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How much gas will you need to take the great Canadian road trip?

In honour of Canada’s 150 years as a country, we suggest a Canadian tradition: the summer road trip

The road trip. It’s a great way to see the many wonderful sights and destinations our country has to offer. With Canada turning 150 years old this year, it’s also a way to reconnect with our diversity and history. Make it your mission to traverse all 10 provinces and 3 territories. Or go coast to coast—dipping one foot into the Pacific and the other in the Atlantic. If you decide on the latter, here’s a bit of number crunching to help you plan things out:

According to Google Maps, the trip from Vancouver to Halifax or Halifax to Vancouver, traversing through cities including Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal is about 6300 kilometres long. How much gas you would need depends on what vehicle you take:

Vehicle  Litres of gas  Approx. cost Advantages
Hybrid 280 $310

Driving a compact hybrid means you’ll spend as much time refueling with coffee and Timbits at the local Timmy’s as you will pumping gas.

SUV 570 $630 With an SUV, you can incorporate some backcountry adventures: bring a tent and some bicycles and enjoy the great outdoors.
Motor-home 1270 $1400 Save on hotels and bring along all the creature comforts, including a satellite TV so you can see the country without missing season 7 of Game of Thrones.

** Gas consumption estimates based on reported highway mileage for Toyota Prius hybrid and GMC Terrain SUV, and typical RV mileage mentioned on campingrvbc.com. Cost estimate based on average gas prices across Canada in May 2017 as recorded by Statistics Canada.