Things to Know Before Renting A Car in Canada

It’s summer vacation time! Whether you are a local in search of an escape from your 9-5 or a traveller looking for a great Canadian adventure, summer is the perfect time to take in all that British Columbia and Canada have to offer. Renting a car is a great, affordable way to take in all the spectacular sights that Canada in known for, many of which are only accessible by car. But before you book here are a few things to know before renting a car in Canada.

What You Will Need to Rent a Car

In Canada, you generally have to be at least 21 and have had a valid driver’s license for a minimum of 12 xmonths to rent a car. A licence is considered valid if it is currently valid in the renter’s home country AND uses the Latin alphabet. If your licence uses any other alphabet, you can obtain an international licence and present that, along with your home country’s driver’s licence, at the time of rental.

You will also be required to present an acceptable means of payment. Generally, credit card payments are preferred, although there may be instances where debit or cash payments are possible (more on this when we cover “additional fees”).

Choosing the Right Car

There are a wide variety of cars available for rent at various price points. For the budget minded traveller, a basic compact economy or intermediate to full-size model will often be enough to take you on your travels, whether they be through the city or into the many National parks, and everything in between. If you are interested in more options and features, premium, luxury and convertible rentals are also widely available. Travelling with a family? You may want to go with an SUV or minivan to ensure everyone can be comfortably seated during your road exploration.

Additional Fees

If you are a young driver, under the age of 25, there is often an additional daily fee added to the rental price. If you are paying with cash, debit, or a third-party credit card, additional daily fees will also be applied.


Before renting a car, if you are currently covered under an auto insurance policy, check to see if you are covered for rentals. If you have no coverage or are not covered for rentals, you MUST purchase the insurance offered at the time of rental. If damage or total loss of the vehicle were to occur and you had no insurance coverage, you would be liable for all damages.

Canada is a huge country with lots to see and do. Hiring a car is a great way to get the most out of your trip; just pay attention to the things to know before renting a car in Canada to avoid any surprises.