Canada is stereotyped for many things; beer, bacon and saying 'aboot' a lot. Canadians or Canucks also love their ice hockey, so be sure to embrace the enthusiasm of it all and catch a game with local teams Vancouver Canucks or Toronto Maple Leafs while you're there. Before you get too excited though, take some time to check out these handy tips before you go.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, Aussies may also be eligible to work and stay in Canada for up to 2 years with a temporary work permit as part of International Experience Canada. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa info, contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Canada.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate and exchange your money when the rate is at its best. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you. Cash Passports are ideal for international travel as they can safely hold a range of currencies, including Canadian Dollars, and can be used like credit cards.
The dish that lands on your table in Canada will vary widely depending on the region. A famous quote by Joe Clark, a former president of Canada, summarises the topic quite eloquently; "Canada has a cuisine of cuisines. Not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord". While the buffet-style selection of food speaks to the country's variety of cuisines, think Canada and you'll no doubt think of pancakes served with bacon and drowned with an
unhealthy healthy dollop of their beloved maple syrup. Freshly made meat pies and smoked meat sandwiches are also quite popular in the country, as are steakhouses in the mountainous regions and resort towns. Due to its proximity to Asia, you'll find a range of Japanese specialities including sushi in Vancouver, while French-speaking Quebec is famous for poutine, which is hot chips topped with cheese curds and gravy, among other continental delicacies. No matter what your tastes, you can be sure you won't go hungry in Canada.
To experience the true club scene of Canada, Montreal tops the charts without a doubt. Situated on the eastern side of the country within the province of Quebec, Montreal holds a wealth of upscale bars in one hand and perfectly balances it with budget bars in the other. Most nightclubs and high-end bars in the city can be found lining Laurent Street. On the other hand, nightlife in Toronto is a favourite for many hockey stars who hit the town after match days. Bitterly cold weather grips the city for many months of the year and the nightlife scene is a respite from the elements and full of cosy pubs or DJs behind decks. Over on the west coast, Vancouver gets the party started with plenty of venues along Granville Street and in Gastown. There's also a lively après-ski scene in Banff and Whistler fuelled by Aussies on working holidays in the ski fields and resorts.