The prospects of taking a vacation in Canada have not been this good for more than a decade, which was the last time the Canadian dollar took a nose-dive. For Canadians, Americans and international travellers alike, now is the perfect time to book a Canadian vacation and be reminded why the country is a premier tourist destination.
Here are five benefits of choosing a Canadian vacation:
Canada is a more attractive travel option than usual because of the favourable exchange rate for international travellers. Even without the lower-than-normal dollar, Canada in general is an affordable travel option.
“Canada is an affordable vacation choice. Historically the Cdn$ is worth less than the US$, thus prices in Canada generally seem reasonable to travelers. The 2005 Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey ranked Canadian cities among the most affordable. Toronto, even as the most expensive Canadian city, sits at number 82 out of the 100 most expensive cities, and Ottawa stands out as the most affordable city in North America,” says Jane McLean in About.com Travel.
The money you will save from the exchange rate alone will allow you to spend more time in the country, choose more luxurious accommodations and ensure that you have enough money to get travel medical insurance for visitors to Canada.
2. You don’t need a passport (if you’re Canadian)
An often-overlooked benefit of taking a Canadian vacation is that you don’t need a passport, which is ideal for people who have let their passport expire or don’t have one. You don’t need to worry about passing through customs or going through the process of getting a passport before your vacation. Just book your trip and travel insurance, and you are on your way.
3. See the places you have always wanted to see
Many Canadians plan to explore their home country, but frequently opt to head south for an all-inclusive vacation. With the dollar so low, it’s now more expensive to travel internationally – and it’s more cost-effective to book that Canadian vacation you have been thinking about for years.
International travellers can now book vacations to virtually any part of the country, even the regions that are considered to be more expensive, because the exchange rate is skewed in their favour.
4. Diversity of travel options
Canada is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse destinations, providing travel options for people with varying interests. “In addition to rich and varied urban centres, Canada’s natural environment is one of the most beautiful in the world. From pristine coastlines to rugged mountains and sparkling lakes, Canada’s geography inspires awe coast to coast,” says McLean.
5. You can travel at any time of year
Canada has travel options for travellers year-round. It’s a world-class skiing destination during the winter months, and it’s just as popular during the summer. Being the second-largest country in the world, its climate and terrain vary greatly, providing opportunities for a range of activities.
Travel insurance for exploring Canada
It’s important for travellers to consider their options for health insurance as visitors to Canada. Whether you are a visitor from another country or are a Canadian planning a cross-country trip, we offer coverage to handle your emergency medical care needs and much more. Get a travel insurance quote for your trip to Canada.