If your travel plan have you headed to the vast country of Canada, you probably already have an idea of what you want to see, where you want to go, and how many days you can dedicate to seeing everything it is that you want to see.
If you are planning on renting a car yourself, you will need to ensure that you have all the required documentation necessary to legally drive to all of the amazing destinations that await you. Depending on where you are visiting from you should do some research based on your country of origin.
Here are a few tips to make your travel experience seamless and enjoyable
For EU Residents
If you are visiting Canada from a EU member nation the requirements for driving legally in Canada will vary. Canada allows tourists and visitors to drive with a valid driver’s license for a short period. This time period varies so if you are planning on an extended stay in Canada the best route to being legal on the roadways is to obtain an International Driver’s license.
You can apply for an International Driver’s license prior to your travel online. There are various websites that offer international licenses but ensure you are choosing one that is recognized by the authorities in Canada.
If you are visiting from the UK, you have undoubtedly passed through a difficult driving theory test already. Although Canada has its own roadway rules and regulations, coming from the UK, your knowledge base of general driving theory is probably already high.
You will want to find out if you can drive in Canada with your UK based driving licenses. Many provinces in Canada permit tourists and seasonal visitors to drive temporarily with their UK driver’s licenses. The best bet is to check the regulation based on the specific provinces that you will be visiting.
For residents of the United States, you are permitted to drive in your northern neighbor’s provinces but only for a period of 3 months. As EU member residents, if you are planning an extended stay in Canada you must obtain an international driver’s license. You can do this online prior to leaving the United States. Many US residents obtain International Licenses from companies like AAA that can be utilized all over the world.
Wherever you are visiting from you will need to ensure that you have your documentation in order prior to getting on your flight. There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination and having issues due to not being prepared. Canada is huge country and you will want to explore as much of it as you possibly can in the time that you have.
From Ontario, to British Columbia, Quebec, to New Found land, Labrador and beyond Canada is truly a breathtaking country. From historical landmarks to beautiful scenic drives, and striking landscapes Canada does not disappoint. We hope you that you enjoy your stay.