cover your medical expenses; such a nightmare!

Provincial government health insurance plans will only cover emergency care up to a certain extent, and that extent is dependent upon the service that would have been expended in your home province. The rest should be paid for by you, and this is the difficult part here because this would come in very expensive especially if you are out of your own country. This is where travel health insurances come in handy.

Travel insurance is the answer to supplement provincial plan coverage and thus, ensure full coverage for medical emergencies, unexpected illnesses and accidents while on vacation outside Canada. Services like emergency hospitalization, physician fees, medical assistance, emergency medical transportation, health care monitoring and other related services can be provided as well.

In order for you to be eligible for coverage in your provincial health plans, most Canadian provinces require a minimum number of days that one should spend in the province each year. In Ontario, you should stay for a minimum of 153 days in that province within a 12-month period to be covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan. In Alberta, the minimum number of days of residency required is 183 days in a 12-month period to be eligible for care under the province health insurance plan; same is true with the most of the other Canadian provinces.

Are you aware that traveling to other provinces within Canadian territory could necessitate a need for you to secure travel insurance to get you covered? There are a number of provinces and areas in Canada where you can find yourself uncovered; there are a number of exceptions in the Provincial Health Plan policy. Items that are not covered include medicines prescribed in the course of consultation, dental services under certain instances and circumstances, expenses incurred from bringing a family member to the ill person’s bedside, ambulatory services for transport to a better facility, costs of returning the vehicle, appliance rental like wheel chairs, crutches, braces and the like, and also costs of accommodation of a travel companion.

This only means one thing: buying and securing yourself with a travel health insurance is a necessity, whether you are traveling in or out of Canada.

Look East for a Different Kind of Ski Experience in Canada

Quebec is garnering a growing reputation for skiing and snowboarding and offers a slight different proposition to its’ western counterparts.

Quebec is unmistakably and unsurprisingly French influenced. This is a feature that is apparent in the development of the ski resorts in the region and something that distinguished the Quebec ski experience from the distinctly North American experience of BC and Alberta. Although not perhaps as renowned as the slopes in the West of Canada, Quebec offers a high standard of skiing and snowboarding to increasing numbers of winter tourists.

Around Montreal itself, a bustling city with an overt European feel lie the ski resorts of Mauricie. Just a short drive from the city, the resorts of Vallee Du Parc, Mont Carmel and Saint Matthieu les Cantons. This offers an ideal winter break for those with a passing or casual interest in skiing and those looking to combine a refined city break with an Alpine skiing adventure.

Further a field, the Southern area of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean has an abundance of mature and established slopes. The resorts of Mont Lac Vert. Mont Bleu and Mont Fortin offer the usual heady mix of exciting challenge on the slopes as well as relaxed and refined après ski.

Quebec City like it’s counterpart to the south, also offers substantial options for the ski enthusiast. A short trip out of the city will lead you to the resorts of Saint Raymond and Relais-Lac-Beauport. Again, the option of combining a winter sports holiday with a city break emerges with the area surrounding Quebec.

Quebec, as with any region of Canada is expansive. The centres of Quebec City and Montreal are the main gateways to the region with international airports in each city bussing in tourists from around the globe. Getting around Quebec is relatively straightforward and skiers will find an abundance of chartered transport to the ski resorts to support the public transport system. Quebec, like much of Canada, is a picturesque area and one which should be explored in depth. The most appropriate way of getting around for those looking for the full Quebec experience is by car. Car hire in Quebec is abundant, with most of the major rental firms maintaining a presence in both Quebec City and Montreal.

Although Quebec may not be quite as well established as a ski destination as it’s neighbours to the west of Canada, the region has a growing reputation as a ski destination. With an obvious French influence to the region, those who prefer a European style of ski and après ski as opposed to the uniquely North American feel of BC and Alberta, skiing in Quebec just might provide the ideal tonic.

Romantic Weekend Getaway – Victoria, Canada

The Romantic Weekend Getaway is here; however, the only thing missing is you!
You now have the opportunity to surprise your loved one, whisk them off their
feet, and head off into an exciting romantic adventure. Where?…Victoria
Canada; board the Victoria Clipper
and languish in romance at the
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour.

