Im heading to Canada in 3 weeks time with 2 friends.
We are flying into Toronto and staying there for a couple of days before heading to the Great Lakes (still not decided where exactly) but probably by bus or train.
We then plan to fly over to Edmonton and spend around 10 days travelling to Vancouver (via the Rockies).
For this part we were thinking of hiring an RV/Motorhome. Some of the quotes i have looked at are really expensive, many have charges for one way travel and lots have additional charges.
Can anyone reccommend any particular companies or websites? Anyone done anything similar?
We are hoping to be in Edmonton for Canada Day, im getting quite excited now!!
Any advice (specific or general) would be much appreciated.
I have been in Canada much. But two things I can tell you:
1) what ever you do don't miss swimming in lake Michigan! It is like a fresh water ocean. A very refreshing and awesome experience!!
2) I can't remember the exact name but there is an amazing mountain area about 100+ mile north east of Vancouver! It one place I hav vowed to return to, Wildlife, Hiking, Rivers, Camping ect...... I would get the Motorhome even if it is expensive. It's worth it! the places you would be able to visit would make it worth every penny if you took it into the mountains! You have great reason to be excited!
When you're in Toronto, take some time to just walk around downtown- there are many small neighbourhoods, such as Chinatown around Spadina, Greektown on the Danforth, the Annex at Bloor and Bathurst- downtown Toronto is a walker's paradise in the summer.
But you should head north from Toronto to the Muskoka lakes, or Algonquin Park, and either do some camping or rent a cottage for a weekend. That's the true Canadian summer experience.
Rent an RV? I'd recommend renting a car, to go through the Rockies, and buy a tent and sleeping bag- there are lots of national and provincial parks to camp in.
Um, Ice: Lake Michigan isn't in Canada.
LOL lake Michigan... I wouldn't dare swim in any water south of the middle part of canada. It's all pretty nasty. Toronto is a great place to visit. I Live here. If you want to avoid tourists (allmost spelt terrorists...) head to teh water front, but head west. There is a nice little park called "music garden" Its less touristy and more an area for the residents of the waterfront.
Have fun and and enjoy some beaver...........
I live in Calgary, if you want to go to Vancouver via the rockies come to Calgary instead of Edmonton, Calgary is about and hour drive from the rockies, and you would def. want to stop off at Banff on your way to Vancouver.