From London: 18 Nights Canada Trip - Toronto, Niagara Falls, Calgary & Motorhome Hire in the Rockies and Vancouver June/July £1319.17pp @ booking.com
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From London: 18 Nights Canada Trip - Toronto, Niagara Falls, Calgary & Motorhome Hire in the Rockies and Vancouver June/July £1319.17pp @ booking.com

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Found 7th Apr
I've been absent a bit moving house and I really need a holiday! In the absence of any planned the next best thing is finding one someone else can go on.

This is right up my street. 18 nights in June to explore Canada. This trip consists of Toronto, Niagara Falls, a motorhome around the Rockies before ending with a short stop in Vancouver on the way back to the UK. It's in June/July so peak time and good weather hopefully. It does mean prices are a little more than expensive than May/June when I went but we also had lots of snow and some hiking routes were inaccessible due to avalanche warnings. You should have no such trouble in June/July.

This trip is based on 2 adults.

20-24 June
Flying from LGW to Toronto with a short stop, you'll collect your car and drive to Ada's Guesthouse. You'll spend 4 nights in Toronto.

24-26 June
You'll head to Niagara Falls where you will spend 2 nights. That is ample time to explore Niagara on the Lake and nearby areas. You'll drive back to the airport on 26th for your evening flight to Calgary.

26-27 June
You have just one night in Calgary and you'll need to get a taxi or shuttle to the nearby accommodation. It will be late and you can't collect the motorhome and also allowing for tiredness and bears!

27 June - 7 July
You'll collect your motorhome and have 10 nights to explore. I'd suggest Canmore, Banff, Icefields Parkway, Jasper and depending on how much you like to drive, Yoho NP. I've included 1500KM on the motorhome rental so this should be more than enough to cover a basic Rockies itinerary.

7-8 July
You will fly from Calgary back to London. Your flight has a very long stopover in Vancouver (just over 20 hrs) so this means you have time to explore some of Vancouver on 8th. I'd suggest Stanley Park and Gastown in the time you have. If you don't want this long stopover you can look at alternatives.

You'll arrive back in London on 9th July.

Total price £2638.36/£1319.17pp

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London to Toronto on gotogate.co.uk £416.66

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Car hire on holidayautos.com £141.29


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Toronto accommodation £198 on booking.com

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Niagara accommodation £98 on booking.com

2922666-puloY.jpgToronto to Calgary flight £226.45 on gotogate.co.uk

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1 night in Calgary on hotels.com using code £39.80

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Calgary Motorhome Rental with 1500km (not insurance is extra, I recommend an insurance excess cover elsewhere - shop around, if you take out insurance or don't have it elsewhere) 2007.45 CAD/£1113.26

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Calgary to UK, via Vancouver £337.95 on gotogate.co.uk

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1 night in Vancouver at Hi Hostels. Note rooms are private but have shared bathrooms. They have far better reviews than some similar options higher priced and are centrally located, ideal for 1 night. hostelworld.com £66.94

Total £1319.17pp
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As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your itinerary

First, you haven't factored in the cost of gas

Secondly, driving around the Rockies in a motor home can be dangerous, although people are known to take that risk

Third, your itinerary leaves people in jasper... 4-5 hours drive (in a motor home) from the Calgary airport

Lastly, 20h in Vancouver simply isn't enough. And 2 days in Niagara is too much - you will get bored

Thanks for the hard work op
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That looks like an incredible holiday!
Sounds great please keep your eyes out for Australia in August for a nice cheap price.
Sounds great. If anyone will have my kids for a few weeks .... pm me!



(Joking!)
Booking.yeah
Great budget itinerary, though personally I'd spend less time East coast and more in Vancouver (lovely place!).#

HOT (I hope)!
I really wouldn't want to spend 4 days (or anytime really) in Toronto. If you could spend that time in Montreal/Quebec/Quebec City way it would be nicer. Not sure you would really need a car for this section.
StevoTebo796 h, 56 m ago

Sounds great please keep your eyes out for Australia in August for a nice …Sounds great please keep your eyes out for Australia in August for a nice cheap price.