This was the perfect choice for my wife, Maria, and I to have the opportunity
to experience a romantic weekend getaway together, away from the routines of
life. Before embarking on this wonderful occasion, we organized the
babysitting for our four kids, finalized various weekend projects and easily
arranged our transportation with accommodations to Victoria Canada.

Getting to Victoria Canada couldn’t be any easier. You can
choose airplane or boat; we chose to travel by boat aboard the famous Victoria Clipper. It’s fast,
comfortable, convenient and provides an appealing romantic atmosphere traveling
across the water. Life
couldn’t be any easier. The Victoria Clipper also offers all-inclusive getaway
packages including: transportation, accommodations and even sight-seeing

Getting to the “Clipper” is effortless. We simply had a
relative drop us off at the Clipper dock located on Pier 69 along Seattle’s
waterfront, 2701 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121 (206) 448-5000. If you’re
driving and need parking, that’s simple too, check out the
parking facility the Clipper recommends.

We arrived an hour before the scheduled boarding. This gave us ample
time to check-in our bag, pick up our boarding passes and proceed through
security. Be sure to bring the appropriate identification. Check
with the Victoria Clipper before leaving your home if you have any questions
regarding acceptable identification. You don’t want to miss the boat!

Once you’ve gone through all of the check-in procedures, boarding the vessel
is a simple process. Boarding is based on a first-come, first-served
basis. If you’re one of the first passengers through check-in, you’ll
likely board first. The benefit?…You get to pick your seat. There
are no assigned seats for this romantic weekend getaway, you pick what’s right
for you.

Once we found seats, most appropriate for us, we simply relaxed as the
boarding process continued for the remaining passengers. We checked out
the small “Duty-Free Shop”, purchased a breakfast basket and visited the
self-service complimentary coffee bar. With our food and drinks in hand,
we nestled back for a relaxing romantic voyage up Puget Sound to Victoria
Canada, the beginning of our romantic weekend getaway.

The trip takes approximately 2½ hours; however, time goes very quickly. We were easily engaged in conversation with
the Clipper’s crew, explored the aft outside deck and occasionally visited one
of the several restrooms. I was especially impressed with the stability
of the vessel. It was smoother than flying any commercial airliner.
If you’re anxious about boarding a vessel, the Clipper will most likely take all
of your anxious feeling away. Most of the time, you will not even know
you’re moving.

Arriving into Victoria is exciting.

Peering through the windows as we entered the port area created a magical
sensation. After all, this was our destination for a romantic weekend
getaway. We waited patiently in anticipation as we disembarked the
Victoria Clipper, collected our piece of luggage, passed through customs and
gingerly left the dock as the city of Victoria unfolded before our eyes.

The prominent landmarks caught our attention as we walked from the Clipper
Dock. The Parliament Buildings and the Royal B.C. Museum were like a
guiding light showing us the way into the heart of Victoria. Our venue of
romance was all around us as we further entered into the romantic weekend

Traveling with one piece of luggage made our
romantic ten minute walk to the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel a breeze.
To the suggestion of my wife, we utilized a compact over-night travel bag on
wheels. This is the way to travel, light with ease, no heavy bags slung
over the shoulder.

The Marriott is easy to find. You can
easily walk, as we did, or take a taxi. We preferred walking, it added to
the magical mystery of exploring this romantic setting. Pick up a free map
from the Clipper and you’ll find the Marriott just behind the notable Fairmont
Empress Hotel, 728 Humboldt Street.

The Marriott offers some fabulous accommodation
packages, ask the hotel for more specifics. Of course, we
chose the Romantic Package, and the Marriott delivers! After our brief
check-in, with the help of the courteous hotel staff, we pursued to our Romantic
Suite on the 14th floor overlooking Victoria’s inner harbor.

Wow!!! What an elegant suite, all prepared with
the romantic touch, adding the essentials to our romantic weekend getaway. The elegant furniture, beautiful decorations,
accompanied with a gorgeous picturesque back drop of Victoria’s Inner Harbor
added a sensual suggestion. We were mesmerized by the romantic affect
with the room’s preparation. A waiting chilled bottle of wine consorting with
chocolate covered strawberries only amplified the romantic setting.

