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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Canada. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Canada.
Currencie(s): Canadian dollar
Tipping: Tipping is practiced in Canada in a similar manner to the United States. 15% is standard, but 18-25% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb. Workers who receive tips are legally required to report the income and pay income tax on it.
Corruption: Canada has a corruption score of 19 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Canada, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Canada is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.
Canada is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.33 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.
Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Montreal is 18.
18: Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec; 19: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon
Age of Consent: 16 years.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Canada since 2005.
Canada scores a 10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Timezone: UTC-08:00 to UTC-03:30
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 120 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B
Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 5 and 5.6°C (41 and 42°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 6.43 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Canada.