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10 November, 2016 -

The Government of Canada has introduced a new entry requirement known as Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.

The form for this new admittance procedure needs to be filled out by eligible travellers at Canada.ca/eTA, prior to their trip to Canada, as it will be required to board their flight.

This authorization is mandatory as of November 10, 2016.

eTA eligible applicants must have a valid passport, email address and credit card (CA $7) to complete the online form; authorization is usually received within minutes.

It is strongly recommended that eligible travellers apply for the eTA at the time of booking and to verify the status of the application on the Government of Canada official website at the following address: Canada.ca/eTA. It is also recommended to check-in at least three hours prior to departure.

Plan your trip to Ontario

Flights to Ontario are easy to book with Air Transat. Before planning a trip, be sure to check the schedule below, as some routes may be seasonal.

Birmingham Airport (BHX) Glasgow International Airport (GLA) London Gatwick Airport (LGW) Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Discover Ontario, from Niagara Falls to the Thousand Islands

The top tourist attraction in Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most dramatic natural phenomena in North America. Visitors can feel its power from the viewing area or charter a boat to get up close. Niagara Falls is just 90 minutes from Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. Over 100 languages are spoken regularly in Toronto, and the city is made up of ethnic enclaves that all come together in downtown’s Kensington Market.
East of Toronto is Ontario’s farming area, which has the distinction of providing Canada with half its food. Visitors can go to towns like Perth, and areas like Prince Edward County and the 1000 Islands for a fresh farm-to-table experience.

Niagara-on-the Lake and Stratford

Ontario is Canada’s theatre capital thanks to two annual summer festivals: the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the Lake (right near Niagara Falls) that pays homage to George Bernard Shaw, and the Shakespeare Festival two hours west of Toronto in Stratford. Many of Britain’s most celebrated thespians have taken the stage in Stratford, including Sir Alec Guinness, John Neville, and Dame Maggie Smith.

For drama of a different kind, political buffs can make their way northeast to Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, to watch the Canadian parliament in session. It’s similar in style to the British parliament, complete with lively debate and occasional name-calling. In the winter, the Rideau Canal just outside Ottawa’s parliament buildings turns into a 7.8-kilometre skating rink. Every Ottawa tourism guide recommends it, and for good reason.

Great lakes beyond the Great Lakes

Ontario borders four of the five Great Lakes (Lake Ontario, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Superior). But Ontario’s best bodies of water are actually in Muskoka cottage country, roughly three hours north. Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Joseph are home to some of the most magnificent summer estates in the world. East of the Muskoka region is Algonquin Provincial Park, home of over 2,400 small and medium size lakes that offer the exact opposite experience to the millionaire Muskokas.

Book a flight to Toronto with Air Transat, plan a day in Niagara Falls then explore the rest of Canada’s most diverse province.

Canada : Points of interest. Find articles here highlighting our most charming Canadian destinations!

Ontario must-see destinations



A harmonious multicultural population, a thriving downtown core surrounded by unique neighbourhoods, and no shortage of things to do have helped Toronto reset the urban bar to become a must-see city in North America.

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Airports in Ontario serviced by Air Transat

The Canadian dollar is used in Ontario, and should be easy to find at most UK banks. Alternatively, you can withdraw Canadian dollars with your debit card at any bank machine.

Official language

English and French are the official languages of Canada, but English is the primary language in Ontario.

Entry/exit requirements

To get information regarding passports and all necessary visas, please visit the Canada section on Gov.UK.

As of March 15, 2016, travellers looking to visit Canada will be required to fill out an application form (eTA). This document will be required when boarding a flight to Canada. For more details, please visit Canada.ca/eTA.

Tourist Office

To get information regarding Ontario, please visit the Tourist Office Website.

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