We took a moment to savor the time as we melted
away on the relaxing couch gazing across Victoria’s Inner Harbor. The
adjacent large bedroom’s soft, warm bedding simply added to the romantic
environment, providing our romantic weekend getaway with a stimulating touch. The Marriott had prepared it all, even the Romantic Aroma
Therapy Soaps.

We found it very appealing to simply enjoy the
romantic arrangement; there was no rush to engage in the typical tourist
activities, just relax in the wonderful romantic Marriott surroundings. The
weather wasn’t the most conducive for thoroughly exploring Victoria, but that
didn’t matter to us, we could spend quality time together in a lush romantic setting,
right in our hotel room. It was simply perfect.

After several hours of relaxation in our
magnificent room we headed out to explore the romantic wonderlands of Victoria.
Strolling hand-in-hand along the waterfront, looking at the glistening Victoria
lights dance on the waters reflection, makes for the most favorable romantic
occasion. We ambled up and down the streets of Victoria, no hurry, no
worries, just enjoying each other’s company.

Our meandering through Victoria’s streets put us
at the front door of a local restaurant, The Tapa Bar. The restaurant’s
outside looked very appealing and inviting. We couldn’t resist exploring
this cultural delight. Tapas are small assortments of food, typical in
Spain, and mouth watering.

We decided to order the “Tapa Platter For Two”
dish, fully loaded with a broad assortment of Latin spice, Spanish influence,
and a dash of Cuban, South American and Mexican delight. The food was
prepared by the specialty chef, Armanda, in the spacious open kitchen. We
were caught in amazement watching Armanda prepare the dish with such delicacy.
And even more so, the food was delicious, a highly recommended treat for the
romantic adventurer and adding the specialty spice to your romantic weekend
getaway. You can find the restaurant in the historic Trounce
Alley, just off Government Street.

For those who want to sliver away in your Romantic Suite, instead of
venturing out into the heart of Victoria, the Marriott provides elegant meals
directly to your suite through their astounding “Fire & Water Fish and Chop
House Restaurant”. You have the ability to enjoy each others company,
romantic style, eating a fabulous meal without venturing anywhere. And,
you’ll find the menu items are very affordable. A highly recommend treat,
and added touch to your romantic weekend getaway.

As time would have it, our romantic weekend
getaway could not last forever, we had to make the return voyage back to Seattle
aboard the Clipper. Our departure time was late in the afternoon so we had
ample time to check out of the Marriott, stroll the streets of Victoria and pick
up a few gifts for the kids. The Marriott offered to “watch” our luggage
while we strolled around Victoria one last time. This was very helpful, it
eliminated the hassles of pulling a piece of luggage throughout Victoria. (The
Clipper will come by and pick up your luggage too; however, you’ll need to have
it in the lobby before noon. If that interests you, check with the
Marriott staff.)

Upon boarding the Clipper for your departure to
it’s recommend to arrive an hour early. Similar to your departure in
you’ll check in your luggage, pass through customs and board the Clipper.
It’s a pretty simple task, just abide with all the security rules.

Our voyage back to Seattle allowed time to
recount our romantic time together. The moments we shared in
Victoria was like “time in a bottle”, it was priceless and appeared endless.
Our short time away seemed like days, for we had ventured miles together into a Magical Romantic Wonderland.

Now it’s your turn to participate in a Romantic
Weekend Getaway, remember the only thing missing is YOU! Mark Twain says
it best;
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the
bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor…Explore. Dream.

A Guide to Student Travel in Canada – Learn a Language and Have a Great Time!

When it comes to student travel, Canada is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world. And for any student on an English course in Canada, it doesn’t usually take long to realize that they’re onto something very special indeed.

Getting Around in Canada

The first thing that strikes you on arriving in Canada is just how big it is. Fortunately, from the point of view of the traveler who’s got to see as much of it as possible before their course comes to an end, the transport system is good and getting around is, for the most part, pretty straightforward.

To get from coast to coast, there’s only one sensible option, and that’s to fly. But for almost every other journey, there is a range of bus and train options to choose from. The former is cheaper, more common, and is the best option for hopping from city to city, but train journeys in Canada – especially the famous Toronto Vancouver cross-country route – are amongst the most breathtaking travel experiences imaginable.

