Just wanted to know if my travel plans are achievable in 10wks?
I fly into toronto on 5th aug and plan to travel west (wil do east nxt yr) visiting toronto,niagara,algonquin prov pk,thunder bay,winnipeg or reginia(which is better,any suggestions?) edmonton,jasper,banff,yoho,calgary,nelson,okangan valley,vancouver......
time isnt an issue but want timeline as wil be going to hawaii,new zealand and china afterwards.
So is 10wks about right or do i need to allow more time?, ill be travelling by greyhound(yeah i know mixed response but ill give them ago)
cheers in advance
I would say 10 weeks is long enough to cover all of this.
I drove from Vancouver to Niagara Falls and i believe it took around 4/5 days...but we just drove and then stopped at motels for the night and didnt do sightseeing. So if you do it at a leisurely pace, you'll get to see what you want.
Ive been to Algonquin on many occasions and i love it there....(http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/algo.html) There is one trail that i really enjoyed walking on because its a short walk to a really great view...its called the Lookout Trail (located at the 39th kilometre of Highway 60) these are a list of the other trails off of the highway 60 corridor (http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/algo-hiking.html)...also if your going to be travelling through ontario you may want to stay at campsites rather than motels....check out www.ontarioparks.ca campsites are cheap i think you can get them at cheapest/ basic site for 23$ per site, so if you have a few people its cheap. If you dont have a tent you can also rent yurts (basic structure - cabin like...actually...haha more like a shed!) camping out west would be really awesome as well but i dont know much about that, sorry.
Killarney is another park i like....i lived in Niagara Falls for a while also so i can definately recommend what to do and what to avoid in the area...been to banff as well and vancouver ...anyways sorry for rambling on, but if you have any questions about any of the places you mentioned just ask! (minus regina or winnipeg, sorry havent been!)
Can I recommend a stop in Lake Superior Provincial Park as it is along your route. It is a really nice park, especially once you get into the backpacking trail. It is just past Sault Ste Marie, ON.
I also suggest Winnipeg and Regina as you will have to stop in both along the way due to the distances in between. Unless you plan on spending many, many hours on the bus. Now I don't know either very well, but there is a youth hostel in Winnipeg. Not sure about Regina. You may not want to spend more than a day or two in each place unless you research some things that are of interest to you.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 10, 2008, at 7:08 PM by outdooren ]
Cheers for replies,
helps me get things sorted, and thanks for suggestions, Ive put them on my list.
yeah was just planning on using winnipeg/regina as stop offs as not much there.
And Ellie dont apologise for rambling on as its all useful to me, I do have a couple of questions you might be able to help with, would you prefer I do them over forum or send you message with them? Let me know.
[ Edit: Edited on Apr 11, 2008, at 6:07 AM by Monkey74 ]
whatever you'd like!
since this forum is specifically on your trip i don't see how doing it on here will be a problem, maybe even useful for others to see in case they have some of same questions? but your more than welcome to pm me as well.
Also I second Lake Superior, really nice place.
okey dokey( this is where you regret offering to help with a couple of questions!!)
Right here we go......so given myself 10wk timeline just gotto allocate how long I spend in each place, so if I go through my rough schedule maybe you could say whether good or bad, spend less time here more there etc etc
toronto 3/4days, niagara 3days(is this to long?), algonquin 3days(is this long enough?), lake superior/kilarney 3days, thunder bay 2days, winnipeg/regina day stopover, edmonton 3days, jasper/banff/yoho 28days(is this to long?), calgary 3days, nelson/okangan valley 4days, vancouver 7days(is this long enough?)...
Ive allocated £3500(approx $7000) is this enough or should I allow more?(not including flights and travelling on my own) plan to use hostels and cheap motels.
and you apologised for rambling on!! anyhow I expect Ive bored you enough with these questions so Ill leave it at them, any help would be much appreciated
cheers , ur a star
forgot to mention, days in places dont include travel time but expect you gathered that.
Sorry for the late reply. Im just finishing up my final exams! ( i graduate university this year!!...haha im just so damn happy ill never write an essay again that I have to tell everybody)
Maybe three days in niagara falls is too long...i guess it depends on what sort of things you like to do....but really i would stick with the niagara parks commission which is the green areas around the falls ...clifton hill is quite tacky but maybe worth a look? just a bunch over over priced flashy arcades and giftshops etc. umm niagara on the lake is a nice town right on lake ontario...dont know how much youd be into that but its pretty...also a big wine region if you want to rent a bike and do wine tours for the day?
and congrats on gettin thru uni, hats off to everyone who succeeds in that, I never had the patience for education and couldnt wait to leave school at 16 so good on you all.