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following are basic guidelines.
Limits - the speed limit within an Urban setting is generally 50 km/h
(30 m/h) unless otherwise posted. When travelling through a school zone
the speed limit is 30 km/h (18 m/h).
(outside City Limits) - speed limits on highways and secondary roads vary.
If you are unsure of the speed limit on a particular road you should travel
no faster than 90 km/h (54 m/h) until you see a Speed Limit Sign.
Vehicles: Motor vehicle registration forms should be carried and if the
vehicle is rented from a car rental company, a copy of the rental contract
bearing an endorsement to the effect that the rented vehicle is permitted
entry into Canada should also be carried.
license, and international drivers' license, from the U.S. or from other
countries, are valid in BC.
and Driving: In Canada it is a criminal offence to operate a motor vehicle
while impaired by alcohol or a drug, or with more than 80 milligrams of
alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (.08%). It is also an offence for
the operator of a motor vehicle to refuse to provide a breath or blood
sample for testing when a demand is made by a law enforcement officer.
Buckles Up: The use of seat belts, child restraints, including leather
straps, and motorcycle helmets is mandatory in BC.
should note an infant car seat is required for children weighing up to
9 kg (20 lbs.); and a child car seat is required for children weighing
up to 18 kg (40 lbs.).
Kilometers to Miles - Multiply the number of Kilometers by .6 Miles to
Kilometers - Multiply the number of Miles by 1.6
Canadian Gallons to Litres - multiply the number of Canadian Imperial
Gallons by 4.5 Litres to Canadian Gallons - multiply the number of Litres
by .22 * The Canadian gallon is based on the Imperial Quart, which is
one fifth larger than the U.S. quart. 5 Canadian gallons equals 6 U.S.
to Fahrenheit - multiply the number of Celsius by 9/5 and add 32 Fahrenheit
- subtract 32 from the number of Fahrenheit, then multiply by 5/9
Currency Exchange: The money system in Canada is based on dollars and
cents. Visitors are urged to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars
at a bank, or a foreign currency exchange outlet where they will receive
the prevailing rate of exchange and will avoid exchange problems.
Revolvers, Pistols, Fully Automatic Firearms and Other Weapons are prohibited
entry into Canada. All firearms including hunting rifles, shotguns, and
personal protection devices (eg: stun guns, mace and pepper spray) must
Requirements: Canadian postage stamps MUST be used on all mail posted
Laws: When travelling in BC, you should be aware of the Litter Act. A
person who contravenes the Litter Act or the regulations and commits an
offense is liable to conviction to the penalties set out in the Act. In
other words, don't throw your garbage onto the road, put it in a garbage
For further information regarding customs regulations contact Revenue
Canada, Customs and Excise at 1-800-461-9999 or (604) 666-6031.
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