For Australia (via Singapore) keep an eye on the Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick - Singapore. Going SIN-LGW can be 149SGD so around about 100 quid. Comfy 14 hour flight on a Dreamliner, I paid about 130 I think. Singapore to different cities in Australia can be had for about 100quid on Air Asia and 1 or 2 other budget airlines (need to check but maybe Jetstar and Scoot). Probably don't want to head too far south in Oz as it will be winter.
As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your itinerary

First, you haven't factored in the cost of gas

Secondly, driving around the Rockies in a motor home can be dangerous, although people are known to take that risk

Third, your itinerary leaves people in jasper... 4-5 hours drive (in a motor home) from the Calgary airport

Lastly, 20h in Vancouver simply isn't enough. And 2 days in Niagara is too much - you will get bored

Thanks for the hard work op
Should have read whole post and seen a night in a Hostel before pressing for HEAT doh!
Not one for the family then...
robodan91813 m ago

As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your …As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your itineraryFirst, you haven't factored in the cost of gasSecondly, driving around the Rockies in a motor home can be dangerous, although people are known to take that riskThird, your itinerary leaves people in jasper... 4-5 hours drive (in a motor home) from the Calgary airportLastly, 20h in Vancouver simply isn't enough. And 2 days in Niagara is too much - you will get boredThanks for the hard work op


I haven't mentioned the cost of gas no. Like the UK fuel prices change daily! I'm sure using some creative budgeting you could estimate it though.

We saw plenty of people with motorhomes, in very early June when we went. Of course you can also stay in hotels and B&Bs etc but you'll pay a fair bit due to the time of year.

You don't have to go straight to Jasper, you have the motorhome. You make your own itinerary. I'd suggest a final night not to far from Calgary, Canmore area could be an option. Or starting the trip, similar or Banff. I most certainly would not recommend driving straight to/from Jasper to/from Calgary.

As you have a car, I'd suggest exploring Niagara on the Lake area, wineries etc. That said if it is too long cut down the Toronto bit.
Fluffy_bandit20 m ago

Should have read whole post and seen a night in a Hostel before pressing …Should have read whole post and seen a night in a Hostel before pressing for HEAT doh! Not one for the family then...


Just because it's a hostel doesn't mean it's not suitable for families. Hi hostels and the UK YHA are actually family friendly. Infact a fair few in the UK have family parts now for rooms for families, eg. Ironbridge? Perhaps you'd be better in a hotel or apartment in Vancouver instead, expect to pay double.

Infact there is a recent review from a family:

We, as a family of group of 3, booked a quad room (so we had one spare bed and a bit more space) for our four night say in Vancouver. We have been Hostel International members and users for years so saw no reason to go past this option in Vancouver and what a good choice it was. On arrival the staff were helpful and friendly and we were even able to organise tickets to see our very first ice hockey game through them (Canuks v Montreal) - what an experience that was. Now this is no place of luxury but the beds were comfortable, the bathrooms and kitchen clean and the common areas not all all crowded. Every morning a continental breakfast was included and that was very welcome to start the day .The hostel was only a 5 minute walk to the metro, shopping centres and galleries. We did a lot of walking and exploring around the central area and also further away by bus and train.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 8th Apr
This sounds great but the thought of driving a car in another country terrifies me!
Excellent put together deal thanks.
What's the score with the van and parking/sleeping?

Do they have special sleepy places for them, or parks? Do they charge? I would be unsure about racking up at the side of the road and putting my head down? Bears and rapists come to mind?
If you book your flights/hotel/motorhome/car well in advance and use a lot of the points available to us all, it will work out a lot cheaper, plan your own schedule and keep away from the hell of the QEW freeway and Toronto. I often fly to the US (I get free retiree tickets on AA!), book a hire car and then just wing it for 2-3 weeks. If I was to go to Canada (where people aren't as polite as in the US), I'd definitely go on the Rocky Mountaineer train journey again. the scenery is amazing, but you'll have to cope with hordes of people on the train.

Driving in the US and Canada is much easier than in the UK. Drivers are more patient (scared of getting shot?), the roads are wider, you can often turn right (left in UK) at a red light and potholes are rare. However, the QEW near Toronto is even worse than the M25! Just remember that you'll need to fork out a lot for fuel. Even though fuel is cheaper, their cars are often much thirstier and you'll be driving vast distances.
leonbrown198443 m ago

This sounds great but the thought of driving a car in another country …This sounds great but the thought of driving a car in another country terrifies me!


