U.S. Visitor Information
US Visitors to Canada
For detailed information on entry requirements, including medical exams, working or studying in Canada, and what you are permitted to bring into Canada, visit the Canada Border Services Agency web site.
Click here for the current exchange rate information.
You may want to carry some Canadian cash when you enter Canada but automated teller machines are readily available and usually offer the best exchange rates. Don’t be surprised if your money feels heavier; loonies and toonies ($1 and $2 coins) are in wide circulation.
In Prince Edward Island, the 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 9% provincial PST are combined to create a single 14% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). The Province does not tax home heating oil, or children's clothing, children's footwear or books.
Units of Measure
Keep in mind that distances are measured in kilometres and speed limits are posted in metric as well. The metric system is also used for most grocery products. Temperatures are measured in Celsius; a very simple comparison to remember is that 20 degreees Celsius is about 70 Farenheit, and that average daytime summer temperatures in PEI are 23 degrees Celsius.
PEI is in the Atlantic Time Zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Time Zone.