This vast country at the top of the North American continent is blessed with natural beauty and an abundance of resources. SITU recognises Canada’s irresistible nature as a business travel destination and has a range of serviced accommodation on offer.
Canada is the second largest country in the world, yet only has a population of 36 million. That’s not much more than a tenth that of its neighbour, the United States. More than eighty per cent of Canada's total landmass is uninhabited and most of the population live clustered in a handful of large cities close to the U.S. border. It is hard to pinpoint each of Canada's regions to a simple definition, as they vary drastically. Geographical overviews would suggest though that the main regions of Canada are the west coast mountains, central flat prairies, eastern forested plains, and the frozen north. Ultimately, almost every region in Canada is also home to an abundance of rivers, lakes and forests.
Canada’s history can be said to have been borne out of European intrigue and exploration. After centuries of aboriginal lifestyle and community, and cycles of generational inputs, European settlers outrooted the population in around the 16th century. Canada since has had its fair share of colonization and conflict experiences. Beyond a vast history of colonial influences, Canada’s most important day fell on July I, 1867. Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity. The rest is history. Those staying in Canadian city apartments have the best opportunity to see how the country has transformed from its colonial past to become the independent nation it is today.
Although the vast majority of the country is wilderness – forest, tundra and mountains – Canada’s economy developed through the 20th century to become more urbanised and industrial. Three-quarters of employment is now in the service sector, but a significant amount of the economy is still reliant upon wood and petroleum exports. With a relatively low population density and a high average income and GDP, Canada is regularly found to be among the best countries in the world for quality of living. The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD) and for one pound sterling and one euro, it exchanges for 1.72 and 1.50 Canadian dollars respectively. For other currency exchange rates, visit www.xe.com and its currency converter.
The UNCTAD's 2018 World Investment Report revealed that Canada was in the top fifteen best destinations for foreign direct investment worldwide. The reason for this is the numerous incentives that come with relocating in the North American state. Corporates and business owners look to invest into the advantages of a welcoming business environment, predominantly highly qualified workforce, cutting-edge infrastructure and modern-day transportation network. Moreover, start-up businesses here grants access to the market of 30 million consumers and offer low business taxes. Booking a stay in Canadian corporate accommodation is the perfect way to start a business relocation to a country with one of the best economies worldwide.
The business traveller will find Canada a diverse country in which to come and stay in an aparthotel, with various nationalities and languages represented. Although residents from the likes of most European nations, the US and Australia do not require a visa for entry to Canada, they will need an Electric Travel Authorization (eTA). This is electronically linked to visitors’ passports and is valid for up to five years. For more information about acquiring an eTA and whether you require a visa, visit www.canada.ca.
In case you did not already know Canadians drive on the right side of the road. However, road laws vary from province to province. One of these variants is speed cameras, which are banned in some provinces and not others. Make sure to do your research before taking a long journey. Rests and vigilance are also essential, with fatigue being one of the main causes of incidents in Canada. If you are travelling from Canada to the US, make yourself aware of the few border requirements which can be found at www.dmv.org/driving-abroad/canada.php.
Oddly, one Canadian law says that you must declare any visit to a farm within fourteen days of arrival. Also, do not attempt to bring any dairy, meat or animal products into Canada without declaring them to the customs authorities. To find out more about these food guidelines, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website. It would be wise to consider the weather before you travel to Canada too. The country is susceptible to severe snowstorms, so be sure to check the forecasts before you travel.
In terms of worldwide known attractions, Niagara Falls is certainly amongst them. These massive falls attract millions of visitors each year. Along with the obviously astonishing views, the adjacent town has developed a festival like atmosphere suitable for any crowd. Booking corporate accommodation through SITU in Toronto puts guests no more than an hour away from one of Canada’s national treasures. Get a feel for Canada’s modern urbanisation too when visiting the famous Toronto’s CN Tower. At a staggering 553 metres tall, Canada’s national tower is an engineering wonder. Reach the top in rapid time via the glass elevators and enjoy the award-winning cuisine and spectacular views.
Canada has attractions that pay some attention to the country’s past as well. Both in southeastern Canada, old Quebec and Old Montreal showcase some of the country’s fascinating history. Old Montreal is an old neighbourhood founded by the French in the mid-seventeenth century. The area displays stunning structures dating back to the New France era. Old Quebec in Quebec City also symbolises this French influence. Visit the exquisite, historic cathedrals and churches as well as walk along the long boardwalk overlooking the city. Our Canada serviced apartments put you in touching distance of these fascinating referrals to Canada’s past.
Those coming to Canadian serviced apartments will have every opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle of both business and leisure. The country’s combination of historic referral, modern urbanisation, friendly people, and stunning landscapes make Canada one of the more popular travel destinations for corporates.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest airport in Canada, but the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, however, serves a higher percentage of international passengers.
Other large airports include the Calgary International Airport and the Vancouver International Airport. All these airports have vast connections to the rest of the world and enable you to travel all over Canada.
Canada’s railway system is well-developed and provides transcontinental transport. Continent-wide railway travel is provided by Canadian National and Canadian Pacific networks.
Nationwide train travel though is provided by Via Rail, operating over five hundred train services across eight Canadian provinces
Known as the main provider of bus services in Canada, Greyhound provides an extensive network. They can offer services to and from the US, and long-distance internal journeys.
Free Wi-Fi, onboard movies and air-conditioning are common facilities of these bus services. Tickets can be bought either online or at bus terminals.
When visiting one of Canada’s major cities, Toronto, be sure to take advantage of the metro system and links to our serviced apartments.
Consisting of four lines, three underground and one above, travellers only need one ticket to have access to all of them.