13 Tips for Backpacking in Canada

Free walking tours

Walking tours are a fantastic way to learn about a city from a local. Plus, all you have to do is tip the guide at the end. Tour Guys has different tours established in Vancouver, Toronto, and Ottawa. But you will also find free walking tours in other major Canadian cities, including Halifax, Montreal, and Quebec.
Take a free tour of downtown Vancouver | © Alex Costin / Flickr

Get gas from Native Reserves

If driving around Canada, the best and cheapest place to purchase gas is from Native Indian Reserves on First Nation land. Rez Gas is a great website for finding your closest reserve. By buying gas at these locations, you are also supporting local communities, so it’s a win-win solution.

Rideshare networks

Speaking of driving, an alternative cheap transport option is ridesharing. This concept is definitely becoming more popular; someone posts where they’re driving, and you can hitch a ride, as long as you put in some money for gas. Websites like Kijiji and Craigslist have rideshare tabs, or there are specific rideshare websites, such as Share Your Ride and Kangaride.

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