France is a great destination for every Canadian tourist crossing the Atlantic Ocean every year. The country itself does not require much introduction. The country’s rich history together with the beauty of its cities and the richness of foods and wines can be inspirational for every Canadian traveler. Paris can be seen as a universal symbol of romance and love. Every couple should visit and experience this romantic city at least once in their lifetime.
Canadians traveling to France can find any kind of accommodation for every kind of budget. Moving in big cities like Paris or Marseille is generally a bit pricier compared to other destinations but using the metro is definitely the best way to visit them. It's possible to have discount prices for weekly tickets.
Eating in France is definitely and experience where you want to use a lot of time. It’s hard to compete with French cuisine. France is filled with food and wine perfectionists. In the French food tradition, there are over 400 different dairy products and more than 450 different kinds of wines to taste and discover.
For all those Canadian tourists traveling on tight budgets, France will provide a wide range of street foods: croissants and baguettes are so famous that everybody knows them worldwide.
In Europe, Paris is the most visited capital and one of the best destinations for all Canadian tourists. The list of activities and amazing places to visit is way too long to describe here. We can only mention a few stunning places that make this city so famous throughout the world.
Starting from the Eiffel Tower, (that represents not only the city but the whole France) the Louvre Museum, (where it is possible to enjoy wonderful pieces of art) and also Notre Dame of Paris is another highly recommended location for all those interested in knowing the secrets of this old abbey.
All the quarters of the city have a unique personality (Montmartre, Latin quarter just to name a few) and it is definitely worth to get lost and step outside the tourist paths in these mesmerizing streets while visiting the city.
There're many other cities that you should consider visiting:
Bordeaux, located in the Aquitaine region, is the capital area of wine and therefore an ideal place to experience great wine tasting.
Marseille on the Mediterranean coast is very well known as one of the most active and dynamic cities in the country. Outside the big cities, there are many other regions that definitely deserve a visit: Provence and Burgundy, for example, offer a great variety of sightseeing and outdoor activities.
If you love winter sports, France also offers a variety of scenarios for this activity. A visit to the French Alps is strongly suggested if you enjoy the rush of the mountains and fresh snow.
For lovers of sandy beaches, a visit to the Cote Azure or Corsica will put together local culture and relaxation all at the same time.
Canadian citizens traveling to France for tourism do not need a visa as long as they spend 90 days or less in an Schengen Country. This is because Canadian passport holders are generally visa-exempted and for this reason, they can enter the Schengen area as long as the duration of stay does not exceed 90 days within a 6-month period. For longer duration of stay, an Schengen Visa is mandatory. The Visa is issued directly by the Government of France. If you intend to visit the country for more than 90 days you should contact the local embassy and ask for further information about how to apply for a visa.
There will be a change that has an impact for all the Canadian tourists from 2021 once the European Union is planning to initiate an electronic travel authorization, which is pretty similar to our eTA.
All Canadians planning to visit an Schengen Area Country have to have this electronic visa.
The difference between an Schengen Visa and ETIAS travel authorization is that an Schengen visa is valid only inside the French borders but ETIAS can be used during its validation period also to cross the borders with other Schengen Countries.
Tourist traveling in a group must all get a valid travel authorization. There are some requirements for having an authorization:
As a Canadian citizen, you will need to double check that the validity of your passport extends 90 days after your arrival in France.
Proof of funds:
You will need to bring documentation that proves you have sufficient finances to support your entire stay in the region.
You will need to provide a reason and documentation of your travel to the region. This documentation should support your travel itinerary.
You might also need to show additional entry documents depending on the countries you will be traveling to. Be sure to investigate each destination country and any additional paperwork required.
The Etias Travel Authorization is valid for a course of 3 to 5 years (this is currently under discussion and can be altered) and it can be denied at anytime. Because of this, it’s highly recommended to check the validity of the authorization for each traveler if traveling in a group before the departure date. If the validation is expired, it can result in a denied boarding on the day of traveling.
When entering in France, you will still need to show your passport and go through customs. If your entry is permitted, your passport will be stamped at the customs with the date indicating your arrival date into French territory.
When your entrance is clear and accepted, you will have free access to move within the Schengen region as long as you do not spend more than 90 days within a 180-day period.