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11. Posted by cruisegirl (Respected Member 244 posts) 10y

Quoting Brendan

Quoting tway

and I'd venture to say that most big cities in Canada have great public-transportation systems.

Canada has some of the worst public transit that I have ever come across, large-city or not

Canada has one of the best public transit systems of anywhere I have seen!! It's so easy to get from one city to another, whether your fly on WestJet or take the Go Train, Via Rail, Greyhound, Coach Canada, etc. And within the cities is a breeze to get from a to b just by following the maps. Buses, street cars, subways....

Sorry Brendan, I don't know whereabouts you are from, but I have to disagree, because nowhere else have I seen a system as efficient and understandable as Canada's public transit.

12. Posted by IAMNOBODY (Budding Member 31 posts) 10y

Quoting cruisegirl

Canada has one of the best public transit systems of anywhere I have seen!! It's so easy to get from one city to another, whether your fly on WestJet or take the Go Train, Via Rail, Greyhound, Coach Canada, etc. And within the cities is a breeze to get from a to b just by following the maps. Buses, street cars, subways....

I have to disagree. Canada's public transit is decent, but not one of the world's best. Canada is certainly a car nation. Many adjacent transit systems are not integrated. The TTC subway is decent, but by no means can one get anywhere anyplace easily. Montréal Metro and commuter train system is better but still could be better.

Canada has nothing on the wonderful systems of Europe, Japan and the large American cities. Regardless, Canada does boast one of the highest percentages of transit ridership in the world.

13. Posted by Sliver24 (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y

My recommendations:

Take Zoom Air (http://www.flyzoom.com/) to get to Canada. They are BY FAR the cheapest (even if they're not the most comfortable) way here from Europe.

Montreal is probably the cheapest place to buy an old beater if you're planning on taking that route. That is generaly the case because of the nasty winters and notoriously bad roads. To get an idea about car prices, check out http://www.autotrader.ca/. One thing to keep in mind is it's more complicated to sell a car in a province other than the one you purchased it in.

Montreal is also the best party city on the continent, so definitely plan to spend at least Thursday to Sunday of one week in the area.

As far as scale goes, Canada is a big place but you have time over 2 months to see a huge chunk of it. I've done a lot of driving between Montreal and points west. Here are some time estimates for driving time (stops not included):
Montreal-Ottawa: 2h
Montreal-Toronto: 6h
Calgary-Edmonton: 3.5h
Calgary-Vancouver: 11h
Montreal-Vancouver: 55h
Montreal-Halifax: 14h

Have a great trip!

14. Posted by lmackenzie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Someone said no disrespect to Northern Ontario! Lake Superior is not to be missed ...for scenery it is spectacular...check out Pukaskwa National Park and Neys Provincial Park, Ouimet canyon, Aguasabon Gorge near Terrace Bay, Old Woman Bay near Wawa and much more...Magpie High Falls near Wawa, etc. etc. Greyhound service but driving is better.

15. Posted by FightingI (Budding Member 4 posts) 10y

Our biggest problem was the distance. It's one big country. I'd suggest renting a car. I don't know of any cheap flights within the country. But at least you have a nice chunk of time to drive.

We also had problems with getting cheap rooms. Things fill up quick during the summer so make sure you call ahead for reservations. Prepaid calling plan like onesuite, or book online with an internet cafe or check to see if you can have your cell boosted for international calls. Although I think that last option might be a bit expensive.

Make your own breakfasts and lunches. Keep a cooler in the car. Saves a lot of money and then you can splash out for dinners sometimes.

16. Posted by JohnRCMP (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hello:

You may want to consider Prince Edward Island as well. It has beautiful beaches and many places of interest. The province has a helpfull site at www.peiplay.com.

17. Posted by moonsail (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

It would difficult to answer your question without knowing what you are looking for in your trip. Canada has lots to offer but nature is by far the best. If you look for cultural experiences, hit the big cities in Canada. Montreal and Vancouver would be high on my list.

As to visa, you must be kidding, right? You must have heard of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She's the queen of England. And Canada, in ceremonial sense, still lists her on the top of the government structure chart. So, worry not about a visa coming to Canada if you're British citizen.

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