Car Rental Canada

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Canada

Canada is a great country for the independent traveller to explore by car. By renting a car you can set your own schedule and take your time exploring all that this wonderful holiday destination has to offer.

Having said that, Canada is a huge country so it may not be possible to explore all of it during a single trip. For this reason, driving holidays are often narrowed down to one or two more specific areas. For example, you may want to concentrate on the Rocky Mountain region with its crystal clear lakes and snow-capped peaks. Or you may prefer to explore the cities of Toronto, Montreal, Ottowa and Quebec City and well as the pure wonder of Niagara Falls during a tour of Ontario and Quebec.

Other popular routes include The North (land of polar bears and endless skies), Atlantic Canada (including Halifax and Charlottetown) and Vancouver and British Columbia which combine urban sophistication with outdoor activities and stunning rain forests.

There are more than 50 Hertz branches in Canada and they are found in every province. All of the major airports and cities have a branch of Hertz car rental.

Rules and Regulations for Driving in Canada

• Speed limits vary but the default limits are 50kph in built-up areas and 80kph on highways, sometimes 100kph on rural highways. The Canadian police use radar traps and speed cameras to enforce speed limits and it is illegal to use radar detectors of any kind.

• All passengers must buckle up their seat belts and any children under 20kg in weight must be in a child car seat.

• Canada has some special rules around school buses. If you see a school bus stop and flash its red lights, traffic travelling in both directions must stop until the bus moves off.

• Canadian road signs are fairly self-explanatory on the whole but in Quebec most of them will be in French rather than English.

• It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in Canada even with a hands free system.

• While driving you should always carry your driving licence, passport and rental agreement (which will include your insurance details).

• Penalties for drink or drug driving are heavy in Canada and permitted levels of alcohol are very low so it's really not worth risking even one drink before getting behind the wheel.

• If you are pulled over by the police remain seated and switch off your engine. The police will then instruct you as to what they wish you to do next. Never try to pay a fine directly to a Canadian police officer.

• Some Canadian provinces require drivers to have their headlights on at all times, even during the day so check the local regulations before you set off.
• As you travel through the country you'll see signs warning you of all sorts of animals crossing. If you do, slow down and stay aware. Large animals such as elks cause serious damage to your car and injury to passengers.

 

Driving in and around Canada

Special attractions

It may come as a surprise but Canada actually has a long history of producing cars, for example, the famous Delorian was a Canadian product, albeit not its most successful.

The Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario, tells the story of Canada's automotive past and present and is well worth a visit. The museum is around an hour's drive from Toronto and as well as displaying Canadian vehicles also has a good selection of American, British and European cars.

The Manitoba Antique Auto museum is also well worth a visit. Located in Elkhorn, Manitoba, the museum has cars dating right back to 1902 and is one of the largest collections of antique cars in North America.

Canada also has a proud motor racing tradition having produced two F1 world champions in Gilles and Jacques Villeneuve. The annual Canadian Grand Prix takes place on the famous Montreal Circuit and the course boasts several attractions and activities which make it well worth visiting even on non-race days.

Quick Information

• Minimum car rental age: This varies between 20 and 24 depending on the region in which you are hiring a car and which type of car you intend to hire.

• Average speed limits: In urban areas the speed limit is usually 50kph but it may be lower around schools or in other areas. Most highways have a limit of 80kph but some rural highways have a limit of 100kph.

Driving in Canada

Drive on the right and pass on the left. Canada spans no fewer than six time zones so you may be planning some very long drives. If you are then pack enough food and water to keep you comfortable should you run into any trouble, especially during the winter months.

Driving standards are high in Canada and congestion is rare outside of peak times in the cities. In general Canadian drivers are respectful and polite and the rules and regulations are largely adhered to.

Licence requirements

Generally, your licence from your home country is all you need to rent a car in Canada. The exception concerns licences that are not in English, in which case you may well need an International Driving Permit in order to rent a car from a Canadian branch of Hertz.

Tolls and fees

Tolls are not uncommon in Canada and sometimes it won't be possible to pay with cash so make sure you have a credit or debit card to hand.

Driving with children

Children weighing up to 20kg must use a car seat which are available to hire from Hertz branches.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.