• Airbnb – hosted stays in private homes
  • Couchsurfing – free place to crash in private homes
  • Hostelling – stay with youth in shared accommodation

Car maintenance:


Gas calculator:

  • MSN Auto – cost by province, July 2013
  • O.M.C. – cost per individual trip

Travel tips:


Travel tip: The ferry from Victoria to Vancouver (or Nanaimo to Vancouver if you want to spend more time on Vancouver Island) takes 1.5 hours and runs several times per day, year-round. For more on the ferry schedule and rates:

BC Ferries
Telephone Toll-Free: +1-888-BC-FERRY (1-888-223-3779)

The ferry between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland (North Sydney to Port-Aux-Basques, on the south-west side of Newfoundland) takes about eights hours, and runs year-round, twice a day (11:45 a.m. and p.m.), unless it’s cancelled due to inclement weather. There is also a ferry during the summer months that takes about 16 hours and gets you straight to St. John’s, shaving off a 10-hour drive across Newfoundland (but it’s considerably more expensive). For more on the ferry schedule and rates:

Marine Atlantic
Telephone Toll-Free: +1-800-341-7981


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