Okay here goes. This I guess is aimed at our Canadian brethren but also anyone Brits that have spent any decent amount of time over there. I'm looking (ideally) at hitting BC some time in the first two weeks of June but need to stay until at least the second week of September as a friend is getting married. I've looked through a few Canada immigration sites and they state that UK residents don't need visas, but surely that's not for indefinite stay? I'm expecting the standard to be something like a 90 day tourist visa like we're entitled to for the US but nowhere stipulates this. Obviously for the period planned, 90 days ain't gonna cut it. I will (funds permitting) be doing a mountain-bike ride-guide qualification whilst in Whistler so I can get some work thereafter so that throws a spanner in the works. So can anyone answer the following? 1) How long is a standard tourist visa for a UK resident? 2) Can I pre-apply for a longer tourist visa, assuming I don't work during my stay? 3) Can I scoot out the country to the US for a few days, and get another 90 days (or whatever) upon re-entering (again no work)? 4) I won't have secured a job before going as it depends on qualifying and finding one afterwards, can I apply now for a work permit? 5) If I arrive on a (for example 90 day) tourist visa, can I apply internally for a work permit once qualifying/finding work? 6) The woman at the instructor company said there are limited visa numbers so should pre-apply but how can I without a job first? Her company offers 'job search assistance' and might take people on themselves but this isn't guaranteed before travel. I've tried several websites, and badgering afore mentioned woman to little success. I've also phoned Canada House (London Canadian embassy) but it's all automated service, and I've also rung a Canadian law firm who offer free advice but I don't think they're awake yet Umm, thanks.