Travel Information

holidays

Whenever we say Thanksgiving, we mean Canadian Thanksgiving, which falls on the second Monday of October. The following are the dates of public holidays in Ontario in 2008.

  • January 1 -- New Year’s Day
  • March 21 -- Good Friday
  • March 23 -- Easter Sunday
  • May 19 --- Victoria Day
  • July 1 -- Canada Day
  • August 6 -- Civic Holiday
  • September 1 -- Labour Day
  • October 13 -- Thanksgiving
  • December 25 -- Christmas Day
  • December 26 -- Boxing Day

Most banks, trust companies, credit unions and post offices in Ontario close on public holidays and November 11th. Be sure to check ahead.

tipping

Tipping is an accepted practice in Canada. Here are some guidelines:

  • Bell Persons and Porters - 50 cents to $1 per bag
  • Taxi Cabs -- 10 - 15%
  • Hotel maid -- $2 per day
  • Hotel doorman -- $1 - $5 depending on level of service
  • Garage attendant -- $1 - $2
  • Bathroom attendants -- 50 cents to $1
  • Concierge -- Not usual, unless a demanding service was requested and performed. Minimum $5
  • Restaurants -- 10 - 15% Depending on level of service

 

highway information

In Ontario, distances are specified in kilometres (km). 1 kilometre equals about 0.6 of a mile. Speed limits are measured in kilometres per hour (km/h) and vary by the type of road. 100 km/h equals approximately 62 miles per hour.

400 series highways (401, 404, and 407) post speed limits of 100 km/h. All other provincial highways are generally 80 km/hand local town and city roads are usually 50 km/h. Fuel prices range throughout the region and are sold by the litre.

 

seat belt laws

Ontario law requires all adults and children weighing 18 kg (40 lb) To be properly restrained using the full seat belt assembly; which comprises the lap belt and the shoulder belt portions. Children weighing less then 18 kg (40 lb) must be properly restrained with a child safety seat appropriate to the child’s weight. Infants from birth to 9 kg (20 lb) Must travel in a rear-facing infant seat. Toddlers weighing from 9 kg (20 lb) to 18 kg (40 lb) Must travel in a forward-facing child safety seat. Any child under 8 years old AND under 36 kg (80 lb) AND less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall must ride in a booster seat. If child surpasses any of these minimums they may ride without a booster seat. So if a child is over 8 years old or over 36 kg or over 145 cm tall they no longer require a booster seat to satisfy the law. ( see the Ministry of transportation page for more information.) It is recommended that all children under the age of 12 sit in the back seat of a vehicle with a front-seat airbag. Never place a rear-facing infant safety seat in a seating position equipped with an airbag.

 

postage

Canadian postage stamps must be used on all mail posted in Canada. Postage is 52 cents for post cards and letters up to 30 grams (1 ounce) destined for Canada, 93 cents for the United States, and $1.55 (up to 30 grams, including post cards) for other countries.

 

liquor

Anyone 19 or over may buy liquor and imported or domestic wine and beer from government liquor stores. These government stores are closed on holidays. A large selection of imported and domestic beer is available from The Beer Store, which has many locations throughout Ontario. They are closed on holidays. Drinking hours in licensed establishments are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. In Ontario, it is an offence to consume alcohol anywhere other than a residence or on licensed premises. Driving motorized vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, and boats, while impaired is illegal. You can immediately lose your licence for 90 days for refusing to take a breathalyser test or having a breathalyser reading greater than 80 mg (0.08%) of alcohol per 100 mL of blood. Charges may be laid under the Criminal Code of Canada for drinking and driving, which upon conviction may also result in loss of driving privileges for one year.

 

french language services

While English is the language spoken by most residents in Ontario, there is a significant French speaking population in the eastern half of Ontario and French Language Services are available in many communities. For more information on francophone affairs and French Language Services, you may call the Office of Francophone Affairs at 1-800-268-7507 or 416-325-4949 or log on to www.ofa.gov.on.ca

 

weather

In the eastern half of Ontario you’ll be pleased to find moderate winters and warm summers. Temperatures are given officially in degrees Celsius (°C) with the Fahrenheit equivalent (°F) often added. Temperatures average -6 to -10 degrees Celsius in the winter and 18 to 24 degrees Celsius in the summer. To learn more about current weather conditions, or to see a five-day weather forecast of a city or town please visit our weather page.

For an exact conversion of degrees Celsius to degrees Fahrenheit, multiply the °C by 9, divide by 5, and add 32.

Example: Convert 37°C to Fahrenheit. Multiply the Celsius temperature, 37 x 9 = 333, divide by 5, 333 ÷ 5 = 66.6, Add 32, 66.6 + 32 = 98.6°F

 

travelling with pets

Pets prefer the security of a travel container. Your vet can advise on the size of container appropriate for your pet. A cat or dog travelling in a car will benefit from having water to drink. Visitors entering at International border crossings should be prepared to provide Customs officials with a certificate of good health and vaccination against rabies. Ensure your pet is licensed and has either collar tags, an ID tattoo or has been micro-chipped. Seek out lodgings that allow pets. Establishments have individual pet policies, so enquire in advance. Always ensure your pet is on a leash when you take a break. Do not take your pet into wilderness areas, or on hikes where there is wildlife. The Humane Society of Canada recommends that pets are best left behind. They prefer familiar surroundings.

 

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