Canada tour and visa guide
Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada's vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It's also home to Niagara Falls, a famous group of massive waterfalls
Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo. Hip restaurants, boutiques and galleries abound along Queen Street West. Downtown’s cultural institutions range from the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Ontario Museum to the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Bell Lightbox, Toronto International Film Festival headquarters. Nearby is Chinatown as well as the retail mecca Eaton Centre and the stalls and coffeehouses of historic Kensington Market. To the east is the Distillery District, a 19th-century industrial zone with art galleries and boutiques, and the waterfront, popular for strolling and cycling, with ferries to the bucolic Toronto Islands.
Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses preeminent First Nations collections. Vancouver's main greenspace is Stanley Park, 1,000 acres of forest, trails, playgrounds, pools, beaches and the Vancouver Aquarium, all ringed by a pedestrian seawall. Its neighbourhoods range from vibrant ethnic centres such as Chinatown and Punjabi Market to historic Gastown, with its famous steam clock, and Granville Island, known for its shops, bars, theatres and big public market. Across Burrard Inlet in the North Shore is the 70m-high Capilano Suspension Bridge, dating to 1889, and the ski-and-snowboard destination Grouse Mountain, whose Skyride gondola offers panoramic views of the entire region.
Montréal is the largest city in Canada's Québec province. It’s set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River and named after Mt. Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. Its boroughs, many of which were once independent cities, include neighbourhoods ranging from cobblestoned, French colonial Vieux-Montréal – with the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre – to bohemian Plateau. Montréal's renowned Museum of Fine Arts displays collections from antiquity to the present. The International Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs comedy festival are major summer events, while winter brings the Fête des Neiges (snow festival). The enormous Underground City is a series of shop-filled tunnels and complexes connecting various Metro stations. The sprawling Botanical Garden presents thematic gardens and greenhouses, while the Biodome is an enclosed, modernist structure containing several distinct ecosystems. There are hiking paths to the top of Mt. Royal, site of a park and a large, illuminated cross.
Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada's mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques. Québec City’s famous winter events include Carnaval de Québec, with snow sculptures, sleigh rides and ice skating. Every new year brings the return of the iconic Hôtel de Glace, a temporary venue made entirely of ice and snow, with themed suites, a bar and a chapel. Among the city's cultural institutions is the Musée de la civilisation, a modern, interactive museum focused on culture and society. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has a collection of fine art. The city’s historic harbor district, Vieux-Port, is known for its vibrant nightlife.
Niagara Falls, Ontario, is a Canadian city at the famous waterfalls of the same name, linked with the U.S. by the Rainbow Bridge. Its site on the Niagara River's western shore overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, the cascades' most expansive section. Elevators take visitors to a lower, wetter vantage point. The riverbank features a promenade and an observation deck atop 520-ft.-high Skylon Tower.
Ottawa is Canada’s capital, in the southeastern province of Ontario, near the city of Montréal and the U.S. border. Sitting on the Ottawa River, it has at its centre Parliament Hill, with grand Victorian architecture and museums like the National Gallery of Canada, with noted collections of indigenous and other Canadian art. The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter. Rideau Canal is also the hub of the annual Winterlude festival. The modernist National Arts Centre has resident orchestra and theatre companies. North of the river, the Canadian Museum of History has a Grand Hall displaying totem poles made by Canada’s First Peoples as well as a separate Children’s Museum. Downtown’s Byward Market is known for its vibrant restaurant, bar and live-music scenes. The Wellington West neighborhood is home to galleries, food specialists and quirky shops. North of downtown, Gatineau Park offers hiking and cycling trails, cross-country skiing areas and bird-watching habitat.
Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears. Ski resorts within the national park boundaries include Mt. Norquay, just outside Banff; Sunshine Village, known for its vertical rise of 1,070 meters; and Lake Louise, home of the annual Alpine Ski World Cup races. Popular warm-weather activities are hiking and biking, as well as white-water rafting on the Bow River and boating on Lake Minnewanka. Year-round, visitors can soak in the geothermally heated Banff Upper Hot Springs and ride the Banff Gondola up 2,451m-high Sulphur Mountain. In November, Banff Centre hosts a renowned film and book festival.
Canada Visitor Visa Category
Single entry visa: Allows Visitor to come to Canada only one time.Once you exit Canada,excluding travel to the US and St. Pierre and Miquelon you will need fresh visa to travel back and enter Canada
Multiple entry Visa: Allows visitor entry and exit from Canada for six months at a time and this is valid for 10 years (check passport validity)
Note: Starting on February 6, 2014 (00:01 EST), all visa applicants will automatically be considered for a multiple entry visa. The visa officer reviewing your application may be able to give you this type of visa even if you applied for a single entry visa.
Both visa category is fixed period and cannot be used after expire.
Travel document requirement
Travel document not allowed
Following documents are subject to risk of getting visa and unlikely not allowed to enter Canada
- Passports supposedly issued by Somalia
- Non-machine readable passports issued by the Czech Republic
- Temporary passports issued by the Republic of South Africa
- Provisional passports issued by Venezuela
High level process involved in getting Canada visa
- Every individual needs go through eligibility check
- Apply for visitor Visa
- Check process timeline
- Steps after applying visa
- Prepare for arrival
- Extensionprocess for extended stay
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