Canada: How Safe is Canada?

(Cities in Canada: Calgary, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Vancouver)

Renowned for its beautiful and still mostly untouched nature, Canada is the largest country in North America and the second largest in the world. A country with close ties to the US and Europe, Canada is a popular touristic destination for its natural wonders such as the Niagara falls, its vibrant cities and high quality of life standards.

Canada is a very safe country, and is often viewed as a safe haven compared to the US where crime and violence is still an issue.

Canada is ranked 8th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.


Safety Index: Very Safe

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Is Canada a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Some Canadian cities may have some rougher areas, but overall the country is very safe to visit, Canadian people are welcoming and very helping, and there is a great police presence in the country.

Canada has a low crime rate (1.6 per 100,000 while in the US it is 4.5 per 100,000), and violent crime is confined to specific regions of the great North (Crime is higher in states of Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut; see the map here).

Still, the tourist areas are very safe. There might be some rare cases of snatch and grab from vehicles in Montreal or pickpocketing, but they are very uncommon.

Crime & Scams in Canada

As said before, Canada is a very safe country. Still, do not leave valuables in plain sight in your vehicle, and use a lock to keep your bike theft – bike theft can be an issue in Montreal and Vancouver.

Drugs in Canada

Marijuana is illegal in Canada (although the new government is about to legalize it), but Medical Marijuana can be obtained. If drug enforcement authorities often look away from marijuana use, it is still technically illegal and can get you deported from the country.

Natural Dangers in Canada

Because of its Northern location, Canada is prone to some very harsh winters with ice storms and blizzard. Temperatures often go below 0F / -20C  and roads in winter can be blocked by snowfall : It is best to travel with an emergency kit in your car.

In summer, forest fires are an issue in the British Columbia Province. If you are going to remote locations, bear attacks can be an issue.

For more details, see city specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.

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Warnings & Dangers

Very Low Priority-96OVERALL RISK: VERY LOW

Canada is a very safe country. It is ranked 8th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.


There is nearly no pickpocket risk in Canada. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed.


Canada is a safe country regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.


There are virtually no scammers in Canada.


Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Canada.



There can be some occasional natural hazards (meteorological) in Canada, because of the strong weather during winter.



Canada has not recently been targeted by terrorist attacks. There have been 2 mass shootings in Toronto and Edmonton in 2012, but this were isolated incidents.


Canada is generally very safe for women travelers.

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