After six days of driving, a night of camping, two hotels, one friends guest room, and a hostel, I made it to Hamilton! I can’t describe my excitement really, but I can tell you a few things I learned while on the way here from Vancouver:
- Newsflash: Canada. Is. Big. From Vancouver it takes four days of driving to Ontario (that is, if you drive 10-12 hours per day). Don’t forget to count time changes into your driving schedule.
- Twizzlers are the best road food.
- No matter where you go here, you have to be on the lookout for moose and deer. We saw two bears too!
- In case you’ve forgotten … reminder! Canada is big, so you stop for gas every few hours. Pulling a trailer makes this more frequent, so it’s slow as molasses sometimes.
- There are no Chevron gas stations east of Saskatchewan, so no, you cannot use those $150 in gift cards you wanted to.
- Kenora, Ontario is gorgeous.
- Lakeside evenings on a dock, with a drink and a loon calling in the background, equal the truly Canadian experience. There’s really nothing like it, so get your butts over here and travel Canada.
- You can, in fact, camp with a cat.
- Hostels are a cheap and lovely option in Canada. Try the HI Regina if you’re there.
- After Calgary (Chestermere, not to be confused with Castamere from Game of Thrones) there are very few Starbucks until you reach southern Ontario. This is a problem if you’re addicted to Starbucks and don’t like Tim Hortons. A withdrawal symptom may include eating more Twizzlers than you should.
- Google Maps is wrong about hours.
- Calgary to Regina ~9hours
- Regina to Winnipeg ~8.5 hours
- Winnipeg to Thunderbay ~9hours
- Manitoba doesn’t have a “Welcome to Manitoba” sign. I don’t think they want people to visit.
- Mosquitos are the devil, and they love Mexican-German folk.
- It takes two, 11 hour days of driving to get from Northern (Dryden) Ontario to southern (Hamilton) Ontario. Gross.
- I love this country. Go explore it, you won’t regret it!