Canada is a vast country, and moving can be challenging, given the expanse of wilderness. Weather conditions can also play their part in making travel a bit difficult.
These tips will help you to be well-prepared for your move, no matter what time of year.
If you’re carrying extra-heavy loads in a truck
Some landscapes in Canada are swampy, and you don’t want to have problems unloading materials or belongings if you aren’t going to put them directly inside a property right away.
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If you’re moving in the winter
Canada’s winters are cold, frosty, and snowy. Some parts of the country can get down to -40 degrees C, so make sure you take precautions before you hit the road.
Make sure your car or truck has chains, or winter tires. This is a legal requirement in some parts of Canada, so check before you travel.
Keep spare maps with you. You may not always get a GPS signal, and you don’t want to get caught out in the middle of nowhere.
Make sure you are wearing warm clothes with extra layers.
Pack spare food, batteries, a flashlight, a heater, and a sleeping bag. If you do have a breakdown on one of Canada’s long roads, you want to be able to stay warm and fed, at least until help arrives.
Make sure friends or family know where you’re going. Share your route with them so that if you do get stuck, they’ll know where to find you or where to send help.
Be careful driving at night: there could be ice on the road that you wouldn’t see until you were skidding on it!
If you’re moving in the summer
Prepare for the heat by carrying a stocked cooler for food, as well as extra water bottles. Freeze some bottles of water (fill them ¾ full) before your trip. They’ll thaw along the way, but the water will stay cold for longer.
Take maps as you would in winter, and have sunscreen on hand, as well as a hat for protection.
Respect Canada’s wildlife on the road
You may see moose, elk, or even bears on Canada’s roads. Be extra careful when driving at night, as any of these magnificent animals could cause severe damage to your car if you get into an accident. Not to mention that they are beautiful, majestic animals that will take your breath away, so it’s worth slowing and stopping to admire them and let them cross safely. If you live in parts of Canada where bears roam and you have family to protect, arm yourself with a click here to check out North America’s greatest hunting accessories.
I hope these tips help you to move across Canada safely!