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• Save money by rent­ing a car with a stick shift. It’s also more fun to drive. In­clude a nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and make sure it is in English if you are not bilin­gual. Re­verse gear might be in a dif­fer­ent spot than in North Amer­i­can cars.

• Have money ready for road tolls. GPS will pro­vide the fastest route, but it is of­ten on ma­jor high­ways. Trav­el­ling smaller roads avoids tolls and takes you through in­ter­est­ing smaller com­mu­ni­ties.

• Don’t speed. You won’t see many po­lice cars on high­ways be­cause sur­veil­lance is of­ten done by cam­era. Speed lim­its reach 130 km/h on ma­jor high­ways, but there’s lit­tle for­give­ness for stray­ing over the limit.

• Most wartime ceme­ter­ies have guest books. Sign them. Leave a mes­sage. Read what oth­ers have writ­ten. There are com­pelling sto­ries. We found re­marks close to home too, writ­ten by a fam­ily from Guelph.

• Dress warmly and wear walk­ing shoes for cave and tun­nel tours. It’s wet, slip­pery and damp down there. Flip flops and heels are not smart choices.

• Ad­just your din­ing sched­ule to lo­cal cus­toms. Some restau­rants close be­tween 5 and 7 p.m.

• Ser­vice cen­tres on ma­jor high­ways don’t have the same ameni­ties we en­joy at home. For ex­am­ple, many do not have wash­rooms. Plus, the cen­tres are few and far be­tween. Makes you wish for an On Route.


The mourn­ing fig­ure known as Canada Bereft dom­i­nates the land­scape at Vimy Ridge on the high­est point of the bat­tle­field where 3,598 Cana­di­ans died for vic­tory in 1917.

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