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Cross country road trip in Déc 2016

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Hi all,
We are a family of 4 and we are contemplation the idea of moving from Montreal to Nelson, BC. We are planning on staying there for at least 6 months, starting end of Déc 2016.
As we will need a car up there, I am wondering if we should drive there, which route use, through the US and I90, or Canada? How safe are both options in Déc? The flight and the pourchase of a car in bc seem quitte à pricey option.
Thnaks for your help.
Romain

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    Not a good idea.

    You are talking about driving in the darkest and often coldest part of winter across areas with high mountain passes. Passes that can be shut for snow, avalanches, accidents and/or avalanche control. Plus you'd be looking at less than 8-9 hrs of daylight, and you don't want to be driving in the dark.

    Both in the prairies and the mountains, there can be long stretches without much in the way of civilization. And in the mountains, many of those stretches have little or no cell reception. So car trouble can mean a very long, cold wait for help.

    Also, M+S tires are required in inland BC, though I assume you would have full snow tires being from Quebec.

    I would strongly suggest flying. Do the math - I suspect that by the time you factor in hotels, gas, supplies etc., it will be cheaper to fly to Nelson. If you are only staying there for 6 months, why not consider leasing or long term renting a car rather than the hassle of buying.

    Or if you really want to move, why not wait until spring? It would likely be a lot easier to find a place to stay during the off season between ski and summer peak seasons.

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