Here’s How You Can Explore Canada On A Tight Budget

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15, 031 kilometers and 20 hours away, Canada is neither cheap nor easy to fly to. The plane ticket will set you back over $1,500, and then you’ll have to survive the long, tiring flight.

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So why do people still want to fly to Canada?

This is where it gets good: Canada is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world—think road trips, breathtaking scenery, and friendly locals! Of course, there is Niagara Falls, undoubtedly the most famous natural wonder of the country. There’s also the awe-inspiring Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, a must-go for Jurassic Park junkies. Not to mention the pristine waters and vast forests of the Rockies. Love subzero winters? Head to Ellesmere Island in Nunavut—it hits -20 degrees Celsius almost every day.

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How Can I Possibly Afford That?!

By saving on other expenses of course! Here are some tips on how you can save on things like accommodation and transport, so you can spend your money on the stuff that matter.

#1 Skip driving and take the public transport.

A self-drive holiday may sound the most logical but it can be pretty pricey to drive in Canada. In addition to car rental costs, you’ll need to budget for petrol, which can go up to C$1.50 per litre. It’s lower than at home, but bear in mind the long distances you’ll be covering! There’s also been a recent spike in locals getting into traffic accidents overseas, so if you’re not used to driving for hours, it’s better not to. If not, be sure to take frequent breaks.

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Toronto and Montreal have really efficient train networks, Vancouver’s has an above-ground monorail, while Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa have light-rail systems. If you want, you can take the bus as well, but do note that most of them don’t run in the evening and on weekends. If you’re going from city to city, search the routes on Greyhound, Megabus, Maritime Bus, Pacific Coach, and more.

Alternatively, you can rent a bicycle and cycle your way around town! Cycling is popular mode of travel for the locals too.

#2 Try the local Bed & Breakfasts.

Hotel lodging is expensive in Canada, with the more affordable ones being located far off from the city. Thankfully, there is a B&B culture in the country and you should be able to find a decent one near enough to the cities. Most of them will also have reviews on TripAdvisor (or similar forums) so be sure to check those first!

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If you’re a little more adventurous, you can consider camping. There are many national parks and campgrounds where you’re allowed to set up tent (some requiring permit fees), and you can check them online at the Canadian Campground Directory. You will also find inexpensive cabins near scenic spots.

#3 Witness the beauty of the great outdoors, for free!

One of the best things about Canada is the natural scenery. For some of the world-famous attractions, you may need to pay for admission. But for most of the others, you can visit for free. And it’s not limited to the hiking trails; there are sprawling beaches too! Another favourite activity is bird-watching.

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We recommend bird-watching at the Montreal Mont Royal Park, hiking at Mount Work Regional Park, and if you’re visiting in Winter, ice-skating at the Wascana Centre. If you’re into wildlife, you can also visit the zoos–many of them are by donation.

 

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