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For many Americans, going to a Canadian restaurant/hotel can be a very different experience. There are so many differences in foreign restaurants or hotels (and especially Canada) that it can actually be quite confusing in certain respects. More than that, it can make one feel like somewhat of a fool for not knowing what is going on when certain things come up.
Before you can even enter the country, you have to convert your money to the Canadian dollar. Since the US dollar is worth more, the conversion tends to yield more money. However, because Canada’s currency is weaker, their prices are higher to compensate for having more of their money. To a foreigner, the prices can seem steep, when in fact they’re relatively the same, but the conversion is different.
Many (if not most) other countries include the tip into the cost of the meal when you go to a restaurant. Since this is something Americans aren’t used to, it can cause some confusion. Some might wonder why they’re meal was so much more expensive, or might wonder why they had to pay so much (or little) as far as the tip went, and so on. It’s more convenient to have a tip directly on the bill, as it’s a guarantee to the employee and it’s an obvious courtesy from the customer.
Canada, like any other country, has its own culture and experiences that you won’t see anywhere else in the world. However, it does share cultures as well, due to it’s extravagant past with the UK and with France. Because of this, there are a lot of places that serve french cuisines and even British favorites. What that means is you can get a mix of several countries all in one trip.
Fast-food is very different in Canada than it is in America as well. Their menus may be relatively the same, but they are likely to have added things onto it, like beer, for example. Others may be just as surprising, and are likely to produce mixed feelings from one tourist to another, but all are both unique and interesting.
They are also different in how they serve their customers. They may have the same menu items that you’d see in America, but they’re prepared in a different way for whatever reason. As an example, because Canada uses the metric system, they might sell steak by a different size scale. This can be baffling to an American.
Regardless of where you go in Canada, they (like any country) have foods that they are well known for having or serving and are likely to have them. Some of those foods include beer and cheese among a few others. This doesn’t just affect their food places, but franchised ones as well. They’re menus are likely to change to include these foods, being a national specialty.
No matter what restaurants and hotels you go to in Canada, the experience is still unique in its own way. In many ways, it can be hard to understand or get used to, but that’s because food means something different to Canadians than it does to Americans. They treat food as more of an art, where in America they treat is as a time consuming necessity. It’s just one of the many ways that make the foreign restaurant experience a reason to travel.
There are so many questions to ask when booking your accommodation for a holiday in Canada. What hotels welcome families? Can I bring my pet? How about disabled facilities or parking? These are just some questions, the rest being dependant on the purpose of your stay.
For example, not everyone has a holiday in mind. Your trip to Vancouver, Toronto or Winnipeg may focus on business. If you are arranging a seminar or meeting, your best bet may house a meeting room. Hotels featuring these spaces often provide business services, such as fax and photocopying. Ask around for a place which will provide audio-visual support, reducing the amount of technological baggage you will need to carry with you.
Your meeting might go better in a stylish bar. If your hotel has one, all the better. A restaurant serving high-quality cuisine will give you the chance to impress your potential business partner or sell a product. Look for a good selection of after-dinner drinks, even a mini-bar in your room so you can celebrate your success.
Where business and pleasure combine you will often find a wedding. Hotels which can host the wedding reception, cater for it, even help to plan the decorations will score points for the savvy wedding planner. Also ask yourself where the photos should be taken, such as Niagara Falls or Stanley Park. Plant yourselves and your guests as close to these locations as you can.
Romantic get-aways may stem from the wedding, including the honeymooning couple or guests combining a wedding visit with their own short break. Some venues provide packages and discounts for wedding guests, bride and groom. This helps facilities to compete with surrounding hotels when convenience comes into consideration.
A romance package in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, can overlook a vineyard or a vast expanse of lake and sand. Ask around and you may find the hotel which provides special touches to your room. These include chocolate dipped strawberries, flowers or a bottle of wine. Room service makes a wonderful addition to hotel amenities when a couple wants to venture out as little as possible. When you look around for the right room, find out what your view will be from the window or balcony.
Sight-seeing tours of historic Quebec City or whale watching from Victoria Harbor can begin with a short walk and no parking. Consider location when booking your time away. A hotel situated close to the attractions you came to admire takes the stress out of your plans, especially if you are unfamiliar with the roads. Spend more time visiting the BC Natural History Museum or viewing the Tall Ships off the Maritime coast and less time driving. In your list of questions, remember to ask if your accommodation features a tourist service providing information about and even booking arrangements for your days out.
This kind of service takes the work out of family holidays. Instead of waiting in line or wondering about what places are suitable for children, ask the experts at your hotel. This is their business, so they should know. When you return to your hotel, you might want a pool the right size for small children, or novelties like a wave machine or giant slide. On-site activities help too, some of which might be supervised by staff allowing parents to go off on their own for some much needed time together.