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Friday May 24, 2019


Travel Advice

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Traveling is not a vacation but it's a daily necessity. Sometimes it becomes a journey of one's inner self

while exploring unknown lands, other times, it is an opportunity to discover our strengths, an opportunity

for sharing other cultures, values and ways of life. But most of all it is a determined step toward under-standing, peace and appreciation. To see, to meet, and to experience different lands, cultures, ways of

life, languages, and foods opens our minds and thoughts to the existence of unity among diversity. When

we attain this stage there is nothing but happiness of belonging to this loving planet: Our Home.

Traveling is the best way to contribute to our Planet.

Canada's transportation system is comprised of more than 1,400,000 kilometres (870,000 mi) of roads,

10 major international airports, 300 smaller airports, 72,093 km (44,797 mi) of functioning railway track,

and more than 300 commercial ports and harbours that provide access to the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic

oceans as well as the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

There are many methods of transportation in which we can get from point A to B. Some methods are

more cost effective, while others are very environmentally friendly. The ways of transportation that we’ll look into are:

  • Travel by Air
  • Travel by Road
  • Travel by Rail
  • Travel by Sea

Travel by Air:

Canada is recognized as having one of the most successful and

safest civil aviation programs in the world. Transport Canada works

with many partners both here at home and around the world to

protect and maintain our air safety and security record, and to

make air travel more environmentally responsible.

Air transportation made up 9% of the transport sector's GDP

generation in 2005. Canada's largest air carrier is Air Canada

followed by West Jet, Porter Airlines and a lot of smaller airlines

serving all across the country from Northwest Territories to

Newfoundland. Air travel is the most quickest way to reach any

destination and takes a couple of hours to within a day to travel

across Canada. But Air travel is not the most economical way for

travel, as flight tickets can be expensive depending on the

destination that you are planning to travel and the time of travel.

Peak season is the Summer season between June - September and during Christmas break when the

rates will be higher and people travel a lot and go on vacation during these months.

Holiday season is the busiest for air travel. The following tips will help you easily get started:

  • Plan ahead and book ahead for a better rate and availability of flights during peak season
  • Go through travel advisories and other travel agencies for ticket booking
  • Check the status of departing and arriving flights
  • Register with airline for any notifications or cancellation during winter months where flights get
  • cancelled due to extreme weather.

Some airlines provide various rewards, air miles points during each time you travel and frequent flyers

can make use of these benefits and redeem their points even for a free flight ticket.

Travel by Road:

Travelling by road is the most used method of transportation due to the vast amount of motor vehicles

avaiable. Two ways which we can travel by road are:

  • Bus
  • Car

By Bus

Trans Canada highway is one of the world's longest roads spanning

8030 kms from St.Johns, NF to Victoria, BC. The route spans all ten

provinces and connects the Atlantic and Pacific ocean limits. It crosses

four islands, passes through tundra, boreal forests, national parks and

prairies, glaciers, a few thousand lakes and twists beneath the

shadows of vast peaks.

Economical ways to travel by road are either by taking the bus or by

renting a car. Various bus services are run by the following key companies Greyhound, Coach Canada,

Ontario Northland. Most of the cities can be covered by an overnight journey by bus. Buses are the most

economical means and are very comfortable to travel.

By Car

If you have an international license, you can rent a car for day for a

cheaper costranging from $25-$100 a day plus gas. All the road

networks are well connected and with the help of a GPS you can

travel anywhere at your own comfortable pace.

Travel by Rail:

VIA Rail Canada operates the national passenger rail service on

behalf of the Government of Canada. An independent Crown

Corporation established in 1977, the corporation provides

travellers with safe, efficient and and cost-effective passenger

transportation in the country's two official languages. VIA Rail

operates almost 500 trains weekly on 12,500 kilometres of track,

and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay.

Travel between Canada’s largest cities in comfort and security with VIA Rail!

VIA provides passenger services mandated by the Government of Canada. These include rapid intercity

services, cross-Canada services, and services to remote communities.

In Western Canada, VIA provides year-round, all-weather services, including the legendary Canadian

train operating between Toronto and Vancouver two times per week during off-peak season (November

1st 2012 until April 30th 2013) and three times per week during peak season (May 1st 2013 until October

31st 2013). VIA also operates regional services in the West, between Jasper, Alberta and Prince Rupert,

British Columbia; between Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba.

VIA’s total ridership

In the Ontario - Quebec Corridor, VIA provides intercity passengers with fast, convenient and affordable

service, downtown-to-downtown* between Canada’s largest business centres. More than 429 Corridor

trains run per week, carrying 80 percent of VIA’s total ridership.

VIA also operates trains to remote communities in northern Quebec and Ontario, on routes designated

by the Government to meet regional transportation needs.

In Eastern Canada VIA provides train service three times per week between Montreal and Gaspe, and

between Montreal and Halifax on board the Ocean.

Travel by Sea:

The Port of Vancouver is the busiest port in Canada for cargo, moving 68 million tonnes or 15% of

Canada's total in domestic and international shipping in 2003.

Ferry Services:

In Canada, the total passenger ferry traffic was estimated at 38.9

million passengers and 16.3 million vehicles in 2003. This

represents approximately 15 per cent of total worldwide ferry traffic.

Make sure you get all the information you need for a safe trip!

Some of the most beautiful and exciting tours take place on

Canadian waters. Travel by water takes longer duration and is not the most economical way.