Quebec transportation and travel
It is often by booking from Europe that the best conditions are obtained. If you are renting locally, ask bluntly "What is your best rate?" ".
To rent a car, he must be at least 21 years old, but most agencies charge a daily supplement ($ 25 to $ 30 per day) for drivers under 25; some even refuse to hire them.
Regardless of age, have a Visa or MasterCard credit card ; it serves as a guarantee for rental companies.
Warning, some rental agencies refuse "debit cards" and only accept "credit cards". However, most of our bank cards (even Gold type) are often called "debit" cards. So, before leaving, check with the rental company and also with your bank to find out what type of card you have. Because even if you have prepaid your vehicle, you may be refused to collect it if you do not have the right bank card.
Le French driving license is recognized in Canada (1 year minimum license for a rental).
Winter, ask for vehicles fitted with snow tires (at an additional cost).
GPS is rarely included in rental rate: sometimes charged up to $ 20 per day!
We also talk about “coaches in all regions of Canada. Many formulas: one way or loop circuit, unlimited mileage or not, self-guided packages, etc. Ideal for living to the rhythm of Canadian excess.
Driving in Canada
Driving an automatic car
There is practically only that in Canada.
There is only 2 pedals: the brake and the accelerator. To start, stay in position P, otherwise the engine will not start. Then, to forget your old reflexes, stall your left foot in the left corner and don't move it until the end of your journey. We only use the right foot to accelerate or brake.
Getting around and orienting yourself
Speed limit 90 km / h (sometimes 100-110 km / h) on the motorway. Observe the speed limits, because the checks are frequent.
Unless there are specific localities, the roads are wide, but can be a bit warped because of the high thermal amplitudes.
Good news : motorways are mostly free (except the 30 south of Montreal and the 407 north of Toronto).
Some rules of conduct
- Fetricolor ows: called "lights", they are located after the crossroads and not before as with us.
- Turn right at the red light, at an intersection: provided you are in the right lane and unless otherwise specified you can turn right at the red light after stopping and making sure the lane is clear. Exception to the rule: the island of Montreal, where it is strictly prohibited, as well as at certain times in Quebec City.
- "Turn protected by flashing green light": at intersections, this means that you have priority and that you can turn without risk, the line opposite being at a stop.
- The priority on the right does not exist in Canada. To the crosses equipped with stops for all lanes (or flashing red lights), the rule is that the first to arrive goes first.
- When a yellow school bus stops, red lights come on and a small “Stop” sign is displayed on the driver's door. All cars must stop, those following as well as those coming in front. Forbidden to restart before the turn signals go out, even if there are no children ... This is one of the worst traffic violations and the fine is very heavy.
- Parkings in major cities: quite expensive, particularly ! Read the signs carefully!
About the paid parking by parking meter, you will need to memorize your location number and enter it on the keypad before paying. In some cities, including Montreal, there is no need to place proof of payment on the dashboard, payment is recorded in the parking meter with your location number.
We can also pay from your mobile phone.
Train (Via Rail)
Convenient for making long journeys between large cities, but not for traveling the interior of the provinces, poorly - if at all - served.
Canadian trains are slow but comfortable. The slowest link connects Montreal and Toronto (550 km) in just under 5 hours.
In class É25 years) or senior (over 60 years) are granted on simple presentation of an identity card. Children under 2 travel for free and children under 12 get a 50% discount.
For those who plan to travel the country by train, the Canada Map allows problems). Count $ 650-975 (depending on duration $ 1 for the 270 AS plan and $ 12 - 820 for the unlimited plan.
Often more convenient and faster than the train, it allows you to browse through the United States).
Greyhoun, Coach Canada and the low-cost Megabus Unis, but mainly serve Ontario and Quebec.
In the Belle Province, there are especially Orléans Express and InterCar.
In the Gaspé, Régîm network minibuses provide connections not made by Orléans Express (sometimes only by reservation or on request).
With 2 or more, the rental of a car quickly turns out to be more advantageous, because the networks and the frequencies are hardly extended. On the other hand, for the solitary backpacker, it is relaxed and the opportunity to make lots of beautiful encounters.
At Greyhound, students and members of Hostelling International get 10% off. Also big discounts with prices advance purchase for reservations well in advance; and web only.
We say "hitchhiking" in Quebec, hitchhiking in English.
The practice is not well regarded in North America, it is better to opt for carpooling (paid, but really inexpensive).