Facts of Canada

Facts of Canada

North America

Here you will find practical information in connection with trips to Canada.

  • Language: English and French
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Population: 35 million
  • Religion: Roman Catholic Church and Protestantism
  • Currency: Canadian dollar
  • Surface: 9,984,670 km2

Worth knowing

Passport and visa

If you are flying to Canada, you must apply for an entry permit – eTA – no later than 72 hours before departure at https://onlineservices-servicesenligne.cic.gc.ca/eta/welcome

Once you have filled out the application and paid the approximately 7 Canadian dollars that it costs to apply, you will receive a preliminary entry permit and a number that you will take with you on the trip.

Read more at http://www.albatros.se/resmal/nordamerika/kanada/visum

Stopovers in the United States

If you stop in the US on your way to Canada, you must apply for an entry permit no later than 72 hours before departure according to US ESTA rules.

More information and a link to the electronic application form can be found at http://www.albatros.se/resmal/nordamerika/usa/visum

Time difference

The time difference between Sweden and Canada can vary depending on which part of Canada you are in:

Newfoundland: – 4.5 hours

New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island: – 5 hours

Ontario and Quebec: – 6 hours

Saskatchewan and Manitoba: – 7 hours

Alberta: – 8 hours

British Columbia: – 9 hours

Transportation in Canada


The buses we use on longer trips are of a good standard. Of course, all buses have air conditioning.


A train ride in Canada is a great way to see some of the beautiful scenery. The vast majority of Canadian trains have air conditioning, wifi and no smoking. There are different classes depending on whether you are traveling a short distance or a longer trip with an overnight stay on board. On Albatro’s trips in Canada, we choose the class that is most suitable for our train journeys.


On our round trips in Canada, we sometimes fly the longer distances with domestic flights. At check-in at the airport, the tour guide will in that case inform the passengers about all practicalities and flight times for the route in question.

Price level

A good meal is about 250 kroner. In our experience, when it comes to pocket money, you usually manage with at least SEK 150 per day. If you want to buy extra drinks etc., we recommend an additional SEK 100 per day and person.


In Canada, it is customary to tip 10-15 percent of the bill, depending on how satisfied you are with the service you receive.

For cruises, other rules apply, see the special program for your trip.

Currency and credit cards

In Canada, the currency is called the Canadian dollar (CAD). 1 CAD = approximately 6.4 SEK and 1 EUR = approximately 1.5 CAD (May 2016).

Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Visa cards, on the other hand, cannot always be used to withdraw cash at ATMs. Feel free to check before the trip which Canadian banks your Swedish bank cooperates with.


In Canada, 110 volts are used and the connectors are of a different type than the Swedish ones. Bring an adapter set if you want to use your own electrical appliances.

Telephone and internet

According to allcitycodes, Canada’s international country code is +1. It can be expensive to call home from Canada and use your cell phone’s internet connection. Feel free to check with your own mobile operator about coverage and prices for call costs as well as the use of data traffic.

Most major cities have internet cafes, and most hotels offer internet for a fee.

Customs and traditions

Canadians are almost always practical and casually dressed. It is only in workplaces that there can be a certain dress code. For tourists, in principle, everything is allowed as long as you are dressed. However, some finer restaurants may have a so-called dress code, where men are encouraged to wear a jacket and tie and women a dress or skirt.


During flight and transport, there is an absolute ban on smoking. You may not smoke indoors in public places unless there is a special smoking room.

Passports and visas Canada

Facts of Canada