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2019 Canada Trip Help

Discussion in 'Canada' started by dpt, May 6, 2018.

  1. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    And I saw a drone video from yesterday, they don't have much snow either.
     
  2. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ^^ I saw the too...yeah looks bad
     
  3. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Deffo dont go
     
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    Even better when free beer flowing.
     
  5. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You guys are funny. I remember locals being worried about being overrun by tourists at Apex in 1996. Won't happen.
     
  6. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    When I raised the problem a few years ago the usual Sun Peaks Statler and Waldorf insisted that it never happens.
     
  7. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It happens in most of the valley airports (and there aren't any mountaintop airports in BC), like Penticton and Kamloops. Kelowna is equipped with bigger better instrument landing package due its much greater flight volume, but occasionally there is still a closure due to thick fog.

    The one you really want to avoid is Castlegar in the west Kootenays, closest airport for Red and Whitewater. It's on a bench above the Columbia and the valley there is pretty constricted. Operations are challenging at the best of times due to these terrain issues, any visibility problems shut it down. The locals call it "Cancelgar" for a reason...
     
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  8. oldgeezer

    oldgeezer One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Just back to Niagra Falls while I note OP has dropped that idea it is worthwhile if taking a summer or fall colors vacation.

    I found the rapids below the falls of more interest than the falls themselves, and no tacky high rise hotels around either


    Far less crowded too. Also it was a pretty warm day when I visited late September, 34C with high humidity at the falls but quite comfortable along the river.
     
  9. dpt

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    Thanks for all of your advice, can anyone recommend a car hire company.
     
  10. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Just shop around. I have found the Big name UK car hire websites no good for our up coming trip to Canada, although others have found them to be competitive at other times. We got what we needed at the right price direct from Alamo.
    Another tip, don't pick your car up from an Airport, unless you absolutely have to. You pay a 10 -20% premium for this, compared to other locations, like city centre,or suburbs.
     
  11. luvthabumps

    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    this is good advice - i know of a number of people who have saved a lot of $$ by picking up cars outside of YVR in Van. My SIL rented from Enterprise in Richmond, 5 mins drive from the airport and got excellent pricing. They had booked a mid sized car and ended up with a brand new Jeep Wrangler which her two boys absolutely loved. At drop off, her hubby dropped her, the boys and luggage at YVR, drove down, dropped off the hire car and then caught a cab for $5 back to the airport,

    As always, check what the insurance will be, as that's a killer in BC, and is not usually included on the quotes.
     
  12. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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  13. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Agree. We are doing that in November in San Diego. Shuttle bus to Mexican border and walk across. Rental car booked on the other side with much lower rates and no issues with driving on both sides of the Trump line.
     
  14. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    That's not quite correct. It is illegal for a hire company to rent vehicles out that do not meet the relevant State/Provincial and Federal laws of the country. In Canada minimum Insurances do come with hiring a vehicle. An example of this is what Aussies refer to as third party personal insurance, which comes automatically bundled into your Rego payment. So if you injure another person, whether they are on foot or in a vehicle, they are covered to a maximum value.
    I think what you are referring to, is any damage to the vehicle/s or third party property, which of course is a separate and additional cost, same as Aus. Try these links for further info.
    https://www.howtosavemoney.ca/do-you-really-need-car-rental-insurance
    https://www.rentalcover.com/rentalCover

    This second link is a real eye opener for people not wanting to get stung at the pick up desk with add on Insurance (CDW etc).
     
  15. Wardy

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    I'll get back to you - after I book ours...
     
  16. luvthabumps

    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    yes, correct, should have been more specific.
     
  17. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've mostly used Economy and in all but the largest SUVs insurance is included. However you have to get in early to avoid them being booked out.

    For this holiday, I booked cars with Hertz.co.uk, Economy, rentalcars.com, and enterprise.com

    I booked early, and then kept searching for better deals, before ending with Enterprise

    Insurance is typically an add on for an extra $30ish per day, but as an alternative buy separately from www.rentalcover.com
     
  18. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    yes we also don't get the desk insurance.....always go separately.
     
  19. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    We have ended up with Enterprise this year as we want a big ass 4x4 with optional hot tub in the back.
     
