TOUR DETAILSKnightly Tours has reconfirmed all your travel arrangements with the vendors, however sometimes road conditions or unforeseen circumstances occur that cause departure times and or routings to change. Vendors will contact us and we will communicate with you, or they will communicate directly with you, through your escort if there are any changes. While all times and descriptions have been entered on your vouchers and on your itinerary, communications you receive while traveling will always supersede your itinerary and vouchers.
Rest assured all changes will be clearly communicated to you to ensure you have the maximum enjoyment of your trip.
MEALSMeals are included as outlined on your itinerary.
WHAT TO PACKThe greatest variation of temperatures is to be found in the mountains. When visiting the Rockies, be sure to have layers of comfortable clothing available in case of sudden changes in weather conditions (in the mountains, even summer evenings tend to be cool).
Layering is the key to comfortable travel.
Plan to bring a sweater, slacks, and a light topcoat or raincoat, as well as lightweight summer wear. Pack sturdy comfortable shoes, especially if you plan to walk in the mountains. Always make sure you carry a water repellent coat of some kind.
Below is an average temperature guide to help plan your selection of clothes.
CURRENCY AND CREDIT CARDSThe currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar. Canadian bills are accepted in denominations of $100.00, $50.00, $20.00, $10.00 and $5.00. Coins are in denominations of $2.00 (called a “toonie”), $1.00 (called a “loonie”), $0.25 (called a “quarter”), $0.10 (called a “dime”), and $0.05 (called a “nickel”). Canada no longer uses the penny and all change is rounded up or down to the nearest $.05.
We recommend carrying Canadian dollar travelers checks, as they are accepted as currency at most hotels, stores and restaurants. Most major credit cards are widely accepted across the country – principally Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
BANKINGCurrency and travelers checks can be exchanged at airports or foreign exchange services, but the best exchange rate is to be found at any of the Canadian banks. The major banks are: Bank of Montreal, Bank of Nova Scotia, Royal Bank, CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce), and Toronto Dominion Bank. Minimum hours of operation will be from 10:00AM to 3:00PM, Monday to Friday. Extended hours can be found in some cities.
Automated teller machines (ATMs) are common throughout Canada, and as well as being located at banks, they can be found in some grocery stores, gas stations, variety stores, shopping centers, bus depots, train stations and elsewhere.
ELECTRICITYElectricity is supplied at an alternating current of 110 volts. Plugs in Canada are either two flat, parallel prongs, or one cylindrical and two flat parallel prongs.
GRATUITIESService charges usually are not included on bills in restaurants or bars in Canada. Gratuities are always a highly personal item and should be based on your individual evaluation of the service. To guide you in this area here is a list of customary gratuities in Canada:
|Service personnel (Wait staff, bartenders etc.)||12% to 15% of the bill|
|Motorcoach Tours (3-5 Hours)||$2.00 - $4.00 per person|
|Motorcoach Tours (5+ Hours)||$5.00 - $8.00 per person|
|Rocky Mountaineer (Red Leaf Service)||$15.00 - $20.00 per guest|
|Rocky Mountaineer (Gold Leaf Service)||$30.00 – $35.00 per guest|