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Canada Travel Guide and Advice for Tourists

Canada travel agents can be instrumental in planning a good, memorable trip. They possess local knowledge and experience, and are able to come up with great tour proposals, from visa to airline tickets, from hotels to tour guides and excursions.

Canada is a vast country with a stunning variety of tourist attractions. The Great Lakes of Ontario, Erie, and Huron are the huge reservoir of fresh water and the place of unbelievable recreation. The largest province according to the number of inhabitants is Ontario, known for its vineyards, which produce the lion’s share of Canadian wines, as well as the Big Horseshoe of Niagara Falls. Ontario alone has more than 30 national parks, wild uninhabited northern areas, about 50 thousand pristine lakes and numerous rivers with a total length of 55 thousand km. The capital of Canada Ottawa as well as the city of Toronto are located in this province.

Ottawa became the capital of Canada in 1857. The main attractions of Ottawa are Parliament, the Tower of the World with more than fifty bells on it, a picturesque quarter around the Market Hall Bayword, the Stables of the Royal Police, and Rideau Canal, which becomes the longest skating rink in the world in winter months. A lot of visitors spend their time in the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Museum of Science and Technology and other cultural venues. This is a very quiet, clean and safe city.

Toronto is the largest Canadian city and a leading cultural and commercial center of Canada. The city is often called the international standard of cleanliness and order. This huge metropolis has an easily recognizable shape of the great skyscrapers, banks and offices, surrounded by dozens of green parks, where squirrels and other small forest animals amuse the public. Toronto is the city of neat gardens and lawns framed by major highways, and numerous national blocks neighbouring with each other.

Quebec is the largest and the most beautiful province in Canada. This area covers the most scenic areas of the country: the plains and the magnificent forests of the river St. Lawrence, mines and lakes, Estrie and Charlevoix, Lake Saint-Jean, Madeleine Islands as the region of sailors and fishermen. Here one necessarily goes to the oldest cities in Canada, Quebec and Montreal. In Quebec, there are several universities, the famous waterfalls of Montmorency and the low northern slopes of the Appalachian Mountains. Hundreds of beautiful tourist destinations, ski resorts, sandy beaches and protected areas welcome the tourists. Landscapes of southern Quebec are so diverse and charming that it is often called ‘The Beautiful Province’.

Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and one of the oldest city in Canada. It is situated on a river island and is known for the picturesque streets. The city has the nickname of ‘the City of Saints’. Modern Montreal is a city of skyscrapers, highways, huge international transportation. It is an important air and sea gateway of the country, its historic and cultural center.

One of the most beautiful provinces in Canada is Nova Scotia, surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The attractions include wide beaches and fishing villages along the coast, the National Park in Cape Breton Island, the Vikokomag Indian Reservation, Annapolis, and many convenient bays and beaches.

Winnipeg is famous for the Museum of Man and Nature, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Building of the Confederation skyscraper, the famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and other historical and natural attractions.

British Columbia is the most western and mountainous province of the country. This is the area of marine landscapes, mountains, lakes, rivers, pine forests, green valleys with vineyards and orchards, the area of breathtaking scenery and friendly people.

Tips on Choosing Car Transport Services!

This is one of the rather new ways to transport your vehicles, and also one of the coolest ways as well! These auto shipping companies will quite literally pick your car or vehicle up in any location and deliver it to another location – it’s completely safe, its cost efficient, and it’s a great convenience to you, especially if you are moving to another side of the country, or you are moving to another country altogether! There are, however, a few tips you should be aware of when it comes to auto car transport. It doesn’t matter if you are doing an auto transport Florida, or an auto transport Hawaii, it’s best to try and follow some main guidelines to now only keep you safe, but to keep your car as safe as possible as well.

– All auto shipping companies should do an inspection before they pick the car up and after they deliver it. This is going to document any pre-existing conditions of your car such as dents, bumps and scratches, but it will also note the mileage and gas on the car before its loaded onto the truck and after it reaches its centralized location. It’s important that YOU read this report and make sure everything is honest and correct. These reports are taken so that if anything does happen to your car, they can and will send in a payment or reimbursement for the damages done.

That shouldn’t scare you. This is simply a safety precaution. It’s like wearing a bike helmet – just because you have one on doesn’t mean you ARE going to get hit by a car! It’s simply to keep you safe. By the way when looking for a company to work with, be sure you take note on where they pick up and where they deliver. So if you are in Canada and you are moving to Florida, make sure they are do auto transport Florida!

