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This thread is intended to contain information useful to people travelling to Canada - please feel free to add anything relevant to it! Before we start though, here's some advice from the TT team:
1. Do a TT search! At least five posters a week ask what to do in Toronto, whether to go visit Niagara Falls on their way around the world, and whether it's possible to work under the table/overstay a tourist visa. The road is well travelled. Find those threads, add a reply (which brings the topic to the top, restarting the conversation), and then see #2. Ask one question at a time.
2. Be specific. You might include: How much do you have to spend? ("reasonable" doesn't cut it) budget or up-scale - remember the Canadian dollar is the currency used in Canada, so that's what people will assume when they reply ;)
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in June/July 2013 we are traveling for 3 weeks with SUV and tent through west canada. In fact of the baggage policy of AirCanada we will buy some camping equipment on site (Walmart, Canadian Tire & Co). We fly back from Vancouver on the 7th of July – may be some one is interested to buy the equipment for little money on the 5th or 6th of July in VC? Following equipment we have to sell: Airbed (width 135cm), Coller (without electricity), two camping chairs and one camping table. If you are interested please contact me.
I will be going to Victoria, BC from June 2nd to June 6th, and will be staying at the University of Victoria Residences. I will have a couple of hours each day, and maybe one full day to do some site seeing. I have a few questions:
1) Has anyone stayed at the University of Victoria campus residences? Your opinions please.
2) I will also need the names and addresses of some good places to eat. I love vegetarian food, Indian and Ethiopian cuisines. Hakka and Middle Eastern are great too. Nothing too expensive. I will be eating on and off campus.
3) I enjoy art galleries and museums, also just walking around the city and enjoying the scenery. I love parks as well, and would like to do some window shopping. Your suggestions will be appreciated.
I will be flying from USA to Calgary International Airport in mid-July, arriving at 23.55. The hotel I have reserved is at 16th Avenue NW (motel district, I think). Is there any public transport I can take to the city at this awkward hour? If I have to take a taxi, how much would it cost?
Thanks for any advice.
So what are the best pubs in Nelson, BC? Also, I've read that it's full of hippies. I'm going to be there in the summer and and was curious if there are any music festivals in the area in July or August.
Hi - is anyone planning on going out to work at Whistler for the 2013/2014 season? I'm in the UK and looking in to it. Ideally I'd like a job sorted before I leave here but the only way to do that seems to be with one of the agencies who charge you up front to organise it.
Does anyone have any advice?
Also, I'm 31. Am I going to feel really old in Whistler or is there a wide age range of people working there?
Ontario has movie drive ins. but sadly the one in Holland landing I closeing after 58 years but there Is still one in Oakville Ontario, Thursday night one price for total carload. not much but it is rather unique experience.
I know Canada it's not the perfect place for beaches or swim but it's holiday time and I would like to spend some days laying on the beach and have sunbath.
Is it possible somewhere? my idea is to visit Western Canada.
Looking to vacation in a conscious, peaceful environment in Nova Scotia or Vamcouver. Any leads would be most appreciated. Many thanx, Howard
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I'm told it is necessary to book this ferry. But whenever I try to go to the website my browser tells me it's unsafe. When I ignored this once the page didn't exist. Has the website moved? A search for it failed to find a new one. If anyone can let me know I'd be very grateful.
Where are the good Sushi restaurants in Vancouver?
Short background story; skip if you'd like: I'm a US citizen who a year ago got himself drunk on NYE and ended up blacked-out and came to handcuffed for an altercation with a police officer. Eventually plea-bargained to a misdemeanor (in the US) assault charge and given a suspended jail sentence whose deadline is about to pass. My only arrest ever. Fast-forward a year, and I'm dating my dream girl...but just my luck she is now working in Canada for a couple years and is neither US nor Canadian citizen so it's not easy for her to just come back and visit. It looks like it will be December before she can get her US visa, and that wait will be difficult on both of us.
So I want to apply for my Canada TRP, and know full well that I will likely be rejected. But I feel that I have to try anyway.
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We are interested in day hikes- with and /or without guides. Plus a good value cottage or cabin where we might fish or hike and enjoy a travel break.
Plus must see off the main road sites or mines or?
any suggestions will further enhance our journey.
John and Mary
We are 2 adults and 2 kids (aged 12 and 10) and we will be driving from Vancouver through Kamloops/Golden/Lake Louise/Calgary and onto Saskatoon to see family on the first leg of our trip in mid June.
With driving back from Saskatoon to Vancouver the first week in July, we were thinking it would be nice to drive an alternate route and were considering driving the Crowsnest Pass and onto Fernie/Cranbrook > Osoyoos (friends there) > Vancouver.
Is this a wise thing to do? We will have 4 days ( 3 nights) to make the trip from Saskatoon to Vancouver. We were hoping to stay in Osoyoos on night 3, before we drive into Vancouver on day 4.
Any suggestions? Does this sound do-able? Any particular tips on things/places the kids might enjoy. Is the scenery good? Roads decent?
Is Fernie to Osyoos possible in one day?
We will be travelling through Western Canada in June/July on a reasonably tight schedule. We have 2 boys, aged 12 and 10 who we think will enjoy the dinosaur stuff /natural history in Alberta.
Question is - should we plan to go to both Drumheller AND Dinosaur National Park or will one of these places be enough for them? Neither boy is totally "into" dinosaurs, but both probably have a passing interest in them. What would be the minimum amount of time needed to appreciate each place? What would be the ideal amount of time needed? Any thoughts on pluses or minuses on each would be appreciated.
We were also thinking of going to Head-smashed-in-buffalo-jump on our way back to Vancouver. How much time should we allow there?
Many thanks in anticipation.
My boyfriend and I are looking at going to see the Polar Bears in Churchill at the end of October / early November (as this is the peak season). I've done a lot of research but I can't seem to find anything that's perfect... yet!
I would like to have at least 2 days out on the ice viewing wildlife... added bonus if we could see the northern lights and/or go dog sledding.
Can anyone help me, what is the best way to do it...
1. Find a tour company that includes everything including transport to/from Winnipeg? Can you suggest any?
2. Train from Winnipeg to Churchill and then find a tour company from there?
3. Drive to Thompson, MT and then train from there? (what would the road conditions be like at this time of the year?)
I'm willing to pay anything (obviously, within reason) but my boyfriend is a little more cost concerned. We know it's going to be expensive but i... more »
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