Visitor Entry Into Canada
- All visitors to Canada are required to present their passport at points of entry. If a current passport is not available and you are a U.S. citizen, you should consult Canadian Customs & Immigration with regard to specific forms of identification that will be accepted for entry.
- Citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. do not require visas to visit Canada. Foreign visitors from outside North America may require specific visas or other documentation such as proof of immunization. Further information can be obtained from the Canadian Embassy and Consulates.
- Canada-US Border Checklist
- Information for Visitors to Canada (Canada Border Services Agency)
- Foreign Consulates - Click here.
- For information on Canadian Airport Transit Security and what is allowable in your carry on luggage, etc., please visit the CATSA website.
- Visitors taking medicine prescribed by a doctor should bring a copy of the prescription in case it needs to be renewed by a doctor in Canada.
- It is recommended that visitors to Canada obtain traveler's health insurance before leaving their country because health insurance plans often do not extend coverage for services received outside the country of residence.
Public Holidays For 2016 - 2017
Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Boxing Day are not statutory holidays, but are often observed by businesses.
- Thanksgiving Day - Monday, October 10, 2016
- Remembrance Day - Friday, November 11, 2016
- Christmas Day - Sunday, December 25, 2016
- Boxing Day - Monday, December 26, 2016
- New Years Eve - Saturday, December 31, 2016
- New Years Day - Sunday, January 1, 2017
- Family Day - Monday February 13, 2017
- Good Friday - Friday, April 14, 2017
- Easter Monday - Monday, April 17, 2017
- Victoria Day - Monday, May 22, 2017
- Canada Day - Saturday, July 1, 2017
- B.C. Day - Monday, August 7, 2017
- Labour Day - Monday, September 4, 2017
- Thanksgiving Day - Monday, October 9, 2017
- Remembrance Day - Saturday, November 11, 2017
- Christmas Day - Monday, December 25, 2017
- Boxing Day - Tuesday, December 26, 2017
- New Years Eve - Sunday, December 31, 2017
- New Years Day - Monday, January 1, 2018
Shipping and Postage
Allow 1-4 additional days over and above the time frame for shipping to larger metropolitan areas.
Tips or service charges are not usually added to a bill in Canada. In general, a tip of between 15% and 18% of the sub total before taxes is given, is considered appropriate. This applies to waiters, waitresses, barbers and hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc. Bellhops, doormen redcaps (porters) etc., at hotels, airports, and railway stations are generally paid $1 to $2 per item of luggage.
Tap water in Canada is among the cleanest in the world and is very safe to drink here at Mount Washington. If you are planning a back country camping or trekking experience, it is always best to bring a portable water filter.
Currency, Credit and Debit Cards
- Bills are in denominations of $1,000, $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. Coins are in denominations of $2 ("toonie"), $1 ("loonie"), 25¢ ("quarter"), 10¢ ("dime") and 5¢("nickel").
- Real Time Currency Converter
- At Mount Washington Alpine Resort, we accept Canadian and American currency, Visa, MasterCard and American Express, as well as Debit Cards in most locations.
- Tax rate for British Columbia 5% GST (Goods & Services Tax) and/or 7% PST (Provincial Sales Tax)
- Time Zone: Pacific - GMT-0800
- Canada observes Daylight Savings Time. The time changes take place generally at the end of March (the clocks move forward one hour) and at the end of October (clocks move backward one hour).
- Time Zone Converter
- We drive on the right hand side of the road. Speed limits are posted in kilometres per hour.
- We do recommend that you use winter tires while visiting our Resort in the winter season for your safety. Occasionally there are chain-up events where tire chains will be required to travel on alpine roads.
- Drive within your ability and for what the conditions allow. Posted speed limits are based on ideal weather conditions.
- Seat-belts must be worn by drivers and passengers in BC. Children under five must use an approved safety seat. Motorcyclists and cyclists must wear helmets.
- It is a criminal offense to operate or be in the care or control of a vehicle, whether in motion or not, with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent.
- Out of province drivers' licences and international drivers' licences are valid in BC for a maximum of six months. Drivers with a non-English language licence are advised to obtain an international licence.
Weather, Climate and Clothing
- For up-to-date information on the most current weather forecasts please visitor our "Conditions" area on our website.
- During winter, alpine areas can experience sudden weather changes. It is best to be prepared for variable weather conditions during your visit by wearing layers of clothing. We do have retails outlets for shopping, lost or forgotten items.
- The average temperature at Mount Washington Alpine Resort is 5 or 6°C less than the temperature in the Comox Valley.
Mount Washington is proud to offer a diverse selection of food from various cultures, ranging from snacks to gourmet.
Legal Drinking Age
BC's legal drinking age is 19. Photo identification is required to purchase alcoholic beverages or enter nightclubs serving alcohol. It is a criminal offense to operate or be in the care or control of a vehicle, whether in motion or not, with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 percent.
Canada operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power (same as the U.S.). Non-North American visitors should bring a plug adapter if you wish to use your own small appliances from home (i.e. razors, hair dryers). Canadian electrical goods come with either a two-pronged plug or a three-pronged plug, most sockets will accommodate both.
Internet, Telephone and Cellular Information
- Wireless internet is available at different locations at the Resort.
- We do have cellular coverage at the Resort but service may be interrupted on the drive up to the Resort due to the mountains interfering with the signal.
- Public payphones are conveniently located at various locations at the Resort.
- Click here for international dialing codes.
Canada uses the international metric system.
Dial 911 in emergency situations to contact the local police, ambulance service, fire department or other emergency services.