13 Tips for Backpacking in Canada

Canada is a big country – and an expensive one at that. It takes a lot of work to budget for a trip across the country, but for backpackers, the reward will be amazingly unique cities and breathtaking landscapes. Here are the best tips for backpacking on a budget in beautiful Canada.

Choose your top destinations

Canada is the second largest country in the world, so it’s obviously going to be very expensive to see every national park and every major city. For example, flying from Vancouver to Toronto will take over four hours. So the best idea is to choose your top destinations – the places you can’t miss – and work around that. Can you live without seeing Nova Scotia? Will you be truly disappointed if you skip the Canadian Rockies? Choosing either Western or Eastern Canada is also very cost effective.

Toronto at night | © Abi K / Flickr

Look at flying alternatives

Although flying is quick, especially in a big country like Canada, it isn’t cheap. There are no Easyjet, Ryanair or Jetstar airlines with consistently ridiculous low-cost deals. VIA Rail is the national train service, which will slowly take you across the country inexpensively. There are also bus options, including Greyhound, Boltbus, and Megabus; buses are a great way to travel on a budget. If traveling as a couple or in a group, hiring a car may also work out to be a good option.

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