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Wishing to Backpack to BC....(need advice)

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

I am wishing to backpack from Ontario to British Columbia. I've never done this before, aside from extreme back woods hiking and such. I really would like to know more about the general backpacking experience from those who have the knowledge...

I really would love to see the West Coast, but I have never left my hometown of Thunder Bay ON. I really would appreciate any advice given :) I am pretty green to this so please inform me of everything...I'm hoping to do this pretty much spur of the moment.

(Anyone wanna join me for my maiden voyage?)
:) lol

2. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 10y

You could check out Couch Surfing. It is a good way to get a cheap/free place to stay in all kinds of places.

If you are going to Hitch across I would suggest making some signs... I know for me when I see a hitcher with a sign I will be way more encouraged to pick them up.

(plus if they don't like a phyco... )

3. Posted by Mike_T (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

A good bet is hitchhiking the Trans-Canada highway. Bring a sign with your destination, clean yourself up (don't look like a dirtbag, you look less trustworthy), and hope for a long-range trucker to pick you up. They drive a long way and appreciate good company for the ride. Tenting is also a good cheap way to bunk up for the night

4. Posted by Heather_m (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Well, i don't know much about the hitchhiking part of it, but when you get to the west coast head over to Tofino on the west coast of vancouver island. Surfing, kayacking, crashing surf and friendly hippies galore! there are lots of places to camp over there too. Just be careful, the scenery just might overwhelm you and you'll never want to go home!