Canada means wild, wide-open spaces, jaw-dropping mountain ranges and cultured, cosmopolitan cities such as Vancouver and Toronto. Whether you’re planning an urban stay or an outdoor adventure, let Luggage Mule ship your luggage to Canada for you so you can travel stress-free.
Customs: Canada has strict border controls, and it is forbidden to bring almost all fruit, vegetables and meat products into the country. Check the Canada Border Services Agency website for full details.
Price: One way shipping from £99.99
Shipping times: 12 working days
Flights: Flights to Canada from the UK usually take between 7 and 9 hours depending on whether you’re travelling to the east or west coast. Major gateways include Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary.
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Language: English and French
Power: 120V, 60Hz
Visas: Holders of British Citizen passports do not require a visa for stays of up to 180 days. If you intend to stay for longer or work in Canada, you will need an alternative visa. Visit the Citizenship & Immigration Canada to find out which visa you require.
Time difference: Canada has several time zones, ranging from GMT-3 to GMT-7.
Packing for Canada
Canada experiences hot summers with temperatures rising to 35°C and higher, particularly in the south. Pack suncream, sunglasses and a hat, as well as some long-sleeved shirts. Winters are generally cold with high snowfall in British Columbia and Quebec. Expect rain all year round in the east, especially in the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. For those travelling to the mountainous regions, pack accordingly. We’d recommend thermals, jackets, gloves and sturdy waterproof boots.
Ship your bike to Canada
Canada has some exceptional cycling trails. Some of the best routes are in Quebec province, where there are over 5,000 km of cycle-friendly roads. A particular highlight is the Véloroute des Baleines – aka the Whale Trail – which offers the chance of seeing humpback whales in the St. Lawrence River. Quebec is also home to the Route Verte, recently named the best bike trial in the world by National Geographic.
For mountain biking, head to British Columbia. Top mountain biking destinations in the region include Whistler, Squamish, Fernie, Nelson, Golden, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Vancouver Island. Luggage Mule can ship your bike to British Columbia at reasonable rates, giving you the chance to ride these superb trails on your own wheels. If you’re keen to try multiple trails in the region, ship your bike to Vancouver and hire a car to get around – many trails are within one or two hours’ drive of the city. Alternatively, ship your bike to the east coast and explore the trails in the little known Newfoundland and Labrador province.
Ship your skis to Canada
Canada has an amazing selection of ski resorts. Sun Peaks, Whistler, and Whitewater are all household names to skiers and snowboarders. Other top resorts include Banff, a perfect spot for après ski; the family friendly Panorama; and Revelstoke, famed for its pristine powder and excellent heli-skiing. If you’re a keen skier or snowboarder you’ll want to explore these resorts with your own gear. Avoid the hassle of hiring in resort and let Luggage Mule ship your skis to Canada ahead of you, so all you have to do is turn up and hit the slopes.
Ship your golfing gear to Canada
Some of Canada’s best golf can be found in Ontario, with great courses at St. George’s Golf and Country Club, National Golf Club of Canada, and Hamilton Golf and Country Club. As all good golfers know, the answer to the perfect swing is relaxation – so let Luggage Mule ship your golf gear to Canada, saving you hassle at the airport and helping you travel stress-free.
What to ship home from Canada
Popular cultural souvenirs from Canada include sculpture, paintings, and jewelry from the country’s Aboriginal peoples. On the food and drink front, look for maple syrup and ice wine, a sweet dessert wine made from frozen grapes. Canada is the world’s leading producer. There’s also some great shopping in Toronto, from big global brands to independent Canadian names. Luggage Mule’s Canada luggage shipping service gives you a generous 30kg allowance, so you’ll have plenty of room to pick up the best Canadian souvenirs.