Foreign tourists who want to visit Canada should be in good health, not only so that they will be able to fully enjoy various outdoor activities, but also because they may not be granted visas if they are not healthy. No country will take the risk of admitting foreigners who are potentially bringing a contagious illness into its territory. Besides screening visitors for contagious viruses and diseases, Canada has also implemented rules such as requiring visa applicants to have medical insurance and Super Visa Insurance so that the taxpayers’ money will not be spent on medical bills for visiting foreigners.
However, just because you have hospital insurance does not mean you should be complacent about your health once you are already in Canada. It is never easy to be ill in a foreign country where you do not have a close network of friends and relatives.
So how should someone who is not used to Canada’s climate and environment take care of his health?
Wear clothing that is appropriate for the time of year as well as the climate of the province you are visiting. While some people may have the impression that it is always very cold in Canada, its southern areas actually experience warm summers. It does not hurt to always have a warm, comfy sweater on hand though since you never know if the climate will suddenly take a colder turn. It is always better to have to take off the extra layer when it gets warm enough than to shiver to your bones because you do not have warm clothing.
On the other hand, if you are arriving in Canada in the winter or if you are heading to the northern parts of the country, be sure to bring a warm jacket, long underwear, gloves or mittens and a hat. Remember that a body whose temperature drops drastically becomes very susceptible to not be careless in your diet and be sure to maintain your personal hygiene habits. It is fun to go around and taste Canadian dishes that you have never tasted before, but remember to ask the cooks what ingredients they have used–the food might contain ingredients to which you are allergic. If you are staying with family and friends, let them know what you are not allowed to eat ahead of time.
Protect yourself from injuries if you are going to try out any of the popular sports in Canada. Injuries can effectively cut your vacation short or limit the activities that you can do for the remainder of your stay. Do not forget your helmet and knee and elbow pads if you go ATV driving. Be sure to wear proper equipment if you are going to try skiing or ice hockey. For surfing, do not forget rash guards and a swim suit covering most of your arms and legs.
There is nothing more annoying and frustrating than getting sick while you are supposed to be enjoying a brief vacation in a beautiful and exciting place like Canada. Basically, you just need to be well prepared even though you will be excited about your trip, and not forget about the safety rules that you normally practice when you are at home. If you keep these things in mind, you will enjoy your vacastion to the fullest.