Canada travel adv please :)
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jan 27, 2012 10:44 AM Last Post By: ocon10
Dec 9, 2011 1:10 PM
Canada travel adv please :)Hi there, me and my partner wish to travel canada in 2013.. It is a while off yet but we are planning to go from canada, through america and south america so its going to take alot of saving and planning. We were wondering if anyone knew the best places to visit in canada and if getting around is quite easy. Also we are willing to stay in basic hostals and eat as cheap as possible as we will be on a budget, We are planning to stay in canada for about 6 weeks. An average cost of 6 weeks in canada would also be much appreciated.. Any advice would help. Thanks very much, Steph x
Dec 9, 2011 2:41 PM
Dec 9, 2011 6:04 PM
2You are going to have to do some more research to narrow down what it is you want to do and what part of Canada to explore while here. That may determine your method of transportation and overall costs. If you are into mountains, outdoor stuff and camping, then you may want to look into camping and having a car rather than hostels as getting around in the rural/wilderness areas can be a challenge. Getting from one side of the country to the other takes either time or money (or both). Giving an answer to your question is difficult without more information.
Dec 10, 2011 12:15 AM
3The best places to visit is rather difficult to narrow down in such a large country. With so little time you will most likely need to pick one or two areas to focus on. You can barely scratch the surface in 6 weeks. Once you have done some basic research come back with some specific questions. Flights in Canada are expensive so if you plan to fly that will add significantly to your budget.
Dec 10, 2011 1:49 PM
There have been a few other threads on here re: places to go in Canada recently that you might find helpful in your research. It's such a large country in every dimension - think ~40x the size of the UK. In some of my planning I tend to think of landscapes that I find interesting - mountains, oceans, islands, deserts, cities, etc - or the degree of solitude or crowdedness, or activities I want to do - trekking, cultural exploration, rock climbing, biking - and then pick regions from there. In Canada the seasons are a pretty important consideration.
Have fun researching!
Dec 10, 2011 2:40 PM
5Yeah, this question is usually asked every few weeks. Means of transport will determine the majority of advice needed.
In very simple terms, Id personally spend a week or so in the Maritimes (maybe focus on Nova Scotia and PEI?). Id also swing through Toronto to Niagara Falls, maybe peak into Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City, but this will eat up a lot of time with travel. Then you will have the fun decision on how to get to the west side of Canada as it is, is a LONG drive. You should plan for a week or two in the rockies, another week near the coast, and add another 3-4 days if you plan on visiting Tofino. 6 weeks will unfortunately be quickly consumed up with transportation if flying is avoided.
Again...this is the generic bare bones.
Dec 10, 2011 11:18 PM
6OP, notice that you'll have the same problem throughout your trip. Asking this question about the USA ("What are the best places? Is getting around easy? How much does it cost?") will earn you a fair amount of ridicule. Asking about Central America is the same. About South America: surprise! More ridicule.
Read, read, read. These questions are asked and answered every week on the applicable LP forums, they're answered in some detail in Lonely Planet, Bradt, Rough Guide and other guidebooks, and they're discussed in thousands of blogs you can find easily by Googling.
One bit of specific advice: when you get to El Salvador, an otherwise wonderful country, make a point of evading Mr. Busman. You'll find him queuing up at the Canadian embassy, foaming at the mouth.
Hope that's helpful.
Dec 11, 2011 10:09 AM
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Dec 11, 2011 1:14 PM
Dec 11, 2011 2:04 PM
Dec 11, 2011 5:18 PM
11There are 5 areas that you may wish to think about – but remember, it is days of driving between them.
In the “East”, Newfoundland is its own thing, with the craziest parties happening every Saturday night in St. John’s…
Montreal is a different thing totally, with French culture…
Toronto is an amazing city with a multicultural feel and lots of budget options…
The North of Ontario – cottage country - is trees and rocks and blue lakes and cottages, and what heaven looks like… look up ‘Muskoka.’
The West (which is in the middle) is prary and grass land, and cites that were small towns a few years ago but are now important urban centers
The mountains and the Province of British Columbia are – mountains and maybe the most butiful areas…
If I had to choose one, I think it would be Toronto and a drive to North Ontario, as you would get a feeling of the Urban and natural sides of Canada both, but The Mountains and staying in a hostel near Banff is great if you are out that way.
I advice looking up the different area and not Canada as a whole.
Oh, by the way… if you were to drive across Canada stopping only for sleep, it would take about 8 days.
Dec 12, 2011 3:29 AM
12I've done quite a bit of Canada over the years - I'm a UK resident.
Toronto is so good, although not the capital. A trip on Lake Ontario is a must - and splash out for lunch up the CN Tower, The world's highest revolving restaurant.... Incredibly good views, hospitalty, service - and food.
On my last trip, I took the train from Winnipeg to Churchill - on Hudson Bay (Hudson Bay - the expanse of water, Hudson's Bay - the trading company). The journey is two nights, starting at around 8pm and arriving on the third day - early morning. Churchill has a little of everything - and the overwhelming friendliness of the people is endless. You can't get to Churchill by car, although it's possible to rent-a-car once there. Just 2-3 days is ample, but you'll have a great time.
Rent-a-car is a 'Must' in Canada. It's so good - and incredibly easy. I've driven Toronto-Thunder Bay and Winnipeg (one of Canada's greatest cities and yet so mis-quoted by many) to British Columbia, via Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as loads of smaller routes. Saskatchewan is many miles of nothingness, but such a great drive along Highway*1.
A visit to Lake Superior (the world's largest single fresh water lake) is a great day out. It is just so big and on a windy day looks just like the sea, with it's huge breaking waves.
Take a trip across the southern border of Manitoba into North and South Dakota. Off the beaten track are a few relics of old ghost towns (not much left though) and there are many ghost towns on the canadian roads, that head to Gimley - too.
Ottawa, Canada's capital city is beautiful, as is Quebec. I really didn't like Montreal very much - though. Just that I struggled a bit and found it less hospitable. Others might have a different opinion - that's just mine.
The road up towards Alaska via Prince George is wild, with countless different species of wildlife.
On thing to take on board, Canada doesn't have a budget airline - as such. There is 'WestJet', but compared to European budget airlines, it is very expensive.
Dec 12, 2011 3:19 PM
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