Drinking and Driving
In Canada, it is a criminal offence to operate a motor vehicle, vessel or aircraft while impaired by alcohol or drugs. More than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood (.08%) is considered legally impaired. It is also a criminal offence to refuse to provide a breath or blood sample for testing when demanded by an officer.
Gasoline is sold by the litre in Canada. Four litres is approximately equivalent to one U.S. gallon.
Right Turn on Red
In British Columbia, motorists may make a right turn while the light is red, after coming to a complete stop. However please not that right turns on red lights are NOT permitted in Quebec.
In both British Columbia and Quebec law requires that everyone wears a seatbelt. Fines for not wearing them are very high in Canada. Small children must wear safety restraints and be seated in a car seat.
The speed limit is posted in kilometres. 100 km/h equals 60 miles per hour. In the city the speed limit is generally 50 km/h (30 mph) unless otherwise stated. In rural areas the speed limit is generally 80 km/h (50 mph) and on highways it is 100 km/h.
In both British Columbia and Quebec, no-fault insurance is in effect. Either municipal or provincial police should be called. When staying in Kelowna, call 911.
Liquor Control Board of British Columbia (LCBO) outlets are sales agents for wines and spirits of British Columbia. Wine is also available at several individual wineries. Domestic beer may be purchased at The Beer Store. Both LCBO outlets and Beer Stores are open weekdays and Saturdays except for major holidays. Drinking hours are from 11am until 2am and the legal drinking age is 19 years. In Quebec, wines and liquors may be purchased in Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) outlets. Beer and wine are available are also available at some grocery stores and convenience stores. Drinking hours are until 3am and the legal drinking age is 18 years.
Canadian postage must be used on all mail posted from any point in Canada. Check with the post office for current postal rates and classes of mail. Post office hours are 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Postal outlets are often located in pharmacies, retail stores, or shopping malls.
Financial Services and Banking Hours
Regular banking hours are Monday to Friday from 10am until 5pm (some branches until 8pm). Many banks are open Saturdays until 3pm, and closed Sundays and holidays. Most banks have 24-hour instant banking machines.
Travellers' cheques in Canadian dollars are the best way to carry currency. They are accepted everywhere. Major credit cards are also honoured in most business establishments.
The U.S. dollar has a favourable exchange rate in Canada. Most stores will give a good rate of exchange on the U.S. dollar. However, it is best to exchange any foreign currency to Canadian dollars upon arrival to Canada. This can be done at a bank or foreign exchange service.