Ip­swich Trip Ad­vi­sor

Each is­sue we ask for your ad­vice to share with oth­ers about your hol­i­day. This sea­son Anna Saxby shares her ex­pe­ri­ences in Canada

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Who went on your hol­i­day?

I trav­elled by my­self to Canada, but met my older brother Joe there. He lives in Van­cou­ver.

How did you plan ahead?

Joe and I have al­ways been great friends, so I had been plan­ning this trip since he de­cided to move. We share a lot of the same in­ter­ests, like mu­sic and art, cof­fee and beer, so we worked to­gether on com­pil­ing a list of places we wanted to ex­plore and ac­tiv­i­ties we sim­ply had to do. I chose to visit him in the June-July univer­sity break, to see Canada in the spring time. Van­cou­ver wouldn’t be puls­ing with tourists at this time, and the weather would be warm enough to go to the beach, or hike, without too much frost­bite.

Joe had a couch in the liv­ing room, so ac­com­mo­da­tion was sorted. For stu­dents want­ing to travel for ex­tended stays in for­eign coun­tries, cling to your rel­lies like there’s no to­mor­row. Make up for the space you and your suit­case take up by pay­ing for gro­ceries, beers, and tidy­ing up af­ter your­self.

Joe was the res­i­dent (North) Amer­i­can, so he booked out week-long trip to Seat­tle and Port­land. He found cheap in­tercity bus fares, cen­trally lo­cated Airbnbs and must-see art mu­se­ums. When you go trav­el­ling for a long time, you’ve got to go with your dream team, oth­er­wise you’ll drive each other crazy. But if you’re re­lated, your dream team has to love you any­way.

Where did you go?

I spent four weeks in Van­cou­ver, a week in Seat­tle and Port­land and three days in Toronto and Ni­a­gara Falls.

How did you get there?

I flew re­turn with Air Canada. I didn’t have any lay­overs, and it was a rel­a­tively com­fort­able ride both ways. Joe and I used buses to get to Seat­tle and Port­land. I re­mem­ber think­ing how much cheaper pub­lic trans­port was in these cities com­pared with Bris­bane. It cost us about $48 round trip. I flew to Toronto and bussed it to Ni­a­gara Falls. I re­ally en­joy com­mut­ing, if you can be­lieve it. I loop my arms through my back­pack straps and log off. Pine trees fade into coast­line and then into moun­tains in Canada, and in Wash­ing­ton and Ore­gon, I counted a hun­dred hay bales as the bus whizzed past.

I’m not a real per­son yet, so I can’t drive. I walked ev­ery­where if I couldn’t get a bus. It meant I had to ask for di­rec­tions, and I stum­bled upon kooky vin­tage stores, thrift stores and cafes. One of my favourite walks was from down­town Van­cou­ver, across Bur­rard Bridge and into Kit­si­lano Bay. The land­scape changes so dra­mat­i­cally from new money to old, from sky­scrapers to boats bob­bing at the shore. What were your first im­pres­sions of Canada? "You call this spring? It’s cold!"

Was it what you ex­pected?

I ex­pected to see my big brother and drink beers and chase af­ter squir­rels. I did all these things within two hours of land­ing. I was treated to sunny, chilly morn­ings and stel­lar cof­fee al­most ev­ery morn­ing af­ter. Canada ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions with its beau­ti­ful parks, wildlife, old build­ings and party po­ten­tial. Van­cou­ver had me smil­ing ear-to-ear with

PHOTO: ANNA SAXBY

Canada is well worth an ex­plore ac­cord­ing to Anna.

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