Travel In Canada: Immigration to Canada
How to Travel Canada: Full Guide
Getting around Canada can be an adventure on its own. The country has a good network of roads, railway, and a variety of airlines that service all areas. Transportation can be very cheap; however, depending on your needs and preferences, these costs can increase dramatically. In some cases traveling by bus or train can cost the same as flying. Even using a car can still keep you on budget. When choosing a method of transportation to consider, your time limitations, how much effect you want to put into traveling, safety, and cost.
If you want to get somewhere quickly with the least effect, then flying is the way. However, if you’d like to take your time, see the country while you travel, then use a car, bus or train. If you have lots of time to visit and are fit, and want to make the effect, then travel by bike, or even hitchhike. The choice is yours! We have provided more detailed advice on the various means of transportation, as well as useful numbers and contacts. Also, check out Travel Cuts in Canada; they can better advise you. Select a category on the right, and have a safe journey! Car. There are many options you have available to you when using a vehicle.
In most cases, using a car can be a very cheap and enjoyable way to travel around Canada. It gives you the option to go to places that other transportation methods can’t get to, as well as giving you the control to see what you want to and for as long or as little as you’d like. Everything depends on your budget and how long you have to travel.
Don’t forget Canada is on a Continent that is also accessible to the USA and Mexico by car. In most cases, a European or USA driving license is accepted; however we do strongly advise that you obtain an International driving license from your home country before you leave. We will explain the different ways of collecting and using a car, such as hiring a car, car polling, drive – away options, and even buying a vehicle. Hiring a car is very easy to do in Canada. However, there are certain restrictions that do apply, such as your age and driving license. Most companies require a minimum of 21 years old, and some 25. It’s well hiring a car for day trips or week trips, and any more can cost a lot. Only hire a car if you have enough people to feel it if needed hire a van, they don’t cost that much more, and the cost between everyone can work out cheaper than you all flying, or taking the bus or train. It is also possible to hire a car one way; however, most hire companies do charge a drop off fee can be as high as $250 or more. However, depending on the season, it’s possible to hire a car from Calgary to Vancouver, for instance, and not have to pay a drop off charge due to shortages in vehicles in Vancouver.
Most of the international car companies are well represented, such as Hertz, Avis, and many others. A cheap hire company that can be found is Rent-a-reck. The deal here is that you hire a second-hand car, and thus the hire cost can be a lot less than other larger companies. Always shop around and take advantage of weekend and week discount deals. Also, when hiring a car, find out how much insurance will be, mileage limitations, extra taxes (such as airport tax when borrowing from the airport), and any other hidden extras. Also, before you take the car, and sign for it, make sure there is nothing wrong with the vehicle, like dents or broken lights, otherwise you will be charged for it when you return the car. Car Polling is when you as a passenger wants a ride somewhere, and are willing to share gas expenses, or you as a car owner need passages to share the cost with you on your journey where ever, or simply want some company. What you do as a passenger or car owner is register with car poll, giving them information like where you are traveling to, and when and they find you a ride or passengers.
It’s a simplified way of traveling around Canada and can be very cheap, and you also get to meet new people great journey. Car poll agencies can be found in every city, simply look in the yellow pages. You’ll also find such postings in hostels, and even Universities and libraries. Take advantage of this travel method, and it can be tremendous and register with a car poll as soon as you know when and where you want to travel to! Driveaway is a scheme that operates in Canada and the USA. Basically, if a company or even a family need a car moved from one place to another, such as Toronto to New York, or Montreal to Halifax, they simply get a Driveaway agency to find a driver to drive the car.
Now the car can be a brand new car or a second-hand car. Your job is simply to drive the vehicle to the destination within a specific time frame. It’s like hiring a car, but you don’t have to pay for it. You have to do is pay for gas and give a deposit, usually $200 or so. Driveaway agencies can be found in most major cities in Canada and the USA. Register with them as soon as you can. This is a very cheap form of transportation! If you intend to spend a lot of time in Canada, like eight months to a year, it’s well worth buying yourself a car. We also highly recommend buying a campervan or truck extremely. This will give you all the freedom you need and can be your bed in the summer. It can be cheaper to buy a vehicle from the USA, as they are a lot cheaper, and driving it back. This all depends on how far you are from the USA.
