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Three Things to Know When Visiting Canada

You may have noticed that unlike any other MLB city, Toronto is in Canada.

That’s a cool thing, because it makes you the ballpark roadtripper an international traveler! But it also means that you’ll be entering a foreign country, maybe for the first time, and if you do there are definitely some important things to know.

Here are three that I consider pretty important:

1) Have a passport.
Yes, you’ll need one of these even just driving your car across the border into Canada, and you’ll have to go through a customs service if you’re flying so they want to know you have permission to enter. This didn’t used to be the case, but it’s something you need to know now.

Sometimes there are long delays at the border because someone forgot something pretty important. Don’t be one of them.

2) Be sure you can use your phone.
I learned the hard way that my phone service didn’t cover me in Canada...I had to send e-mails to my wife from the hotel and tell her to call me there. Eventually I got myself a phone card which helped, but it will save you a big headache if you know beforehand if you can use your phone there.

And you’ll be surprised at how much you miss it.

3) Be aware of money transactions. Get your money exchanged for Canadian money at a bank or at your hotel; do not use the exchange centers that take a big cut of the cash. Also, check your credit card company and see if they add foreign transaction fees, and if they do, use cash as much as you can because those fees add up.

Remember that you can use American money at most establishments, but you will get Canadian money in return, so as you’re leaving don’t pay for your cup of coffee at Tim Horton’s with an American twenty. It’s a headache turning Canadian dollars back into U.S. dollars, take it from me.

There’s three things that you should definitely know about visiting the beautiful country in the Great White North...I added a section with other important things you’ll need to know in the Rogers Centre E-Guide...if you’re heading to Toronto for a ballgame, be sure to order yours today!

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