After Russia, Canada is the second largest country in the world, encompassing 3,855 million square miles of land and water. It is slightly larger than its southern neighbor, the United States. Crossing six time zones, Canada consists of 10 independent provinces and three territories united under a federal parliamentary system. Its territory stretches from the ice floes of the Arctic Circle across vast stretches of tundra, rugged mountains, open plains, dense forests and thousands of lakes. Hunting opportunities exist throughout the country, including numerous species of predators, deer, waterfowl and upland game.
English and French (French spoken in the province of Quebec, throughout Atlantic Canada and in scattered francophone communities further west)
- Americans – US Passport Card or Passport Book with one blank page. No visa required for stays under 180 days.
- Other Travelers – Electronic Travel Authorization or a visitor visa is required. Travelers from Europe, the Middle East and Africa must provide biometrics. For more information on entering Canada visit the Government of Canada website.
Criminal Background Checks
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service conducts criminal background checks at the border using computer databases. Travelers with any convictions for felonies or misdemeanors, including driving while impaired (DUI), will be refused entry to Canada. Canada treats DUI as a serious crime.
See the Canada Border Services Agency webpage on Inadmissibility for information on what could make travelers inadmissible and how to overcome those issues. Applications to be considered “rehabilitated” require a year or more to process, so travelers with any questionable legal records should plan this far in advance of a trip to Canada. Also, at least five years must have passed since the offense or since a completed sentence.
Temporary Import of a Firearm
All firearms must be properly declared to an agent of the Canada Border Services Agency upon entering Canada. For details on temporarily importing a firearm for a hunting trip to Canada click here.
Some Helpful Travel Information Sources:
- US State Department Travel Site
- Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook
- Canada Keep Exploring – Official Site of Destination Canada
- Canada Border Services Agency
- Wikitravel Free Travel Guide
Hunting in Canada
Canada offers hunting opportunities in each of its 10 provinces and three territories. Following is information on each hunting destination.