Canada travel insurance
If you’re travelling to Canada, make sure you get the right Canada travel insurance. Some things you’ll need to take into account are:
- The cost of your trip – Because if you have to cancel, you’ll want to know that you’ll get the cost back
- The activities you’re likely to be doing – If you’re planning anything really extreme, we can offer you extra cover if needed. Just contact us to find out more
- Will you need additional snowboarding or winter sports travel insurance?
- Any medical conditions you may have – We consider everything but an extra cost may apply
- And don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Canada from the FCDO
What is covered with travel insurance to Canada?
As standard, our policies cover for over 100 sports and activities, so you can get up to more on your holiday. We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:
- Medical expenses and hospital benefit
- Personal accident and liability
- Cancelling and cutting your holiday short
- Abandoning your trip
- Delayed departure
- Accommodation cover
- Personal belongings and baggage
- Personal money, passport and travel documents
- Legal expenses
To make sure you have the best holiday possible, we’ve put together some facts and some important information which we think you’ll want to know before your trip to Canada.
|Most common languages spoken||English and French|
|Population||Approx. 36 million|
|Plug type||Plug type B|
|Driving side||Right-hand side|
|Seasons||Spring – March to May|
Summer – June to August
Autumn – September to November
Winter – December to February
|Laws||Local laws and customs|
Backpacking in Canada?
If you‘re thinking of going on an outdoor adventure around Canada, consider our backpackers travel insurance so you have some extra cover while exploring off the beaten track.
Our single trip travel insurance can cover you for up to a year, so plenty of time for backpacking around the country. And, if you’ll be taking sports or photography equipment around the hostels, you can add extra valuables cover to your policy, allowing you to backpack across Canada with an easy mind. Take a look at our policy wording for full details of the cover provided.
So go on – explore those mountain trails to your heart’s content!
When is the best time to visit Canada?
The summer months in Canada are June to September, with temperatures similar to those in the UK. In winter it gets much, much colder, but that may be exactly what you’re looking for, especially if you’re taking out winter sports travel insurance! Whatever time of year you go, there’s sure to be plenty of cultural highlights and amazing natural spectacles.
Do I need a visa for Canada?
You don’t usually need a visa to travel to Canada as a British citizen for short trips, but you will need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before you travel. Also, when you arrive in Canada, you’ll need to be able to provide proof of financial stability for the length of your stay.
You can find more information about visas, entry requirements and eTAs for Canada here.
Canada Covid travel restrictions
Like many countries, Canada changed its entry requirements during the Coronavirus pandemic. The rules can change quickly, so make sure you keep up to date with the FCDO travel advice. The Canadian government has also set up a handy online Q&A, where you can answer a few questions to find out whether you’ll be able to travel.
Make sure to read about our Covid travel insurance to find out what you’ll be covered for.
How much is travel insurance to Canada?
The cost of Canada travel insurance varies. It will depend on things such as the length of your holiday and what you’ll be doing there. Travel insurance for Canada can be expensive, because claims costs are higher than in Europe. We offer four cover levels to choose from, for both single trips and annual travel insurance, so we’re sure to have a policy to suit your budget.
What’s the best travel insurance for visitors to Canada?
You’ll find the highest level of travel insurance for Canada in our Black policies. Black level policies cover unlimited medical expenses and up to £10,000 of cancellation costs. There’s also no excess to pay if you do need to claim. We also offer Gold, Silver and Budget Canadian travel insurance, so get a quote today!
How much travel insurance do I need for Canada?
The amount of travel insurance Canada holidays need will depend on various things. Think about the cost of your trip, what you’ll be taking with you, and whether you’ll be doing any hazardous activities. Make sure you choose a policy that fully covers your trip. You need to know you can get your money back if something does go wrong.
Healthcare in Canada
Medicare is used in Canada as a public healthcare service, but the cost of medical treatment for visitors can be quite expensive – so it’s always best to make sure you have the right level of medical travel insurance to cover medical expenses.
It’s also important to remember to give you GP a call at least four to six weeks before you go, to check whether you need any vaccinations.
You can find more information about healthcare in Canada here.
Can you help if I need medical treatment while in Canada?
Yes – all our policies come with access to our 24-hour emergency assistance team, so there will always be someone here to help you if you become ill or are injured while abroad.
If you need emergency medical assistance just give our team a call any time, day or night.
Interesting facts about Canada
- Canada’s Nanaimo Marine Festival, held in July, boasts that it’s “the world’s cleanest race”. That’s because contestants compete with each other over a gruelling 36-mile course across the Strait of Georgia… in bathtubs!
- The distinctive maple leaf flag of Canada was only adopted in 1965 when it became the nation’s first ever official flag. There were complaints in 2013 when the Bank of Canada put the “wrong” maple leaf on new banknotes. Oopsie!
- The Mounties always get their man! is a phrase associated with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. But their motto is really “Maintiens le droit” meaning “Uphold the law”. The better known phrase comes from a Montana newspaper report of 1877.
- Canada’s favourite fast-food dish is “poutine”, which originates from French-speakaing Quebec. It’s a heart-clogging marriage of chips and cheese curds, smothered in thick gravy.
- Canada produces more than 80% of the world’s maple syrup. It’s derived from the sap of the maple tree, which stores starch before winter and converts it into sugars when the sap rises in spring. If only the fruits turned into waffles…
- The huge tides at Hopewell Rocks, Fundy Bay, Canada, have created some strangely eroded rock formations, which look like flowerpots. At high tide, the water level can rise as much as 16m, when the sea swallows up the steps down to the beach!
- Lacrosse wasn’t invented on the playing fields of British girls’ schools, but comes from the indigenous peoples of Canada. The Iriquois, Choctaw, Cherokee and others played forms of lacrosse long before the arrival of Europeans in the Americas.