– Be honest with the car transport services about any and all items you may have in the car – have it be the actual car or the trunk. Each truck is going to be weighed for each state they cross, and they could be charged fines if the truck is heavier than it should be. If possible, remove all the items ahead of time so that you don’t cause any problems for the truck company and driver!

– Be sure to ALWAYS read the fine fine fine print on ANY contract before you sign it. I don’t care if it’s to Santa Claus or for something like this. It’s important that you know your rights, you know the rules, and you understand the fee structure as well as any other information on the contract. If you don’t understand something — ask them! Remember they are here to help you, so if there is something you don’t understand, let them know and I’m sure they will be more than happy to explain it to you!

Shipping Across the Canada or US Border

If you are shipping product across the US/Canada border, are you getting the best distribution service for your money? Have you considered consolidating shipments to a country under 1 Master B.O.L. (Bill of Lading) to reduce your Clearance costs? Have you considered setting up a ‘Break Bulk’ (3rd party warehouse) in a border town to consolidate items for 1 border clearance? Are you benefiting from attractive domestic rates to reduce expensive transborder pricing? Are you working with your customers to maximize pallet size and create a ‘minimum order’? Do you have multiple customers located near one another that you can combine their orders to increase shipment size, and thus reduce costs per pallet? Is your Customs Broker allowing your orders to go into ‘Bond’? Is your carrier pro-active when dealing with Bond issues?

Shipping longhaul Truckloads is very expensive, coast to coast can be in excess of $7,000. Have you looked at shipping by Intermodal? (Rail- Piggy Back) Sure, the transit time may increase from 4-5 days to 9-10 days, but the savings can be greater than 50%. Is your customer is willing to wait the extra time knowing he is getting his product at a reduced price, and if he agrees, he may order more from you than your competitor.

When shipping longhaul LTL, are you establishing a route that will facilitate multiple drops to customers that are located ‘on line’ with each other? For example, if you are located in New Jersey, and have 10ft of trailer space for a client in Ohio, 10ft for Indiana, 10ft for Illinois, and 10ft for Wisconsin, why not ship to all 4 customers and create 1 truckload?

The savings will be substantial, when compared to 4 separate LTL’s, the service will be direct, and this will also eliminate any chance of damage as your product will not leave the original truck that it was loaded on. This may also increase your sales as your method of transportation will reduce your landed costs. The same goes for International shipments, create a Master BOL, and deliver the product on 1 truck, with 1 Border clearance fee, and no handling.

Fuel prices are on the rise, again, and we are going through a recession like never before. Exploring new shipping methods and meeting the ever changing demands of your clients is becoming more and more challenging. It is the responsibility of the Traffic Manager to come up with new ideas on how to get their product to their clients more quickly, more efficiently, and in doing this, they must not only maintain, but also grow, their client base.

Too often I hear people at companies that receive goods on a ‘Prepaid’ basis say, “we don’t pay for the freight, so don’t bother asking me about our shipping patterns”. In reality, yes, they do pay for the freight, and probably 10-15% more than if they were to handle it themselves. Obviously, the transportation cost is ‘built into’ the cost of the merchandise. So, those of you on the receiving end, have a responsibility as well.

If you control the Distribution of product for your company, look into some of these ideas, create some real life scenarios to determine the savings. Talk to your suppliers, talk to your customers, create a more effective method of transport. What are your customers saying about your current methods? Do you lose sales because of Transportation issues? (late, damaged, poor communication…etc) or better question is, Would you increase sales with a better Distribution program?

Important Information on Bucket Truck Driving in Canada!

As a bucket truck driver in the United States, the possibility exists that one could take those skills over the Canadian border, as this country is right next to the United States. This could present a wonderful job opportunity for some people. What does it take to transfer those skills to Canada as a visiting truck driver? Following are some things that are important to learn about Canadian roads as well as tips for a hassle-free trip across the border.

Road Regulations

Driving in Canada is very similar to the United States, with a few exceptions. Transport Canada is the agency that governs road safety; however, each province and territory has the authority to make its own traffic rules and regulations. Therefore, if there is a need to drive from Quebec through Ontario and Manitoba to arrive at a destination in Saskatchewan, be aware that the laws may change from province to province.

