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      12-07-2011, 08:04 PM   #1
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Drive or fly? Cowtown to Van City

Hey guys,

So I am attending a university campus tour at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Never been there or to BC for that matter, unless you count when I was just 6 months old lol.

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CONS
- University is ~1000kms from my front door. So ~2500/2600 round trip, gonna take the Kelowna route back? (not sure if a con lol)

- Driving would be 2 and a 1/2 days to 3, accounting for breaks.

- I already have 20,000kms on my car since June of THIS year.

- I can't rent a car for the day because Thrifty has a minimum age requirement of 21.

- Would have to pay for a hotel (again not sure if a con lol)

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- Plane ticket would cost $350~

- I can leave in the AM and be back by night time.

- Don't have to worry about anything happening to my car, won't put extra mileage on the car, won't wear out my winter tires faster because of BC temps.



Hmm what do you guys think? Go all out and take the ///M or play it safe and be back in one day by flying West Jet. I'm not confined by time as all my final semester exams are this Friday/Saturday.

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      12-07-2011, 08:19 PM   #2
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If you can get decent flights via WestJet, I'd say fly as it's a bit risky driving through Banff and the mountains this time of the year.

Personally, I'd save myself the stress of driving in Van city (crowded) and the hours spent behind the wheel throughout the journey. Besides, downtown Van city has good transportation and they have express service transportation going to and from YVR.
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      12-07-2011, 09:08 PM   #3
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Leave the car at home. Public transportation is more than adequate in Van.
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      12-07-2011, 09:13 PM   #4
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The drive is fun (I've done it) but not at this time of the year IMO.

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      12-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #5
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You should walk.

I would fly
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      12-07-2011, 09:42 PM   #6
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This time of the year, you're probably better off flying. Last year when I was travelling between Calgary and Vancouver, I wished I had my car..but the weather was great when I was there.
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      12-07-2011, 10:18 PM   #7
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If it were summer I'd drive for sure however at this time of year you'd be better to fly.
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      12-07-2011, 10:33 PM   #8
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Any other season, I would drive. This time of year, I'd fly. Just two weeks ago, Rogers pass was closed for 24hrs due to snow/avalanche conditions. Not worth the risk or aggravation.

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The drive is AMAZING, but not now! Roads are not that safe, just fly.
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      12-07-2011, 11:46 PM   #10
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Holy Crap! 20,000KM already???? Where do you take your car???
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      12-07-2011, 11:58 PM   #11
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I agree...this time of year fly... roads are unpredictable

The Kelowna pass is higher then Rogers and would suck this time of year.
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Fly. For sure.
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Leave the car at home. Public transportation is more than adequate in Van.
Funny, I've never taken public transport in Canada. But then again I've only been here for 2~ years.

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You should walk.

I would fly
Maybe I'll make it by new years.

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Holy Crap! 20,000KM already???? Where do you take your car???
I don't sleep. The neurological receptors in my nervous system do not function properly thus leaving me with what is known in the medical field as a lack of sentient lapse endemic entropy polarization, aka sleep. JK. I just love driving the ///M, took a lot of trips to the mountains this summer, including the meet with my fellow Calgary enthusiasts.
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Thanks guys, definitely gonna fly!

Moe, I booked an appointment with UP for Monday. Can't wait to get the exhaust mod done.
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Funny, I've never taken public transport in Canada. But then again I've only been here for 2~ years.



Me neither.....as Homer Simpson says, public transportation is for jerks and lesbians!!!!
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Thanks guys, definitely gonna fly!

Moe, I booked an appointment with UP for Monday. Can't wait to get the exhaust mod done.
Awesome Man! They did a good job on my car. The next BMW meeting gonna be fun, can't wait till it gets warmer!!

Don't forget to post some pics and videos from the result!
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if u drive u better have some really good winter tires. and 2 days drive? Its about a 12h drive, not sure why it would take 2 days.
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Awesome Man! They did a good job on my car. The next BMW meeting gonna be fun, can't wait till it gets warmer!!

Don't forget to post some pics and videos from the result!
It will be definitely! Got a few more surprises lined up too.

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if u drive u better have some really good winter tires. and 2 days drive? Its about a 12h drive, not sure why it would take 2 days.
I'm from England, not used to the long drives that some people here do almost weekly. Also, the tour is from 1PM-3PM so it doesn't fall at exactly the right times to be coming and going.

With regards to winter tires, I have WS60's doesn't get much better than that BUT I have decided to fly.
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What kind of tour are you going to at UBC? Just curious! My Alma mater!
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just drive it, ive done Vancouver to Toronto in 3 days with my z4m.
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Highschool?

Jesus, you go to highschool and have an M3?

I had a 270whp G35 coupe in highschool, i thought I was a baller.
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What kind of tour are you going to at UBC? Just curious! My Alma mater!
It was just a general tour of the University! Nothing specific.

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Jesus, you go to highschool and have an M3?

I had a 270whp G35 coupe in highschool, i thought I was a baller.
Nope, I attend university right now. Only attended high school for one semester in Canada back in '09. Had a E90 325xi then.
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