Best time to go to Canada

Canada’s climate’s as varied as they come. Summer highs in some parts of the country can top 35 degrees, and in the north, winter temperatures can plummet to as low as minus 25. Spring and Autumn are good times to visit if you want to escape the extremes. The east coast and the Great Lakes region tend to see more rainfall. Summers here are short, with a mixed bag of rainy, cooler days and hotter, sunnier ones.

Passports and Visas

British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Canada but require an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) and for a small fee, you can apply through our visa and travel authorisation partner – Sherpa. You also must have a valid passport for the proposed duration of stay. For the most up-to-date passport and visa info, visit

Don't forget to arrange your travel money and insurance before you go.

Health and safety

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover you while you’re away. For the latest health and safety information, visit

Further Reading

  • Overview
  • Things To Do
  • Key Facts

    • Capital - Ottawa
    • Language - English, French
    • Timezone - GMC - 5 (Quebec)
    • Population - 38,360,271
    • Currency - CAD:Canadian Dollar
    • Flight Time - 7 hours 45 minutes from Heathrow

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