Vibrant Canadian Cities

One of the main reasons for coming to Canada – on a language course, or otherwise – is that it’s not short of a vibrant city or two. There’s Montreal and Toronto, obviously, both of which are bustling modern metropolises with sights and attractions aplenty.

Then, of course, there’s the frequently overlooked capital, Ottawa, not to mention Calgary and a number of other, smaller cities like Victoria and Canmore. Each of these has something slightly different to offer both the tourist and the student taking an English course in Canada.

But none of these, arguably, is a patch on Vancouver. For when it comes to being a colorful yet laid back city with a hip, bohemian scene that extends into nightlife, shopping and all things artsy and cultural, Vancouver probably stands alone.

Canada’s Great Outdoors

But traveling in Canada just wouldn’t be traveling in Canada if it didn’t involve a little ‘off-roading’! Whether it’s hiking, climbing or, during the winter months, skiing, Canada is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors.

Looking at a map of Canada it can seem like that as soon as the cities end, national park begins. Indeed, there are no fewer than 42 national parks, one of which – Wood Buffalo National Park – is approximately twice the size of Wales!

And this, ultimately, is what really makes the country stand out from the point of view of a student traveler on an English course in Canada: it’s covered with absolutely vast, and indeed almost untouched, wildernesses.

Being given the opportunity to spend some time surrounded by a seemingly endless series of one stunning panorama of mountains, rivers and forests after another can feel like, not so much a privilege, as a singular honor.

Ground Transportation for Business Travelers: Cab, Car or Shuttle?

People often complain about how difficult flying can be these days. I recently spoke with certified speaking professional Garrison Wynn to learn what can make it easier to travel and navigate the airlines. Wynn, who categorizes himself as a professional traveler, “commutes” nationwide to about 100 speaking engagements each year. Here, in a series of interviews, he provides tips for ironing the kinks out of air travel for speakers and others who often find themselves flying on business.

Linda Singerle: In previous interviews, we’ve covered how and what to pack for easy, frequent travel and how to navigate airport security with minimal hassle. So, assuming I’ve now reached my destination, how do I get around on the ground? Shuttles, cabs, car services-what’s best and why?

Garrison Wynn: Traveling on business, the best thing you could ever do is use a car service-a limousine company that provides a Lincoln Town Car, a Cadillac or a comparable vehicle. This does not mean a stretch limo with a full bar and neon lights on the ceiling. You don’t need a rolling brothel, just reliable transportation. When you call, just ask for the price of a “town car” and tell them where you want to go. Some services provide cars that are even less expensive than a town car. For instance, some will pick you up in a Toyota Camry.

It can be expensive-twice the price of a cab, in some cities. But if your destination happens to be an hour from the airport, the car service actually turns out to be less expensive than a cab. Also the chances of the native language of your driver being Klingon are greatly reduced!

LS: How does it compare with renting a car?

GW: One great advantage is that the car service is a hired private car that shows up looking for YOU. You don’t have to hunt down the rental. You don’t have to learn to navigate the city. But a lot of businesspeople do rent cars when they travel. (I don’t anymore. I once had to abandon a rented Buick in Los Angeles after realizing that making my flight was more important than honoring my commitment to Hertz. That’s a bad feeling, abandoning a car you’re responsible for in a rather large city.)

If you feel that you can drive well in a city you’ve never been to before, and you’ve got time to turn that car in, and you’ve got time to make a wrong turn in a dangerous neighborhood without making yourself late, then renting a car can be OK. It may be the way to go if you have multiple destinations within that city. In that case, renting a car might be your best option.

LS: Are cabs to be avoided altogether, then?

GW: In some cities, cabs can be fine. In smaller cities, it takes a long time for cabs to get to you; and in midsize cities, they often don’t have enough cabs for people who are leaving the airport at certain times. In fact, in certain cities, the wait in the cab line is literally an hour. In the winter, you might not be able to handle that wait, standing outside in 10-degree weather for 20 minutes or more. If you’re going to catch a cab in Washington, D.C., in the winter, you’d better have a warm coat because you might be standing outside awhile. Once, while waiting in a long cab line in the cold, I came down with some head and bronchial sickness that took forever to shake, but I still had to travel and speak at conventions for a month or more. So keep in mind what’s most important when it comes to ground transportation. No one will ever say, “Hey, I was impressed with that guy; he was thriftyand massively ill!”

