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Three weeks in Canada July 2014, help!!

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11. Posted by mahzimheart (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

question: what is bomff???

should i laugh too??

12. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

Bomff = Banff (It's where I live part-time.)

One question... can you afford to rent a car? That would be by far your best/easiest and most convenient way to see Western Canada within your time frame...


13. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

By the way, a quick search on shows Toronto to Vancouver buses running at $159.00 one-way and taking 3 full days... where did you see the $60 fare and 2.5 days?


14. Posted by mahzimheart (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

sorry it was $160 u are right i read it wrong in excitement… hahaha…

is banff a nice place to visit? should i add this to the list? i could rent a car but i am used to english hand driving, its opposite in Canada perhaps :s also i would need to arrange for an international drivers license for which it takes 4 months to process.

advise: if getting a car is a good option ill process my Int Drivers licence, if not then i need to cut down on the places to visit.


15. Posted by mahzimheart (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

can i get a rent a car with a driver??? and how much does that cost ?

16. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 728 posts) 3y

With 3 weeks is the practical approach to do Toronto then fly to Calgary then tour Banff and Jasper by hire car? That would be my choice.

A uk licence is fine for driving on the right hand side and as far as I'm aware you don't need anything special like an international driving licence.

17. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2488 posts) 3y

The bus will be $318.00 round trip plus food plus it steals 6 of your precious travel days plus it's a horrible way to travel in Canada. Honestly, save up for the airfare... it's only a bit more than double the bus cost (less than $700 round trip Toronto/Vancouver)... with only 3 weeks holidays it'll be the best money you could possibly spend.

Four months to process an International Driving Permit?!?! No way... an IDP used to be super fast/easy/cheap to get in the UK right from the Post Office, has that changed?! In any case it's not required in Canada because your UK Driver's License is issued in English.

Hiring a driver would be crazy expensive. Learning to drive "on the wrong side" is not difficult for most people. Capable, experienced drivers usually adapt very quickly.

You could even rent a minivan and camp/sleep in it some nights to save some money.

Have fun with your research.


18. Posted by mahzimheart (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

Not possible to get it from post office now, loads of waiting time to get it done. its not difficult to get, but a lot of waiting time. this is what mom said…

an IDP is required as travel insurance people said if u will be driving a car there in canada, u will need a valid IDP and also get urself insured on that :s

mini van great idea… bus out of question as u said cheerT.

calgary to banff to jasper seems nice…

any info on trains in BC.


i feel so sad how will i get this done like ever:(

19. Posted by mahzimheart (Budding Member 12 posts) 3y

the is an amazing service it also takes the vancouver to Squamish North Garibaldi.

thank u cheersT

20. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 810 posts) 3y

Are you a member of Hosteling International?