If you're looking to explore vast and open landscapes, there's few countries in the world that can compete with Canada. From mountains, rainforests and great glaciers to rolling beaches and plains, Canada truly epitomises the great outdoors. The best way to experience this is to hit the road. Hiring a car in Canada enables you to take in the beauty of this picturesque country at your own pace, giving you the freedom to take in the rich culture of the country you own way. Stop off at the quaint and unique towns and cities located across the length and breadth of the land, or venture out into the wilderness to discover your own personal experience of Canada. Our three-step car hire comparison and booking process will find the perfect car hire for your trip, even at the last minute.
Car Rental Locations in Canada
Holiday Extras provides cheap car hire in Canada across hundreds of locations, including major airports. Some popular locations include:
Details of exact car hire pickup addresses will be listed with your booking confirmation.
3 steps to cheap car hire
- Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
- Select - choose the car you want to hire
- Book - with our secure payment system
How it Works
Once your booking has been made you will be sent a confirmation email with your booking reference number. Please keep this to hand, as you'll need it when picking up your car. We also have a checklist to make sure you have everything to hand before you depart.
If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.
If you're looking for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras also provides highly competitive deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems. We could also help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges if you're flying from a UK airport, too.
*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Ottawa International Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.
Driving on Canada's roads**
Driving in a foreign country, as well as an unfamiliar vehicle can often be a daunting prospect. However, it's useful to know some of the and driving practices that Canada adheres to. Driving laws in Canada often vary depending on province, so we recommend you check the driving laws for the particular provinces you will be driving through.
General road safety laws
- Left hand drive - Drive on the right, overtake on the left.
- Minimum age for car hire - Car hire companies in Canada require you to be at least 21 years of age to rent a vehicle.
- Seatbelt - It is compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers are wearing a seatbelt.
- Petrol stations - Most petrol stations are open at regular intervals. In larger cities, many will be open 24 hours a day.
- Speed limits - Road signs are in kilometres per hour and in English.
- School Buses - It is an offence to overtake a school bus in Canada. Doing so may result in a fine.
- Police - If pulled over by Police, remain in your vehicle, turn the ignition off and keep your hands visible at all times.
- Compulsory Equipment - You are not required to carry any compulsory equipment while driving in Canada.
Although these are the standardised speed limits, there may be local variations so please be careful to check the road signs.
If you are not from the UK, most car rental companies will require you to present the driving licence that is issued by your country of residence; not an International licence, or permit. Please double check with an individual car hire company if you are unsure.
In Canada, UK licences are usually accepted. However, if you are travelling to Canada, we recommend that you obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) as a precaution.
Please ensure you carry your drivers licence on you at all times.
Mobile phone use
It is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst driving you may be issued with a substantial fine.
Canada is well known for it's extreme and quickly changeable weather. Ensure you check the local weather forecasts and take in local driving advice before departing, especially in Winter.
Drinking and driving
All provinces in Canada enforce strict drink driving laws and police have the authority to stop drivers at any point for an on-the-spot breathalyser test. The legal limit is 80mg per 100ml of blood.
It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.
**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.Top