Compare travel insurance for Canada

With stunning landscapes, excellent skiing, truly wild wildlife and a reputation for friendliness, Canada is an often-overlooked treasure of a holiday destination. Here’s how to get travel insurance that gives you peace of mind on your big adventure. 

Patrick Ikhena From the Travel team
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How much is travel insurance for Canada?

If you’re travelling to Canada, worldwide travel insurance could cost from £10 for a week, based on Compare the Market data in June 2019. However, the cost of travel insurance varies, depending on the level of cover you need and the activities you’re planning on doing while you’re away.

**50% of people could achieve a quote of £10 for worldwide travel insurance for 1 week based on Compare the Market data in June 2019.
What should I think about when I compare Canada travel insurance?

What should I think about when I compare Canada travel insurance?

  • Does your travel insurance cover Canada? Many people rely on travel insurance that comes free with bank accounts – but this is usually only valid for travel in Europe. Check your policy, and make sure you take out additional cover if you need to.
  • Will you be doing any active sports? It’s not just about winter sports travel insurance. Even if you’re visiting in July, a gentle stroll in the Rockies could invalidate some policies if you happen to venture above 2000m elevation. Plan your activities in advance and make sure your insurance covers everything.
  • How much are your belongings worth? It might surprise you – winter gear, in particular, can be pricey. Add up everything you’re taking, from your phone to your snow boots, and make sure you have enough baggage insurance. If you’re taking something particularly valuable, like a laptop or camera, check the single article limit.
  • What would the cost be to cancel your trip? Canada is not a cheap place to visit. Before you buy your insurance, tot up the cost of flights, hotels and activities. You want enough cancellation allowance that, if you had to cancel your trip, you could really get your money back. Find out more about holiday cancellation insurance.

Do I need a visa for Canada?

If you’re a British citizen travelling to Canada, you need to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). It lasts for five years or until your passport expires and costs $7 to process. Apply at the Government of Canada website.

Do I need a visa for Canada?

Any other advice for travelling to Canada?

Here are a few things it’s good to know before you go.

Currency: Canadian dollars ($ or Can$). ATMs are common and most places accept cards.  

Language: Although the majority of Canadians speak English, Quebec and a few other areas speak French as a first language. Most French-speakers you encounter will be bilingual.

Any other advice for travelling to Canada?

Vaccines: You shouldn’t need any specific vaccines for your trip to Canada, but it may be advisable to get a Tetanus jab or booster, usually free on the NHS.

Tipping: Like the USA, Canada is a nation of tippers and you’ll be expected to follow suit. Here are some guidelines on tipping in common situations.

  • Airport and hotel porters – $2 to $5 per bag
  • Bar staff – 10-20% or follow a ‘keep the change’ rule
  • Hotel maid service –$2 to $5 per day or a lump sum at the end of your stay
  • Waiting staff at restaurants – 15-20% unless a tip has already been added to the bill
  • Taxi drivers – between 10-20%
  • Parking attendants – $5 to $10 when picking up your car
  • Salons – a tip of 15-20% is usual for hair stylists, beauticians and masseurs

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At Compare the Market, we can help you find and compare Canada travel insurance that suits your trip. Just start a quote and type in ‘Canada’ when we ask where you’re going. 

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