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Going to Canada?

If you're travelling to Canada, make sure you get the right 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 ski 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 FCO

We can cover your kids for free!

If you’re going away with your children, we can cover them on your policy at no extra charge, whether you buy an annual policy or single trip cover.

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+44 (0)207 748 0060

For everything else, contact us.

We do pet insurance now too

So if you've got a cat, dog or rabbit that needs insuring, get them covered today.

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What is covered with travel insurance to Canada?

As standard, our policies cover for over 50 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
  • Scheduled airline failure
  • 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.

Currency

Canadian dollar

Most common languages spoken

English and French

Capital

Ottawa

Continent

North America

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 backpacker travel insurance so you have some extra cover while exploring off the beaten track.

Not only can our backpacker travel insurance cover you for up to 18 months, it has some extra bits and bobs too! For example, all our backpacker policies include a home visit, allowing you to split your trip if you need to pop home. 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!

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.

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 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.

Did you know..?

  • 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-speaking 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.

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 anytime, day or night, on +44 (0)207 748 0060.

Did you know..?

  • 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-speaking 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.

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