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Old 09-05-2019, 01:57 PM   #1
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Through USA or Canada - driving across North America?

Hi All,

I am planning a trip from South Eastern British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario at the end of the month. Leaving on September 28th and must arrive in Toronto by the morning of October 8th.

I am trying to decide if I should drive through the States or through Canada and am getting mixed opinions.

What are your thoughts? Pros and Cons of each route?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:59 PM   #2
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Hi All,

I am planning a trip from South Eastern British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario at the end of the month. Leaving on September 28th and must arrive in Toronto by the morning of October 8th.

I am trying to decide if I should drive through the States or through Canada and am getting mixed opinions.

What are your thoughts? Pros and Cons of each route?

Thanks in advance!
Price of gas and currency exchange.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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Price of gas and currency exchange.
32% better dollar in Canada, but fuel is at $6.03/ga. or 100% higher fuel cost.
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Old 09-05-2019, 02:24 PM   #4
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Hi All,

I am planning a trip from South Eastern British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario at the end of the month. Leaving on September 28th and must arrive in Toronto by the morning of October 8th.

I am trying to decide if I should drive through the States or through Canada and am getting mixed opinions.

What are your thoughts? Pros and Cons of each route?

Thanks in advance!


you will save considerably on fuel costs by going through the US - depending on what you intend to buy on your trip, exchange may be a deal breaker - Can$ = $0.75 US$

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Figure out mileage from starting point to final destination, going both countries.
Then you'll know which route will save you money.
Another thing to consider: the Canadian route might have less traffic making for less stress and potentially faster travel time?
You didn't mention a return trip.
If you're not pressed for time on the way back, take the longer route?
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Price of gas and currency exchange.
Is this in favour of Canada or the US?
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Figure out mileage from starting point to final destination, going both countries.
Then you'll know which route will save you money.
Another thing to consider: the Canadian route might have less traffic making for less stress and potentially faster travel time?
You didn't mention a return trip.
If you're not pressed for time on the way back, take the longer route?

Mileage is about the same but some people have told me that Canadian route is more hilly so worse on gas mileage. Plus 2 lane vs 6 lane highways, making the driving more stressful. But I didn't consider maybe less traffic in Canada.

Not pressed for time coming back so we plan to actually have a pleasurable trip!
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[QUOTE=Sleddgracer;346968]you will save considerably on fuel costs by going through the US - depending on what you intend to buy on your trip, exchange may be a deal breaker - Can$ = $0.75 US$

1 Canadian Dollar equals
0.76 United States Dollar



Would only be buying food and hoping to stay at as many free/cheap campsites as possible.
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you will save considerably on fuel costs by going through the US - depending on what you intend to buy on your trip, exchange may be a deal breaker - Can$ = $0.75 US$

1 Canadian Dollar equals
0.76 United States Dollar



Would only be buying food and hoping to stay at as many free/cheap campsites as possible.
Here in the US fuel is $3, Canada $6. Probably the biggest expense to consider if traveling through Canada.Even with 25% savings on the dollar, the fuel difference will still be 75% higher. With your plan it's a no brainer, avoid Canada.
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. Plus 2 lane vs 6 lane highways, making the driving more stressful.
I've got over a million miles on those US highways. Not very many 6 lanes and, they are BORING. Give me a nice 2 lane any day unless you're in a hurry.
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What are you driving?

Northern Ontario is a PITA, you drive from BC and the Trans-Can is multi lane 100 KPH or better limits, and you hit ON and it's 80 kph, single lanes, and 300% increase in cops.

The scenery however at that time of the year will be impressive, leaves turning and such. The flats will have no shortage of migratory bird movement as well.

Assuming you're somewhere in the near'ish to Cranbrook, 93 runs straight to the states... You've got tons of time to get to TO, fuel, food, etc will be cheaper in the states even with the exchange.

If you're not an individual that partakes in Canada's legalized recreational cannabis, then I would say go out via 93 through the states, and return through Canada.
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