Travel advice: Driving from St. John's, NL to Regina, SK. Please advise...
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Sep 17, 2012 5:43 PM Last Post By: living
Sep 7, 2012 8:21 PM
Travel advice: Driving from St. John's, NL to Regina, SK. Please advise...Hello.
I am moving to Regina Sk for work and I decided to drive so I will have a car up there. What I need advice on is the best route to travel.
According to google maps I have three options: Travel across Canada via Ontario (Thunder Bay Route), travel across Canada and go into the US via Sue Saint Marie, Ontario, or travel across Canada and drive across the north east united states.
I find all thee routes daunting. I really need to know the following:
1. Which will be easiest. I will have a car load of stuff and a bike on the back.
2. Which way is cheapest? I've heard traveling in the US is about .30 cents a liter cheaper... On a long trip that would be a lot of money. Plus lodging is cheaper in the US, supposedly.
3. Which way will be the most interesting? I've heard Ontario is pretty brutal to drive through.
Thank you so much Lonely Planeters! I look forward to hearing your advice.
Sep 7, 2012 9:22 PM
Sep 8, 2012 8:05 AM
2The cheapest and easiest would clearly be to head south once you are off the ferry in Nova Scotia and get on the US Interstate system in Maine, taking I-95 and I-90 to Fargo ND, then I-29 to Winnipeg and then the TCH to Regina. Regrettably, there's still too many kilometers of 2 lane highway along the route in Canada for it to be fuel or time efficient. The Interstate system was made for uninterrupted long distance driving. Winnipeg to Regina is the only part in Canada worth driving as you'll be on divided 4 lane highway and probably only need to fuel up once in Canada. That said, along with the extra cost and time, driving in Canada will allow you to experience much of Canada you may never see otherwise. Of course, if traveling in the dead of winter, that may not be a great option.
Sep 8, 2012 8:44 AM
3A heavily laden car will get poor fuel economy regardless. Slightly over inflate the very good or new,tires. Avoid exterior racks & install a new air filter...Follow the Gas Buddy site for best fuel prices... Should you choose the US option...Down the I-95 to the 202 into Albany,NY. Drive the (non toll as far as Cleveland) I-88/86 to the I-90-94...Happy trails...carracar
Sep 10, 2012 7:29 PM
Sep 17, 2012 1:25 AM
Sep 17, 2012 5:43 PM
6Yes, you wil save a few gas dollars by going through the US. If you choose to do this, make sure, as suggested that you have documentation regarding your status as a registered student, confirmed housing etc as I've seen the US border guys very antsy about people who look like they might be staying.
But the way I would look at it is as a journey across your homeland. I've traveled by road almost everywhere in Canada now and I am always amazed and awed by the landscapes and the people. A roadtrip through the Maritimes was an experience that awakened an immense pride in me, to the diversityof the people, the tiny little hamlets with a whisp of smoke coming off the chimney at 5 am, lights in window as I flew past in the dark.
Just yesterday I returned from Regina to Vancouver, taking my time over 4 days to enjoy the scenary and stop and see whatever interested me. It's an amazing journey. Even the prairies are not boring, everchanging. Have some great music in the car with you. I have hundreds of CDs that I've never digitalized so I took them along in a box with a notebook beside. I listened, fast forwarded, made notes about the songs that were special enough to bother transferrring to my ipod. It was really interesting.
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