I'm in the middle of planning a trip, which has taken some really weird (but wonderful) developments in the past week, and I'm sure thats not the last of it.
Right now, I'm just after different suggestions for a solo female traveller (21) to get from East to West (Vancouver) the around October/November this year. Hiring a car isn't an option as I don't have my licence.
Try the train. Via Rail runs the Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver three times a week. It takes about three days and goes through some spectacular scenery. You can either book a seat or a berth. If you book in advance it can be quite reasonable.
If you don't have enough time then fly with Westjet. They fly from most eastern gateways to Vancouver, check out this website.
the iytc (international youth travel card) or such have a fairly good discount on the train - but you'll have to see if you can take one out, i'm not sure if it's restricted to canadians or anything like that. it's only about 20 bucks or so.
start with telling us what you'd like to do based on what you know as of now, like to do Newfoundland, likely not possible.
October and November will mean snow
train has a 30 day pass for North America and one for just canada
Right now, I'm thinking of flying from New York to Halifax for around a week, and then catching the train, and spending a few days in the towns (quebec, montreal, ottowa maybe, toronto), maybe a few places in between before vancouver...from there I will more than likely go to one of the ski resorts to start work on whv...fingers crossed. I have my interview next week. If the WHV doesnt happen, then I'll fly home to Syd from Vancouver.
I have to say that i drove from vancouver to ottawa last year at the end of october/ beginning of november and the weather was not nice. This time of year is not the most beautiful as its almost winter, the leaves have fallen and it looks pretty bare. Its quite chilly out and even had to drive through a snowstorm around the Sault Saint Marie area.
That said, Ottawa ad Montreal i think are beautiful cities all year round, and are especially nice winter cities.
If its possible i would suggest going a few weeks earlier becuase the leaves will be turning colour and it would be really beautiful....weather would be nicer as well! Go to a pumpkin patch in a small quebec or ontario town as well! Its always fun....fall is my favoruite time of year...beginning to middle of october.
If you want any advice on things to see or do in ontario/ quebec....i can possibly help you out!
Train = Good: I've heard really good things about the train across canada from family and friends, but I haven't done it (I will someday).. count me as a vote for that if you have the time, money, and desire to be on a train for such a long haul.
I love Vancouver Last June I went on a Cruise around Alaska that left out of Vancouver and the best part of the trip was the time we spend in Vancouver. The weather was amazing in June and I highly recommend staying in a hotel near the water on the north side of town... it's a little more expensive (Vancouver hotel price map) but I think its worth it to be in the middle of everything.
East? You mean.....Saint John's? Halifax? Montreal? Toronto? The options are different from place to place.