Expat Diary- Applying for an Ontario Drivers License

It’s Been a Long Road to Get Here

So you’re thinking of moving to Canada? I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Being an expat in Canada requires one to obtain a Canadian drivers license (unless you are from an exempt country – which we are not). So yes, after 13 years of having a South African drivers license, we had to start from scratch.

Going on our first epic Canadian road trip wasn’t as simple as plotting a route and hiring a car. In order to embark on the aforementioned adventure, we had to study up, do the written learners test, go for lessons (to learn to drive on the wrong side of the road) and then do an actual full road test.

But now the road trip was booked and paid for thus we soldiered forth. I had little concern as between us we have 26 years of full-time driving experience. How hard could it be? Well, after three very wild months of attempting to unlearn bad driving habits, a few weeks of untold stress, a pinch of denial and 1 failed driving test later. We got our licenses and embarked on our road trip.

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A Kickass Canadian Rockies Road Trip Itinerary

What better way is there to experience the majestic terrain, glacier mountains, pine tree filled forest and jewel toned lakes in the Canadian Rockies than by taking to the open road for yourself.

This pretty much outlines the exact route we took on our grand Canadian Rockies road trip from Calgary, through Banff and Jasper National Park’s and ending off in the city of Vancouver. This 12-day Canadian Rockies road trip itinerary will have you encountering Canada’s west coast’s most jaw dropping scenery. With so little time and so much to see, this perfectly plotted path (which includes our personal accommodation recommendations) will assist you in planning your journey that much easier.

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Guide to Vancouver

Guide to Vancouver – Where to Eat, Play and Stay

Vancouver, the big city that seems to have it all. Perched on the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by majestic mountains, the city has a thriving art culture, an established dining scene, historic and diverse neighbourhoods and all these mere minutes apart from one another.

Not going to lie though, it took me a few days and the discovery of the cheesecake brownies from PureBread (more on these later) before I found my groove and started to appreciate and recognise the beauty of Vancouver.

On the day we arrived, after a lengthy 5-hour drive from Vernon, leaving the serenity of the mountains and national parks behind only to arrive in Vancouver to fight through peak weekend traffic and a city overrun with tourists. I was standing on the waterfront with the mountains masked behind the smog of summer wild fires, being jostled by tourists and strollers wondering what the big hype was?

In this guide to Vancouver, I reveal the places that were actually worth a visit and how to make your stay memorable from the get go. Here’s where to eat, play and stay in Vancouver.

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to do in Jasper national park

5 Things To Do in Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park felt like the slightly rawer and off the beaten track counterpart to the tourist central and polished Banff National Park. But it is equally as breathtaking, if not more, as during the peak season the tranquillity of the outdoors is not lost to the masses of tourists fighting to get the perfect selfie with the famous sights.

Jasper National park is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, scenic hikes and water activities are only a few key things you simply cannot miss and so here are the five things to do in Jasper National park.

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Guide to the best restaurants in Canadian rockies

Foodies Guide through the Canadian Rockies

Our Canadian Rockies road trip was a journey for all the senses not only were the backdrops a feast for the eyes but also an awakening of the palette.

As we travelled from the quaint tourist Town of Banff onto Banff’s and Jasper’s National Park it was not only the breathtaking scenery that left us drooling but the restaurants, cafes, fine dining establishments and even the quiet picnics on the lawns were a true delight. We were time and time again surprised and charmed by the tasty and imaginative menus at the many restaurants hidden among the mountains.

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