Canada is well serviced by airports with 13 airports designated as international airports by Transport Canada. Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary are the busiest airports in the country for international visitors. These airports provide regular service to most major US cities.
Air Canada offers daily direct service from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver with onward flights to Toronto and connecting flights to other major Canadian cities. Air New Zealand also offers service from Australia via Auckland to Vancouver. Australians traveling to the US from Canada will clear US Customs prior to boarding the US-bound flight in Canada and will land in the US as a domestic flight. Canadian airports generally require travellers to arrive 90 minutes to two hours prior to flight departure for all trans-border (US) flights.
Rental cars, taxis and public transit are widely available in all major cities across the country. Canadian airports are also well serviced by rental car companies, limousine services as well as public transit. Ride share services, such as Uber, have proven controversial but are starting to make inroads in some Canadian cities.
Canada offers visitors a wide range of accommodation choice – hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts (BnBs) – at all price points. The major international hotel chains (i.e. Hilton, Marriott, Starwood) are all well represented in Canada as are Canadian chains (Delta, Fairmont and Four Seasons). Accommodation can be booked direct with the hotel/hotel chain, travel agents or through online services such as Booking.com, Expedia, Hotel.com, TripAdvisor and Trivago). AirBnB is now widely available in major Canadian cities.
Canada offers visitors a gamut of dining choices from fast food to 5-star restaurants. Visitors can find cuisines from around the world in addition to standard North American fare. For dining recommendations, visitors can always seek advice from the local tourist organisation or their hotel’s concierge/front desk.
Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20 per cent on the total bill before tax – more for exceptional service, less for poor service. Many restaurants will charge an automatic 15-18 per cent gratuity for larger groups (6 people or more). A simple way to calculate the tip is to take the GST amount (5 per cent) shown on the bill and multiply it by three. Tipping is also customary in hotels (bellhops, valet and room service) as well as for service providers such as hairdressers and taxi drivers. In these cases, a 10 per cent tip is common.
Canada is a major travel destination for Australians with over 250,000 Australians visiting annually. From its diverse geography to its vibrant, multicultural cities, Canada offers Australian visitors a wide range of attractions to choose from.
For more information on tourism, visit Destination Canada.