If you’re going to take a cab, I recommend you travel with cash. Cab drivers don’t like credit cards, and in some cities or some states they’re not required to take credit cards. Some cab drivers will not take you short distances if you don’t have cash, and others will claim their credit card machine does not work. Some will take credit cards but complain that they don’t make any money. Others will charge you a $10 “credit card fee” while giving you a dirty look that seems to indicate you’ve used a credit card because you are a horrible person.

From experience, I suggest you ignore the credit card stickers on the window. As you approach the vehicle, ask whether the driver takes credit cards. I once rode in a cab that accepted payment by credit card, according to the stickered rear window. But when I arrived at my destination, the driver insisted otherwise. When I pointed to the window, he emphatically countered in very broken English that his window was wrong!

Overall, cabs are better than they used to be. I’ve been in cabs that smell like some foreign land-so strongly, in fact, that I could almost swear they were grillin’ up some goat on a hibachi in that back seat just before I climbed in. And every now and then, you’ll come across a cab that smells like somebody has defecated on a Christmas tree. There are some cabs where whatever you’re wearing when you sit in the cab – you’ll just have to throw it away. But there are a lot of great cabs too.

LS: And then there’s the shuttle.

GW: And I am not a fan of the shuttle. There are two types of shuttles, actually: the hotel shuttle and the pay-in-advance shuttle. The pay-in-advance shuttle is a van that shows up and takes you and other people to one destination or various destinations. The problem is that if your flight is late and the others are on time, they will leave without you even though you’ve already paid. And they will promptly refund your money, I’m sure. Oddly enough, it also works the other way: I have waited an hour in a shuttle for two people whose flights were late. So when it comes to shuttles, it seems that you have a 50 percent chance of not being a priority.

I once was at an airport in Arkansas where the shuttle didn’t park at the sign that said “shuttle.” It parked behind the taxis where you couldn’t even see the shuttle, and when I got to the shuttle that I could barely find, it didn’t have air conditioning for the 40-minute ride in 100-degree heat. So what did I do? I got a cab.

As for the shuttles operated by the hotels, they’re pretty good but sometimes they’re erratic and run on a schedule that no one seems to understand. A lot of times the hotel shuttle schedule is determined solely by the availability of Jimmy, the part-time employee who drives the van. Sometimes they can’t find Jimmy. Sometimes Jimmy is “on his way.” Sometimes Jimmy “has just left the airport” and won’t be back for 30 minutes or more. And sometimes Jimmy is with his girlfriend and will not be appearing at all tonight… That’s what I’ve noticed about the hotel shuttles.

In a small town, Jimmy may have left the airport Sunday night at 10:30, which is precisely when your flight touched down. When you spoke with the hotel Friday, you were assured Jimmy could pick you up Sunday night. But now you’re curbside, and as you call to see where the hotel shuttle is, you might be told that they have nobody available to get you. So, Jimmyless and disgruntled, you call a cab and complain to your driver, who is very supportive because no one enjoys bad shuttle stories like a cab driver does.

If you’re returning to the airport on the hotel shuttle, and it’s coming from just your hotel, you’re OK. But some shuttles actually service two or three hotels on the way to the airport. What you think is a 20-minute ride could really be an hour to the airport and could cause you to miss your flight, so be sure to ask the right questions in advance. Don’t ask “Are you going directly to the airport?” They will answer yes but then stop at four more hotels and the Waffle House before reaching the airport. Instead, ask “Are you going to make any stops before we get to the airport?” It’s apparently part of their job to lure people in a hurry onto what’s really just public transportation that’s fond of hotels.

LS: If you’re flying internationally, do you have different guidelines to go by?