I've driven all over the World and I find the UK the 2nd scariest of them all, after India. North America is a doddle.
Edited by: "TabbyBoy" 8th Apr
Sorry but I wouldn't wouldn't share a toilet and I certainly wouldn't want my 3 year old staying in a hostel neither!
I don't agree with you, I am entitled to my opinion and to vote hot or cold.

I voted Hot before seeing the Hostel bit which proves I bother to read deals which is more than can be said for some.
But this time round a cold vote would have been my vote had I realised this involved staying in a Hostel.
Maybe it should be in the title as your 'holiday' sounds exhausting tbh and I wouldn't call staying in a Hostel a family holiday myself, more like backpackers trip round Canada!
Oh and not everyone agrees with you, this is the internet so get used to it
Fluffy_bandit11 m ago

Oh and not everyone agrees with you, this is the internet so get used to …Oh and not everyone agrees with you, this is the internet so get used to it


Not everyone agrees with you either so call it a score draw and leave it there.
Good deal; great info for starting to plan a trip of this nature.
Fluffy_bandit1 h, 45 m ago

Sorry but I wouldn't wouldn't share a toilet and I certainly wouldn't want …Sorry but I wouldn't wouldn't share a toilet and I certainly wouldn't want my 3 year old staying in a hostel neither!I don't agree with you, I am entitled to my opinion and to vote hot or cold.I voted Hot before seeing the Hostel bit which proves I bother to read deals which is more than can be said for some.But this time round a cold vote would have been my vote had I realised this involved staying in a Hostel.Maybe it should be in the title as your 'holiday' sounds exhausting tbh and I wouldn't call staying in a Hostel a family holiday myself, more like backpackers trip round Canada!


Everyone is entitled to their option of course, I was just saying people with families do use hostels! In fairness, I didn't post this as a family holiday it was based on 2 adults.

Staying in one place and in an resort is exhausting to me after a day I'm climbing the walls! Some deals on here will appeal, some won't.

Hope you find what you are looking for
TabbyBoy3 h, 16 m ago

I've driven all over the World and I find the UK the 2nd scariest of them …I've driven all over the World and I find the UK the 2nd scariest of them all, after India. North America is a doddle.


Oh really?? I never knew this! I was in New York and couldn’t get to grips with the roads there lol
Fluffy_bandit4 h, 12 m ago

Sorry but I wouldn't wouldn't share a toilet and I certainly wouldn't want …Sorry but I wouldn't wouldn't share a toilet and I certainly wouldn't want my 3 year old staying in a hostel neither!I don't agree with you, I am entitled to my opinion and to vote hot or cold.I voted Hot before seeing the Hostel bit which proves I bother to read deals which is more than can be said for some.But this time round a cold vote would have been my vote had I realised this involved staying in a Hostel.Maybe it should be in the title as your 'holiday' sounds exhausting tbh and I wouldn't call staying in a Hostel a family holiday myself, more like backpackers trip round Canada!


You must be fun at parties.
Fluffy_bandit5 h, 32 m ago

Oh and not everyone agrees with you, this is the internet so get used to …Oh and not everyone agrees with you, this is the internet so get used to it


How condescending. Believe it or not but in theory you share a toilet when you stay in a hotel. Someone else has sat there big greasy, hairy tagnutted backside on that seat at some point. As well as malcolm the balding fat sales rep who's probably knocked one out on the carpet in his hotel room then rubbed it into the carpet with his athletes foot ridden trabs, but hey, i'm sure the maids steam clean each snd every room prior to your royal highness arriving. What planet are you on? The cups are probably washed in the sink and wiped down with the same sweaty rag used to wipe the bog seat! WoW you're right it IS the internet and not everyone agrees with YOU. Nice deal Rach
peakbear19 h, 5 m ago

For Australia (via Singapore) keep an eye on the Norwegian Air flight from …For Australia (via Singapore) keep an eye on the Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick - Singapore. Going SIN-LGW can be 149SGD so around about 100 quid. Comfy 14 hour flight on a Dreamliner, I paid about 130 I think. Singapore to different cities in Australia can be had for about 100quid on Air Asia and 1 or 2 other budget airlines (need to check but maybe Jetstar and Scoot). Probably don't want to head too far south in Oz as it will be winter.


