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One big problem here is that deer, elk and moose can't read. They don't know or care about national park boundaries, highways, etc. And a moose can weigh half as much as your car; if you hit one, your car will probably be totaled - and the moose might even walk away! If you'll watch that video (and this one), you'll note that collisions can even happen in ...


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The Pacific route is a beautiful route! Expensive, but beautiful none the less. From the West Coast of the U.S., you can take Amtrak's Cascades train (tel. 800/USA RAIL; www.amtrak.com) to Bellingham, Washington; the dock for the Alaska ferry is quite close to the railroad station. From the east, it makes more sense to use Canada's ...


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As someone who lives between Victoria and Ucluelet, let me have a crack at it. Even though I'd try to fit in two or three stops to break up the long drive, you should spend as much as time on the West Coast as possible. There's more than just Ucluelet: Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is just a short drive away and at the end of the peninsula, there is the ...


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For me, having a kitchen is one of the defining qualities of a hostel. I'm sure there's some that don't have a kitchen but the vast majority do and should. If you want to meet people I would definitely suggest hostelling. Read online reviews though to find a hostel which suits your style. Some are heavy on partying and others are more family oriented for ...


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Qualifier: I used to live in Calgary and have driven Calgary-Vancouver many times. As well explained in other answers, there are wildlife on the roam. But it's the mountains which adds rockfall and cliffs to the equation. The mountains can easily drop a rock the size of your kitchen table onto the highway at any time, and in some places you have the ...


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Is it safe to drive at night, yes. But one has to ask, why drive it at night, it is a beautiful route that should be driven during the daylight hours to be enjoyed. Driving through any of the western mountain ranges in North America requires a bit more attention to the road ahead of you, keeping an eye out for wildlife that may wander into the roadway. ...


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Most likely your Greyhound bus will only make a single stop in Vancouver itself, although it may make stops in nearby suburbs like Coquitlam. The stop in Vancouver will be on Station Street, directly in front of the station that the Amtrak services leave from. If you have some time between the two trips you could stroll down and enjoy the views over False ...


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I've done the Calgary to Vancouver drive several times non-stop. I'd budget about 14 hours driving from Banff to Vancouver. That allows you to stop a couple of times. The Google Maps estimates are pretty accurate.


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I've been planning on doing it, and reading quite a few forums, the Facebook group, and speaking to locals who have done it. The one thing they all agree on is DO NOT walk back down the Grind. They specifically urge other runners to tell off people walking down, as they get in the way, damage the track as they slip, and on top of that it's brutal on your ...


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I assure you that three hostels I stayed at in Vancouver had kitchens, and I'd say most do. The best location hostel is the Samesun on Granville (and the HI hostel opposite, but I'm not an HI fan). It has a big kitchen, includes breakfast, and if you don't want to cook, they have $5 meals every night, which is a decent deal for Vancouver prices. On the ...


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It depends on how willing you are to wait. Over the weekend, particularly a Friday night outbound and a Sunday return journey you will likely miss a ferry or two. On a long weekend during the summer, you could be waiting a long time. My two cents worth, 15 bucks is worth the piece of mind.


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Your Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert sounds like it will be by ferry, in which case having a pile jacket and/or windbreak shell (rain parka also works) will be good to have if you want to be out on deck to enjoy and photograph the sites. These same items (pile jacket, rain parka) will come in handy in the Rockies, as it will likely be crisp at night. And ...


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The passes for Vancouver and Victoria are different. I went two weeks ago from Vancouver to Victoria by bus and ferry. On the ferry you can buy in the gift shop a daily pass for buses in Victoria, costs 5 CAD. To add: you can do it in one day.


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BC Ferries posts a Busy Days Forecast for major routes based on historical data. The information is very limited, though. For example, for Tsawwassen (mainland) → Swartz Bay (Victoria), expected busy departures over the next two weeks are: Thursday 2015-07-30: 11am to 8pm Friday 2015-07-31: 11am to 9pm Saturday 2015-08-01: 9am to 3pm Sunday 2015-08-02: ...


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In an old book on logging road travel on Vancouver Island, the author claimed that a linking road was under construction and due to be completed in 1974. Evidently this didn't happen. Maybe someone was pulling his leg, or misunderstood the question. (Back then, just having a paved road north of Campbell River would have been an improvement.) Looking at a ...


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I think there is only one possible route, which is the alternate route shown by Google Maps, i.e. going back to Hwy 19. Google Maps shows you that there is a possibility to take a car ferry to Port Eliza and then to Zeballos. It tells you it is a BC ferry however I could not find any trace of such ferry on BCFerries map (maybe it is only running in summer ...


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Another option would be to go camping, either using an RV or a rental car and tent (and portable stove). Camp grounds can be nearly as good for meeting people as youth hostels, and you can easily move around.


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It is true. The State of Washington has similar agreements with British Columbia, Germany and Korea. As long as your BC license is valid, you can follow the procedures same to the people holding an out-of-state US license. See here. This is only for British Columbia licenses, other Canadian licenses holders should take the test.



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