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Getting Super Visa For Your Parents and Grandparents to Enter Canada

It is vacation time once again. Many of you may have planned to get your parents or grandparents to visit Canada for a spring or summer vacation or even a year-long stay to enjoy family time with you and your family.

Having your relatives around during vacation is a wonderful experience to be had as many families in Canada have relatives living abroad who cannot visit regularly due to many reasons such as visa requirements, and the cost of flying overseas.

Getting your family to come over will require thorough planning, budgeting,  and execution. You just do not let them apply for a visa, if they need it. They need to complete documentations as well to proceed with the visa application.  Aside from filling up forms, having photos taken, securing bank statements and other documents required in the visa application, a super visa insurance is also a necessity to ensure their safety, and coverage while staying with you in Canada.

What is a Super Visa?

Many wonder what a Super Visa is. To simply put it, a Super Visa is an option for parents and grandparents of permanent residents and Canadian citizens to visit their family in Canada and they are also eligible to say for 2 years without having to change their status of stay while in Canada.

What do you need to get a Super Visa?

Applicants must prepare proper documentations to apply for a Super Visa for their parents and grandparents.  Applicants who are parents or grandparents of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must also meet several criteria to become eligible as applicants for the Super Visa category of entry to Canada.

Here are just some of the criteria you have to meet if you are considering to apply for a Super Visa:

  • Be the parent or grandparent of a permanent resident or Canadian Citizen in Canada
  • Be able to prove your ties to your home country
  • Be able to prove your purpose of visit
  • Your family member who is a permanent resident or Canadian citizen must meet the income threshold to be eligible to sponsor you to come to Canada
  • You must have a super visa insurance coverage issued by a Canadian insurance company for at least a year and that coverage must include hospitalization, repatriation, and healthcare

To read more in-depth information on Super Visa requirements, you may also visit the Government of Canada Immigration and Citizenship page.

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How to apply for this type of visa?

There are 2 ways to apply for this type of visa when entering Canada. You can either submit your application online or submit all your documents’ hard copies to the Canadian Embassy of Consulate in your country.

The Government of Canada’s official website will all have the specific details of both of these ways when applying for the Super Visa. I will highly recommend that you check all the information provided in their official site for other requirements which have to be fulfilled alongside the application of the super visa.

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Spherical Accommodation in Canada

Are you the quirky type and long for weird, unusual, or even one-of-a-kind travel lodging experience? Have you tried sleeping in a spherical accommodation in the woods? How’s that for a start?

Well, tree-huggers and adventurers will surely love this spherical accommodation nestled in a coastal rainforest in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a quiet area so you can have a peace of mind, perfect relaxation amidst Mother Earth.

The spherical rooms are equipped with the basics such as a bed, table, chairs, toilet and bath. It also has electricity where you can plug in your gadget when you still have to get connected to the urban world. They also have wi-fi!

The whole place is called Free Spirit Spheres. You can stay a night or spend the whole week or even longer if you wish to relax and just be one with the nature. There are common areas for guests to socialise and use some amenities like the galley kitchen, sauna, and even enjoy barbecue cook-outs. So, start ticking that bucket list of yours!

You can find more information about these beautiful spheres in their website: freespiritspheres.com

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Ice Parks To Visit this Winter

Some families prefer to travel during winter time.  My family and I tried that idea but traveled few weeks before Christmas so we don’t get in the holiday rush. However, the excitement of spending winter in a different country or away from home is an inviting idea to try for a change.

If you are one of those who want to travel this winter time or would like to see and feel what winter is like in other countries, then visiting ice parks will be a good idea. I live in a perpetually sunny place so snow is so alien to us and so is the cold winter. I have been dreaming of spending winter time in a really cold place so ice parks will be a good bet to try.

Some countries will have longer winter season than others. Choose the one depending on your time availability to make the most of your wintertime vacation.

Here are some famous ice parks in the world to visit:

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is one of the most famous winter festivals around the world. It is famously known for the beautiful ice sculptures and play area for everyone to enjoy so much snow and cold in one place. It starts on 5 January 201 and will run for a month.

Harbin is located Heilongjiang Province in the northeastern part of China. The location of the place makes it a perfect place for snow and ice festivals due to its arctic climate which provides natural ice and snow.

Taebaeksan Mountain Snow Festival in South Korea

Taebaeksan Provincial Park in Jungang-ro Street of Taebaek-si, and Hwangji Pond Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do provide a wide array of events and activities for winter fun!  Guests can even participate in the Snowman Festival and snow sledding with the scenic Taebaeksan Mountain as a nice backdrop for the whole event.
The event runs for almost 2 weeks from January 21-31, 2016. 

Ouray Ice Park in Colorado, USA

The Ouray Ice Park is a very unique and interesting winter attractions in the world. It is a human made climbing area in a gorge in Ouray, Colorado.  The best thing about this man-made attraction is that is is free and open to the public. Many activities will run from January to February 2016. 

Sapporo Snow Festival in Hokkaido, Japan

This is a festival held yearly in Sapporo, Japan. It is one of the famous winter festivities there that millions of visitors check out the festivities. It runs for a short period of time compared to the other winter festivals in other countries. The Sapporo Snow Festival will run from February 6 – 11, 2016.

Quebec Winter Carnival, Canada

Quebec, Canada is one of the wintry places in the world to enjoy ice and snow during the cold season. For the last 60 years, it has been home to fun and festivities due to the Quebec Winter Carnival. This year, the whole festivities will start from 29 January to 14 February, 2016.

Ice Music Festival in Geilo, Norway

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If other  ice and snow festivals in the world evolve around sculptures, this event takes on a different turn in Norway as artists are required to make a musical instrument out of ice. These ice musical instruments will accompany the artists with their performances as they use them to make beautiful melodies.

It will run from 21-24 January, 2016 in Geilo, Norway.

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