For weeks, I’ve been threatening to never leave Canada. The mountains! The space! The people! The wildlife! This was my first trip to Canada and everything exceeded all expectations. Alas, all good things must come to an end. My crossing from Kingsgate, British Columbia into Eastport, Idaho went as smoothly as possible, with only a few questions, no search, no paperwork needed for the dogs and no hassle. Victory! It’s nice to be home.
One of the most common excuses I hear from people about why they can’t/ won’t/ don’t travel is money. Believe me, freelance writing is no way to get rich. If I can afford to travel, so can you! Travel doesn’t have to be expensive! My whole month-long trip through Canada to Alaska cost me less than $1,400 bucks. Here’s the breakdown:
Time: 34 days, 33 nights
Distance: 4,300 miles by car, 109 miles on foot
Enter: Sumas, Washington/ Abbotsford, BC.
Provinces: British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta
States: Alaska! My 50th.
Towns: Squamish, Whistler, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Vanderhoof, Smithers, Prince Rupert, Hyder, Alaska!, Watson Lake, Yukon. Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, Jasper, Banff, Calgary, Field.
National Parks: Jasper, Banff and Yoho.
Exit: Kingsgate, BC/ Eastport, Idaho.
Gas: $797. Highest price paid: $1.81/ liter or $6.87/ gallon on the Alaskan Highway.
Free camp sites: 21 free nights! 97% of Canada is Crown Land- free for camping.
Paid camp sites: 3 nights ($81). Canadian National Parks are not cheap. Camping in Banff was $36 a night! A new record.
RV Parks: 4 nights ($90)
Nights at the Kicking Horse Lodge in Field: 5 (courtesy of dear Mom & Dad)
Food: $287. Restaurant meals: 4. That’s right. I only ate restaurant meals once a week! The rest were all grocery story meals cooked in the Teardrop.
Drink: $0. (Water for myself and the dogs, all free)
Souvenirs/ Miscellaneous: $65 (2 BC travel books, postcards/ stamps and stickers)
Canadian National Park Pass: $50
Total: $ 1398
Seeing more of the World: Priceless!
For more tips on cheap road tripping and free camping check out my previous posts: How To Plan A Killer Road Trip:$$$ and Boondocking 101: How To Camp For Free In Beautiful Places.