Thank you yes I’d seen this but wasn’t getting as cheap as your quoting. I was however looking at early August. Great idea though thank you. Loving the direct flight options.
I spent 5 nights in Niagara and could have easily stayed longer.
robodan91814 h, 10 m ago

As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your …As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your itineraryFirst, you haven't factored in the cost of gasSecondly, driving around the Rockies in a motor home can be dangerous, although people are known to take that riskThird, your itinerary leaves people in jasper... 4-5 hours drive (in a motor home) from the Calgary airportLastly, 20h in Vancouver simply isn't enough. And 2 days in Niagara is too much - you will get boredThanks for the hard work op

robj738th Apr

How condescending. Believe it or not but in theory you share a toilet …How condescending. Believe it or not but in theory you share a toilet when you stay in a hotel. Someone else has sat there big greasy, hairy tagnutted backside on that seat at some point. As well as malcolm the balding fat sales rep who's probably knocked one out on the carpet in his hotel room then rubbed it into the carpet with his athletes foot ridden trabs, but hey, i'm sure the maids steam clean each snd every room prior to your royal highness arriving. What planet are you on? The cups are probably washed in the sink and wiped down with the same sweaty rag used to wipe the bog seat! WoW you're right it IS the internet and not everyone agrees with YOU. Nice deal Rach


Funny I don't use hotels lol and if I did I would clean the toilet within an inch of its life and then the only people using it would be me and my family not some greasy scrotum backpacker. So your post is irrelevant and I hope you enjoyed typing all that out just to stick up for your buddy...

Maybe learn some grammar and paragraphs as I got bored after the second line of drivel
Edited by: "Fluffy_bandit" 10th Apr
leonbrown19848th Apr

This sounds great but the thought of driving a car in another country …This sounds great but the thought of driving a car in another country terrifies me!


I wouldn't mind driving (done it before in canada) but need a +1. Anyone???
Fluffy_bandit10th Apr

Funny I don't use hotels lol and if I did I would clean the toilet within …Funny I don't use hotels lol and if I did I would clean the toilet within an inch of its life and then the only people using it would be me and my family not some greasy scrotum backpacker. So your post is irrelevant and I hope you enjoyed typing all that out just to stick up for your buddy...Maybe learn some grammar and paragraphs as I got bored after the second line of drivel


Why is someone who never uses hotels posting on a holiday thread.
StevoTebo798th Apr

Thank you yes I’d seen this but wasn’t getting as cheap as your quoting. I …Thank you yes I’d seen this but wasn’t getting as cheap as your quoting. I was however looking at early August. Great idea though thank you. Loving the direct flight options.


On the flight from Singapore you might need to use a Singapore VPN to see the cheapest flights. Snap VPN on Android has one built into it.
1977mermaid12th Apr

I wouldn't mind driving (done it before in canada) but need a +1. Anyone???


Yes, we drove. It was not as bad as we thought. The only issue was those four-way junctions and it was a stand off who was going to go first! Especially with other tourists . . . .

We didn't have a motorhome. We had a tiny Fiat 500 brand new with less than 100 miles on the clock - in white! We were terrified of scratching or bumping it (though we did have excess hire insurance). It survived over two weeks, driving in snow and we covered a fair few miles.
peakbear2 h, 59 m ago

Why is someone who never uses hotels posting on a holiday thread.

Because hot deals spammed me, I would love to go to Canada some day and why are you posting about me posting on a holiday thread??
Too much time on hands much..
robodan9188th Apr

As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your …As a Canadian from that side of Canada I only see a few problems with your itineraryFirst, you haven't factored in the cost of gasSecondly, driving around the Rockies in a motor home can be dangerous, although people are known to take that riskThird, your itinerary leaves people in jasper... 4-5 hours drive (in a motor home) from the Calgary airportLastly, 20h in Vancouver simply isn't enough. And 2 days in Niagara is too much - you will get boredThanks for the hard work op


Why is driving around the Rockies in a Motorhome dangerous if you don’t mind me asking?
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