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Apr 16th, 2017, 10:58 AM
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East to West, Roadtrip

Hello,
So I am a 25 year old from Norway planning a roadtrip through Canada in August. The idea is to start in either Montreal or Quebec and the destination will be Kamloops (its were I will study for a few months). I will be renting a car for about 18 days and I am looking for input on what I should do and see during the trip. Any hidden gems, or absolute "must see"? Seeing as I will pretty much drive through most of Canada, the spectre of places I can go is big. But 18 days is 18 days and time goes quick, therefor I was looking for some tips.

I want to visit national parks, see the stunning nature. And also experience the city life.

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Fredrik
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Apr 17th, 2017, 04:41 AM
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July 1 is Canada's 150th birthday. Celebrations will continue throughout the year, including free admission to national parks (not necessarily provincial parks or the campgrounds.) Of course it is a long haul, so long that I am daunted to make specific suggestions. I hope your basic research will turn up specific questions, which could prompt more useful replies.
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Apr 17th, 2017, 02:06 PM
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+1 to Southam. If you can do some basic resarch, and suggest an itinerary, we can start making useful suggestions. Also would help to have more details on your interests - hiking? canoeing? cycling? museums? food?

One factor though, will be accommodation. If you are intending to visit the national parks in AB and BC, you need to find accommodation ASAP. Hotels, hostels and campgrounds are filling up very quickly, especially on weekend and especially for the holiday weekend (August 4-7). August is not a time of year when you can just show up and hope to find a place to stay -- you will need to have something booked well in advance. Even now the available options are likely to be the more expensive and/or less desirable.

And yes, you will need to make choices. Probably at least 6 days of driving in that itinerary. And a lot to see. For instance, we generally suggest at least 5-7 days in the Rockies alone. If you are studying in Kamloops, you may have the chance to travel in BC and possibly AB, so perhaps focus less on that?
Northern Ontario is really pretty, but you need two full days of driving to get through the area. I'd probably suggest going through Manitoba and SK quite quickly.

Another option would be to fly part of the way - might work out cheaper than driving by the time you factor in rental, one way fee, gas, accommodation (not really any free camping here, so looking at $20-30 per night for campsite, $40-60 for hostel bed, $150-350 for hotel bed), insurance etc. You could drive part way, then fly say from Toronto to Calgary. Or take the train part of the way.
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