Insider's Guide to Canada - Brownell Travel

Insider’s Guide to Canada

Learn more about our neighbor to the north with this Insider’s Guide to Canada!


  • Passport, no visa
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
  • Don’t Miss: The St. Lawrence Market, named the world’s best food market by National Geographic.
  • Stay: Ritz-Carlton Montreal
  • Don’t Miss: With an Old World European-feel, Montreal is like going to Europe without the jetlag, especially with beautiful buildings like Notre-Dame Basilica.
British Columbia
  • Stay: Fogo Island Inn
  • Don’t Miss: Shop for locally made goods on the island


  • Dining: 15-20%
  • Hotel: $2 per bag for porter; $2-5 per day for housekeeper
  • Cab: 10-15%
  • Private driver: $10-15 per person per day
  • Private Guide: $10-15 per person per day

Talk the Talk

  • Canadian = Canuck
  • Commotion = kerfuffle
  • Bathroom = washroom
  • Sneakers = runners
  • Don’t you think? = eh?
  • One-dollar coin = loonie
  • Canadian bacon = back-bacon
  • Line = queue


  • Poutine
  • Bacon
  • Maple syrup
  • BC Salmon
  • PEI Mussels
  • Nanaimo bar
  • Bannock

Know Before You Go:

  • After New York and London, Toronto has the third largest English-speaking theater district, so be sure to plan to attend a play.
  • Canada is a playground for adventure enthusiast!

Insider Tips:

  • Spend time in Banff before exploring the Bugaboos – it can be a little jarring after spending time in the peaceful, remote mountains.
  • Travel with Rocky Mountaineer to easily explore Western Canada in a comfortable, relax environment – the Gold Leaf service is a must!
  • Plan to spend an afternoon at Stanley Park in Vancouver. It features trails, beaches, a water park, miniature train, and more!