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4 month trip across Canada, planning help!

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1. Posted by .stephie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Hello!

I'm starting to plan a four month trip across Canada now, and need some help on places I have to make sure I see! I've got a few places already noted down, tell me where I can bypass or where I'm a fool to be missing.

I fly out in September and return in January, it's just going to be me, scary but so exciting! I've been researching what I need to have ready for when I arrive, and found an article saying I would need a detailed itinerary when I arrived. My plan had been to follow my nose somewhat...have the skeleton of a plan but have some give in how long I stayed somewhere if I loved it, or if I got bored. This article spoke about have street addresses of where I would be staying. I'm planning to stay in hostels, and not necessarily book them all before I go (so I could have a little more leeway) but am I going to have to? A couple of friends are also thinking about joining me around Christmas or New Year for the holidays, but will probably not know for definite until after I leave, in which case where I need to be and where I stay could change. Also, it seems as though I will need to get myself a credit card just to prove I have funds...although I have a whole lot of savings I will be taking with me. I understand why a credit card could be a good idea, but I don't want to unnecessarily tempt myself or have to worry about paying credit card bills from abroad!

Here are the places I have thought about visiting already:

Toronto (this is where I fly into)
Niagara
New York (short trip)
Montreal
Quebec City
Ottawa
Winnipeg
Saskatoon
Edmonton
Clagary
Banff
Whistler
Vancouver Island
Vancouver (where I fly home!)

Thank you for any help you can offer, happy to hear if I'm overthinking or worrying, I just want to make sure I have no nasty surprises!

Steph

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4412 posts) 1y

I was in Canada for 2 months, 2 years ago, and we made up our itinerary as we went along, and the form we filled out on arrival only asked for the address for our first stay. Immigration was generally very swift and friendly, too - "welcome to Canada", basically. No need to provide proof of funds or anything either.
It's possible "security" paranoia has crossed the border from the USA and taken hold in Canada as well in the time since, but if so, this'd be the first I've heard of it.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Jun-2013, at 15:47 by Sander ]

3. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 623 posts) 1y

Skip Whistler it's not nearly as exciting as the Rockies.

4. Posted by Pamelawalker (Inactive 4 posts) 1y

I think you should add Baffin Island (Oikiqtaaluk), It is Canada’s largest island, and offers pristine, raw nature at its most beautiful: Vast vistas of untouched scenery, interrupted only occasionally by small Inuit villages – a people that still live with respect for, and in pact with, their environment.