#1 2-19-2012 10:30 PM

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Best way to get around Canada

Looking for advice on how to best get around Canada?
At this point I am thinking train, I haven't totally ruled out bus but I haven't heard very good things about bus travel.  I don't really want to fly as I will miss out on such beautiful scenery.  Can anyone tell me more about train travel in Canada?

 

#2 2-19-2012 10:52 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Train trips in Canada is not really feasible.
The infrastructure of trains in Canada for passengers are not really common there, and if there was some lines to connect between cities, it would be very expensive.

If you want to stick to public transportations, flight and bus are the main choices.
Or you could rent a car if you want to enjoy scenery and flexible schedule.

 

#3 2-19-2012 11:21 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Canada is so big you will probably need multiple modes of transportation to get around. Do you know your route yet?

I think the nicest scenery in Canada is in the Alberta Rockies and pretty much all of British Columbia and I strongly suggest renting a car or camper minivan to do those area's. Depending on budget I wouldn't waste too much time with Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Northern Ontario as some nice area's but very remote and your only choice would like be a car. Same goes for Quebec. If you make it to the maritime's then you need a car since it is the only way to see the nicest spots.

If you have a route and budget I might be able to help a little more. Trains would be an awesome way to go but they are just far too expensive in Canada for the average budget.

 

#4 2-19-2012 11:23 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

I should also mention the buses have some pretty crazy horror stories but those are very rare. Buses are a great way to get around and prices are decent.

 

#5 2-20-2012 1:48 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

I think you need to be more specific about where in Canada you intend to go.

Travelling betweeen Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, I did use the train and it was fine.

From that region to Calgary/Vancouver, I flew. I flew also from Calgary to Vancouver but I did look at travelling that route by Greyhound.

In British Columbia, I travelled Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler by bus. It was fine. To go further up BC, into the Yukon, NW Territories and onto Alaska, I used an organised tour.

I suggest looking at the article on Canada on wikitravel for info on how to get around:

http://wikitravel.org/en/Canada#Get_around

Also, advice on rail travel there is here:

http://www.seat61.com/Canada.htm

I think it would help a lot though if you could more info on where you want to go, how long you've got and your budget. Are you prepared to rent a car?

 

#6 2-20-2012 7:14 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

www.viarail.ca

If you want to travel by train in Canada go to the above link, I did it and it was the most enjoyable trains journeys I've had and I've travelled accross many countries by train! Do it!! is my advise! :-)

 

#7 2-20-2012 1:39 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

I really think the best way to get around in Canada is to rent a car...
go train does take you to places in Ontario..but seriously, you can't get to places just by taking public transpositions..unless you're staying in the cities the whole time. When you're staying in Toronto you can easily get by just by taking the TTC, but as soon as you need to get out of the downtown area, you need a car. For instance...if you want to go to the national parks or resorts...
It's easy to go to Niagara from Toronto because there're  a lot of tourist companies that offer buses that take you down to the casinos there for a very cheap price.
hm..if you want to visit Canada from east to the west...you gotta take a plane, duh-uh =P
I hope you have fun in Canada!

 

#8 2-21-2012 8:57 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Yes I agree I think the best way across Canada is roadtripping it! (Rent a car) Flights within Canada, and train rides aren't very feasable as they are highly overpriced. Bus is alright but they make very frequent stops, so a normal 9 hour car ride can take 20 plus hours...  We always drive ourselves.  Yes most of Canada is a dull drive (Manitoba/ Sask) except when you get to Alberta and BC the scenery is very good. Althought I havent been up to the northern provinces or far east so I can't tell ya. I do think train would be a nice view in the West end of the country though.

 

#9 2-21-2012 10:02 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.

I am planning on landing in the west and visiting Vancouver and Victoria, then it's off to the rockies,(Jasper, Banff etc)

After that I am not really sure whether to stop over in the middle of Canada or just head east to Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City.    Is the middle of Canada worth seeing?

I plan to be in Canada for a total of 2.5 - 3 months smile

 

#10 2-22-2012 8:59 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

what do you think of hitchhiking in Canada? Is it too dangerous? I heard in Canada it works well.?

 

#11 2-22-2012 1:52 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Hmm not really too much in the middle, lots of open space and farming... There is a nice lake in MB called Clear Lake (Wasagaming)  Also up north in MB in Churchhill has Polar Bears but i'm not sure if they are around all year.. ?

