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General Info about Niagara Falls, Canada

Currency
The currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar. There are no dollar bills, the lowest note is five dollars, so dollars and two dollars come in coin form.

Language
The main language spoken in Niagara Falls is English.

Climate
Niagara Falls sees four quite distinct seasons and has what is known as a humid continental climate. The weather can be quite changeable during spring and autumn, winters are cold with frequent frost and snow, and summers are generally pretty hot. January tends to be the coldest of the winter months with subzero temperatures averaging out at around -6ºC. In summer, July is the hottest month with temperatures often climbing above 26ºC. June and September are the wettest months of the year in Niagara Falls as both get rainfall in excess of 80mm.

Time Zone
Niagara Falls operates on Eastern Standard Time which is five hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Savings Time applies between April and October.

Opening Hours
Shops in Niagara Falls generally open between 10.00am and 6.00pm from Monday to Saturday, with many also opening on Sundays. Banks are usually open from 10.00am until 5.00pm on weekdays.

Electricity
The electrical current used in Niagara Falls is 110 Volts AC/60 Hz, while sockets take 2-pin plugs (flat) or 3-pin plugs (2 flat & 1 round).

Visa Requirements
Visa requirements for visitors to Canada have become stricter in recent years. All people entering the country must have proof of citizenship. For most European residents and citizens of certain other countries, you do not need a visa but you must have a passport. Entry visas are required, however, for citizens of more than 130 countries so it is worth checking this out with the Canadian consulate in your home country. They will be able to tell you if you need a visa and, if you do, how to go about applying for it.

Tourist Office
The main tourist office in Niagara Falls Tourism, located at 5400 Robinson Street.

Currency Exchange
For the best exchange rate, it’s usually best to change your money into Canadian currency at a bank. Travellers’ cheques are also widely accepted. ATM cards which are part of the Cirrus or Plus network can be used in machines displaying the relevant signs. All the major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted and can also be used to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Telephones
To call Niagara Falls from abroad you first dial 00, followed by 1, the local area code and the local number. The main area code in Niagara Falls is 905. If you want to call abroad from Niagara Falls you need to dial 001, followed by the international calling code for your particular country and then the local number.

Post Office
The main post office in Niagara Falls is the Niagara Falls Post Office at 4500 Queen Street.

Tipping
The amount depends on the quality of the service but the usual tip is an average of fifteen percent and a minimum of ten. This also applies to hairdressers and taxi drivers. Porters, bellhops and similar staff at hotels, airports and railway stations are usually paid one dollar per item of luggage carried.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are before you travel to a country as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In Canada they take place on January 1st, Good Friday, Monday on or before May 24th, July 1st, September 3rd, October 8th, November 11th and December 25th. It is a good idea to check the particular region too as certain towns and areas also shut down during special events.

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