Survey Finds Few Canadians Have Travelled Coast To Coast

The following is an artlice published in the Ottawa Citizen, although I discovered in on the Vancouver Sun web-site.  As my dream vacation is to see Canada from coast to coast to coast, I was really interested in what this story had to say.  I also contributed my own on-line comment at the end, which I have also included here, after the news article:

While eight in 10 Canadians say that seeing Canada from coast to coast is important, on average, Canadians have visited just four provinces or territories outside their own, a survey by the Internet company Travelzoo Canada has found. The survey also found cost to be the main reason Canadians haven't travelled more, with 67 per cent of those surveyed agreeing that travelling within Canada is sometimes more expensive than going abroad. Some of the other findings:

- Time and money aside, the Atlantic provinces would be the No. 1 Canadian vacation destination this summer, with 60 per cent of Canadians listing Atlantic Canada as their top vacation area.

- More than half (53 per cent) of Canadians living in Quebec say they primarily vacation within their own province, placing Quebecers in the top spot for provincial-centric travel.

- Canadians living in the Maritimes, the Prairies and Alberta are the most likely to travel outside their own province but stay within Canada.

- 75 per cent of Canadians have visited Ontario, with Quebec and B.C. coming in at 67 and 57 per cent respectively.

- Northern Canada is the least travelled, with only nine per cent of Canadians having taken a trip to the territories.

And my comment:

Seeing Canada from coast to coast to coast, including Labrador, the Yukon, up the Sunshine Coast to Powell River, across the Northwest Territories and into the islands of the Arctic, has been a lifelong dream of mine. I dream of seeing my own country more than I do about traveling abroad. I used to have road maps of every province and territory, and planned travel itineraries with the help of the Greyhound web-site and tourism brochures..

The reason I haven't gone? Money, primarily. Regardless of how you choose to see Canada, by personal vehicle, bus, train, water, or air, I've found getting around Canada to be prohibitively expensive. I would love to see the east coast, the coastal communities of Labrador, ride the White Pass & Yukon railroad into Alaska, the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railroad, Via Rail up to Churchill, and the Northlander in Ontario. It's really disappointing to read how the E&N railroad on Vancouver Island is once again facing budget cuts. While living on the Island I road that train up to Qualicum Beach for a week's vacation. That portion of the railroad was great -- I'll bet the rest is even better!

I lived for a little over one year in the Northwest Territories, for seven years on Vancouver Island, and have driven from B.C. to Manitoba, and not always along the well-beaten path either. In Manitoba I visited a lot of the Interlake region, and made an afternoon trip to Hecla Island. In all three prairie provinces I toured several historic sites, like Batoch and Fort Saskatchewan. In my late teens and early twenties I spent a lot of time driving throughout my native Alberta, really enjoying some of its wonderful locations, like Banff and the Columbia Icefields. But I also drove the highway east to Lloydminster, and all the way north into the Northwest Territories.

It's my opinion that this country's beauty really needs to be experienced.


UnderEli UnderEli
46-50, M
3 Responses Jul 11, 2010

Hello Folks. I made the trip and am living in Delta, B.C. Enjoying every minute of it, meeting new friends and driving in my older/new van. The weather has been fabulous. I'm told that BC is the Cali of Canada. I also ride the buses and love the skytrain. Takes an hour to get from her to Vancouver that way. Am taking lots of pictures and posting on Facebook. I will be circling down to the US once I renew my passport. Thankyou for your comments.

Man, if I could go across Canada, I'd love to circle down into the U.S. and explore its landmarks. I'm sure there's a lot to see, not to mention lots of interesting people to meet. I don't know what it's going to take to get my trip going. Well, that's not true. It's going to require money and time. I need to prioritize better, and keep the idea of taking that road trip at the top of my list. It sure is nice to dream about, though. Thanks for your comment.

I hope you get to do take that trip some day. I'd love to take that trip too! Of course, before taking a road trip across Canada, I'd like to take a cross country road trip in the US first... but hey, maybe if I can get a year to myself where money isn't an ob<x>ject I could do both!