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Ontario Guide


Considered Canada’s hub of dining, sophistication and culture, Ontario boasts the cosmopolitan provincial capital of Toronto, where it’s easy to forget the bears, hinterland and forests of the north. The increasingly hip national capital, Ottawa, is here, too. But outside the major cities of this province sandwiched between Quebec and Manitoba lie national parks teeming with wildlife, the Great Lakes, Hudson Bay and Niagara Falls.

Hiring a Vehicle

The easiest place to pick up car hire in Ontario is at one of the province’s many airports, train stations or city centres, such as Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Union Station Toronto or Ottawa. These locations have depots of leading global suppliers such as Hertz, Budget and National. Make a saving when you compare car hire in advance.

Transport Options

Lester B. Pearson International Airport near Toronto is the key arrivals hub, serving flights to destinations around the globe and to the provincial airports at Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor, London, Sarnia, Hamilton and Thunder Bay. Highways links with the US, Quebec (Trans Canada Highways 20 and 40) and Manitoba (Trans Canada Highway 1). Greyhound buses connect Ontario hubs with major US and Canadian cities. Trains serve much of southern Ontario and connect with the US.

Car Hire Driving Tips in Ontario

Car rental in Ontario is the most convenient way to explore this large province. However, many parts of the north are inaccessible by car. Steep penalties are in place for those who flout local speed limits. Beware of drivers who overtake on the right, a practice which is prohibited. Winter driving here requires extra care and time to remove snow and ice from the vehicle before setting off. Winter tires may be necessary.

Not to be Missed!

Away from Toronto’s cosmopolitan draws lies the spectacular Niagara Falls to the south and the historical Old Fort William in Thunder Bay to the northwest. If beaches are on the itinerary, try Wasaga, Grand Bend or Sauble in the southwest or Pancake Bay in the north. Wineries dot the so-called Wine Road that leads from the QEW near Niagara on the Lake. Fishing, biking, hiking and even boating are widely available province-wide.

Weather & Tourist Seasons

The southwest receives some of Canada’s best summer weather. Here, humid, warm summers which are prone to thunderstorms are abated by chilly, snowy winters. Winters are colder and longer the farther north you go, with the far north experiencing winter temperatures of around -40°C and snow for six months of the year. Come in June or July for the best of the summer weather or in December or January to experience a white Christmas.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Canadian dollar
  • Driving direction
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    50 - 100 km/h
  • Language
    English, French

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest?

Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town.

What do I need to do when picking up a car?

To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient.

Are there any additional costs?

In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance).

What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental?

In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

What is a worry-free label?

Only rental companies with a high level of customer satisfaction are eligible to be included in our Worry-Free selection. This rate includes excess cover and unlimited kilometres. Your vehicle will be provided and must be returned with a full tank of fuel. With a vehicle from our Worry-Free selection, you can travel with peace of mind and no hidden costs.

How can I change or cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less).

When will I get a confirmation of my booking?

Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).