I'm currently in Thailand at the moment and will be heading out to Vancouver at some point next year for a couple of months before making my way to New York to catch a flight home to Europe. Now I can quite easily get a bus from Vancouver to New York which will take about four days however I'm not really constrained by time so I wouldn't mind spreading it out over two or three weeks depending on cash. The problem is I don't really know enough about Canada to split the one-way itinerary up to definitive stops so could you all please help and shed some light on which out of the following are unmissable (please excuse me for the length), following this I will do some thorough research into the destinations!
Leaving: VANCOUVER, BC
SALMON ARM, BC
ROGERS PASS GLACIER, BC
FIELD JCT, BC
AB BC BRDR 1, AB
LAKE LOUISE, AB
MEDICINE HAT, AB
SK/AB BORDER 1, SK
MAPLE CREEK JCT, SK
GULL LAKE, SK
SWIFT CURRENT, SK
MOOSE JAW, SK
MB/SK BORDER 1, MB
OAK LAKE, MB
GRISWOLD JCT EAST, MB
ALEXANDER JCT, MB
WINNIPEG AIRPORT, MB
ON/MB BORDER, ON
VERMILION BAY, ON
THUNDER BAY, ON
WHITE LAKE BRIDGE, ON
WHITE RIVER JCT, ON
BATCHAWANA BAY, ON
GOULAIS RIVER, ON
SAULT STE MARIE, ON
GARDEN RIVER, ON
ECHO BAY, ON
BRUCE MINES, ON
IRON BRIDGE, ON
BLIND RIVER, ON
SERPENT RIVER, ON
WALFORD JCT, ON
ON/NY BORDER QE2, ON
RS GREAT BEND EXIT 2, PA
NEW YORK, NY
Many thanks in advance
Coquitlam is just a suburb of Vancouver and there is nothing to see there. No offense meant, you folks from Coquitlam
YOu get to go to quite a few towns that have big statues...of animals and the like...Sudbury has a giant nickel. Try to stop in WaWa and get aload of the giant Canada Goose...which WaWa means in a native language.
Not much to see in Regina either. But I quite like the town. Enjoy a lovely view of the rapeseed fields.
Have fun....It´s a long way around lake Superior, though.
revelstoke are doing huge development to there ski hill - do you like skiing?? - you could stop off there and check that out!
def stop off at lake louise and banff - the scenery there is amazing and lots of tourists spend time there!
after that a lot of canada is flat prairie land - might be nice to stop of there at some point... possibly regina?!
and then maybe take a stop off again in toronto?
Most of those smaller places have nothing to offer someone without a car, there may be some decent attractions in the country but you'll be stuck in a one horse town with no saddle.
I'd recommend going from Vancouver to Kelowna, Banff, Calgary, Edmonton then fly to Ontario, the middle of Canada is just prairie land and really just not that interesting to be honest. Well thats just my opinion.
I agree with the others...many of the places don't have much or no tourist sites. I live in Winnipeg and it doesn't have a wealth of tourist things. I am surprised you did not mention Victoria, BC. It's a quiet but a beautiful city. A nice getaway from the hustle and bustle in Vancouver. I was in Hope and Chilliwack last November. It's a long journey if you don't have a car. Not much to do there unless you want to go camping at the lake.
I'd skip Saskatchewan and Manitoba all together and go straight to Toronto, Ontario. Consider spending a night in Niagara Falls (Coach Canada or Greyhound bus). I was in New York and Toronto last Nov and I thought of Toronto is being a mini-me of NYC but cleaner. Have you thought of Montreal and Quebec City?? Both great cities Montreal is my 2nd fav CAD city next to Vancouver. You can conveniently catch the VIA Rail at Union Station in downtown Toronto and you would end up in Montreal downtown Gare Central ($55 oneway).
Concerning the short portion in the USA crossing NY/PA/NJ, I suggest you also stop at Niagara Falls, skip Buffalo and Newark, and make a detour to see the Maine coastal area (great/inexpensive lobster), Boston, and if you come in Spring/Summer, I'd include Cape Cod (SE of Boston) for great beaches and great seafood. The New England coastal area is quite beautiful, but rather expensive in good weather. Boston-New York has excellent train service on Amtrak. New York City is VERY EXPENSIVE!
I'd skip some of those Ontario destinations and send a little time in Quebec, if you can. Especially Quebec City--it's very worth the visit. I think Thunder Bay is a long detour with not much different from many other rural-ish places (no offense Thunder Bay-I've got lots of family there!). I have a feeling those small towns will begin to feel the same after awhile...
Well, it looks to me like delphi is travelling the TransCanada, which makes you pass through TBay. It turns to the 17 there, but still the TransCanada. Most of those towns seems to be along the major highway...I assume that´s the plan.
By the way....Delphi has never reappeared on this thread...so maybe not listening anymore.
x2 on Quebec City. I was there last October and it was so beautiful. I felt like I stepped back in time. People are friendly too even if you don't speak francais. Again you can take the VIA rail from Montreal Gare Central station to Quebec City station.