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Edmontonians are generally casual dressers. Business attire is acceptable for top restaurants and cultural events. In the summer bring a sweater, slacks and a jacket or light raincoat.
Edmonton has four distinct seasons. Summers are generally dry and sunny. For the month of July one can expect the high to be 23ºC and the low to be 13ºC on average. Current conditions and five-day forecast.
Use Canadian dollars while in Canada. Major international credit cards are widely accepted, as are traveller's cheques in Canadian dollars. Most Canadian bank machines (ATMs) accept cards issued by members of Interac, Cirrus and other major networks. Extra fees may apply, and you should check with your card issuer that the card is recognized by Canadian ATM networks. Currency may be exchanged at banks, trust companies, credit unions and currency exchanges.
In restaurants and bars with table service, a tip of 15% is customary if service is cheerful and efficient. (To calculate tips, some people double the 7% GST and round up a bit.) If service is exceptional, a 20% tip shows strong appreciation. In coffee shops and other places with "Tips" jars at the cash register, tipping is not mandatory but a few coins will be appreciated if the service is good. At hotels, give bellhops $1 or $2 per bag and housekeepers $1 or $2 per night.
English and French are Canada's two official languages. English is the predominant language in Alberta. At many hotels, attractions, airlines, banks and other service institutions some employees are multilingual.
Canada uses 110 volts AC. Please consult owner's manual before plugging in any devices not purchased in North America.
Alberta has no provincial sales tax (PST). Alberta has a provincial room tax of five per cent. The federal GST (Goods & Services Tax) of seven per cent can be reclaimed on goods that international visitors take with them when they leave the country. More about GST rebates.
Contact a Canadian embassy, high commission, or consulate for information about what documents you will need before coming to Canada. For more information visit Canada Customs.
For currency calculations visit the Bank of Canada Currency Converter.
For Greater Edmonton weather conditions please visit Environment Canada.
Edmonton International Airport is served by more than 25 airlines, providing air services to all major Canadian cities, and seven major U.S. hubs, as well as seasonal charter services to Europe and sun destinations. The new Edmonton International Airport terminal building boasts modern facilities and services.
VIA Rail's internationally known transcontinental train, The Canadian, stops in Edmonton. Rail passengers can travel east to Saskatoon, Winnipeg or Toronto, or west to Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver.
Greyhound Bus Lines provides excellent service to Edmonton from anywhere in North America. Red Arrow provides service to Calgary, Red Deer and Fort McMurray.
Edmonton is on the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway, which provides access from Winnipeg through Edmonton to Prince Rupert and Vancouver. Highway 2 is the main highway from the United States through Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton and Northern Alberta.
Greater Edmonton boasts a wealth of places to see: galleries, museums, zoos, and historical sites. Don't miss West Edmonton Mall, Odyssium, (Edmonton's space & science centre), Fort Edmonton Park, the River Valley and the Alberta Legislature Building.
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