Helpful Information for International Travelers
- All visitors are required to show their passport at all points of entry into Canada. If you are a US citizen and do not have a poassport, consult Canadian Customs & Immigration for alternate forms of identification.
- US citizens or permanent residents of the US do not require a visa to visit Canada.
- Visitors from outside of North America may require a visa and proof of immunization. Contact the Canadian Embassy and Consulates for the required documents.
- Canadian Air Transit Security Authority has some restrictions on what can be carried in your luggage on a plane. Please visit the CATSA website for the latest regulations.
- Canada-US Border Requirements
- Information for Visitors to Canada provided by the Canada Border Services Agency
- List of Foreign Consulates
- Bring a copy of your prescription for medicine you will be traveling with or will need to get renewed while traveling.
- It is recommended to always obtain additional traveler's health insurance before leaving your home country.
Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Boxing Day are not statutory holidays, but are often observed by businesses.
Currency, Credit and Debit Cards
- Bills are in denominations of $1,000, $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coins are in denominations of $2 ("toonie"), $1 ("loonie"), 25¢ ("quarter"), 10¢ ("dime"), 5¢("nickel") and 1¢ ("penny").
- Currency Converter
Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of between 15% and 18% of the sub total before taxes is given, is considered appropriate. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. Bellhops, doormen redcaps (porters) etc., at hotels, airports, and railway stations are generally paid $1 to $2 per item of luggage.
- Our Time Zone: Pacific - GMT-0800
- Canada observes Daylight Savings Time (DST). The clocks move forward one hour in the spring and back one hour in the fall. DST starts on the second Sunday in March, and returns to standard time on the first Sunday of November.
- Time Zone Converter
- Current World Times
- Driving is on the right side of the road. Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour (km/h). Posted speed limits are based on ideal weather conditions. Please drive within your personal ability and what the road conditions allow.
- Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and all passengers in BC. All drivers must ensure that all children are secured in an age- and weight-appropriate child seat until their 9th birthday unless the child has reached the height of 145cm (4'9") tall.
- Motorcyclists and cyclists must wear helmets.
- It is a criminal offense to operate or be in the care or control of a vehicle (whether in motion or not) with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent.
- Out of province drivers' licences and international drivers' licences are valid in BC for a maximum of six months. It is recommended that drivers with a non-English language licence obtain an international licence.
Weather, Climate and Clothing
Campbell River is proud to offer a diverse selection of food from various cultures, including some local seafood and west coast cuisine.
Legal Drinking Age
BC's legal drinking age is 19. Photo identification is required to purchase alcoholic beverages or enter nightclubs serving alcohol. It is a criminal offense to operate or be in the care or control of a vehicle (whether in motion or not) with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent.
Canada operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power (same as the US). Non-North American visitors should bring a plug adaptor for your small appliances from home (i.e. razors, hair dryers). Canadian electrical goods come with either a two-pronged plug or a three-pronged plug, most sockets will accommodate both.
Internet, Telephone and Cellular Information
- Internet cafés and many accmodations have internet services. The local library offers computers with internet connections as well.
- Cellular coverage is excellent.
- Public pay phones are readily available and cost 25¢ for a local call. Some phones accept credit cards.
- International Dialing Codes
- Canada uses the international metric system.
- Metric Conversion Calculators
Dial 911 in emergency situations to contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department or other emergency services.