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Car Rental Canada

Canada is the largest country in North America and second in the world overall (in size). To vibrant cities to unbelievable natural wonders, Canada will take your breath away and leave you wanting more. Experience one the seven natural wonders of the world Niagara Falls and the breathtaking views of the Canadian Rockies and Rocky Mountains which covers a large span of land with jagged, ice-capped peaks it is the gateway to many of the famous areas for snow activities at Jasper and Banff.

Experience Canada

Although Canada is rich in views and natural wonders; there is also a noteworthy nightlife in the largest city, Toronto. With its iconic CN Tower being the centre of the city, this dynamic metropolis has so much to offer. With a hire car you don’t have to choose the city or nature, you can do both! Creating your own self-drive itinerary has never been easier. Hit the world famous slopes in Jasper National park or explore the area from the sky in the Jasper Skytram. Take your hire car to the city of Montréal where you can really see the French influence that is apparent along with the rich history and culture present. Book a hire car today and see Canada in its entirety at you own pace.

New CANADIAN entry requirement now in effect

Visa-exempt foreign nationals need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

Travel by Car

Canada is one of the only two countries (the other is The United States) to have the world’s lowest set driving age. But the legal driving age varies between 14 and 16 throughout the country. Alberta is among the places in the world with the lowest set driving age(14).

Of course, many people choose to rent a car. Although somewhat expensive if you are travelling alone, this can be an economically reasonable alternative if you are sharing the costs with others. However, there are many limitations and drawbacks on car rentals in Canada. To name a few of them:

  • Surcharges associated with dropping off the car at a different location than where it was picked up are usually very high.
  • “Unlimited” km may be limited for the province you rent it in only (check the conditions thoroughly). If they are and you enter another province, even for a few km, your entire trip gets limited (mostly to 200km or 124 mi a day).
  • Driving is usually permitted on paved roads only (most rental companies won’t stop you or charge extras but CDW and roadside assistance is void outside paved roads).
  • There are no manual transmission rental cars available in Canada. Don’t bother searching.

Basically, if you really want to get around in Canada, except in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, or places where there are few or no roads, it’s best to have a car.

In Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, public transit is a strongly recommended alternative to driving.

Unlike the US, gas is sold by the litre. CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST RATES. THe price typically escalates in March, just in time for summer driving season. Year round, prices tend to be about 50% higher than those in the US after converting litres into gallons and factoring in higher taxes and the currency exchange rate. American drivers will generally find that their credit and debit cards do not work in gas pumps in Canada (due to US cards generally not having “chip and PIN” functionality), although many of the larger chains (such as Petro-Canada and Esso) can run US cards via magnetic stripe if you bring the card inside to the cashier. (This is becoming a non-issue however, as of 2015 the US has made the switch to chip and PIN debit and credit cards.)

Of particular note is highway 407/ETR (Express Toll Route) in Ontario, which circles around the northern flank of Toronto. The 407 is an electronic toll road (the only privately owned road in Canada), in that tolls are billed to the vehicle’s owner based on license plate number, or transponder account. Be sure to check your rental agencies’ policy regarding use of this road as some firms have been known to add fees and surcharges that can easily double or triple the original toll.

Many jurisdictions also have red light and speed cameras that issue fines via mail to the car’s registered owner, again via license plate when the car is automatically photographed running (disobeying) a red traffic light or going above the speed limit. The above warning regarding rental agency policies applies to these as well. Your best bet to avoid this nasty surprise is to simply not run any red lights or speed.