Everything you need to know to visit Canada

The Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada.

The Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. Photo Credit: digitaldust via Compfight cc

Visas, insurance, food, snow and more: A resource for everything you need to visit Canada from India

CANADA IS ONE of the world’s most desirable tourist destinations. The second largest country on earth, Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources and wildlife, four distinct seasons, dynamic cities, culinary delights, pristine wilderness regions, and more outdoor adventures than you can shake a paddle at.

If you are visiting Canada from India or other countries that require a Visa to Canada, read this post carefully. It will prepare you for what you need to know, including:

  • Visa requirements
  • the new Super Visa for parents and grandparents
  • travel and health insurance
  • climate, food, top tourist attractions
  • where to go and what to do & see

Visas and getting started

First things first. Click here for the Government of Canada’s Visit Canada page. This is where you will start your Visa journey. On this page you will see several links.

Visit Canada, Visa

Click here to find out if you need a Visa. Choose your country from the drop-down menu and click GO. From this page, you will see links to apply for several different types of Visas. If you don’t know which Visa you should be applying for, you can choose the Come to Canada Wizard.

From here, click through to the How to apply page. On this page, you can choose to apply online or on paper. There’s also a list of questions and answers, and another drop-down menu, which should answer all of your questions. You can also go through an online questionnaire to determine if you are eligible to apply.

There are numerous requirements that must be met to visit Canada. To see the entire list, click here. Some of the requirements include having a valid travel document, such as a passport and being in good health.

Note: To apply online, you must have access to a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents to upload, and a valid credit card to pay with.

Canada, Visa, Super Visa

Parent or grandparent Super Visa

Canada is of course a proudly multicultural society. There are about 1.2 million people of Indian heritage living in Canada (and many more from just about every country on earth), and the government has a “Super Visa” available to the parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

The Super Visa really is Super — if eligible, you can get a multi-entry Visa, valid for up to 10 years, that allows you to visit your family in Canada for up to two years without renewing your status.

Visa officers consider several things before they decide if you can come to Canada on the Super Visa, including your ties to your home country, the purpose of your visit and proof that your child or grandchild in Canada meets a minimum income threshold. You also need to have valid Canadian health insurance coverage for at least one year and an immigration medical exam.

For a full list of requirements for the Super Visa, click here.

Health insurance for Super Visa

If you apply for the parent or grandparent Super Visa, valid Canadian health insurance coverage is one of the requirements: You must show proof that you have private medical insurance from a Canadian insurance company to get the Super Visa.

The health insurance must be valid for a minimum of one year, provide a minimum of $100,000 coverage and it must cover health care, hospitalization and repatriation. To learn more and get a quote, click here for information on health insurance for the Canadian Super Visa.

Travel insurance

Travel insurance is not always a requirement for visiting Canada, but it is certainly a good idea. Depending on the policy, travel insurance can cover trip cancellation and interruption, protection of travel baggage and personal effects plus emergency medical bills. It can also offer assistance if you have a travel or medical emergency such as language interpretation, access to a doctor on call and a 24/7 emergency call service. If you are applying for a Visa or Super Visa, health insurance is mandatory for the duration of your trip, as mentioned above.

To learn more and get a quote click here for information on travel insurance for visiting Canada.

Ice Hotel, Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada

Canada’s Ice Hotel

Canada’s Climate

Canada has an extreme climate, from very warm and humid summers to very cold and snowy winters. It’s a good idea to research your specific destination and find out what the weather will be like, so you can be prepared. Wearing layers is always a good idea as temperatures can change surprisingly quickly.

Everyone loves snow, and it’s fun to see, especially the first time. But if you come to Canada in winter, or travel to a cold place such as the Rockies or the Yukon, make sure you have the right clothing. Warm boots, a thick jacket, plus a scarf, hat and gloves or mittens is usually necessary.

Canada’s Food and Cuisines

Canada is blessed with teeming oceans, wheat-filled prairies, fertile farmlands, abundant game and many meat and dairy farms. It’s a veritable food basket. The food scene in many of the major cities — especially Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal — is hopping, spawning celebrity chefs and internationally renowned restaurants. Canada’s multiculturalism gives rise to ethnic food of every hue.

There is no end to the fresh and delicious food available in Canada. If you are vegetarian, or vegan or have any specialty dietary requirements you should have no problems, especially in the major cities. Read How to find vegetarian food in Canada.

Vegetarian food, salad, Canada

Vegetarian food is readily available in Canada

 Where to go and what to do

Over the last year or so, I produced more than a dozen articles about the top Canadian Signature Experiences for the Indian market. Here’s the full list, below. Read these and you will have a very good idea about some of the fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities available to visitors to Canada:

Canada, maple leaf

Canada’s symbol: the red maple leaf

Important Links

Note: This post is intended for your information only, it is not intended as advice.


Top Photo of the Rocky Mountains by: digitaldust via Compfight cc

Red maple leaf photo credit: Iguanasan via Compfight cc

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5 Responses to Everything you need to know to visit Canada

  1. Gaurav Bhatnagar May 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm #

    Very informative article. Sharing it with friends 🙂
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  2. Johannes May 23, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    Traveling to Canada is on my list as soon as im settled in the states i will be making trip there to visit one of my friends i wonder if your permanent in the states if you still need a visa ?
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  3. Nanda Kumar T V May 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm #

    Need some details regarding north pole trekking, can I ever fulfill my north pole trekking dream? Need a sponsor form someone, otherwise I couldn’t afford. Please help me out

  4. Hannah @GettingStamped June 1, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    Can’t wait to go back to Canada on our road trip around the end of this year! 🙂
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  5. Deepshikha M July 14, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    Nice article….
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