(Closed) Any bees ever drive across Canada?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
1762 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

As long as you have your passport suitcase and a smile your good to go!!

Post # 5
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve only driven from Ontario to PEI – it was beautiful!! My fiance and I had a few days off, so we just decided to drive and made it out to the east coast! 

Are you planning on driving all the way through Canada, or cutting across through the States? North-western Ontario (Thunder Bay/Sault Ste. Marie area) to Eastern Ontario (Ottawa) is a long haul. However, if you drive through Canada – no need to have a passport!

I don’t have any tips other than bring a phone charger and lots of music, you’re in for a long drive! Stop along the way and enjoy the country!! Maybe look into CAA just in case you run out of gas or get a flat – I know in Ontario (if you are driving along the trans-Canada), there are some long stretches without a lot going on other than awesome scenery!

My advise – have fun, take lots of pictures and just take it all in!!


Post # 6
598 posts
Busy bee

We mapped restaurants and gas stations in advance. Brought lots of books and games.

Post # 7
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve done the drive from Ontario to NS every year for about 10 years (ex-Maritimer here!). So not all the way across Canada, but close to halfway. Pack a cooler and insulated bag with lots of water and healthy snacks (sandwiches, cut up veggies and fruit, trail mix). Buying healthy food at roadside stands isn’t always easy, and if you eat a ton of junk food you will end up tired and feeling like garbage.

Take lots of proper breaks to stretch your legs and take a mental break from driving.

Also, definitely make sure you have roadside assistance. Fiance and I broke down in Northern rural NB a few years ago, and having roadside assistance saved us (along with the kind people of New Brunswick!!!).

Post # 8
774 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Trans canada is always a good highway for manitoba, saskatchewan and alberta. Lots of rest stops!

Post # 11
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@canadian-b33:  Oh, I have done that drive a few times! I LOVED going through the states. We went Maine to New Hampshire to Vermont to NY, and they are so lovely (we crossed at Calais, ME and then again at the 1000 Islands near Brockville ON).

I remember that I went up this crazy tall mountain in New Husband, but I can’t remember what it was called. It was awesome, you could see several states in every direction. That is quite unhelpful for you though, sorry.

Go shopping while you are in the states! 🙂 Enjoy your trip!

Post # 12
10573 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I haven’t driven across Canada, but have driven across a few provinces at a time.  If you’re listening to CDs/iPod make sure you listen to the radio station every now and then, especially if there’s some nasty looking clouds, you want to be able to be somewhere safe if there’s a bad storm.

Ditto on bringing a cooler of some healthy foods.  Don’t forget to bring a travel mug.  Stopping at a grocery store from time to time isn’t a bad idea either.

Post # 13
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve done the drive from Quebec to mid-B.C. twice a year for the past four years, and 3 times before from Ontario to the west coast (so that’s 11 times). Twice Quebec to the Maritimes.

I suggest doing the northern Ontaro route once, bevause it is incredibly rugged and savage and wild.. and so empty and gets boring after the first trip, or first several hours of many. Otherwise there are some scenic, beautiful and much better maintained routes through the US.

If you want any route planning advice, PM me.

Post # 15
131 posts
Blushing bee

My Husband and I are road tripping to the West Coast (US) and taking a quick jaunt to Vancouver Island as our honeymoon.  We’ll be trying our first mp3 audio book since we’ll be driving 2 days straight to get to the coast then again on the way home. 

@BrookBQ: what games are you bringing?

We’ll probably bring “Mr Jack Pocket,” a great and very compact 2 player puzzle game. 

Post # 16
8042 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@canadian-b33:  Don’t plan on driving overnight – not every night anyway. People often underestimate the amount of time it takes to drive somewhere. Keep in mind that going across Canada in a plane takes like 7 hours lol. We live in a huge country.

I’d try to make it fun. Schedule your pit stops around landmarks, restaurants, that sorta thing. Driving non-stop is dangerous and boring. Book motels/hotels in advance since you will need to stop at some point.

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