Driving in Canada
Home of the 2015 Women's
Football World Cup
home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
its stunning landscapes, friendly people
and wide roads, Canada offers one of the
best driving experiences North America has
to offer. Take the time to learn the key
road rules before you go and you’ll be all
set to enjoy a fantastic road trip.
rules, regulations and things to know
on the right
overtake on the left.
Make sure you park to the right, too, so
that you’re not facing oncoming traffic.
an International Driving Permit before you
go. You can get this from the AA, Green
Flag or RAC. This is the accepted licence
in Canada when hiring a car there.
Drink and Driving:.
Penalties for driving over the limit are
harsh, so it’s best to avoid alcohol completely
if you’re driving. If you have a drink driving
conviction in another country, you may need
to apply for a special waiver to enter Canada.
Contact the Canadian consulate in your country
for more information well before you go,
as this process can take several weeks.
Seat belts: These
must be worn by the driver and all passengers
at all times. And if you’re travelling with
a baby or young child, make sure they’re
travelling in an approved car or booster
Speed Limits The
general speed limits are: Motorways – 100
km/h Built-up Areas – 50 km/h
you’re planning to drive in Quebec, it pays
to know a little French. Some signs there
appear only in French.
Speed limits / distances
on road signs appear in kilometres. Not
detectors are illegal.
Leave them at home and disable this feature
in your sat nav if necessary.
obligatory during day time as well as night.
Turn on those headlights whenever you hit
careful about turning right at red lights.
It’s illegal in places like Montreal
give way to pedestrians
on pedestrian crossings.
Keep an eye on weather
conditions. Winters in Canada can
be long and severe, resulting in road closures
and/or winter tyre requirements coming into
effect. Humid summer conditions have also
been known to cause problems on the roads.
Winter Tyre Requirement: Not
mandatory, but highly recommended for snowy
conditions and mountain driving
Watch out for wildlife.
Elk, deer and moose are just a few examples
of animals that are known to cross Canadian
If you’re driving into the country from
the USA, Canadian border officials may search
your car. Personal
belongings are generally fine and not subject
to duties or taxes, but there are limits
on particular items.
phones: In most of the Canadian provinces
it is not legal to use a a mobile phone
whilst driving so don't risk using one as
you can receive a heavy fine in most countries
and more important
cause a serious accident.
at marked crossings have right of way. Driving
over a pedestrian crossing if people are
already on it or waiting to cross is illegal.
in cars: From 1st
October 2015 drivers in England and Wales
will be banned from smoking in cars carrying
children under the age of 18. The law aims
to protect young people under 18 from second-hand
smoke. Similar bans are already in place
in the United States, Canada
Travel Tips from
landscapes are diverse, and range from fertile
plains to vast mountain ranges, lakes and
rivers. In the west, there are the Rocky
Mountains and in the southeast the Great
Lakes, St. Lawrence river and Niagara Falls.
has 37 national parks within its varied
environments. The country is divided into
ten provinces and two territories. The languages
spoken are French and English.
The Canadians like most countries have a
motoring association, however they do not
want the name or link on this site. Their
trademark administrator in November 2014
requested its removal so if you are looking
for a motoring organisatuiion in Canada,
please use a search engine to find one.
has more scenic drives than you can shake
a stick at so car rental is a great idea.
Remember, booking Canada car hire will involve
driving on the other side of the road. Hectic.
Book car hire Canada, a GPS and head out
on the open road. Don’t get too carried
away though, Canada boasts the world’s longest
national road, spans six time zones and
borders three of the world’s four oceans.
hire in Calgary -
You don’t need
a Stetson to fit in but it would help. Book
a hire car and drive to Calgary, true cowboy
land. Head there in July to catch the legendary
Calgary Stampede. Fancy your very own City
to Banff National Park, swap the car for
a horse, a pair of chaps and a Stetson.
Going in Winter? Trade in your chaps for
some salopettes and head to Canada’s top
hire in Vancouver
a car in Canada and head to Vancouver, the
gateway to the Pacific Rim Highway, you’ll
struggle to find anywhere more stunning
to drive. Hire a car and experience it for
yourself. Swap your car rental for a bike,
skates or even a horse-drawn carriage down
at Stanley Park. There’s a thousand acres
of it. Feel like a spot of rock climbing?
Just a short drive north is the town of
Squamish. No, we haven’t misspelt it.
hire in Montreal
- Bienvenue à Montréal!
Home of the Canadian FI Grand Prix. Hiring
a car will give you more time to explore
all this French-speaking island has to offer.
Book Canada car hire and head to the awe-inspiring,
jaw-dropping Basilica Notre Dame. The evening
light show will knock your socks off. Feeling
young, fit and active? Take a trip to the
Laurentian Mountains. There’s some really
big hills there.
hire in Toronto -
The CN Tower dominates
the skyline. Jump in the lift to the observation
point and check out all the places you can
visit if you book car hire in Toronto. The
Niagara Fall is an impressive sight. You’d
be a fool to miss it. You can even swap
your vehicle for a trip on the Maid of the
Mist boat. Don’t fancy getting your feet
wet? Head to the Bata Shoe Museum instead.
It’s not a shop so don’t try any on.
driving tips - Watch
your speed in built-up areas. The police
radars are out to get you.
illegal not to have your headlights on during
the day in British Columbia.
are no right turn on red lights. Turn your
headlights on, whatever the time of day
following Government websites are available
in English and French.
detailed information about road safety initiatives,
federal Acts and Regulations, and more
Border Services Agency (CBSA)
A useful resource
if you’re driving over the border from the
USA, with information about wait times at
the border, restricted items and more
Don’t forget your car hire excess insurance
and buy it before you set off