Information & Facts
The Canadian Rockies experience a highland climate,
characterised by warm summer days with long hours of sunshine, and
cold, crisp winters when snow covers the ground from November to
March. The coldest months are December and January when
temperatures can plummet to well below freezing, exacerbated by the
wind chill factor. Hikers in the summer months should note that May
and June are the wettest time of year, and that even in summer
weather conditions can be variable and changeable.
The official languages are English and French
(predominantly in Quebec).
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided
into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to
the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar
coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and
travellers cheques, as will some hotels, but the rate will not be
as good. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are
plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud,
larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian
Canada covers six time zones, from GMT 8 in the west to GMT
-3.5 in the east.