LIFELONG DREAM, HERE I COME

I'M SO HAPPY

Today, during a discussion of Scott Pilgrim, it was reveled to me that my best friend of 9 years Matthew shared my lifelong ambition to travel to Canada. We talked about it a bit and decided that we would drive to Canada come summer 2012. I'm very excited.

Where should we go? I want to get as good a feel of Canada as I can, but our budget is not infinite. I was thinking Sault Ste. Marie -> Sudbury -> Toronto -> Ottawa -> Montreal -> Quebec City -> somewhere in Newfoundland, but I feel like I could do a lot better as far as visiting smaller, more "Canadian" cities, if you catch my drift.

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Edited by chrismafuchris

I'M SO HAPPY

Today, during a discussion of Scott Pilgrim, it was reveled to me that my best friend of 9 years Matthew shared my lifelong ambition to travel to Canada. We talked about it a bit and decided that we would drive to Canada come summer 2012. I'm very excited.

Where should we go? I want to get as good a feel of Canada as I can, but our budget is not infinite. I was thinking Sault Ste. Marie -> Sudbury -> Toronto -> Ottawa -> Montreal -> Quebec City -> somewhere in Newfoundland, but I feel like I could do a lot better as far as visiting smaller, more "Canadian" cities, if you catch my drift.

Edited by Spoonman671

Your lifelong dream is to go to Canada?  Fuck dude, try to aspire to more in life.   Don't get me wrong, Canada is a lovely country, but fuck.
 
You should go out and climb a mountain, or swim with dolphins or something instead.

Posted by FluxWaveZ

Not sure why you'd want to go to Quebec City.

Edited by chrismafuchris
@Spoonman671: I've already backpacked up several mountains with this friend , so it seemed a bit redundant. Going to Canada is just something I've really wanted to do all my life. 
 
@FluxWaveZ: Is that not worth our time?
Edited by fei0x

You should just move to Canada and visit other places. ^^d

Posted by Spoonman671
@chrismafuchris said:
@Spoonman671: I've already backpacked up several mountains with this friends, so it seemed a bit redundant. Going to Canada is just something I've really wanted to do all my life. 
 
@FluxWaveZ: Is that not worth our time?
In that case, check out Vancouver.  It's a pretty cool town, and I don't think the recent riots have completely ruined it.
Posted by chrismafuchris
@fei0x: Oh, believe me, I've thought about it. I'd love to move to Canada, but the thought of being so far from everyone I've ever known scares me. This is why I want to travel through, to test the waters, if you will.
Posted by ShaggE
Set up a "Scott Pilgrim" tour. Not only do you get to see Canada, but you can point and laugh at all of the real life hipsters that inspired the story. :p
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@chrismafuchris said: 
@FluxWaveZ: Is that not worth our time?
Again, I'm not sure. With the other places, there are interesting tourist locations that pop to mind but I can't really think of any ones that are not boring in Quebec City. Plus, the people over there are the most unresponsive bunch to English-only speakers in Quebec.
Posted by Hockeymask27

....Dude you might be disappointed.

Posted by Skytylz

I went to Canada before we needed a passport to go there, that's some dumb shit right there.  It was alright, not that much different than the U.S., but I didn't go that far north!

Posted by DAFTPUNK
@Spoonman671: Canada has that. obviously you haven't explored Canada enough?
Posted by chrismafuchris
@Hockeymask27: I don't think so.
Posted by auspiciousqueue

Canada... seriously?  I hear Saskatoon is beautiful this time of year.

Posted by chrismafuchris
@Hockeymask27: I mean, I've wanted to see Canada as long as I can remember, and I'm getting to see it. How could I be dissapointed?
Edited by keyhunter

There's not really much to Canada. All the people are along the border, and about 70% of the country is plains and tundra. If you're gonna go anywhere make it West Coast. There's the most variety and things to do there. "Central" Canada is just a smaller shittier USA, and everyone in mid-Northwestern Canada is from East Coast Canada, so I can't imagine it's very good there.

