TO CANADA FOR INTERMAG 2000
you know that...Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and the fifth-largest
in North America. Torontošs population is comprised of more than
80 ethnic groups and that the top three spoken languages are English,
Cantonese and Italian. There is no one dollar bill in Canadian currency,
but there is a one dollar coin known as a "loonie" and
a two dollar coin known as a "twoonie." All Canadian currency
is color-coded. The CN Tower in Toronto is currently the world's
tallest free-standing structure.
following information should be of help to you in planning your
trip and ensure both an enjoyable visit to Toronto and successful
participation in Intermag 2000.
the Tourism Toronto website at: www.tourism-toronto.com
Other websites that could be of great interest to you are: The Royal
Ontario Museum: www.rom.on.ca
Art Gallery of Ontario: www.ago.on.ca
Toronto Symphony: www.tso.on.ca
Canadian Opera Company:
During the week of April 9-13, 2000, Toronto will be on Eastern
Daylight Saving Time.
temperatures in Toronto in April should range between a high of
12 degrees Celsius (53 degrees Fahrenheit) and a low of 3 degrees
Celsius (38 degrees Fahrenheit).
for services are between ten and fifteen percent. Bellhops, doormen,
red caps, etc. are generally paid $1.00 per item of luggage.
appliances that work in the U.S. without a converter are also compatible
with outlets in Canada.
can safely drink the tap water in Canada.
you will be entering Canada from the U.S.: Native-born
citizens should carry a passport; naturalized citizens need naturalization
certificates with photo I.D. and your passport; permanent residents
who are not U.S. citizens must carry their alien-registration card
as well as their passport.
from countries other than the U.S. must carry a valid
passport. A visa may also be required, depending upon your country
of origin. Check with the Canadian Embassy, consulate or mission
in your home country for visa requirements and valid travel documents
and do so well in advance of your departure for Intermag
If you are a foreign student, temporary
worker in the U.S., or visitor in the U.S. who wants to return to
the U.S. after visiting Canada, you should travel to
Canada with both your passport and Canadian visitoršs visa. Check
with an office of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
before leaving the U.S. to make sure that you have all the necessary
papers to allow your return to the U.S.
If you will be travelling with a child,
you should carry the same information for that child (of any age)
that you carry for yourself. If you share custody of that child
you must carry the legal documents regarding custody with you. If
the child is not your own, you will need to carry a letter of permission
from the childšs parent or legal guardian.
Although U.S. money is widely accepted in Canada, it is suggested
that you exchange your own currency for Canadian dollars at any
Canadian financial institution. Most U.S. credit cards are honored
in Canada, and any charge to a credit card will reflect the applicable
U.S. citizens may return to the U.S. with $400 (retail value) in
merchandise duty free, provided you have been out of the U.S. for
48 hours. Visitors from countries other than the U.S. should contact
the appropriate government department to check the customs regulation
of their country before leaving home.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) - the 7% GST is charged on most
goods and services sold or provided in Canada. Foreign visitors
to Canada can apply for a rebate on the GST that is paid on hotel
accommodations and on goods purchased in Canada and exported within
60 days of purchase.
leaving your own country, you should buy traveleršs health insurance
if your personal insurance does not cover hospital and medical services
received outside your country. If you are taking medicine prescribed
by your physician, bring a copy of the prescription with you, in
case it needs to be renewed. All medications should be carried in
the container in which they were dispensed.