With the Covid situation this is probably going to have to wait until 2022, but I can lay some groundwork for the preparations...
I'm trying to sort out my options for travel in Canada when my wife and me are finally able to go there for a big holiday, combined with family visits.
We are looking at 5 to 6 weeks in August/September, flying from the Netherlands to either Calgary or Vancouver, travel around by car and then returning from either the same city or from the other city.
We will be visiting relatives living in the Calgary, Prince George and Vancouver areas, staying a few days with each and traveling from hotel to hotel for the rest of the time.
As I see it there are basically 3 options to get a car in Canada:
- Rent a car. The most obvious solution.
- Buy on arrival, sell it on departure. Is this possible for Dutch tourists and how about insurance?
- Have a Canadian relative buy the car (we would cover the cost obviously) and borrow the car from him during our stay. Again: How about insurance and is it legally permitted for a Canadian to lend a privately owned car to a tourist?
Scenario 2 and 3 would most likely give us more options in choice of cars and would (apart from the insurance of which I have no idea) probably be cheaper as the car will be sold afterwards, recovering a large part of the purchase price.
Can anybody clarify if options 2 and 3 are viable at all in Canada?
P.S. My Dutch travel-insurance will cover accidents and liability if I drive a rental or a borrowed car in Canada (scenario 1 and 3). But it is unclear to me if that is sufficient to satisfy Canadian law.
My travel-insurance will not cover scenario 2. Any car owned by me needs to be insured on my regular car-insurance and that only accepts cars registered in the Netherlands.