Edited by JCTango

I wouldn't visit the big urban cities that closely resemble those in the States.  If you want to experience how "real" Canadians live their lives, you should visit the smaller towns and those in rural/semi-rural areas (especially those in the Maritimes - really nice landscape there as well).
 
When I went on a trip to the Maritimes a few years ago, I really enjoyed seeing the coastlines in PEI.

Posted by Unchained

If you want to see some cool history come to Regina in the Province of Saskatchewan. While it's a small city, it is the home of the RCMP and there is a lot of history there. If you do make it to Regina next year, send me a PM and I'll arrange for you to get a tour of the RCMP Heritage Center and the RCMP Training Academy. Montreal has incredible women, Vancouver and most of BC is breathtaking, Toronto is very fun, and Quebec is a very unique experience. My personal favorite area in Canada is Cape Breton island in the Province of Nova Scotia. I love it there.

Good luck in your travels.

Posted by laserbolts
Go to St. John's, Newfoundland and go to geaorge street you will have an awesome time. It is a street that is basically all bars and there is some awesome local music there.
Posted by chrismafuchris
@JCTango: That's my dilemma. I want to see the big cities, but I also want to get a feel for what it's like in these smaller towns. However, I really don't know where to go.
Posted by ckeats

@laserbolts said:

Go to St. John's, Newfoundland and go to geaorge street you will have an awesome time. It is a street that is basically all bars and there is some awesome local music there.

What he said. I live here and George St. is awesome. but then again your not old enough to get on the street.

Newfoundland has some great scenery though if thats your thing, and small communities up the ass.

Posted by koolaid39

Check out the east coast, Halifax or St.John's, if you want small town feel but in a more urban setting. Their hospitality is legendary. I live in Calgary, Alberta, and there is a ton of different things to do. Vancouver, Montreal and Quebec City would also be great to check out. Quebec City has a very old European feel to it, which is cool. Don't listen to the people in here that clearly have not actually been to or explored Canada.

Posted by Beaudacious
@chrismafuchris:  Canada's beauty is in its nature, the thing is even most Canadians haven't seen the real Canada. The north of Canada is desolate, but its beautiful it almost feels like you're on a different world. You can drive for hours and not see a single sign of civilization. Only mountains, lakes, animals its like a  giant national park. But you need to be properly equipped to attempt such a journey, 4x4, supplies, gps, satelite phone etc...
 
If you are taking about urban sprawl, first place you should go is Montreal, second place is Labrador/Newfoundland, Novascotia, third is the Rockies, then go to Vancouver or northern BC. If money is an issue I'd say visit the east of Canada, as its the most culturally rich section. For the west,Vancouver is l like most coastal cities but with allot more vegetation, and closer to the mountains. Eastern and northern bc are the best locations in bc though, like salmon arm, golden, um insert northern town i can't remember which is famous for rock climbing. Also northern Quebec isn't to friendly to strangers who don't speak Quebecker or at least french. But the newfies are the friendliest bunch you will ever meet. Also Montreal is dirt cheap. I can't think of any other tips, off the top of my head.
Posted by Skald

Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. That's where the awesome is.

Posted by Jay_Ray

West coast is the best coast 'cause east is the least.

The best Canadian city is Vancouver followed closely by Montreal. And even this is a coin flip, if you want old heritage Montreal is the place, if you want weather and a younger more trendy city it is Vancouver.

Posted by TooWalrus

@Spoonman671 said:

Your lifelong dream is to go to Canada? Fuck dude, try to aspire to more in life. Don't get me wrong, Canada is a lovely country, but fuck. You should go out and climb a mountain, or swim with dolphins or something instead.

Growing up, I drove through Canada as a short-cut to get from Michigan to New England, I've climbed a mountain in New Zealand, and swam with dolphins in Hawaii- and all three of those things kinda suck. I don't really have a life-long dream at the moment- but I want to visit Japan, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Australia... maybe some slums like Bangkok too. I grew up traveling around, and even though my childhood was super-shitty, I learned to love visiting new places. Maybe my life-long dream is to eat a Big Mac in every country of the world?