Not everyone will relate to themselves as being seniors but if it can save you money when travelling, why not embrace the term. Seniors discounts across Canada may be offered to those over 55, although over 60 is more common. We’ve uncovered the best discounts on travel, accommodation, dining and national park entry that apply across Canada.
Of course, not all discounts are advertised and we always find that simply asking if you’re eligible to save on your fare, meal or entry fee can often reap rewards. Don’t be embarrassed about asking – the money is better in your pocket than anywhere else.
Canadian Association for Retired Persons (CARP) is a not-for-profit organisation that looks after the interests of older Canadians but the good news for Australians is that you can join for CA$24.95. What are the benefits? As well as receiving eight issues of Zoomer magazine, you’ll also be issued with a very valuable CARP membership card that gives you access to discounts in Canada at hotels, such as Travelodge and Choice hotels, car hire with Budget, Hertz and AVIS, and saves you money when you fill up at Esso fuel stations. So if you’re planning on seeing Canada by road, it will be money well spent.
Getting around Canada by rail is one of the truly great ways to travel across this vast country. With clean, punctual and spacious trains, you really don’t need to opt for more than an economy fare when you travel with VIA Rail. Offering a 10 per cent discount to those over 60 years of age, you can purchase VIA Rail tickets from ticket counters throughout Canada.
Best Western Hotels are commonplace throughout Canada and this is great news for those over 55. Offering 10 per cent off rates is just the start, with many hotels also providing added extras, such as early check in or late check out, room upgrades and complimentary breakfast to those over 55.
If you opt to jump on an iconic Greyhound bus while you’re in Canada, remember to ask for a senior fare if you’re over 62 years of age. Already an affordable way to traverse the country, you can save a further 20 per cent on an unrestricted coach fare.
Ok, you may not be planning on spending a whole year in Canada, however, if you’re planning on visiting several of the superb nation parks (think Banff, Jasper, etc) then purchasing a Parks Canada Annual Pass may prove to be more cost-effective. If you’re over 65, you’ll only pay CA$57.90, which includes international shipping and is accepted at over 100 parks across Canada.
Of course, scattered across Canada there are many hotels and restaurants that will offer seniors a discount. Here are just a few suggestions of where you can save – all you have to do is show proof of age.
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts – discounts vary depending on property, so ask for a discount when booking
Marriott Hotels – 15 per cent off your room rate if you’re over 62
Radisson Hotels – 10 per cent discount on standard rates if you’re over 50
Mandarin Chinese Buffet – 20 per cent off the buffet price if you’re over 65
McDonalds – large coffee for 85 cents if you’re over 60
A&W fast food restaurant – 10 per cent off food purchases if you’re over 60
Golden Griddle – 10 per cent discount on meals (not alcohol) if you’re over 55
Museums and galleries – simply ask for a seniors discount if you’re over 55 – savings and discounts vary
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17 Day Eastern Canada and New England Cruise. Experience the iconic Niagara Falls, picturesque landscapes of the Charlevoix region and the power of Montmorency Falls in Quebec.
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10 Day Highlights of the Rockies.Explore the highlights of the Canadian Rockies including Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Whistler and enjoy a two day journey aboard the glass-domed VIA Rail.