I am travelling early July to Seattle then hoping to go to Vancouver and Victoria then work our way over to niagra falls way (toronto and montreal) then cross over to New York to meet up with our friend doing camp america in August (18th).
We have seen the train to go across Canada, any other forms of cheap transport people can suggest?
Also to get to these places in the first place anyone know cheap flights from UK???
Also any suggestions of where to go? We want to go horse back riding, shopping, see the sights really! We also want to get a tan!!??
Also we would love some help on where to stay? We are doing this on a budget so needs to be relatively cheap but also safe!
Thanks for any help
For cheap fights, try Zoom Airlines - they offer really reasonabe rates, although if you're going in July I'd try to book really soon.
Montreal is a great city for shopping, and you'll get a tan just walking around. However, I'd say the beaches are better out West (we have a muddy, lake-water beach here, but it's just not the same). There are hostels across Canada, so I'm sure you can book through a reputable hostel site and find something reasonable and safe.
Wow - that sounds like the trip of a lifetime - good on you!
Based on my own experiences, I would recommend taking the train through the eastern portion of your Canadian adventure as it would allow you to travel between Niagara Falls-Toronto-Montreal quickly, efficiently, affordably, comfortably - and all that other important stuff.
Check it out:
VIA Rail Canada / Travel by train! Vacations, tours and tourism info
Some other sites that might be helpful:
Sally, If you want to go Horseback Riding, I definetly know where to go.
There's a place called Ya-Ha-Tinda Ranch and it's absoulutely beautiful. It's about an hour and a half N.W. of Calgary. You can actually ride into Banff National Park from there if you want and the scenery is right out of an old Western.
As for travel I would either fly with Westjet for cheap, or take a Greyhound bus. But if you find rail to be affordable then do that for sure as the bus is not comfortable at all.
I'll post some pics.
There's a shuttle bus from Seattle to Vancouver, as well as the Greyhound. See: http://www.bcpassport.com/transportation/buses.html
Also, Pacific Coach Lines offers efficient and fairly cheap transportation between Vancouver and Victoria. Although slightly more expensive than taking public transit to/from the ferry terminals in both Vancouver and Victoria t(LONG way out of town for each) and getting a separate ferry ticket, the amount of hassle it eliminates makes it more than worthwhile.
If you want to get an all-over tan in Vancouver, check out Wreck beach (nude beach) on UBC campus.
There's a decent hostel on Granville Ave in downtown Vancouver -- a less dodgy area than the downtown east side where there are other cheap hostels. Also, if you don't mind staying outside downtown, the HI Jericho Beach hostel is nice.
As for across Canada, both trains and buses are a lot cheaper if you book well in advance. Even cheaper than student fares.