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Mention the fact that you're a senior while traveling in Canada, and frequently you can receive discounted admission prices to cultural and tourist attractions. In most Canadian cities, people over the age of 65 qualify for reduced admission to theaters, museums, festivals, and other attractions, as well as discounted fares on public transportation. It is less common to receive discounts on lodging, though it does happen, so it is worth asking when you make your lodging reservations.

Members of AARP (601 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20049; tel. 888/687-2277; www.aarp.org) get discounts on hotels, airfares, and car rentals, although these benefits are not as widespread in Canada as the U.S; visit the website for CARP (www.carp.ca), the equivalent Canadian association, for information on reciprocal benefits. AARP offers members a wide range of benefits, including AARP: The Magazine and a monthly newsletter. Anyone over 50 can join.

Many reliable agencies and organizations target the 50-plus market. Formerly known as Elderhostel, Road Scholar (tel. 800/454-5768; www.roadscholar.org) arranges worldwide study programs for those aged 55 and over. ElderTreks (tel. 800/741-7956 or 416/588-5000; www.eldertreks.com) offers small-group tours to off-the-beaten-path or adventure-travel locations, restricted to travelers 50 and older.

A recommended publication offering travel resources and discounts for seniors is the quarterly magazine Travel 50 & Beyond (www.travel50andbeyond.com). Alison Gardner's website www.travelwithachallenge.com is a Canadian-based online magazine aimed at senior travelers.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.