By the Numbers: Trans-Canada Road Trip

Canada Narrative
by Eva Holland Dec 9, 2009

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Eva Holland crunches the numbers on a cross-Canada drive from Eastern Ontario to the capital city of the Yukon Territory.

 Starting Point: Ottawa, Ontario

Finish Line: Whitehorse, Yukon

Days on the road: 12

Days spent actually driving: 9.5

Kilometers driven: 7866

Time zones visited: 4

Provinces and territories passed through: 6

Dollars spent on gas: $960.98

Highest gas price paid: $1.19 per litre

Lowest gas price paid: $0.84 per litre

Cups of coffee/tea consumed: 24

PB & J sandwiches made and eaten roadside: 4

Power Bars choked down while driving in lieu of a lunch stop: 3

Fast food meals eaten (including Veggie Delite subs and Tim Horton’s bagels): 6

Fast food meals eaten (not including Veggie Delite subs and Tim Horton’s bagels): 1

Cups of Mr. Noodles prepared in gas station microwaves and consumed while idling in the station parking lot: 1

Strangers at gas stations who spotted my Ontario plates and told me I was “a long way from home”: 3

Days in which that sort of exchange was my most substantial conversation with another human being: 4

Gas station restrooms visited: 17

Gas station restrooms with sketchy malfunctioning locks that resulted in a trucker walking in on me: 1

Establishments dubiously named “The Beaver Motel” spotted en route: 2

Motel rooms rented (not at The Beaver Motel): 4

Dorm beds crashed in: 2

Friends and relations imposed on for couches, hide-a-beds and spare rooms en route: 3

Outrageously marked-up pay-per-view movies purchased in motel rooms: 1

Number of minutes spent waiting in line to see “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” in a mining town in northern British Columbia: 30

Number of times I was served by an Australian on a WHV at a coffee shop/restaurant/hostel in the Rockies: 5

Wildlife spotted roadside: 1 buck deer, 10+ elk, 4 coyotes, 2 bighorn sheep, 1 grizzly bear, 1 bald eagle, 5 moose, 1 fox, 60+ bison

Giant roadside “world’s largest” sculptures visited: 3

Number of times I topped up my wiper fluid: 4

Number of times I cleaned caked-on mud off my headlight covers: 3

Number of times I forgot to clean my headlight covers and drove blind through the darkness for an hour, following the tail lights of the car ahead of me and hoping for the best: 1

Days I spent dreaming about my next trans-Canada trip: Days 1 through 9

Days I spent vowing never to do another trans-Canada trip, and questioning why I ever wanted to do the first one: Days 10, 11

Days I spent dreaming about my next trans-Canada trip all over again: Day 12


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