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driving in Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by sly_karma, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. Alfaski

    Alfaski Early Days

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    Found an interesting vid on difference between summers,all seasons and winter tyres
     
  2. bomber

    bomber One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think the 3 Series comes in AWD or an option?
     
  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'll park this link here for long term reference

    http://www.sixt.com/extras/snow-tires/

    Vehicles with winter tyres are very difficult to rent in Canada.

    This crowd have all cars fitted with winter tires - guaranteed.

    They are based in Seattle, so close to vancouver

    And pricing is actualy cheaper than rentals in Canada
     
  4. munja

    munja Hard Yards

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    I sent them an email gareth, asking about taking a car into Canada & you can going into the BC interior so Sun Peaks is good. They allow 2800miles, after that you have to pay per/mile.
     
  5. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I saw in their T&C that BC was ok, so that's great and Seattle to SP and return is 680 miles, so that gves plenty of playtime as well
     
  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just got a charge on my credit card showing "National Tolls" for CAD5.95

    Can I presume that's a toll for crossing their tolled (trolled?) bridge in Vancouver?

    If so its taken a loooong time for that charge to come through
     
  7. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep.

    Port Mann bridge toll.

    Not unusual for that sort of timeframe over here.
     
  8. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I suspect they had to chase up the car rental crowd first as well, who passed on my credit card.

    I'm surprised thats legal, as i dont have a contract with the bridge, I have a contract with the rental company.

    Tghe rental company should pay it and claim back from me
     
  9. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Read the fine print in the T& C that you'd have signed for the rental,..... I'd say it would be addressed in there.
     
  10. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Everyone should have their studded tires off their vehicles now, they're illegal between May and Sept 30. You have been warned.
     
  11. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    for purely (ahem) hypothetical reasons, I was just plugging in some hirecar options for a purely hypothetical trip to Canada/SP next February.

    If I pickup and return to Kamloops Airport, for around 3 weeks, the rental cost is around $1200CAD

    however, if I pick up in Kamloops and return to YVR, for the same dates, the quote jumps to over $2500CAD :eek:
     
  12. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds about right,.....
     
  13. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    certainly restrictive. As a result they would lose my hypothetical booking for another 7 or so days as I would fly back to VYR and book with someone else for the remainder of my holiday
     
  14. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    If I was to purchase a satnav that I could use here and in Canada (so able to download and pre-load maps, what would be a good device to consider?
     
  15. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes.

    Canadian Tire has them for less than $100 ,.... Good investment.
     
  16. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    LOL you didnt answer my question!

    what brand/model? I want one for here beforehand, so I want to pick up one locally, or at least online, then use here AND in Canada next time (whenever that may be)
     
  17. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whatever Cambodian Tire has on sale the day you're there, always something discounted in that dept.
     
  18. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    What Sly said. ^^^^

    But here's an example.....

    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/tomtom-1505m-gps-0352663p.html#.U7wnYPldWSo


    Kamloops North has 5 in stock it seems..... ;)
     
  19. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Good ol Canadian Tyre...

    During my months in Calgary I got a fly rod through them and a decent weatherproof jacket ... for summer. You could get lost in that place.. :D
     
  20. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you buy Tom Tom or Garmin in Australia they will come loaded with Australian maps, but you can download (for a price) North American maps.
     
  21. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hmmm Legs, that gets me thinking. I could do the reverse and have something to use in Oz next month. I have to venture into Sydney a couple of times and things have changed a fair bit since I was familiar with the place.
     
  22. TClinton

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    Yeah I wanted to download the Canadian/USA Maps for my aussie Tom Tom ( as it was much cheaper than just the canadian one itself + I am driving the states as well) But with the combined maps I wont have enough storage, so will have to delete the Aussies maps, and not quite sure if I will have to pay for them when i return to get them back!
     
