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Old 06-10-18, 14:29
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We are heading to Canada September 19 for an organised tour and planning to stay on and drive around a bit. We have to finalise our plans on Monday.
We plan to drive from Vancouver to Calgary to Saskatoon to Winnipeg to Hammond and to Niagara Falls, then find an airport to travel home from.
Exciting times ahead.
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Old 06-10-18, 15:32
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...and drive around a bit.

We plan to drive from Vancouver to Calgary to Saskatoon to Winnipeg to Hammond and to Niagara Falls...
Drive a bit?
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Old 06-10-18, 16:41
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That is one heck of a drive, and it seems hints of winter have come early to the prairies, so you may have some exciting times learning about winter driving on the bald ass prairies. Resist the urge to set the cruise control and have a nap while passing through Saskatchewan and Manitoba...unfortunately the highways do have correction lines to them so you can't quite simply tie the seatbelt to the steering wheel in the straight ahead position.

You'll feel a strong magnetic attraction from the South a little after you get past Brandon Manitoba. That will be the collection of CMPs here at the Shilo museum, located about 12 miles South of the trans-Canada highway. While not open on weekends or evenings during the fall/winter, give me a couple days notice and I can run you through. Minimum tour time is about an hour if you just go through the storage facility.....half a day minimum to see the storage building, the museum, and the dustbowl.

That invitation is open to all of the MLU regulars...I don't think I have ever turned down anybody from this forum when they've been through.
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Old 06-10-18, 17:03
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Default Welcome to Canada ....its very w-i-i-d-d-e

Hope you can make it to Hammond before the snow flies.

Keep us posted of your whereabouts.....

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Old 06-10-18, 18:01
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We are heading to Canada September 19 .......
Did you mean October, or are you talking about next year?
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Old 06-10-18, 22:31
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Sorry lazy typing Sept. 2019 have to plan early for best prices and get visas etc.
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Old 06-10-18, 23:15
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Oh, OK. Forget about what I was saying about winter driving then....it should be gone by then.
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Ok dates now known, pick up car in Vancouver 12:00 21st Sept 2019 and drop it off in Toronto 12:00 14th Oct 2019.
Now to make plans.
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Old 11-10-18, 06:54
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Ok dates now known, pick up car in Vancouver 12:00 21st Sept 2019 and drop it off in Toronto 12:00 14th Oct 2019.
Now to make plans.
Plan an uncontestable 36 hours door to door between Regina and Ottawa. And for the sheer scenic monotony of rocks and black spruce, I "suggest" highway 11 through northern Ontario. Fewer tourists and more through traffic than hugging the shoreline of Lake Superior. Night stops in Kenora or Hearst/Kapuskasing. And one drive I made, we rotated drivers religiously every 200 km.
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Old 11-10-18, 06:59
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You'll feel a strong magnetic attraction from the South a little after you get past Brandon Manitoba. That will be the collection of CMPs here at the Shilo museum, located about 12 miles South of the trans-Canada highway. While not open on weekends or evenings during the fall/winter, give me a couple days notice and I can run you through. Minimum tour time is about an hour if you just go through the storage facility.....half a day minimum to see the storage building, the museum, and the dustbowl.

That invitation is open to all of the MLU regulars...I don't think I have ever turned down anybody from this forum when they've been through.
Highly encouraged!
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Old 11-10-18, 13:11
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Keep the suggestions flowing, Vicki and I will make our final plans for stopovers around July so we can then work out travel days and rest/ visit days.
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Old 11-10-18, 15:00
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Plan an uncontestable 36 hours door to door between Regina and Ottawa. And for the sheer scenic monotony of rocks and black spruce, I "suggest" highway 11 through northern Ontario. Fewer tourists and more through traffic than hugging the shoreline of Lake Superior. Night stops in Kenora or Hearst/Kapuskasing. And one drive I made, we rotated drivers religiously every 200 km.

I think we will disagree on the 11 vs 17 thing Terry. Highway 11 is comparably boring compared to the lake route of highway 17. If I am pulling a trailer load, and wanting to get to where I am going, then yes, highway 11. But if I am traveling empty, and want to see the best of what Canada is, then highway 17 offers great views of Lake superior along with touristy towns and villages. Just don't let the fuel tank get below 1/2, because there are a few long stretches between stations, especially around Wawa.



I found highway 11 comparable to driving in Northern Manitoba. Mostly flat, and with towns that do not appear inviting, but rather seem to be just large truck stops.
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Old 12-10-18, 19:24
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Well Robert, you and your wife are in for a long but extremely memorable trip. I won't wade into Rob and Terry's discussion....HOWEVER the drive between Vancouver and Calgary is in my words, the most beautiful in all of Canada. My recommendation is to get an early start when heading into the Rockies and watch the sun come up and....well the pictures speak for themselves. Lots of places to stop and photograph. Wildlife everywhere. Just about saw 2 female deer get "smoked" going into Banff Alberta. They missed being run down by a nano second. And of course, once you get through the mountains, you will gradually drive into the prairies and a great city called Calgary. Be sure and visit Rob and Dirk's surplus stores!!!!A few places there you should also see. The attached photos were taken this past September. Enjoy.....Robert
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Old 12-10-18, 19:28
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A couple more to wet your whistle! R.
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Old 12-10-18, 19:35
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Robert: I just saw the dates you're going to be here. Man....you got a lot of country to jam into that time period. You can use me as a contact at the Vancouver end. I will PM you some details. If you run into problems, just drop me a line. Cheers....Robert
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Old 15-10-18, 04:11
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Robert

Looking at the Canadian blokes' suggestions it is a bloody big country. I have done Vancouver to Anchorage which was a long way but crosswise is a drive and a half.

Regina (which is halfway across) to Ottowa as suggested above is the same distance as Melbourne to Townsville. Vancouver to Ottowa is further than Brisbane to Perth.

Might be some lateral thinking required to make the most of your holiday other than a detailed inspection of the trans-Canada national highway road surface? As the guys say, there is a heck of a lot of nothing out in the middle, particularly if you are on a main highway.

Just a suggestion but maybe a combination of cars, trains, and planes? The Canadians could offer some ideas for value-added transport combinations. Mr Google also has many ideas.

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