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1. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Hello all!

Im an aussi lad of 19 heading alone to canada for my 1st time trip backpacking at all. Needless to say im a little apprehensive cause I dont have a CLUE what im heading off to, i've never even been in temperatures lower than 5 degrees C let alone seen snow!
Im starting in Vancouver from the 3rd and meeting friends in Calgary around the 16th but between that im all spontenaiety!
SO what's the go? How does one survive the cold? What's a single guy to do in a big city all cold? haha.
I'm a sightsee er and a cheap one so im ruffing it as much as possible, trying to keep enough money so that i can spend it on snowboarding which sounds VERY expensive, so im going to need to save as much as possible!

If anyone's got just a basic list of must do's please let me know!

Thanx in advance for the help!

2. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

I love the winters here! A few small tips:

1) Wear a hat (Canadians love their touques). A huge precentage of your heat loss is through your head.

2) Wear lipbalm to keep your lips from chapping.

3) Wear a scarf. Heat rises and will escape through your collars.

4) Wear a good pair of waterproof boots.

5) When you purchase your coat, look for a good outer wind breaking layer and inner (usually fleece or down) insulation layer.

Most cities are fairly warm. Vancouver almost never snows. Hope that helps.

3. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Hey thanx for that!
All the help in the world and i'll no doubt freeze!
i love that word 'tourques'

lol.. i love canadians


4. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

being cold is all in your head. get a good coat and a good beanie and just dont think about the parts of you that freeze. serouisly it will feel worse if you concentrate on it.
i like your plan of totally winging it
reminds me of someone i know, i mean am.
good luck!

5. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

hey "see the sky"
that's funny as! so you're a believer that ignorance is bliss then? lol.
I've lost two fingers and the rest are black... i'll just ignore it.
haha, no honestly thanx for that, these things will help!

And yea i figure the best way to meet people is to just go with the flow, see where you end up. I heard of someone who went to canada for two months...
And came bak 2 years later!


6. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

hell yea dats the spirit

7. Posted by myrian (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

HEY! If you're going to Calgary, I hope you won't forget Banff!!! Last year I went to Calgary: nice, but nothing to do... Banff is not far away from Calgary, it's the snowboarders' paradise!!! You must (hehe) go to Lake Louise, and to Mt Sulfur, where there are very hot springs :D

Have a nice trip!

8. Posted by Ausboy (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

Oh HOW could i miss Banff?

No up in the rockies is the other main focus of the trip. Banff sounds apsolutely beautiful and the surrounding all seems to be some of the wonders to see. So yes, i will be heading to Banff and hopefully Lake Louise as well.
Is the best way to get there through Calgary and by bus? And snowboarders paradise you say...
Whats it like compared to whistler? Because being as expensive as it is to hire all of the gear and lift passes yadda yadda... I will have to chose maybe only 1 or hopefully 2 resorts to go snowboarding. (yes snowboarding... not skiing) So out of the two which do you think the better?

Thanx for the tip tho, kinda definately need to Banff dont I?
Cheers all!

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Just to add to Q's tips: Get a good fleece sweater from a ski shop. Sometimes you really need that extra layer, and if it starts to warm up a little then a fleece is more comfortable and less sweat-inducing (blech!) than a wool coat. Other than that, you should be all set!

10. Posted by myrian (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Never went to Whistler before... but Banff is unbeatable :)

When I went to Banff, I rent a minivan (we were 4 girls with huge luggages) from Calgary to Banff, and it wasn't really expansive, and we could then go to Lake Louise without problems... Ask for the company "Enterprise" :) Have a nice trip!!