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Road trip advise =)
Posted March 13th, 2012 - 2:04 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hi guys, I'm Lauren, an Auzzie girl planing a trip to Canada start of June-end of August. The plan's to fly into Vancouver, buy a car, drive down to Portland to catch up with a mate, up through Canada to Alaska, then down to Victoria for the ska fest. I'm thinking I will be on Vancouver Island for a week of gigs and sight seeing. After that making my way across to Quebec before flying out. It's a long road trip. I will have 5 weeks to get from Portland up to Fairbanks- Victoria and then 6 weeks to travel across to Quebec. I don't want to travel at night (don't want to hit any animals, bad for them and the car) I found a website called travel math and have worked out the est travel times and fuel cost. Roughly I'm expecting to spend a week travelling for both the half's of the trip. Is this a realistic time frame? (Thats a week stop start travelling making my way gradualy up and then back again. Then a week to get across to Quebec)

I'm looking for some advise of sight to see. Mostly i want to do hikes, seeing the landscapes, native fauna, flora and any quirky man made stuff, eating and local festivals. Suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

I'm travelling on my own. I'm hoping to pick up hitch hikers and meet other fellow travellers, offering a drop on drop off car pool. If people want they are more than welcome to come for the whole trip.

*NOTE sorry for the possible stupid question* What kind of car should I be looking at buying? Do I need a 4 wheel drive?
Do I need to worry about tires (will there be any snow still around)
If I was to go hiking on my own should I worry about being attacked by bears or other animals like wolves, cougars or a moose?
I've read that I need to be stocked up on bug repellent because the flies are bad. What works best?

What people think? Am I trying to do to much? What should I not miss?

Posted March 13th, 2012 - 9:17 pm from Sooke, Canada
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Posted March 19th, 2012 - 2:44 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Wow thanks for all the info =)
I'm thinking now that I will fly into Quebec, making my way across to Vancouver island, heading down to Portland and then up to Alaska where I will fly out from Anchorage. I was a little disappointed when I discovered that I can't drive to Nome and that my chances of seeing the Northern lights arnt that great. If i was to make my trip a month later would my chances of seeing them increase by much? Also I read that I can see the Northern Lights from Fairbanks. I'm assuming that it would be better to see them away from a major city. Is there a good place to see them from in Canada?

It turns out that I have great aunts and uncles in Calgary. I'm trying to look them up at the moment. As far as buying a car it seems like there we'rnt many choices from Archorage unless I wanted a ute. Also they seemed to be more pricey. I'm looking at getting a wagon or van with fold down seats that i can put a mattress in. buying in Quebec and selling in Anchorage seems to be the way to go. I think i should be right selling the car in Alaska along as its not be deemed salvage . Either way if I don't get my money back from it its no big deal.

Another question tho. What phone company would be a good one to go with? Canada's so big I'm doubting that theres coverage everywhere. Am a better off getting a new company when I cross over into America?

Posted March 19th, 2012 - 6:38 pm from Sooke, Canada
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