GW: If you’re traveling to Mexico, Indonesia or Nigeria, never ever get in a cab, shuttle or bus. Always have an arranged ride from someone you know, someone from your company or the company you’re doing business with. There are just too many problems. Too many people never get to the hotel and are never seen again. In Jakarta, my client referred to the local shuttle as the “death bus.” He explained that a lot of tourists who board the thing are later identified only by their dental records. I asked whether he was joking and he said NO!

In Nigeria, my corporate driver started every sentence with the phrase “for your safety,” which is a strong indication that going from the airport to the hotel is definitely unsafe. It’s also a good idea in any Third World country to avoid the infamous “chicken bus.” If the person sitting next to you is calmly smiling while wrestling livestock, you might not reach your destination… There are many wonderful people around the world, and I think we should embrace all cultures-just not when they are all embracing their own animals.

Canada Travel Guide and Advice for Tourists

Canada travel agents can be instrumental in planning a good, memorable trip. They possess local knowledge and experience, and are able to come up with great tour proposals, from visa to airline tickets, from hotels to tour guides and excursions.

Canada is a vast country with a stunning variety of tourist attractions. The Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie, and Huron are the huge reservoir of fresh water and the place of unbelievable recreation. The largest province according to the number of inhabitants is Ontario, known for its vineyards, which produce the lion’s share of Canadian wines, as well as the Big Horseshoe of Niagara Falls. Ontario alone has more than 30 national parks, wild uninhabited northern areas, about 50 thousand pristine lakes and numerous rivers with a total length of 55 thousand km. The capital of Canada Ottawa as well as the city of Toronto are located in this province.

Ottawa became the capital of Canada in 1857. The main attractions of Ottawa are Parliament, the Tower of the World with more than fifty bells on it, a picturesque quarter around the Market Hall Bayword, the Stables of the Royal Police, and Rideau Canal, which becomes the longest skating rink in the world in winter months. A lot of visitors spend their time in the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Museum of Science and Technology and other cultural venues. This is a very quiet, clean and safe city.

Toronto is the largest Canadian city and a leading cultural and commercial center of Canada. The city is often called the international standard of cleanliness and order. This huge metropolis has an easily recognizable shape of the great skyscrapers, banks and offices, surrounded by dozens of green parks, where squirrels and other small forest animals amuse the public. Toronto is the city of neat gardens and lawns framed by major highways, and numerous national blocks neighbouring with each other.

Quebec is the largest and the most beautiful province in Canada. This area covers the most scenic areas of the country: the plains and the magnificent forests of the river St. Lawrence, mines and lakes, Estrie and Charlevoix, Lake Saint-Jean, Madeleine Islands as the region of sailors and fishermen. Here one necessarily goes to the oldest cities in Canada, Quebec and Montreal. In Quebec, there are several universities, the famous waterfalls of Montmorency and the low northern slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Hundreds of beautiful tourist destinations, ski resorts, sandy beaches and protected areas welcome the tourists. Landscapes of southern Quebec are so diverse and charming that it is often called ‘The Beautiful Province’.

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and one of the oldest city in Canada. It is situated on a river island and is known for the picturesque streets. The city has the nickname of ‘the City of Saints’. Modern Montreal is a city of skyscrapers, highways, huge international transportation. It is an important air and sea gateway of the country, its historic and cultural center.

One of the most beautiful provinces in Canada is Nova Scotia, surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The attractions include wide beaches and fishing villages along the coast, the National Park in Cape Breton Island, the Vikokomag Indian Reservation, Annapolis, and many convenient bays and beaches.

Winnipeg is famous for the Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Building of the Confederation skyscraper, the famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and other historical and natural attractions.

British Columbia is the most western and mountainous province of the country. This is the area of marine landscapes, mountains, lakes, rivers, pine forests, green valleys with vineyards and orchards, the area of breathtaking scenery and friendly people.

Yukon is the area’s legendary place for ‘gold rush’. Yukon’s wilderness spreads across the area of 500 thousand square kilometers. Most of the Yukon Territory is occupied by the Cordillera, and in the far north there is the Arctic coast and tundra.

How to Get Around When Travelling in Canada

With so much territory to get through, one new to Canada may wonder how to get around Canada quickly and easily. Lucky for travelers, the country offers quite a few good transportation options both in their metropolitan areas and in their more vast rural ones. Here are just a few ways to learn how to get around Canada virtually hassle-free.

