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Old 12-11-2016, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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I agree. We are in Ft Erie but she is about 3 hours north. REgardless, she seems quite adamant about staying in Canada. It would be so easy for her to just get a cheap pay as you go phone, as well, to use in the US if she is worried about roaming charges.
My wife and I have driven across the continent many times in winter. We were long haul truckers and so sometimes we had no choice but to go on the Trans Canada. We had to do it but to choose to take this route over the US interstate is just plain stupidity. The drive through Canada takes WAY longer, costs more in fuel, there is generally no where to stay if you get storm stayed, the road is not even in the same league as the I90, there are no decent rest stops, food is horrible and expensive, the weather is less predictable, the road through Northers Ontario is just plain dangerous for many reasons including moose collisions and just on and on.
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Old 12-20-2016, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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If she does want to do this, I'd recommend her to drive through the United States. It may take longer, but in Winter the roads and conditions will make it easier.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:27 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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My stepdaughter has accepted a job in BC starting in January and we are trying to talk her out of driving there, alone, with a dog and 4 cats. Even without the pets, we see it as potentially unsafe. We are trying to convince her to fly out there and leave the animals with us until she is settled.

Has anyone done this drive, either through the US or Canada? What sorts of things should she be considering? It seems crazy to me, to be looking for cheap and pet-friendly accomodations, not to mention the cats in the car for 10 hours a day.. It is stressing us all out, and we're thinking she is viewing it as a big adventure.

We are fully aware she is an adult and responsible for herself, but she has made reckless decisions in the past which have resulted in us all picking up the pieces. It's very hard to just stand by and watch this unfold. Her dad and mom feel the same way as I do.
This is not safe, OP. Even without animals in the car (would they be penned up? Or would the cats be loose, getting in her way?) it wouldn't be safe. I haven't driven in Canada in winter, but I've hit snowstorms in the US southwest in winter, which were mild compared to what you have to deal with, and I don't plan to do it again. I've also read newspaper articles about people getting caught in our snowstorms. Some don't survive the experience.

Even if she left the animals at home with you, it would be foolhardy to make that trip. If she's planning to drive 10 hours/day, already I can tell she doesn't have good judgment. Because at some point, quite possibly many points, she'd have to stop early and seek shelter for the rest of the day and night. If she has a grueling drive like that planned, and thinks she can just power through it, she most likely would make foolish decisions, thinking she could brave out a storm, and just keep driving.


This is a tragedy waiting to happen.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:32 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Well, be sure she takes emergency supplies in her car. If her car breaks down or she skids into a ditch, it may be the difference between life and death if temperatures are minus 30 C or worse which is quite common on the prairies in late December and in January.
She should take a bag of sand and a trowel, to put sand under her tires is she gets stuck in the snow or ice.
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Old 12-20-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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I agree. We are in Ft Erie but she is about 3 hours north. REgardless, she seems quite adamant about staying in Canada. It would be so easy for her to just get a cheap pay as you go phone, as well, to use in the US if she is worried about roaming charges.
I have such a bad feeling about this! Please post an update when she (hopefully) arrives safely.
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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Thanks so much for all your caring. Her dad can barely sleep at night for worrying, and I agree with you, Ruth, she has no idea what she is trying to take on. We are still trying to make her see reason. The last few days have been very (typically snowy here and driving for even 30 mins is very stressful. Her dad is trying to get her to see how 8-10 hours of that every day would be. Also we have told her, if the weather is bad, she HAS to have an enormous reserve fund for extra lodgings and food. We are not giving up
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Canada
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There's only 8 hours between sunrise and sunset today in Winnipeg. I assume she has to stop occasionally for gas, meals and bathroom breaks and also won't be driving after dark on the unlit unfamiliar highway with little to no traffic. Eight hours driving per day doesn't seem doable.
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Old 12-20-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Thanks so much for all your caring. Her dad can barely sleep at night for worrying, and I agree with you, Ruth, she has no idea what she is trying to take on. We are still trying to make her see reason. The last few days have been very (typically snowy here and driving for even 30 mins is very stressful. Her dad is trying to get her to see how 8-10 hours of that every day would be. Also we have told her, if the weather is bad, she HAS to have an enormous reserve fund for extra lodgings and food. We are not giving up
Her dad should disable her car--yank some wires, or something, anything! It's time for drastic action. It will save her life.

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Old 12-20-2016, 07:49 PM
 
Location: In transition
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I have driven across Canada in the dead of winter (January) from Ottawa to Vancouver and although it is technically doable, it is very stressful at times due to the weather. I was well prepared with good snow tires, an emergency kit, extra gas and lots of food and water. I also had someone traveling with me so wasn't alone and that was a big help. Even with all that, I spun out off the road twice - once on the prairies in Alberta where I went partially in the ditch. I was able to get back on the highway after a bit of time and some effort. The second time I hit a patch of black ice going down a hill in the BC interior and drove into a snowback on a median in the road. That was a closer call as I almost drove into an intersection with oncoming traffic without stopping but steered the car into the snowbank instead. The bottom line is that it is quite risky and if she is not used to driving long distances, I wouldnt recommend it. Not to mention she will have animals with her which will make it more challenging IMO. I certainly will never do it myself ever again.
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Old 01-07-2017, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Niagara Region
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I'm so happy to report that my stepdaughter has made the decision to fly out to BC!! I thank you all for helping her choose the most practical and reliable way to get there. We are all quite relieved. She has an apartment waiting for her, and a job, and she will come back in the Spring, and drive back to BC with her mom Thank you all so much for your advice and opinions. You made a difference!
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