The Last Word (Canada)
Trip Start May 05, 2008
119Trip End May 05, 2013
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Duration: 32 days
Distance Travelled: 4000 km
Provinces: British Columbia, Alberta
Costs: $200 per day for 2 ppl. (Car: $50, Fuel $12, Lodging / Camping $50, Food $50, Other $32)
We camped 17 nights, lodged 13 nights and stayed with friends 2 nights.
Car Rental (Enterprise)
Time & Distance; 784
Basic Insurance: 550
Discount 15%25: -118
Licensing Fee: $29
1 month in BC is the perfect amount of time to travel around the province. Renting a car and picking up some camping gear worked out really well for us. It was quite rainy and cold during the first part of our trip so we sometimes stayed in hostels or home stays. Once the summer kicked in we were camping every night. BC is perfusely populated with campsites. There are private campsites, provincial park sites and national park campsites. The camp sites are generally of very good standard. It is definitely more popular to travel with RVs here but we liked the freedom of camping, you don't have to book anything, just turn up.
Canada and especially BC has amazing scenery and wildlife. We found Canadians to be friendly, warm and fun. People are pretty compliant (no negative connotations implied). It was a pleasure to drive here. Fuel was relatively cheap compared with New Zealand or Europe. We travelled with the kindle edition of Lonely Planet for BC but honestly we hardly used it. Our general itinerary was planned out with a very helpful staffer at the Vancouver visitor center. There are lots of free guides for each of the major areas. Every little place has a visitor center. Usually we would arrive in a place, hit up the visitor center for maps etc and we were good to go.
We thoroughly enjoyed staying with Mike, Steph, Ruby and Steph's parents in Nelson. They gave us a great taste of their lifestyle there.
Canada is another place that we would love to come and stay longer. Also, in winter it is completely transformed.
Me thinks Canada has not seen the last of us!