Everything You Need to Know About Traveling to Canada

Very useful Travel Tips and Advice! In order to make you visit here in Calgary hassle free, fun and exciting, here are useful travel tips and advice we can offer to you. If you have tips to share, I would love to hear from you!

Language

Canada has two official language English and French. In Calgary, most people speak English making communication on a daily basis very easy. If your English is weak (like mine lol), may I suggest bringing a dictionary or if you have smart phone downloading a language translator application can help you a lot.

Electricity

110 Volts – If you are planning to bring small appliances like your phone charger, laptops, hair dryer, razors etc. It is very important to know that we use 110 Volts electrical system at 60 Hertz here in Canada. To add to this, Flat blade plug and Flat blade with round grounding prong plug are most common wall outlets to plug your device. If your electrical appliances plug has a different shape, you may need to bring plug adapter as well.

Currency

Canada uses Canadian Dollar ($CAD) as its official currency. Fun facts: In Canada, One Canadian ($1.00) dollar is widely known as The Loonie while Two Canadian dollars is widely known as The Toonie.

Restaurants

Tipping – In Calgary, tipping is customary. A tip is usually from 10% to 15% of your entire bill. Tipping is not mandatory, however, if you dine in with more than 8 people or more expect it to be included in you bill.

Reservation  It is not mandatory to book reservation to any of Calgary restaurants, however, certain upscale restaurants might require you to do so. If there’s a special holiday such as Valentine’s Day or Thanks Giving booking a reservation is not a bad idea.

Tax

Purchased Goods and Services  you only pay %5 GST additional on goods and service you purchased here in the province of Alberta. Other provinces, on top of the GST you have to pay HST or PST.


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