In addition, the speed limit signs are measured in kilometers and in some parts of the country, particularly Quebec which would include Montreal just across the U.S/Canada border, the road signs are written in French. Unless otherwise posted, on city roads such as Winnipeg or Victoria, the maximum speed limit that is often set is 50 kph, and 80 kph on highways. If driving on a rural highway in any of the provinces, the speed should not exceed 100 kph. Always be mindful when traveling across roadways in the northern part of the provinces and especially in the Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory of deer, elk, and moose that could be crossing the road, especially at night.

Transport Canada is very particular when it comes to road safety and is similar to the United States and other first world countries. Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants inside the vehicle. It might be awkward to turn the headlights on when driving during the day, but in some provinces and territories of Canada, daytime headlights are actually mandatory to aid visibility.

Be advised that winter driving in this country can be dangerous due to the extreme weather conditions. Heavy snowfall and icy conditions from Toronto to Calgary can make driving hazardous. In fact, Highway 401, which connects Montreal and Detroit, is the scene of numerous traffic accidents caused by extreme weather conditions. It is not uncommon for roads and bridges to be closed during the winter especially in the Yukon Territory cities of Dawson and Whitehorse, so it is important to plan the route carefully, especially when traveling during the winter months.

Tips for Driving Across the Border

A United States citizen can cross the Canadian border without a visa as long as the visit does not exceed 180 days. For a hassle-free entrance and exit from the border:

  • Have all the necessary documents ready for inspection, particularly a passport and other supporting identification.
  • Roll down the windows and take off any sunglasses for easy identification.
  • Turn off any radio and cell phones.
  • Have the vehicle’s registration ready as this will also be inspected by the authorities.

During inspection such as in Winnipeg, there are several questions that will be asked regarding this trip, so be prepared to answer them. The questions you can expect may include things such as: how long a person will be staying in the country; the reason for the trip; and the address where the person or persons will be staying. Be concise and straightforward with any answers to avoid further questions from the authorities.

The truck’s cab compartment as well as the bucket truck itself will be checked at the border. Make sure that there is no illegal cargo in the truck such as fire-arms, pornographic materials, or controlled substances, among other things, or there is the possibility for arrest and detention and even prosecution if caught carrying illegal items. Check at the nearest embassy, or visit the website to see the full list of items that should not be brought along when traveling across the Canadian border.

These are just a few of the things that are necessary to know when traveling in a bucket truck to Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Quebec or Halifax. Canada is a great destination where there are many things to see and pleasant experiences to offer. Just remember to follow these important reminders to make the trip smooth and uneventful in a bucket truck in Canada!

Car Buying Tips – Buying a Car in United States Instead of Canada

It’s a hot topic right now, the topic of buying a car in United States instead of Canada. Many Canadian’s in the market for a new car see the differences in MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) between a car in Canada and the same car in the United States. That difference in many cases makes the case of buying a car in the United States instead of Canada that much stronger and many are making the hop over the border or researching online to check things out.

Buying a car in United States isn’t as easy as it may seem. Many Canadian’s think all they have to do is buy the car, pay the duty and voila they are on their way to saving HUGE!

In addition to the paying of the duty there are a few other hurdles Canadian’s have to overcome when. Here is just a quick low down of what you need to consider if you are thinking about buying a new car:

1. Dealerships have a franchise agreement which prohibits them from selling cars to anyone outside of the country. I have heard stories of people actually finding dealerships who will break their franchise agreements, but it is a challenge.

2. The new car you buy is going to be cash because you won’t be able to qualify for US financing or leasing rates and any rebates are not applicable to you.

3. If you were contemplating on using your current car as a trade you might face a challenge again. The US market if “fat” with used cars and may not even want to consider your car in the deal.

4. If you live close to a border crossing then making the trek over a few times isn’t such a hardship for you, but, if you leave further away plan on making a few weekend trips and add that expense into the mix.

5. If you are thinking about buying a car in the United States instead of Canada know that there are equipment modifications you need to make to the vehicle you can check them out here Buying a car in United States instead of Canada

6. Check with Transport Canada and Canada Customs to make sure the car you are looking at Buying a car in United States instead of Canada is admissible into Canada and what other documentation you need.

