Capital Ottawa

Population 36,155,487

Area 9,984,670 km2

Key facts

Canada is a country located in Northern America. Canada has only one border country: United States of America. As for languages, the country’s residents speak English and French.

The national currency in Canada is Canadian dollar (CAD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (¢).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 1.44 CAD and 1 USD is worth 1.34 CAD.

Canadian
Banknotes

5$10$20$50$100$1$2$500$1000$

Canadian
Coins

1$2$10¢25¢50¢

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in Canada is 240.3 Mbps and mobile is 125.34 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density Canada has more ATMs than most other countries.210.23 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration You can buy a SIM card in Canada without having to register it with your ID or passport.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in Canada. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, Canada will celebrate 8 national public holidays. Furthermore, there are 22 holidays that are only celebrated in certain parts of Canada. The next one Louis Riel Day will take place on February 20.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s DayNew Year’s Day
February 20, 2023Moving holiday Family DayFamily Day Regional holiday
March 17, 2023 Saint Patrick’s DaySaint Patrick’s Day Regional holiday
April 7, 2023Moving holiday Good FridayGood Friday
April 10, 2023Moving holiday Easter MondayEaster Monday Regional holiday
April 23, 2023 Saint George’s DaySaint George’s Day Regional holiday
May 22, 2023Moving holiday Victoria DayVictoria Day
June 21, 2023 National Aboriginal DayNational Aboriginal Day Regional holiday
June 24, 2023 National HolidayFête nationale du Québec Regional holiday
July 1, 2023Moving holiday Canada DayCanada Day
July 12, 2023 Orangemen’s DayOrangemen’s Day Regional holiday
August 7, 2023Moving holiday Saskatchewan DaySaskatchewan Day Regional holiday
August 21, 2023Moving holiday Discovery DayDiscovery Day Regional holiday
September 4, 2023Moving holiday Labour DayLabour Day
September 30, 2023 National Day for Truth and ReconciliationNational Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 9, 2023Moving holiday ThanksgivingThanksgiving
November 11, 2023 Remembrance DayRemembrance Day Regional holiday
December 25, 2023 Christmas DayChristmas Day
December 26, 2023 St. Stephen’s DayBoxing Day Regional holiday

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in Canada?

There are Mariott hotels in 12 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in Canada.

The IHG hotel chain operates in Canada.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in Canada.

There are no Radisson hotels in Canada.

The Accor hotel chain operates in Canada.

What fast food chains are present in Canada?

The McDonald’s chain operates in Canada.

The KFC chain operates in Canada.

The Burger King chain operates in Canada.

The Subway chain operates in Canada.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in Canada.

The Starbucks chain operates in Canada.

Weather

What is the weather like in Ottawa?

Today the sun in Ottawa, rises at 7:12 AM and sets at 5:21 PM. The climate of Ottawa may be categorized as a Humid continental (Dfb), according to Koppen’s classification system.

WednesdayFeb 8OvercastLow: -5.7°C (21.74°F)High: 4°C (39.2°F)
TodayFeb 9Heavy snowLow: -12.3°C (9.86°F)High: 1.7°C (35.06°F)
FridayFeb 10Heavy snowLow: -4.9°C (23.18°F)High: 3.5°C (38.3°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: -12.8°C (8.96°F)High: -5.7°C (21.74°F)
SundayFeb 12DrizzleLow: -9.3°C (15.26°F)High: 0.6°C (33.08°F)
MondayFeb 13FogLow: -5.2°C (22.64°F)High: -0.4°C (31.28°F)

Weather data for Ottawa (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver.

Taxi Apps Uber is available in 31 cities. Bolt is not available in Canada.

Car Rental Avis , Sixt , Hertz are all available in Canada.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 6.6, Canada is placed 8th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In Canada traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  1,204.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 5.30 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 1: Exercise normal precautions. 

Emergency phones in Canada

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

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Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is legal.

You must fulfill the province or territory’s or territory’s minimum age requirement to enter Canada.

Provincial or territorial authorities impose minimum ages: 18 years in Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec, and 19 years in the remaining provinces and territories.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1.5L of wine, or
  • 1.14L of alcoholic beverages, or
  • 8.5L of beer/ale

Tobacco allowance

  • 200 cigarettes, and
  • 50 cigars, and
  • 200 grams of manufactured tobacco, and
  • 200 tobacco sticks.

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