Good evening from the UK!
We are two 26 year old women backpacking Canada next year, hoping to hear from others who have been/are there/from there etc who want to chat make friends or give any good pointers for relative backpacking newbies. (Went to Africa for 4 months, but this will be a year out )
Our aim is to arrive and stay in a Hostel for a few days while we get our bearings, then explore Vancouver before heading up into the more wild parts of Canada, looking to a lot of hiking. Other than that our plans are quite open. Though we aim to say for approx 3 months or so before moving on to America, or flying over to Asia. I understand there is a work visa you can apply for that lasts 60 or 90 days? We will be hoping to work as we go to get by.
If heading out that way around our time from the UK could be cool to chat about plans etc.
Work in Canada.
Have fun. Vancouver is lovely, as is Vancouver Island, the west coast and Western Canada.
We are very much looking forward to visiting Vancouver Island! I think our plan is to book into a hostel for the first few days and explore the area, then rent and RV for three months to explore the wilds!
We would like to be able to work along the way but I must admit Im confused by the visa requirements? I have heard you can stay and work for 60 days without a specific visa, however haven't found anything that substantiates this....
Still in the researching I knew bugger all stage!
"... I have heard you can stay and work for 60 days without a specific visa..."
I doubt that. Is there any country in the world where a foreigner can legally work without some kind of documentation? Look at the link I supplied...
No your right my bad,
I can visit without a visa, but need to apply while there for work and obtain a work visa that way. Luckily my profession is listed as required so I shouldn't have any trouble.
Keep in mind that economic realities are tough all over, although Canada's economy is way better than most, especially in centres like Alberta which is booming.
Exploring the wild will be a challenge before mid May -weather will be damp/cold and most facilities closed or still under snow.
The further you head into the mountains the later spring happens much of the Rockies for instance stays frozen well into May and I mean FROZEN!!!.
So heading to the Island first is probably your best bet.
Vancouver area trails and general info
wow thanks for the detailed response it has given us loads to consider, thanks for the advice!
Im 23 from London and my plan is basically the same as yours ... Howevere i am goig alone! .. a little daunting!
Be lovely to know someone over there.
Where are you from?