 

#12 2-22-2012 5:40 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

In this day and age I wouldn't consider hitching, but thanks for the suggestion anyway.

 

#13 2-22-2012 5:42 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

I am thinking of heading up to Churchill to see the Polar Bears in the wild, I think that would be a fantastic experience!  Thanks Michayla smile

 

#14 2-22-2012 6:33 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

yep

 

#15 2-23-2012 7:54 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

I wouldn't suggest hitch hiking either. Too many weirdo's all over the world, Canada is no exception.

 

#16 2-23-2012 1:56 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

What are you roads like then? I should think driving through British Columbia is a bit crazy on mountain roads? are there many places to rent campervans from? It would be so much fun to drive about in one of them for a month! smile

 

#17 2-24-2012 5:53 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

You could rent a car and drive but the distances are similar to Australia. You would be better off doing regional trips on the road, either rental car or bus, like a BC trip and then fly off to the next place covering a large geographical area. Like drive around BC from Vancouver to the Rockies then fly to Toronto and road trip it to French Canada, is my suggestion anyway.

There is a trans-Canadian railway that goes from east-west across the entire country similar to the old Union-Pacific railroad in the States. I dont know much about it though, but have heard great things about views....

 

#18 2-24-2012 8:35 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

karenuk wrote:

What are you roads like then? I should think driving through British Columbia is a bit crazy on mountain roads? are there many places to rent campervans from? It would be so much fun to drive about in one of them for a month! smile

The roads are very high quality in Canada through the mountains. The Trans-Canada through Banff if double lane and the Yellowhead through Jasper is single lane starting at the national park and continuing West. In both cases you will be stopping so often to see the amazing scenery and wildlife that you probably won't be driving fast anyway. If you happen to take Highway 93 through the Icefields Parkway (which you would be a fool not to) that road is also very well maintained. All roads in Canada have good signage and the parts where it is dangerous to pass are clearly marked.

However, at that altitude there is always the possibility of sudden and extreme weather conditions any time of year. I've went from +25C and sunny to blizzard in less than 50KM in the mountains. So be cautious if you get in one of those situations and you shouldn't have a problem. Worst case scenario is pull over to a safe spot and wait it out - they usually don't last long.

There are dozens of campervan rental places and even more campsites to use them in. The bigger companies can be a bit pricey, but there are plenty of small guys out there with great prices. Just google it and see what happens.

If you need any advice on places to set up camp on your way through BC or the best routes, let me know.

 

#19 2-24-2012 9:39 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Canada is awesome, my advise is to keep heading east once you've seen the rockies, you can jump on a train in Edmonton and head to Toronto, its only 3 days!! :-), nothing else inbetween, but chuchill would be worth seeing just for the polar bears! but again I heard it is expensive to go there and do a tour.

 

#20 2-25-2012 8:26 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Hey Danny, you're from Fort Mac. Have you seen Fubar Balls to the Wall? It's a movie that features Fort McMurray

 

#21 2-26-2012 2:48 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

jdig0304 wrote:

Hey Danny, you're from Fort Mac. Have you seen Fubar Balls to the Wall? It's a movie that features Fort McMurray

HA ha, yes I'm working in Fort Mac and yes I've seen Fubar, funny film :-)

 

#22 2-26-2012 5:43 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

How about buying an used car and selling it when you leave?

 

#23 2-26-2012 6:04 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

For sure if u can driving a car is best bet for travel. You can take a bus, and its ok with greyhound, quite roughing it,
train can be more $$ then flying

the east coast of Canada is something to experience, quite amazing.

There is quite a bit between alberta and ontario, good to see some of the prairies

there is quite of bit good scenery in Northwestern ontario

and do not leave out Newfoundland

 

#24 2-26-2012 8:07 PM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Traveling by car or RV is nice but if that is not an option the buses are great.  Get a greyhound Discovery Pass which lets you get on and off all you want for a period of time.  It is even cheaper if you have a Hostels International membership.  There are lots of hostels in BC & Alberta as well as the east where you can get off the bus and stay for a few nights, tour in the area and then get on a bus when you are ready to move on again.

 

#25 2-28-2012 5:10 AM

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Re: Best way to get around Canada

Niagara Falls can be done as a day trip from Toronto, its about an hour to two hours south on the QEW

 
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