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1. Posted by SalFrog (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I am leaving in 2 weeks on a 10-12 month backpacking and working holiday starting in Vancouver.

We are planning on working while we are there and staying in hostels. The idea is to work in Vancouver for about 8 months then spend 3ish months going accross Canada all the way to Nova Scotia, which will be the end of our journey.

At the moment I have $10, 000AUS which converts to just over $9000CAN.

I do have more money in savings which I can draw on if need be, but would rather not.

From all you well traveled people out there, how does this amount sound? Am I stupidly underbudget?

Thanks, Salfrog

2. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Not stupidly under budget (I've done Canada many times on a shoestring), but as long as you've got a cushion in the bank - you should be ok. I would suggest the petrol (gas) station people. I've done it a few times. It's a bit like couchsurfing - only a little more spend, not much though. Basically, when (as for sure you will) you hire a car for a week or two, at the fuel stations - ask for a cheap bed and the proprietor may put you up for the night, for the cost of a bit of back pocket petty cash. They love foreigners in the countryside (especially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan). It'll cost you around $CAN10 and you'll have a great breakfast too. They don't do it for profit. It's more to meet people like yourself and to cover the cost of the food, washing etc. It's gonna be a great trip for you.
PS.... Driving on Highway 1 from BC to Halifax, outside of the cities - is so easy. Sometimes you don't see another vehicle for an hour or so.

3. Posted by SalFrog (Budding Member 22 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!


Thanks for the help :)
I'm quite intrigued by the idea of staying with the petrol station people. Although it does bring to mind certain movies like Wolf Creek and Gone ( I'm a 21 yr old female.) I'll be travelling with my boyfriend in Vancouver, but my cross country adventure will either be solo or possibly with someone I meet along the way. I like to think that I'm pretty street smart, but I'll play that petrol station people accomodation advice by ear.

I'm also intigued by what you said about having done Canada on a shoestring more than once. If you've got the time or the inclination I would love to hear some of the finer / grisler points of your trip. I'm always up for more advice.

Thanks again, Salfrog

4. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It would be a bit spammy here and there with all the cafes, shops, beds and deals I found - so I'll PM you over the next few days with more.
Just to say, I've been to Canada many times (I have family there) and each time I go - it's fun for awhile with the kinfolk - then it's off to do something different evry time.

5. Posted by chrisvasil (Full Member 102 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

We did a month of east coast tour in June this year (driving our own car) from Ontario to Quebec, NB, NS and PEI.
Camping most of the time, and eating in fast food/grocery food,

For two of us, we averaged $100 CAD per day (including gas).