7. If you are looking at buying a used car the hoops and jumps aren’t as great but check and make sure.

Buying a car in United States instead of Canada may seem better when comparing MSRPs between the United States and Canada but there is a lot more you need to consider. Make sure you do your research not only on the car but also what requirements you need to look at.

Car Hire Conditions in Canada

Canada is a big part of Northern America. It is one of the more popular countries of the world and it is the best destination during the winter months. If you love the snow and the activities associated with it, Canada simply is the place to be.

Many travelers to Canada go here for business or pleasure or both. If you intend to stay here for a while, it is strongly suggested that you get a car to use as your own transport around here. Doing so won’t only provide you both comfort and convenience – you also get to maximize your Canadian experience.

For your car hire needs, there’s National, Alamo, and Budget to provide for you. These companies partner with online portals in addition to their own privately maintained websites. You can deal with them directly or you can choose to consult with their partners. By dealing with their online partners, you can actually get the best deals in town. You also get to compare the rates and the cars that are available to you side by side. Getting the best car hire deal in Canada is easy if you are at the right place.

With your own car to drive around the country, you can easily check out the attractions offered by the city or province that you’re at. For example you’re in Calagary, you can easily drive to the Aero Space Museum as well as the recently famous Canada Olympic Park. In Quebec, the best places to visit are the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Batterie Royale, and Chateau Frontenac.

Canada and the US, being relatively adjacent to each other, almost have the same driving laws and follow similar car hire procedures. It is possible to drive from one Canadian territory or province to another without any hassle. This is the main reason why hiring a car for a self-drive vacation in the country is ideal. All you need is a good map and you should be on your way towards total relaxation in the beautiful country of Canada.

To hire a car, travelers would have to show their driver’s licence and credit card for payment purposes. In cases of foreign travelers, their passport is also needed. An international driver’s license is required if the car will be hired for a prolonged period of time. If it is just a matter of days to a few weeks, your local driver’s license is sufficient.

Canada Cross Border Shipping Fees

When dealing with shipping items across the boarder to Canada, a company or individual must realize there is going to be cross border shipping fees they must pay along the way. These are somewhere around a seven percent goods and services tax or G. S. T. No matter what is being shipped into Canada.

In addition to shipping fees for across the boarder, there could be a small freight handling fee that the shipping or transportation broker will charge. This fee will be the same amount for those who are shipping a large amount of items or transporting a small amount of items across the boarder. Therefore, it is in a company that is doing the shipping’s best interest to combine shipments going to the same location whenever possible to save funds.

Most of the shipping or transportation companies are straightforward with their fees and there should be no hidden fees when it comes to transporting something across the boarders. There is so much merchandise and cargo that goes between the Untied States and Canada that there is really no need for hidden fees.

A reputable shipping company will be able to explain their goods and services tax (G. S. T.) in addition to all their fees for shipping or if there are any overnight storage fees or container fees. A business that is shipping something over the boarder needs to be sure they are asking the right questions of the shipping company in order to receive the best possible price to ship something to their customer and make sure their prices are competitive.

Furthermore, some of the larger hubs may charge a bigger fee for shipping or storage than some of the smaller hubs. Someone from the company doing the shipping of the freight may want to investigate the charges by looking at their website or call to verify the freight forwarding fees before signing up with a company.

Another frustration with border shipping is duties which a company or individual can not figure out in advance. These could range from no charge at all to around 20 percent of the cost of the item. These figures are gathered from the Canadian Border Services Agency which is the federal organization responsible for charging the duties.

There is a website which lists the imported duties but many of the items are hundreds of pages long, while others are simple pages and pages long. For example, one of the most popular items shipped to Canada is shoes and the duties list governing shoes is nearly 20 pages long. The website is Industry Canada.

There are a couple of options to shipping to Canada and those are private shippers who will charge anywhere between $25 and $75 to rush shipments for an individual or company. Or people could go though the Postal Service for a flat fee of around $7 but it will take a lot longer to arrive at the destination.

If a company or an individual could come up with the nearest or exact weight of what they are shipping, they will have a better chance of knowing what the cross border shipping fees will be and therefore how much their total bill will be. One can always look up the duty amount which changes with the rate of the American dollar verses Canadian money. There are several websites that will help a company or individual calculate this amount based on the current status of the Canadian currency and the American dollar and the shipping weight, where the item is going and how long it should take.