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Travel to Canada

Flying to Canada

Air Canada (www.aircanada.com) is the country’s flag carrier airline and currently operate routes between Canada and more than 80 international destinations.

Airlines flying from the UK to Canada also include British Airways (www.ba.com), Air Transat (www.airtransat.co.uk) and WestJet (www.westjet.com). Most major US carriers fly from the USA.

Major airports are: Calgary International Airport, Vancouver International Airport, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Edmonton International Airport and Winnipeg International Airport.

Airport Guides

Calgary International Airport

Code

YYC

Location

Calgary International Airport is located 17km (10.5 miles) northeast of Calgary.

Telephone

+1 403 735 1200

Address
2000 Airport Road NE
Calgary

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Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Code

YHZ

Location

Halifax Stanfield International Airport is situated 35km (22 miles) north of central Halifax.

Telephone

+1 902 873 4422

AddressEnfield
1 Bell Boulevard
Nova Scotia

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Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Code

YUL

Location

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located 20km (12 miles) west of Montréal.

Telephone

+1 514 633 3333

AddressDorval
975 Roméo-Vachon Boulevard North
Québec

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Toronto Pearson International Airport

Code

YYZ

Location

Toronto Pearson International Airport is located 27km (17 miles) northwest of Toronto city centre.

Telephone

+1 416 247 7678

AddressMississauga
6301 Silver Dart Drive
Toronto

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Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Code

YTZ

LocationTelephone

(416) 203 6942

Address

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Ottawa International Airport

Code

YOW

Location

Ottawa International Airport is located 10km (6 miles) south of central Ottawa.

Telephone

+1 613 248 2125

AddressOttawa
1000 Airport Parkway Private
Ottawa

Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport

Code

YQB

Location

Quebec City's airport lies 20km (12 miles) west of Old Quebec and handles primarily domestic flights, although there are a few flights from destinations in the USA as well as charters to Paris, London and the Caribbean.

Telephone

(418) 640 3300

Address

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Flight times

From London: to Calgary - 8 hours 50 minutes; to Halifax - 7 hours 5 minutes; to Montreal - 7 hours 10 minutes; to Toronto - 7 hours 45 minutes; to Vancouver - 9 hours 30 minutes.

From New York: to Calgary - 5 hours 25 minutes; to Halifax - 1 hour 50 minutes; to Montreal - 1 hour 35 minutes; to Toronto - 1 hour 30 minutes; to Vancouver - 5 hours 45 minutes.

Air passes

Star Alliance Round the World: Allows travel to hundreds of destinations within more than 190 countries including Canada. Full details are available from roundtheworld.staralliance.com/.

Travelling to Canada by Rail

The Canadian rail system connects to the USA at several points. US rail operator Amtrak (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) runs the following international routes: New York-Albany-Saratoga Springs-Montreal (the Adirondack), New York-Syracuse-Rochester-Buffalo-Niagara Falls-Toronto (the Maple Leaf) and Eugene-Portland-Tacoma-Seattle-Vancouver (the Amtrak Cascades).

The Rocky Mountaineer train (tel: +1 604 606 7245; www.rockymountaineer.com) also runs the 'Coastal Passage' tourist route from Seattle to the Canadian Rockies, via Vancouver.

Rail passes

There are no international rail passes covering trains into Canada. Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass does not include routes north of the US border.

Rail note

Be aware that trains can be subject to delays at US/Canada border crossings.

Driving to Canada

The only road access to Canada is through the southern border with the USA or from the west through Alaska. There are numerous road crossings between the two countries.

Greyhound (tel: +1 800 661 8747; www.greyhound.ca) runs several coaches between the USA and Canada. Routes include New York to Montreal, Detroit to Toronto/Hamilton, and Seattle to Vancouver. Note there is no coach service at all between the two countries west of South Eastern Ontario until you reach Vancouver.

Getting to Canada by boat

Canada has many ports served by international shipping lines. Montreal (www.port-montreal.com) is a popular port for cruise ships. The port of Vancouver (www.portmetrovancouver.com), one of Canada's busiest ports, is on the west coast and is a common start point for cruise ships travelling to Alaska. Toronto's port (www.portstoronto.com) is on the North Western shore of Lake Ontario.

Halifax, Nova Scotia (www.portofhalifax.ca), Saint John, New Brunswick (www.sjport.com) and St John's, Newfoundland (www.sjpa.com) are some of the principal ports on the Atlantic coast.

Cruise ships

Vancouver is heaving with cruise passengers during the spring and summer months, as hordes of tourists board ships heading north to Alaska. Sailing through the stunning Inside Passage, the itinerary takes in dramatic fjords, mountains and a bounty of wildlife; numerous cruise lines compete for business on this popular route. Montreal is a starting point for trips along the St Lawrence River as well as a stop on longer cruises around eastern Canada and New England.

Ferry operators

The Victoria Clipper (tel: +1 800 888 2535; www.clippervacations.com/ferry) runs from Seattle, Washington, USA to Victoria, British Columbia, while BlackBall Ferry Line (tel: +1 250 386 2202; www.cohoferry.com) connects Port Angeles, Washington with Victoria.

Alaska Marine Highway System (tel: +1 800 264 6475; www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs) runs ferries between several Alaskan ports and Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

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