Trail Canada Newsletter
Issue 20.0 - 22 March, 2007

There is no denying it. The biggest block to any traveller is the cash. If you don’t have it then you aren’t going.

Well, that might not necessarily be the case.

In this issue we explore some of the options as a budget traveller in Canada. We take a look at what there is to do and see in Montreal when cash-conservation is high on the agenda, and also delve into the details of travelling by bus.

There is also the opportunity to let us know if you have some interesting freeloading (staying with someone for free) or other budget conscious stories and ideas. See below for our ‘Your Trail Canada’ feedback section.

In this issue:

Montreal for students and budget travellers

Discover Canada by Bus

Your Trail Canada


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Montreal for students and budget travellers

By Siena Anstis, Trail Canada

Discovering Montreal can be inexpensive and as exciting as you’d imagine Canada’s second biggest city can be. Packed with restaurants, clubs, bars, museums, galleries, and an old Port, Montreal combines charm and adventure into one big party city. Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive, though get ready to walk or buy a week-long tourist pack and take Canada’s most efficient transport system, the metro.

First off – Montreal is a bilingual city where most people speak both languages. Most Montrealais do not discriminate if you can’t speak French and although it’s polite to say and funny to hear, “Parlez-vous Anglais?” in an embarrassing French accent, if you can’t stick it out, just smile and speak your mother tongue.

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Discover Canada by Bus

By Susan Huebert, Trail Canada

Travelling in the slow lane has almost become a lost art. Even on holidays, people rush to get away so that they can have an extended time to relax. In these days of tight schedules and the frantic rush from one place to another, few people seem to be able to take the slower route. But for those who are willing to take the time, getting there can be part of the holiday. Travelling long distances by bus can be uncomfortable, but the chance to see the country and to experience travel from a new perspective can be worth the extra time and effort it takes.

Riding the bus can be a relaxing way to get to places near and far. Bus trips are generally not for busy managers on their way to meetings, but rather for people who are in no particular rush to get to their destination. Passengers will see few business suits or briefcases on board, but many backpacks and diaper bags. Stops along the way are frequent, and the route sometimes includes long detours to travel through small towns to pick up passengers or packages. Travellers should count on being on the road for several more hours than the trip would otherwise take by car and for considerably longer than a plane would take. But if the trip is as important as the destination, the extra time can allow for contemplation, watching the landscape go by, or visiting with fellow travellers.

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Snocoach at the Columbia Icefields

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Your Trail Canada

Do you have stories of your travel highs and lows?
Maybe your computer full of digital photos of some of Canada’s sights.
Or even comments or suggestions about our newsletter or website.

If so then please let us know.

We are about to open up our photo galleries to allow other photographers the opportunity to contribute. The same goes for our guides and articles.

If you feel you have something to contribute please let us know by replying to this email or posting on the forum.

** PLUS: Do you have any hitch-hiking / freeloading tales? **

Canadian generosity towards visitors and travellers appears unrelenting. If you have travelled in Canada on a zero budget by freeloading and hitch-hiking, or perhaps you found another way, then let us know.

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That's all for now!

See you on the trail,

James Shearer
Trail Canada Editor

Canada's most popular independent travel guide

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