It's no secret that travelling within Canada is expensive. In fact, the sad reality Canadians face is that domestic flights are generally more expensive than international flights. However, that doesn't mean it's entirely impossible to go on a cross-country trip by air. With an open mind and a willingness to spend the money, travelling across Canada via plane can not only be possible, but also relatively affordable.
As exciting as plane-hopping across Canada may sound, there are a couple of considerations one must take before embarking on such a journey. For this particular trip, here are some things you must keep in mind:
- You will need to set aside approximately 20 days in September for this trip - from Friday, Sept 1 to Wednesday, Sept 20.
You will need to save approximately $2,000 to cover all of the one-way flights. This price does not include the following:
- The one-way flight from your home city to the first city on this trip (Vancouver, BC)
- The one-way return flight from the last city on this trip (St. John's, NL) to your home city
- Additional airline and luggage fees
- Spending money for food and accommodations on the trip.
- To highlight the affordability of this trip, consider that round trip tickets to various places in Europe (like Greece) can cost almost the same amount, on average.
- Flight prices listed for this trip may change depending on when you decide to book. The earlier you book, the more accurate the prices displayed in this article will be.
- A maxiumum of 3 days will be spent in each city, including travel time. Some layovers may also land you in cities previously visited.
For Canada's 150th birthday, go on the following trip and see its 10 provinces in all their glory:
Vancouver, BC to Calgary, AB
- Period: Sept 1 - 3, 2017
- Cost: $125
Vancouver blends a perfect mix of urban and natural elements. It is a bustling city surrounded by beautiful landscapes and picturesque vistas.
Calgary is more than just a city of cowboys - it is brimming with trendy neighbourhoods, hip bars and cofee shops, and some of the friendliest people you'll ever meet.
Calgary, AB to Saskatoon, SK
- Period: Sept 3 - 5, 2017
- Cost: $225
Saskatoon, contrary to popular belief, is far from plain. A plethora of green areas, a vibrant live-music scene and a cut of the Saskatchewan River makes it a city worth exploring.
Saskatoon, SK to Winnipeg, MB
- Period: Sept 5 - 7, 2017
- Cost: $213
Winnipeg bleeds culture and heritage, with its several memorable neighbourhoods and historic sites. Visitors will enjoy top-tier museums, great eats and one of the best fringe theatre festivals in the world.
Winnipeg, MB to Toronto, ON
- Period: Sept 7 - 9, 2017
- Cost: $137
Toronto is nothing short of fascinating. You'll find one of the world's best restaurant scenes, unusual but intriguing activities to do, and people from all sorts of backgrounds and ethnicities.
Toronto, ON to Montreal, QC
- Period: Sept 9 - 11, 2017
- Cost: $94
Montreal is like a European city, but with modern features scattered throughout. From the 18th-century vibe of Old Montreal to the sleepless energy of the nightlife in the downtown core, there's something for everyone to enjoy here.
Montreal, QC to Saint John, NB
- Period: Sept 11 - 13
- Cost: $260
Saint John is your quintessential, small town by the sea. Lined by rocky cliffs and soft beaches, the historic place is perfect for escaping the city.
Saint John, NB to Halifax, NS
- Period: Sept 13 - 15
- Cost: $261
Halifax is an excellent representation of Maritime culture. It features a lovely waterfront, cozy green spaces, a thriving arts scene and, of course, its craft beer culture.
Halifax, NS to Charlottetown, PEI
- Period: Sept 15 - 17
- Cost: $262
Charlottetown offers a pleasant change from the overcrowded city. Situated in the intimate island of Prince Edward Island, the town is blessed with open fields, gorgeous red sand beaches and some of the best seafood around.
Charlottetown, PEI to St. John’s, NL
- Period: Sept 17 - 19
- Cost: $281
St. John's (not to be confused with Saint John) is North America's oldest city. It has a sort of San Francisco vibe to it, with its colourful rowed houses, superior seafood restaurants and surplus of aspiring artists and musicians.