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Has anyone driven across Canada?

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JeMeSouviens Mon 10-Aug-09 19:23:24

(have also posted in Longhaul Travel)

We are moving to the far northern reaches of British Colombia in September. We have to drive as we have a car and the company will not ship it. We will probably take 2 weeks, maximum 3 and will have a 2yo with us.

We are starting at Montreal and will probably pass through:

Ottawa
Thunder Bay
Winnepeg
Saskatoon
Edmonton
The Rockies, Lake Louise, Banff (hoping to stop here for 3 days)

I have to plan it out as we've found our DS can't cope with more than about 5hrs in the car a day, so will be doing lots of stops here and there.

Is there anything that you can recommend seeing on the way? Or somewhere we should stop for more than an overnight?

If you type in googlemaps directions from Montreal to Kitimat, you'll see the route we will be most likely taking.

TIA

Clayhead Mon 10-Aug-09 19:30:24

I did that route on a Greyhound bus in my (much) younger days.

I would recommend Wanuskewin Heritage Centre and going somewhere to have a large slice of Saskatoon Berry pie

Hope you enjoy yourselves smile

Clayhead Mon 10-Aug-09 19:32:24

Oh and, when you get to Lake Louise, instead of staying there (can get very busy with tourists) and head for Moraine Lake, a few km away.

If you're feeling flush a night at the Moraine Lake Lodge is a fantastic treat...

JeMeSouviens Mon 10-Aug-09 19:56:50

Pie, yes! Definitely on the list, as are your other suggestions. Thankyou.

sprogger Mon 10-Aug-09 20:15:36

How directly are you planning on going from the Rockies to northern BC? If you keep heading West from Banff you can see the Okanagan (which is lovely, and has lots of opportunities for wine tasting), then head straight up north via Quesnel & Prince George and then along the road to Kitimat.

JeMeSouviens Mon 10-Aug-09 20:19:23

Have just looked, we will probably go through Calgary so we can hit Lake Louise going up the Rockies, rather than backtracking from Edmonton.

Unfortunately going to Okanagan would mean going closer to Vancouver, so we'd probably do that on another trip while we're living up there (it's only a 17 drive to Vancouver, eek). So we'd go straight north up the rockies then north west to Prince George then on. Thanks for the tip though, will store it for the future.

JeMeSouviens Mon 10-Aug-09 20:21:53

So that would mean missing Saskatoon, unless it's a short deviation (2hrs 40mins, so we may consider it), and taking in Moose Jaw and Medicine Hat instead.

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