One month to go until I begin my solo travels in Canada. I am excited beyond belief. What have I got planned for my six months in the world’s second largest country?
Well, to be completely honest, not much. By this, I don’t mean I’m going to be sitting around doing nothing for all of this time. I just haven’t created a strict itinerary. All I know is that I want to fit as many amazing experiences and visit as many fantastic places as is practically possible.
My starting point is Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast. This city is forever making it onto those lists for the best places to live in the world.
And it’s not difficult to see why….
I plan on exploring this city for a few weeks or so, before catching a ferry over to Vancouver Island where I have provisionally organised a three-week stint volunteering on a blueberry farm at Qualicum Beach – through the Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) scheme.
This is great project allowing you to help out and learn new skills, whilst having your accommodation and board covered for the duration of your stay. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and cannot wait to meet the family I’ll be staying with and get to grips with how their farm works (hmmm, this could be interesting).
Whilst on Vancouver Island, I plan to visit Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, and Tofino, known for its great beaches and surfing culture.
Then it’s back over to the mainland to welcome my boyfriend Andy for two weeks. We’ll be spending a few days in Vancouver before heading out into the Rockies for lots of hiking.
From here, I might decide to continue moving east. Or, I might want to head back to British Columbia for another month or so.
My flight home in November is from Toronto and I definitely want to see as much as the east side of Canada as possible, including the Maritimes.
I also plan on visiting New York, a city I’ve always been fascinated by.
I am hoping to have a working holiday visa organised in time for my travels. I actually messed up my initial application to the International Experience Canada (IEC) scheme (this is a story for later…).
If it doesn’t come through before I enter Canada, I’ll have to hop over the border into Seattle to activate it. This would be no worries at all, because Seattle is somewhere I want to visit anyway.
We’ll have to see…
Any recommendations for British Columbia would be much appreciated?
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