Travel by Air. Canada sports several International Airports, located in their major cities like Montréal and Quebec that allow travelers to move across the country and the world. Of course, more out of the way areas often rely on smaller planes to bring in supplies and take passengers to other areas when needed.
Travel by Boat. Depending on where in Canada you visit, the waterways may be your best way to travel. For instance, in the Old Port of Montreal, travelling by water between the quays is a great way to see the city and get where you need to be.
Travel by Car. If you are planning to travel between smaller towns in Canada, you will probably need a car of your own. Of course, learning how to get around Canada by car can be a bit harrowing for many visitors since the streets signs are often in French and the rules of the road can be quite different than in other parts of the world.
Travel by Bus. Fares are cheap in most cities, making bus travel one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get around.
Travel by Metro. The Metro, or Toronto’s subway system is quite easy and safe to use, allowing visitors a simple way to navigate the country’s most popular city streets and neighborhoods.

No matter what method you choose to figure out how to get around Canada, the fact is that you have a lot of options. From flying to boating to walking, Canada offers it all. Pick one that will get you where you need to go in a manner in which you will feel the most comfortable.

Car Hire Conditions in Canada

Canada is a big part of Northern America. It is one of the more popular countries of the world and it is the best destination during the winter months. If you love the snow and the activities associated with it, Canada simply is the place to be.

Many travelers to Canada go here for business or pleasure or both. If you intend to stay here for a while, it is strongly suggested that you get a car to use as your own transport around here. Doing so won’t only provide you both comfort and convenience – you also get to maximize your Canadian experience.

For your car hire needs, there’s National, Alamo, and Budget to provide for you. These companies partner with online portals in addition to their own privately maintained websites. You can deal with them directly or you can choose to consult with their partners. By dealing with their online partners, you can actually get the best deals in town. You also get to compare the rates and the cars that are available to you side by side. Getting the best car hire deal in Canada is easy if you are at the right place.

With your own car to drive around the country, you can easily check out the attractions offered by the city or province that you’re at. For example you’re in Calagary, you can easily drive to the Aero Space Museum as well as the recently famous Canada Olympic Park. In Quebec, the best places to visit are the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Batterie Royale, and Chateau Frontenac.

Canada and the US, being relatively adjacent to each other, almost have the same driving laws and follow similar car hire procedures. It is possible to drive from one Canadian territory or province to another without any hassle. This is the main reason why hiring a car for a self-drive vacation in the country is ideal. All you need is a good map and you should be on your way towards total relaxation in the beautiful country of Canada.

To hire a car, travelers would have to show their driver’s licence and credit card for payment purposes. In cases of foreign travelers, their passport is also needed. An international driver’s license is required if the car will be hired for a prolonged period of time. If it is just a matter of days to a few weeks, your local driver’s license is sufficient.

Emigrate to Canada – The Jobs Boom in Alberta

Bonanza in Alberta. Exploiting the oil sand reserves have been talked about since the oil crises of the early 1970’s. The rush is now well under way, mainly centred on an old Fur trapping out post called Fort McMurray, to the North West of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. Getting the black gold from the ground has supposedly hinged around the price of crude oil per barrel but at around 60 – 70 dollars pb the price it has been at for some time now, things are doing quite nicely – though I would imagine there are those people out there who would have like the cost per unit to stay up at around $147! As the term suggests, the oil is trapped in a sandy sort of bituminous material and the product has to go through a very high temperature treatment process before the elicitor is released. A combination of previously low oil prices and undeveloped technology prevented the full exploitation of the reserves.

The total reserves are estimated to be in the trillions of barrels but no body is in the know for sure. A recent Oil and Gas trade fair in Edmonton was pushing out known reserves of about 200 billion barrels. Good news if you are thinking of emigrating to Canada. The reserves are thought to be so vast that they will still be available to be pumped over a century from now if the stuff is still needed. May be we will all be using other sorts of fuel and materials by then and not relying on oil and oil based products? Anyway suffice it to say that companies of all shapes and sizes are in on the “opportunity” in Alberta, Canada. The wilderness is the actual place where the sticky syrup is drawn from, but major industrial towns and centres like Edmonton and Calgary have many companies involved in the manufacture of oil related plant, equipment and machinery. These are the kinds of centres where much of the employment related to oil sands recovery is based. The it goes on from there and the need for other support service companies that service these companies, like hotels, leisure, housing and transportation organisations and the like. Alberta’s employment minister Hector Goudreau has made no secret of the fact that he wants highly trained and qualified ‘fed up’ British workers to come to Alberta. See recent press releases. He wants people to emigrate to Alberta.

