Tourism spotlight: Oh, Canada!

By Britany Wright
April 10, 2008

Megan Pellegrino

Strange colored taxis, turning 19-years-old will get you anywhere and following the metric system.

These are just some signs that Americans are not in the United States anymore.

Canada, the northern neighbor of the United States, or neighbour as they would say, provides a tourism destination for Americans.

For years, Americans and Canadians have been able to pass across the border with one form of identification.

There are new standards that are being enforced by border guards that call for American citizens to have a passport or a birth certificate and a driver’s license to go between the countries.

The bill calling for American citizens to have a passport at all times has been pushed back until at least the summer of 2009.

So far it has just been initiated in travel via airplanes to the country.

The process of going through the border is quite simple and shouldn’t be stressful.

After presenting the border guard the forms of identification of the people in the car, the guard will ask several questions, most importantly, “What is your business today in Canada?”

Five minutes after pulling up to the border, you’re in Canada and before going further people can stop by duty-free shops where items are not taxed.

Duty-free shops sell an eclectic showcase of items like alcohol, make-up and food.

They also provide a rest stop for motorists.

It is important to remember when going into Canada that knowing the metric system will pay off as almost everything is different.

As soon as the encounter at the border is over, the speed limits and miles are switched into the metric system.

For many people who have never traveled outside of the country before, Canada is an opportunity for many not wishing to go too far away.

Canada requires the least amount of identification to get in and out of the country, until 2009 when passports are needed.

Despite the British spelling of words and the metric system, parts of Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario are Americanized.

The best time to go to Canada is during the spring, summer or fall, unless you’re a hockey fan. Winter spotlights the hockey season and the hockey hall of fame.

When going the rest of the year it is possible to tour the falls on the Maid of the Mist.

It is beautiful as many weddings are conducted there.

Britany Wright

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