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1. Posted by robdave (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Im a complete novice to the whole travelling thing, and have recently been fed up with my job and life in general so would love to go travelling and see some of the world in march/april 2009!

Ive wanted to go to Canada for a while now, but really have no idea where to start in planning such a trip. I'd like to go from one side to the other, but not sure how. Ive read about the Canada train that goes from one side to the other, can you stop at points along the route or is it a non stop service? I would love to go to some of the national parks and take in some of the views, as well as have a look around the cities. Id be doing the trip alone so is it easy to meet people along the way?

I know you could probably spend a life time travelling around, but would a month be sufficient time to see the main sites? How much money (how long is a peice of string?! ) would be recommended for this amount of time?

Lots of questions there, sorry! But any advice and experiences would be great!


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

The train is not hop-on, hop-off, which means that you must buy tickets to and from each place you are going. Check out the Via Rail site for details.

Frankly, if I was only going to do a month in Canada, I would chose a more limited itinerary than the entire country. Three examples below:

1) West Coast and Rockies

Vancouver - Whistler - Interior BC (Kamloops, Kelowna) - Jasper - Banff - Calgary

2) Big City Canada

Toronto - Ottawa - Montreal - Quebec

3) East Coast

Montreal - Quebec - Halifax - Cape Breton - Nova Soctia - New Brunswick


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4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

March is still winter everywhere in Canada-be prepared for cold temps, cold rain and even snow, if you can delay even for 2 months you'll have a much easier trip.

In 2 months you could see a lot of South America, much better weather, food and variety of sites to see, SE Asia is probably your best bet though.