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in February we're going to Montreal to see our son, and then going to the Quebec City winter carnival which runs from 1-17 February. I would like to use this opportunity to see the "Northern Lights". I've done some research, and found that 2013 is a particularly good year for this, and they are best around the equinox, which I think is about March 22. We probably would want to leave before March 22, so would be hoping to see them late February. Considering we'll be in Montreal and Quebec City, where would be the best place to see them from there? Or would they be MUCH better in Alaska or North Western Canada?
Just looking for some advice / tips.
My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Canada next summer (Aug 2013) on a working holiday visa. We will be flying into Halifax and spending some time in the East until winter hits. Although neither of us are experienced skiers we have decided that we would like to work in a ski resort over winter.
Because we will be in the East (perhaps around Toronto area) we are reluctant to fly all the way over to the West to the more well known resorts such as Whistler, only to then have to travel back on ourselves in Spring to explore the areas inbetween that we missed. And we do not want to work in Quebec as we do not speak French.
Can anyone tell us if there are any good resorts in Ontario or Manitoba? Like I said, we are not experienced skiers, therefore the main things we are looking for are a resort big enough for us both to... more »
I will be in Vancouver BC the first week in November.
I seek info on lo cost hostels or hotels near the Vancouver Yoga Conference, downtown.
so im an australian, with an australian license and international license, I'm living in canada. i bought my car and insured it in alberta on the international license, but am now living in BC and my insurance is running out. what will be the cheapest way to get more insurance? ive heard something about giving up my aussie license for a BC one, that this drops the insurance price? or should i stick to the alberta insurance and keep my aussie license?, i paid 700ish for 6mnths last time, am aiming to at least keep this same price, hopefully lower it?
An Egyptian friend of mine (in UAE) has a degree in "translation' and "marketing" and the opportunity to emigrate to Canada. So does a 30-something Russian girl I know who has an MBA from an "okay" uni in Dubai. Some professional (engineers, etc) are telling them that rent, food, transport, etc is way more expensive in Canada than the USA and that GOOD jobs are tough to get --but that even teachers are getting double the salary as American teachers if you're hired. The result is that the Egyptian is afraid to go there and lose all his savings trying to establish himself. The girl seems to think Canada will be full of jobs and that costs aren't really "too high" and that life in Canada will be easy.
For those of you living there and/or knowledgeable: Is someone able to go with say, a hundred thousand US dollars and find a little house, a good job, and thrive? Is there t... more »
So I'm an Australian citizen traveling to Canada in Jan next year.
Planning on staying for 4-6 months, as an Australian I don't need a visa for up to six months.
I've only booked a one way ticket though, as I don't know when I'll be leaving yet/where I'll go after Canada.
Has anyone ever had any problems with this?
I emailed the embassy here in Aus and they advised that it's 'up to the discretion of the officer at the port of entry'
I'm interested to hear what people's personal experiences are
I'm Jasmine and my boyfriend is called Tom. We're both 19 and we are going travelling round Canada next May! We've managed to book our flights, accommodation and travel from Calgary to Banff, however we were thinking of getting the train from Toronto to Montreal, what would anyone suggest as the best train line? Or is there a better way of travelling between the two places?
The plan of our trip is 5 nights in Calgary, 4 nights in Banff, a few nights in Toronto and about 2 weeks in Montreal. How much spending money would anyone advise us to take? This is our first time travelling so we're really not sure!
And i know this is the forum for Canada, but if anyone knows the cheapest airline/place to travel to in Europe from Canada then we would happily welcome any suggestions!
Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from some of you soon! :-) more »
So I have most of my Churchill tour sorted but I have a couple of questions remaining.
I fly into Winnipeg at about 11 PM at night. We have to be in Thompson the next evening to get the train to Churchill. We are going to hire a car and pick it up that night. Google maps tells me it is about a 9 hour drive to Thompson. To get a head start I was hoping to drive about an hour up the highway that night. Does anyone know of a cheap hotel that is out of Winnipeg on the road to Thompson?
Once I get to Thompson does anyone know where I could park my car for the 5 days I am in Churchill. Am happy to pay but I am looking for something secure?
On our last night we are staying in Winnipeg. Any mid range hotel recommendations?
And finally I know its all weather dependent but what car would you recommend for the trip? I live in Banff and drive a FWD mini van with wint... more »
I am travelling to Montreal in November for around two weeks and I am wondering whether I really need to get any Canadian Dollars before I leave, I am based in the UK and I can of course use any number of services to get cash but the tourist exchange rate means I would probably lose out a bit.
I would much prefer to just take my credit cards and use them directly as and when I pay for things (public transport, food in convenience stores and supermarkets etc, and the odd miscellaneous item here and there from other shops). I would pay a much more agreeable exchange rate that way, and not to mention the added security bonus. I would have no intention of withdrawing cash using my credit card while out there.
My question(s), how readily acceptable are payments via credit card in Canada? Can I use one to buy a single ticket on the subway? Would a corner shop or small restaurant acce... more »
My Girlfriend and I are planning a working holiday to Banff for the start of the 2013/2014 season. Both being.complete newbies at the whole working holiday thing any advice would be greatly appreciated, such as where to stay, how easy it is to get a job ( I have worked at an outdoor adventure store for the past 5 years ) she has experience in the hospitality and reception industry) and how much living expenses are such as food, fuel and most importantly beer haha. What is the easiest area to get work in.around the December period, ideally we would like to work as lifties but I'm not sure how common these places are . Anyway any help would be greatly appreciated.
Lewis + Michelle
What's the situation with using US dollars in Quebec City? I'd prefer not buying Canadian money if US money is readily accepted, because of then having to sell any unused money on departure. Thanks for any assistance.
My boyfriend and I have just started to plan a 3 month trip starting in Vancouver travelling down the west coast of America. We'll be arriving in Vancouver on 18th Dec and wondered where we should spend Christmas and new year. I love the idea of Whistler but know it can be expensive. Does anyone know of a particularly special / beautiful place around the Banff area (I realise its huge!) that won't cost a fortune and is open on Christmas Day?
Where is the Amtrak train station in Montreal coming from NYC located?.Downtown?
My buddy told me a usa citizen can not enter Canada if they have 1-2 DWIs in the USA.Is this true?.And how do they check?I am thinking"no worries".We are taking the Amtrak to Montreal.
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