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  20. luvthabumps

    luvthabumps A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    well there you go, you learn something everyday.

    have bookmarked that one for future ref. :thumbs:
     
  21. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    2 other money saving tips for insurance are check your credit card perks as this insurance can be covered depending who you are with and if you do get from the hire car do some negotiating. We booked snow tires they didn’t have a car with snow tires (never do but I alway book as it gives you some bargaining power) only M&S so I got them to throw in insurance free to make up for it. They will do deals
     
  22. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Be VERY careful relying on your credit card or travel insurance.

    Both of these typically only cover your excess or non-deductible, for around $5-$7k. You are still responsible for any other damage above this value, hence my suggested
     
  23. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    yes.....you need to make sure you have min 50K , 100K is best.
     
  24. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    We have never had issues with M+S tires with a 4WD. We do always find a nice pull out though and give the car a workout to see what we are up for when highway driving, and then we know what to expect. Although last trip we slid sideways into a supermarket car park doing ~5 kph. Was wondering why +1 was going so wide :) he said he was turning and nothing happening :)
     
  25. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    we had no issues at all on highways, accessing the snowfields even in bad conditions but holely moley driving around some of the tiny town streets, supermarket car parks etc in places in between Fernie and Revelstoke was hard. We did most of a 180 turning into a car spot luckily no one near to hit
     
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  26. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I do agree with this. Just check what your individual card policy says. My work card covers it all with high amounts I think it was something like 100k or more
     
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  27. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is typical in areas where traffic is concentrated. Sharp braking near intersections causes snow to become very hard and polished. The exhaust heat from cars waiting at intersections can cause surface melting; refreezing or new snow on top makes things quite slippy. Also watch out for traffic lights or stop sign on a sharp down grade.
     
  28. KneeDeep

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    [QUOTE="Crystal, post: 3616185, . Was wondering why +1 was going so wide :) he said he was turning and nothing happening :)[/QUOTE]
    I have seen him do that on a board as well. :cool:
     
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  29. Crystal

    Crystal Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ^^ standard practice
     
  30. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sounds like the car @gareth_oau had last year. :whistle:
     
  31. Beerman

    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Apart from https://www.rentalcover.com/rentalCover I have mentioned above, have you got any other sites we should check??
     
  32. gareth_oau

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    you are mistaken sir.

    Here is a pic of Nikki and me leaving Vancouver for Sun Peaks last year

     
  33. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Who was pedalling?
     
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    Beerman One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Where's all the ski bags??
     
  35. gareth_oau

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    It's like a tardis ;)
     
  36. gareth_oau

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    live webcam in Canmore, showing snowfall :woohoo::woohoo:

     
  37. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Most of the BC mountain passes had snow yesterday. First day of required snow tires fitted/chains carried. The calendar doesn't lie!
     
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    Driving is semi interesting this morning, lots of people sliding around still on summer/all seasons.
     
  39. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was speaking on the phone yesterday with one of our ski club members as he was driving to Vancouver on the Coquihalla. We had almost finished our conversation when he said he had to hang up because the road was getting "a bit too interesting," as he put it.
     
  40. gareth_oau

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    I was watching the cam last night, around 8am Canmore time and it was puking.

    Its very mesmerising to watch
     
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    Much chaos on the roads with this dump and over 80 cm dropped on Fortress (cat skiing) down in Kananaskis in less than 24 hrs.

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  42. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nuts! Seeing lots of pics from Calgary area on FB. I know where I dont wanna live...
     
  43. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    So where is the Jamie Durie cavalry when you need it?
     
  44. Beerman

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    Jamie Durie?????
    You mean Jamie Davis..............yeah??
     
  45. Legs Akimbo

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    Oops. :oops:
     
  46. dpt

    dpt Hard Yards

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    Hi we finally received our Airline E Ticket from our travel Agent, went on line to choose seating and they are all selected, I gather that if my wife and I are booked on the same itinerary than the Airline would have us sitting together?
     
  47. Legs Akimbo

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    Nope. My worst experience was travelling with a 4 year old. We had similar numbers. Seat D in 3 rows, one behind the other. They couldn't fix it at check in. Fortunately sense prevailed on board.
     
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    Hang on, you got them to change that set up. That sounds perfect.;)
     
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    Don't need to book in winter... Unless you are super fussy about accom.
    You can just call up on the day or even turn up on the night. If they don't have room they'll recommend you another place to call in town :thumbs:
     
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    Hi we are flying out this Saturday, we are planning on taking our phones with us any suggestions regarding purchasing sim cards in Vancouver? suggestions would be welcomed re a good data plan.