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We are in Maine and thinking about traveling west through Canada. We have NEVER been there and don't know what to expect. Roads, Fuel and RV parks for Big Rigs. Probably won't do it if I can't get enough info. :wacko:

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Kinda like saying we're in Maine, and want to know about America. Pretty wide open question. We have comparable roads, higher fuel prices offset by a weaker currency, wide-open spaces and city places. What do you enjoy?

Crowds or tranquility?

Hiking? Photography? Boating?

Serene sunsets?

Fireworks?

Small town carnival days?

 

We got that, and way, way more. Come on up.

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Road just like the US except Kilometers instead of miles, gas about $3 a gallon but comes in liters, Campgrounds about the same as the US.

We just came back from Ontario and Quebec (they speak French there but everyone seems to speak English too) and we're heading back up to New Brunswick, Newfoundland soon, Love it!

BnB

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Kinda like saying we're in Maine, and want to know about America. Pretty wide open question. We have comparable roads, higher fuel prices offset by a weaker currency, wide-open spaces and city places. What do you enjoy?

Crowds or tranquility?

Hiking? Photography? Boating?

Serene sunsets?

Fireworks?

Small town carnival days?

 

We got that, and way, way more. Come on up.

 

Are they still repairing the Nipigon bridge ?

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Single lane traffic, while a new structure goes up. Ontario Ministry of Transport. It's 1600-1700 miles from my location, so the preceding was from Google. YMMV

 

I just wondered , considering the OP mention of East to West . I understand that the detour around Lake Superior is a bit lengthy , albeit a fairly scenic trip . ;)

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While there is nothing matching the US interstate highways in most parts of Canada, they do use motor-vehicles pretty much the same ways that we do in the US so I would see no reason to hesitate. RV parks are less developed in general than in the US but that goes with the shorter season for them to operate and we found them to be more than adequate. If you do this trip be sure to plan some time in Old Quebec City which is very rich with history and is North America's only walled city. In addition, spend several days in Ottawa as well since it is the nation's capitol and being smaller than most we found it to be more compact but with everything you expect in a capitol and more.

 

We haven't yet made that trip beyond Sault Ste. Marie, but we are looking to finish that trip at some point. We did just days ago travel from Niagara to Detroit via Canada and enjoyed the trip. The roads were in great condition and we recommend it if traveling that way.

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We just finished up the Canadian portion of our trip. We crossed the boarder on the coast in Washington then continued up to Whistler, BC. From there we traveled East over a 2 week period to Fernie, BC before dropping back down into Montana. The roads were all in great shape. 2 lane roads with plenty of passing zones for cars/motorcycles. We never had any problems with fuel or camping. Once below half a tank I'd start looking and alway found fuel in plenty of time. TONS of campgrounds.

Of course it sounds like you're on the other Coast so I'm not sure if you plan to head that far west. Anyway I would no hesitate to head up to our neighbors in the North again! Good luck

Randy

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Well, we have found a place in Maine for 11 days, so we will stay here then head SW. Thank You for all the information you have provided us!

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Canada is huge.....its a looong drive from Maine to the west coast. We drove from here in Alberta to The Maritimes and back in 2 months and I found it too much driving.

 

As far as hiways go....Kirk is correct ....the best hiways in Canada are in Alberta.

Edited by Jimalberta

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My wife and I just added a stretch of Canadian Highway to our Top 5 Scenic drives. We drove from Banff National Park Village 1 to a nice small private campground in Donald, BC (Just West of Golden, BC. Campers Haven. Under recently new owners control, with very nice couple running the place. Great gardens, extremely cleaned and well maintained laundry and showers. They're still working on bringing the campground up to the level they want. But talking with another guest, the the few years they've been in the place, some great improvements already:)!)

 

The stretch from Banff thru Lake Louise to the BC border - is very nicely maintained two lane each way separated highway. several wildlife bridges span this section. And Mother Nature worked hard to surround the area with some of the most spectacular mountains, forrest, rivers and small lakes we've seen in along time. BC stretch is not as well maintained, and usually back to single lane non separated highway. But not bad at all, and yeah - still purdy!!!!

 

Do take the time to read up on their road signs, as a few are ones that need explaining. I also recommend unless you have it set in the brain, to take your ride height and convert it to meters now, and put a sticky on your dash:)!

 

Our visit this time around, has been met with some of the most friendly people we've met in our travels. Banff NP was very much a mix of 1/3 each from the US/Canada/And from All Over The World visitors. We really enjoyed our nighttime travel thru the park, and talking and meeting our fellow campers.

 

Best to all,

Smitty

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@Smitty, I agree with you. Meeting folks from all over the world was one of the best highlights of our time in BC as well. One of my favorites was while riding the Seven Summits trail in Rossland BC. I met a guy from Slovenia and we ended up doing the final 10 or so miles together. It turned out he was staying at the same campground as us and we finished way ahead of schedule so we gave him a ride to the campground where his wife was waiting. That evening we had a great chat and my 11 year old Son that I home school learned a lot about Slovenia. #Worldschooling

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I have never been a fan of Canada....but it is a wonderful country to travel in a RV.

 

We are heading home from Alaska and outside the large cities Canadian drivers are much better rural drivers than Americans. Almost without fail on this trip the worst drivers were from the states.

 

Do stop at the information centers in Canada. Lots of great tourist info for free in many cases. I really liked the litter boxes along the road and rest areas are everywhere.

 

Take Canadian money. Take a credit card without money exchange fees for purchases.

 

And my best purchase for the trip.....A GPS with Canadian maps. The maps are pretty worthless, but having the speed limits showing on the GPS along with my speed made it much easier to stay legal. I always have a hard time trying to find my speed on the speedometer in KM. A brief glance at the GPS on the side of the windshield was real handy.

 

Now if they only had a Prime Minister that did was a bit older than 22.

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