Proof of Citizenship
U.S. visitors to Canada may be asked to prove citizenship with a passport, birth
or baptismal certificate, or naturalization certificate. Residents of some other
countries do require visas. Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate office.
Entering Canada by Boat
If crossing the lakes from the U.S. into Canada, you must contact the nearest
Customs Office at your Port of Entry with complete details of your visit. You
are then given a number and reporting time for verification of the duration of
Banks and trust companies offer the best rate of exchange. Banks are open Monday
to Friday (except holidays). Purchases made on major credit cards offer good
rates. Currency exchanges are also located along the U.S. border. They offer
fair exchange rates and are open every day.
Taxes & Rebates
Prices on goods in stores or on menus in restaurants do not generally include
taxes (7% goods & services tax, plus 8% provincial sales tax). Some goods
are exempt. Duty free shops at border crossings and tourist information centres
have forms for visitors to receive tax rebates.
Speed Limits & Seat Belts
On expressways or 400-series highways, speed limits are posted between 90 to 100
kilometres per hour (kmh) or approximately 55 to 62 miles per hour (mph). On
two-lane highways, speed limits are generally posted at 80 kmh (55 mph). In
cities, towns and villages, speed limits are 40 to 60 kmh (25 to 37 mph).
Ontario law requires that all persons wear a seat belt in an operating vehicle.
By law, cyclist aged 18 and under must wear a bike helmet. All boats must have a
life jacket in good condition for each passenger aboard.
Tips & Gratuities
In restaurants, the customary amount of tip for the server is 10 to 15 percent
of the bill. A few establishments include the gratuity in the price, and should
tell you if they have.
Road & Weather Reports
Road conditions are available in both English and French by calling the Ontario
Ministry of Transportation at 1-800-268-1376.
Hunting & Fishing
A license issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is required to
hunt or fish in Ontario. Ask your outfitter or local bait shop for more
information about licenses, seasons for fishing and hunting, and catch limits.
You must be 19 years of age or older to enter a bar or purchase alcohol from
liquor and beer stores. You may be asked for photo identification. Driving
motorized vehicles, including cars, bikes, boats and snowmobiles, while under
the influence of alcohol, is illegal in Ontario.
You must be 19 years or older to purchase tobacco products in Ontario. Anyone
who looks under 25 years of age may be asked to provide photo identification.
Some municipalities in Ontario have prohibited smoking in bars and restaurants.
Police, Fire & Emergencies
Dial 911 (in most areas) in case of emergency.