  23. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have taken my satnav to the US with US maps downloaded. It was a few years ago, but they cost around $50, from memory. I have also rented satnavs from car rental companies. It takes the pressure of having to navigate unfamiliar roads away.
     
  24. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I downloaded them onto a memory card. The satnav has a slot for cads.
     
  25. TClinton

    TClinton Hard Yards

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    Hmm good point...But now also seeing that $100 Tom Tom its just as cheap to buy another one over there!
     
  26. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Of course if any of my family could be bothered to own a GPS I wouldn't need to be thinking about this, but they're all techno-peasants.
     
  27. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I will be picking one up locally, as I need it before I next travel to Canada and will download some Canadian maps for it also
     
  28. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Has anyone considered using a smartphone instead? Google Maps is pretty good for turn-by-turn these days. Good for when at home, just have to consider whether you'll have data when travelling OS
     
  29. main street

    main street Doing what I want. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Three words.

    Roaming

    Data

    Charges.

    :eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
  30. KneeDeep

    KneeDeep One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Correct. Could buy a Canadian sim but might as well stick to the GPS
     
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  31. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    ^^^ Absolutely, but in home country you've probably already got the device and data. That means you can just worry about what to do OS. If you're comfortable with the smartphone, a pre-paid wifi hotspot may be about the same price, plus give you 'roaming' data OR you can just buy a GPS OS and not worry about Oz maps.
     
  32. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Two words

    Mapfactor Navigator

    You download the maps to your phone before you leave. No data charges O/S, free app
     
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  33. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo

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    Make a backup on one PC of your Oz maps.

    Remove Ozzie maps. Put US/Canada maps on.

    Make a backup on a different PC.

    Go back to original PC. Restore your Ozzie backup.

    Just before you leave for Canada. Goto PC with US/Canada backup and restore.

    When you get home. Restore your Ozzie backup.

    Done. :thumbs:
     
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  34. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    I'm not sure about now but when I bought my Tom Tom it had an offer for free US/Canada map and the device had the option of a memory card so I chucked the maps on that. I have the Aussie one on there and just switch between them.
     
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    Gareth if you pick up at Kamloops City and Return the vehicle to Kamloops airport you can save $70
     
  37. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    but I still have to get back to Vancouver
     
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    Copakid New Hard Yards

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    Ah yes. just was highlighting the fact taht pick upo and drop off at airport incurs and airport charge
     
  39. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep, would have to figure in a taxi or other charge as well (plus the inconvenience), and would only work if you were arranging the car during the city's business hours
     
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    TClinton Hard Yards

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    I ended up picking a new to tomtom up at Canadian tyre.
    Another question though!
    I am driving from whistler to somewhere past Seattle tomorrow. I totally forgot that it's a public holiday. Any tips of best border crossing? I assume waiting time will blow out ?
     
  41. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No you're going the opposite direction to all the Canadians coming back home. It's a holiday in the states too, but fewer of them come north. You'll be fine.
     
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    Poppy Hard Yards

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    any thoughts on best hire company to go with?

    Thanks :D
     
  43. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ive happily used these guys and thanks to referrals from Astro.

    http://www.economycarrentals.com/

    They are like a search company who will find you the best rates for the period you are looking for
     
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    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey I finally broke down and bought a TomTom GPS. Can't see I'll need it much other than finding an address in the city, it just sits in the console storage in my truck. The simple truth is BC doesn't have many roads.
     
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    Poppy Hard Yards

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    Thanks...will check them out :D
     
  46. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow, some masssive shunts in there. Frightening
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    seems predominantly russian.

    and in most cases they dont seem to give a crap - its like theyve seen it every other day of the week
     
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    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Brings immediate memories of going to accidents to perform rescues. There's a distinct smell at a big prang and immediately smelt it in my mind.
     
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    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Lots of idiot drivers in there. The one that gives me shivers everytime I see it is the one at the 3min mark. Very sad! You're seeing the last seconds of people/s lives there.
     
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