Most visitors to Canada stay in hotels or motels. You can choose from high-end luxury accommodations or roadside motels with many different options in between. Hotels in larger cities tend to cater toward business travelers rather than tourists. One interesting fact is that some smaller hotels, which usually have the lowest rates, were established when Canadian liquor laws made it difficult to operate a bar or tavern without a restaurant or hotel attached. They are often centrally located in medium and small towns, but the rooms are often minimalistic.
Over the past few years, bed and breakfast inns have grown in popularity in Canada. Room rates include breakfast, and they are often located in historic buildings in great locations. Some even offer cocktail hours and other social activities for guests.
There are about 200 hostels throughout Canada which range from small, dorm-type facilities to small guesthouses. There are also YMCA and YWCA’s that offer hotel accommodations.
Camping is very popular in Canada and all national parks offer camping options. Some are very primitive while others offer amenities. Municipal campgrounds offer very few amenities, but are inexpensive, sometimes as low as $5 per night for tents or $10 per night for RVs. There are also private campgrounds that offer swimming pools, laundries, game rooms and shopping options.
In order to visit Canada, you must have a passport, be in good health and have no criminal or immigration related convictions. You must have ties that will take you back to your home country, such as family, a job or financial assets and the immigration officer must believe you intend to leave when your vacation ends. You may need to provide information on whether you have the finances for your stay, submit to a medical examination or you may need a letter of invitation from a Canadian citizen. You can learn more about entry restrictions and information about applying for a visitor’s visa at the Canadian government website.