Travelling through Canada
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2013 4:19 PM Last Post By: poppageorge
Oct 16, 2013 9:50 PM
Travelling through CanadaHi there - we are making tentative plans to travel Canada next year and were wondering on whether anyone can provide some feedback. Is it better to hire a rental car and drive from Quebec to Vancouver or are buses/trains a better alternative? Better to go Quebec to Vanc or in the opposite direction - is that just personal preference? Or hire a campervan? Any suggestions or recommendations, greatly appreciated :-) Thanks
Oct 16, 2013 11:59 PM
1You need to give more information since four people in a campervan is very different economics than one person in a rental car compared to buses/trains. There are two main areas of tourist interest, Quebec City to Toronto and Calgary to Vancouver with a very big distance between those two areas. You might want to consider a rental in each of those two areas, so you could return it to the same location that you rented it at, saving on dropoff fees. You might want to consider using planes, buses or trains between those two areas. You also need to give more information on the length of time you are coming to Canada, if it is six months then you can go beyond those two areas, if it is six weeks you probably cannot, if it is two weeks then you should stick to just one of the two areas.
Oct 17, 2013 12:48 AM
2Thank you for your reply. There is only the two of us travelling and we are looking at spending three weeks travelling from either Quebec-Vanc or vice versa but as I mentioned, really wondering whether it is worth spending the time driving in a car or, as you mentioned, seeing some key areas and then using plane/bus/train in between?
Oct 17, 2013 3:05 AM
3If you are only going for three weeks then I think you would be better to stick to one of the two areas that I mentioned above Quebec City to Toronto or Calgary to Vancouver each of which has plenty to see for that length of time. If it is Quebec City to Toronto then I would get a rental car not a campervan, there are some parks worth seeing such as Algonquin Provincial Park but not enough to justify a campervan. If it is Calgary to Vancouver then there are enough National Parks that you might want a campervan for at least part of the trip, although it is perfectly possible with a rental car and a tent.
Oct 17, 2013 4:17 AM
4In most cases, the campervan is the most expensive option. Remember that camping isn't free and gas is expensive. You'll have to build an itinerary and price it out.
As marka suggests, 3 weeks is not a lot of time. Either do the west if you are interested in mountains and outdoors activities or do the east if you are interested in lively, cosmopolitan cities. Of course, there is some great nature in the east (Algonquin) and a great city in the west (Vancouver).
For the east, the train or the bus (various companies) conveniently connect the main cities (Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto). You can rent a car if wanting to get up to Algonquin or other national/provincial parks.
Where you go also depends on what time of year you are coming. The mountains don't become really accessible until June. Good luck!
Oct 17, 2013 6:49 AM
5Three weeks is tight, BUT not crazy. You will need 2 weeks at least to get a good feel from Calgary-Vancouver. The problem will be all the time it takes to get to Calgary from Quebec.
Second, you really need to mention budget...that will indicate your mode of transportation. Campervan...quite pricy!...but fun. Car rentals are usually the go to out here in the west as public transportation can suck, BUT one way drop off fees suck. I will admit I have never really used public transport in the east, so I can not comment.
Consider touring the east for a week, then flying into Calgary for the final 2 weeks to Vancouver. This will still seem a bit rushed though.
Oct 17, 2013 9:52 AM
63 weeks very little time. still a couple days montreal, 3 days quebec city area then fly out to Calgary rent a car drive to bc trip over to Vancouver island then out but stay in motels. or BB hotels not cheap. for accomo its catch as catch can scenario. in alberta pop over to lake louise for sure. or simply rent a van and sleep in it to save money. . wash and brush up in restraunts.
Oct 18, 2013 3:23 PM
Oct 23, 2013 10:50 PM
8I'd agree with what poppageorge said, spend about a week out east checking out Montreal, Quebec city or maybe going Montreal to Toronto. Then from there fly to Calgary and rent a car, or I would suggest a camper van if you can afford it and drive to Vancouver. The camper van would make for some fun camping that may be cheaper than staying in motels/bb's/hotels. Plus you can get out of the cities and see more of the flora/fauna.
You'll pass through the Rockies and some very nice provincial parks and scenery along the way. Banff would be a good stop, Drumheller is pretty cool to make a quick day stop in, and then go through the Okanagan region and swim in the lakes if you're there in the summer or check out the ski hills in the winter. Head to Vancouver and then catch the ferry to Vancouver island if you wanna see Victoria or maybe head up to Whistler which is great in the summer and the winter.
Oct 27, 2013 4:19 PM
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