It might not get as much media as other countries, but Canada has a lot to offer any visitor. Its expanse of natural beauty rivals that of any other country, while its cosmopolitan cities provide a vibrant, modern, multicultural feeling we could all enjoy. On top of that, it’s lauded again and again as the world’s most populous nation, which includes seniors. Here are our best tips on great discounts you may use to take advantage of your next trip to Canada. Fly in for cheap Air Canada provides a 10% discount to seniors on a lot of its fares.
Another service the airline supplies are reduced Bereavement Fares on certain international routes. Both alternatives are available by phone only to Air Canada Reservations on 1-888-247-2262. Jet Airways gives senior discounts to those over 65 on all its flights, including to and from its Toronto hub. Take in Canada’s best scenery The Parks Canada Agency, which manages all the national parks, national historic sites, and canals in the nation offer a great 25% discount for seniors Watch Canada by train and save Canada’s Via Rail offers year-round 10% reductions for those 60 and over – just pick their 60 fares when booking on any travel.
There is also a 10% discount for seniors on two good travel passes – the 12-day Canrail pass, in which you can go coast to coast on a single ticket; and the Corridor Pass, which provides you 10 days’ unlimited travel in southern Ontario and southern Quebec. Save on car rental Thrifty Canada gives 5 percent off mileage and time to those over 55, with a few dates and other limitations. Hit the road the simple way Greyhound Canada carries millions of passengers throughout the country’s provinces and territories every year. There’s a standing 5% reduction for those 62 and over – ID may be required.
Furthermore, many local metro and bus services provide senior discounts, but local residency or unique IDs are required in certain areas. Every province and town has a visitor information center. You can email and ask local information centers to send discount books, area road maps, a listing of festivals and special events. Tell them you are arranging a cheap vacation and ask what there is to do for free. The majority of them can also send you voucher books with discounts to a wide assortment of attractions and local restaurants.
You can get these through the Tourism Canada site. I discovered the official site quite tough to navigate, but it will give you access to the individual town/provincial official tourism websites. Grab a picture Most cinemas in Canada offer discounted entrance for those over 65. Ask at the counter of your nearest cinema. Save on your hotel room A range of hotel chains in Canada Ontario offer discounts to seniors – here are a few of the best ones: Sandman Hotels provides a 25% reduction through its 55Plus program at its 26 locations in western Canada all year round; Best Western gives a minimum 10% discount to those over 55 at its resorts around Canada (reservation required); the Radisson hotel chain offers senior discounts at many of its locations, including some vacation packages – check with the individual hotel; the Travelodge hotel chain offers a senior discount in its resorts around Canada, even though some blackout dates apply. Bronwyn White has over 20 years of experience in the travel sector. She has gained her experience as a travel agent, with airlines, government tourism boards and as a professional traveling researcher (yes there’s such a job). She consults on a regular basis for the travel industry and is frequently quoted in the media.