The impact of the oil revenues for Alberta has been tremendous. It has paid of all of its provincial debt and has even given sort of cash back come presents to all its tax paying citizens in the form of a $400 dollar tax rebate cheque. Seems like the government there is running out of ideas for what to do with its cash! But the oil sand has been in commercial use for hundreds of years as native Indians or ‘first peoples as the are often referred to now, found a way of using the tar like substance to waterproof their canoes. Industrial activity in the oil sands regions are carried out on the legal understanding that damage to the environment is kept to an almost incalculable minimum and any trace of activity at a site is removed before a company can move on to exploit another area.

So for those who are well trained and educated, from any country in the world, there seems to be a clear invite for you to emigrate to Canada, Alberta in particular and join in the commercial expansion of the area and which has prospects ahead long in to the future.

Clare Dugdill emigrated to Canada from the UK. She and her family have a personal insight into the emigration process having carried out the formalities singlehandedly. She would like you to benefit directly from a person ‘in the know’. The immigration need not take years nor cost the earth and is not actually that complicated when you know how.

Canada Cross Border Shipping Fees

When dealing with shipping items across the boarder to Canada, a company or individual must realize there is going to be cross border shipping fees they must pay along the way. These are somewhere around a seven percent goods and services tax or G. S. T. No matter what is being shipped into Canada.

In addition to shipping fees for across the boarder, there could be a small freight handling fee that the shipping or transportation broker will charge. This fee will be the same amount for those who are shipping a large amount of items or transporting a small amount of items across the boarder. Therefore, it is in a company that is doing the shipping’s best interest to combine shipments going to the same location whenever possible to save funds.

Most of the shipping or transportation companies are straightforward with their fees and there should be no hidden fees when it comes to transporting something across the boarders. There is so much merchandise and cargo that goes between the Untied States and Canada that there is really no need for hidden fees.

A reputable shipping company will be able to explain their goods and services tax (G. S. T.) in addition to all their fees for shipping or if there are any overnight storage fees or container fees. A business that is shipping something over the boarder needs to be sure they are asking the right questions of the shipping company in order to receive the best possible price to ship something to their customer and make sure their prices are competitive.

Furthermore, some of the larger hubs may charge a bigger fee for shipping or storage than some of the smaller hubs. Someone from the company doing the shipping of the freight may want to investigate the charges by looking at their website or call to verify the freight forwarding fees before signing up with a company.

Another frustration with border shipping is duties which a company or individual can not figure out in advance. These could range from no charge at all to around 20 percent of the cost of the item. These figures are gathered from the Canadian Border Services Agency which is the federal organization responsible for charging the duties.

There is a website which lists the imported duties but many of the items are hundreds of pages long, while others are simple pages and pages long. For example, one of the most popular items shipped to Canada is shoes and the duties list governing shoes is nearly 20 pages long. The website is Industry Canada.

There are a couple of options to shipping to Canada and those are private shippers who will charge anywhere between $25 and $75 to rush shipments for an individual or company. Or people could go though the Postal Service for a flat fee of around $7 but it will take a lot longer to arrive at the destination.

If a company or an individual could come up with the nearest or exact weight of what they are shipping, they will have a better chance of knowing what the cross border shipping fees will be and therefore how much their total bill will be. One can always look up the duty amount which changes with the rate of the American dollar verses Canadian money. There are several websites that will help a company or individual calculate this amount based on the current status of the Canadian currency and the American dollar and the shipping weight, where the item is going and how long it should take.

Looking for an excellent cross border shipping / courier and air freight delivery service? As Canada’s largest courier company, they offer the best products and services to ensure your shipments get where they need to be quickly, for the right price.