If you are anything like me, you love to travel and can happily while away an hour or two planning trips you may not even end up taking. The other day I was dreaming of Canada. So, rather than waste all that research I have decided to share some of it with you here.

I know there will be at least some of you who will want to take your kids there sometime soon. So, if you are wondering things like do you need Health Insurance travelling to Canada? Or how long is the flight? Just read on and you will find out.

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Travel insurance

The answer to that first question is yes. Travelling anywhere without a good family travel insurance policy is madness.

Even if you are only going to Europe where you can use your EHIC card (depending on Brexit) you still need insurance. Should one of you fall ill and need repatriation the cost of that would be phenomenal from somewhere like Canada. So, you definitely need to make booking the right travel insurance a priority.

trip to Canada with Little Ones

The right documents

Everyone including babies need their own individual passport. It has to be valid for at least 6 months from your planned return journey date. Don’t get caught out by the fact that your child’s passport is only valid for 5 years instead of 10 like yours is.

If only one of the child’s parents is travelling with them, you will need additional paperwork. Details of which can be found on the Canadian government’s website. These rules apply to anyone who is under the age of 18. I was stunned to learn that in these circumstances you need each child’s birth certificate and some other paperwork.

You also need to find out about visas. North Americans do not need one, but, practically everyone else does. Find out what the requirements are and apply for them as early as possible.

trip to Canada with Little Ones

Vaccinations

Fortunately, you will not have to worry about vaccinations. You do not need any to travel legally to Canada. Although you may want to ask your doctor about getting everyone a tetanus and diphtheria jab.

Plan your itinerary well in advance

When planning your trip, it is important not to underestimate just how vast the country is. So, if there are things you really want to do and see make a list then take a look on the map to see how viable doing them all in one trip will be. You do not want your kids to have to spend most of their holiday on the move.

trip to Canada with Little Ones

Book things in advance

Canada offers plenty of activities for kids. It is fantastic for those who love outdoor adventure, but be aware of height and age restrictions. Also, make sure your insurance covers you for them before adding them to your itinerary. It is wise to book in advance. This is a particularly good idea if you are planning on visiting the mega popular places like the Niagara Falls.

Other tips

If you are planning to hire a car take your baby seat with you. It is possible to hire one when you get there, but, normally this will work out expensive.

For a rainy day, plan a trip to a science museum or theatre. These usually offer some sort of interactive experiences, for kids.

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