Insurance can cost a lot in Canada, depending on your age; you may be looking at $700 or more if you are under 25 years old. Aim at spending at least $2000 for a car, campaign, or truck. Unless you know anything about vehicles, don’t spend anything less. If you have no clue about cars, think very carefully if you really need a car. Repair costs can be very high. Take a friend who does know something about cars when buying one, and look in newspapers and hostel and university postings for car sales. Shop around; don’t take the first car you see. In general, be very careful when buying a car. A vehicle can be beneficial, primarily as the society you will be traveling through depends on a car for most things, especially out of cities. When looking for Car rental companies, the easiest way is to check the Yellow pages. Look for companies such as Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, National Tilda, Budget, Rent a Reck, traveling by train can be very cost-efficient, and you get to see the country at your leisure.
Most passenger trains across the country are operated by VIA Rail. When calling for fares and booking, note that the price quoted often varies according to which agent you speak to. It’s easiest to book using a credit card, but all you really need is a reservation number. Later, armed with that number, you can pick up the ticket at the station. VIA Canrail passes are the best option when traveling through Canada. The types and prices of these passes vary; there are low and high season prices, and depending on the zones you want to visit in or even countries, and the time periods, and even your age (cheaper if under 24), depends on what you are going to pay. If you are a student using the VIA Rail is definitely excellent and affordable. Make sure you have your student card (ISIC card). Go to the VIA Rail web page to check out the current prices or go to any train station or tourist office in Canada, and they will give you all the current information.
The current rates for the VIA Canrail Pass (taxes included) are: in high season, the standard adult rate is $630; for those under age 24 or over 60, it costs $566. Students with International ID cards get a further reduction. In the low season, the prices are $406 and $369 with a student discount in effect. Additional days may be purchased up to a maximum of 15 days total. Reservations for all types of sleeping arrangements eg, berths, roommates, should be made well in advance, several months if possible. Tickets are not so critical if you are traveling coach, that is, sleeping in your seat. Bus Greyhound now operates from Ottawa, Ontario, westwards across the country. Greyhound’s Canada Travel Passes allow for unlimited travel.
The seven-day pass is now $246, the 15-day pass is $385, the 30-day pass is $449, and the 60-day pass is $572. Prices include all taxes. They must be bought seven days before the first trip. For travel in Ontario and Quebec, the Route Pass, honored by numerous bus companies across the two provinces and valid from April to December, is a possible option: a seven-day pass is $200; a 14-day pass is $230, and the 18-day pass (which also includes New York City) is $288. Taxes are included, and it’s possible to purchase extra days. There are some restrictions, such as limited travel between two cities, and the passes are not valid during the Christmas peak season.
Air Flying can sometimes be the cheapest and convenient option when traveling around Canada. The two main Airlines are Air Canada and Canadian airlines, and both offer a variety of price ranges depending on advance bookings and season. Other airlines are Canada 3000 and Air Transat, both provide reasonable standby rates as well as regular, low fares, but don’t count on the level of service. For smaller distances, some smaller carriers offer great prices. Initially, you will find that the cheapest flights will be provided by Canada 3000 and Air Transat, especially there standby flights. Look in Newspapers, Canada 3000 always advertise their standby rates. And if you’re not on a deadline and can afford to wait around in an airport, the standby option will be the cheapest way to fly.
Ships Surprisingly, ferries and boats in Canada are widely used. Then again, if you think about it, the country is covered with lakes, channels, and Bays; and surrounded by Oceans, you’ll see for yourself, especially on the West and East coast. The ferries are very well priced, and the journeys are impressive. If you have the choice and the time to take a boat, then do it, don’t wait, you will love it. Lots of people do this, some go the extreme of riding the whole way across the country, while others leisurely ride through one or two provinces. Many handbooks and associations exist that cover this subject in greater detail. Keep in mind that form of transport should only be done in the summer months, to do it any other time is plain dumb. Hitching: Thumbing is illegal on the major transcontinental routes, but it is common to see people hitching along with access rumps. Check the ‘local rules’ before setting out. In some cities, there are specific regulations regarding hitching. Still, in general, the cognoscenti say that hitchers are not often hassled and that Canada is one of the best places to get good lifts, mostly because rides tend to be long ones – even if you do have to wait a long time on occasions.
The Trans Canada Highway can be rough going during the summer months, so look for alternative routes, for example, the Laurentian Autoroute out of Montreal and the Yellowhead highway out of Winnipeg. Wawa, north of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, is another notorious spot where it is possible to be stranded for days. The national parks can also be tricky in summer when ‘there are too many tourists going nowhere.’