21% of the population speak French The remaining speak English including European languages such as German.
Name: Canadian Dollar Code: CAD Symbol: $
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Expect to pay between $4 and $7 for a beer in a bar. It is customary to tip bar staff, with around $1 per drink. Beers will be more expensive in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
Snacks and meals from markets and supermarkets are between $8-$12, whilst dinner in a good restaurant will usually start from around $20 plus drinks.
The cost of a taxi in Canada depends on the city. Toronto and Vancouver are generally more expensive, but more cabs will be on the meter.
Travel on buses and subways will cost around $3. To travel independently, you can book a campervan with us from just £17pp per day!
Dorm beds in hostels will cost between $25 and $40. Campsites are likely to be $25 to $35.
A room in a midrange hotel would be somewhere between $80 and $100 - but expect to pay more in the major cities and during peak season.
Canada is a huge country and has a varied climate. The inland parts of Canada have cold winters and warm summers, whilst the coastal areas have less extremes. Choosing when to go to Canada depends on what you want to do. July and August are warm throughout the country, which makes this the peak season to visit. Accommodation prices can get expensive, so you can get better deals in the shoulder season months of September, October and April. Between November and March you can expect very cold temperatures all over the country, and the best skiing.
If you've always dreamed of exploring Canada's national parks, 2017 is the year to hit them. To mark the country's 150th birthday, every single national park is free for the whole year!
Getting around Canada