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magbrin

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Posted: 08/02/14 06:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are coming from Scotland, UK, to BC at the end of the month, renting a small rv for 3 weeks.

Firstly, can you recommend a prepaid sim card - that will enable me to download data and make phone calls on my smartphone? I am keen to keep up to date with weather forecasts, keep an eye on tripadvisor for the places we go, download and send emails, and of course watch RV.NET[emoticon]

Secondly, What is 3g coverage like in BC? (We are likely to be mainly in Southern BC between Vancouver Island and the Rockies)Does it vary according to network as it does in UK, and if so which network would you recommend.

Finally, how can I access wifi on my laptop computer while on the move - is the only practical way for a short visit like ours, by stopping at cafes, campgrounds, etc. that provide wifi? And is this usually free, or do you have to pay extra for it?

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Posted: 08/02/14 06:46am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In any city you will find a McDonald's or Tim's Coffee in every neighborhood.

All offer free WiFi

Tim's Coffee

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I used Rogers this year and the coverage was not good, Telus is probably the best but you will still have some areas with no coverage. You can download the coverage maps by going to their websites.

Have a great trip
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Due to its mountainous terrain, there are areas of southern B.C. without cellular service. Telus generally has the best coverage for B.C.

Look here for a coverage map, select 3G or 4G for info of each
http://www.telus.com/en/on/mobility/network/coverage-map.jsp


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I also think Telus has the best coverage in BC, although it isn't always 'there'. As far as connecting to the net, we go to the tourist info places for free wifi, & public libraries, also, as has been mentioned, McD's & Timmies.

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Good advice as always, Thanks. I sort of feel that perhaps where there are mountains there won't be McDs, libraries, etc. However I am sure we will be able to combine a data/phone package with the occasional tourist info, library, etc. Is there anywhere we can get a list of libraries & Tourist information centres?

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I am sure you can get some help with this but first it would help to get some idea of your intended route, BC covers over 350,000 sq. miles!

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canadafan wrote:

I am sure you can get some help with this but first it would help to get some idea of your intended route, BC covers over 350,000 sq. miles!

Trevor


The problem is that we will go where the weather is good and the mood takes us! Vancouver Island, sunshine coast, Okanagan, Fraser Valley, Rockies, may feature, but we also have a thought if the situation is right we will go up to Stewart/Hyder AK. Otherwise the south of BC is most likely.

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I see your problem, you could have a look at:

www.hellobc.com for lists of visitor centres
www.bclibraries.ca for library locations
www.shaw.ca/wifi/hotspots/ for wifi locations such as McD and Tim Hortons etc.

Stores such as Safeway, Coopers and of course Starbucks also usually have wifi.

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Posted: 08/03/14 08:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A "side trip" to Stewart BC & Hyder AK would take many days out of your three week adventure. It is about 1150 km (715 miles) from Cache Creek BC to Stewart BC. That would be two driving days from Cache Creek, or three days if you're leaving from the Lower Mainland (Vancouver).

With all the interesting sights & potential adventures in the lower half of B.C., I'm not sure a trip to Stewart/Hyder is worth the time investment knowing you have only three weeks. Unless you can combine it with a loop up to Watson Lake (Alaska Highway) and then the Alaska Highway between Watson Lake YT and Dawson Creek BC. Otherwise, you'd be backtracking out using the same highways you drove in on.

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