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Metric Conversion for Visitors to Canada - Common Metric Conversions

Metric Conversion: A Guide for Visitors to Canada


Canada uses the metric system, so visitors from the US and other countries that use the imperial system may want a crash course in how to convert imperial to metric and some sample measurements (all measurements are approximate).

Temperature - Common Temperature Readings in Canada
Temperature in Canada is measured in degrees Celsius (°C). To convert a Celsius temperature to Fahrenheit:
Degrees Celsius = Degrees Fahrenheit x 1.8 + 32
For example 20°C = 20 x 1.8 + 32 = 68°F
Table of common metric temperatures

Driving Speed - Common Speed Limits in Canada
Speed in Canada is measured in kilometers per hour (km/h).
Common speed limits in Canada include:
  • Four-lane highway driving, 100 km/h = 62 m/h
  • Two-lane highway driving, 80 km/h = 50 m/h
  • City driving, 50 km/h = 37 m/h
  • School zones, 40 km/h = 25 m/h
  • Table of common metric speed limits

    Distance - Common Distances in Canada
    Distance in Canada is measured in meters (m) and kilometers (km).
    1 yard = 0.9 meters
    1 mile = 1.6 kilometers
    See also Driving distances (in miles and kilometers) between cities in Canada

    Volume - Common Volumes in Canada
    Volume is measured in milliliters (ml) and liters (l) in Canada.
    1 US ounce = 30 milliliters
    1 gallon = 3.8 liters
    Table of common metric volumes

    Weight - Common Weights in Canada
    Weight in Canada is measured in grams (g) and kilograms (kg), although pounds and ounces are still commonly used for certain weight measurements.
    1 oz = 28 grams
    1 lb = 0.45 kilogram
    Table of common metric weights

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