COPA and its United States sister organization, AOPA, have developed a book called "The Cross Border Flying Operations Manual". This publication contains over 150 pages and includes everything you need to know to fly in either country. It is
available on both the COPA and AOPA Web sites in the "member’s only sections" for free. It is also available in a
paper version from either COPA or AOPA, for a nominal charge.
In addition to the much more exhaustive work mentioned above, the following includes some quick links to:
a) tourist info
b) flying resources and links
The 2007 AOPA Expo featured COPA staff member John Quarterman giving a briefing on Flying To Canada
All American pilots are urged to try the COPA Quiz for Flying into Canada, (Answers)
Flying in Canada is the easiest place you can visit outside the USA, and there's very little different. The customs folks are great if you give them the required phone call before you cross, they may not even bother showing up - just call them and tell them you are here if they don't show at the airport. They are much more easy going about schedules than the US CBP (which you must accurately give your ETA to).
The flying rules are almost indistinguishable - reading the COPA guide should keep you legal and out of trouble. Make sure you get a Canada Flight Supplement (CFS) and some VNCs (Canadian equivalent to your US sectionals), that will allow you to navigate VFR safely. IFR plates are available from Nav Canada as a subscription or the (sample list of) vendors included below. (by mail order)
To order the CFS (Canada Flight Supplement):
I'm sure you will enjoy flying in Canada. Some tourist website suggestions (these are predominantly East Coast suggestions):
Province Tourism Information
|Newfoundland and Labrador||1-800-563-6353||http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/|
|Prince Edward Island (PEI)||1-800-463-4PEI||http://www.gov.pe.ca/|
|Quebec||1 877 BONJOUR||http://www.bonjourquebec.com/|
Canadian Tourism Commission
#1400-1055 Dunsmuir Street, Box 49230
Vancouver BC V7X 1L2
In Newfoundland there are some super things to do as well as golfing in PEI.
In PEI I suggest:
In Cape Breton:
Sault Ste Marie: