Ride Share in Canada

Ride share canadaWith thousands of kilometers between major city centers, it can be mega difficult and expensive to get from where you are, to where you’re going. There’s several ways, including grabbing a train, taking a bus, finding a cheap flight. All of which can cost quite a bit. If you’re looking to save some money, help the environment, and make a new friend, Ride Sharing can be more effective than any major transportation system.

Ride sharing is getting more popular in both Canada and the United States. Particularly due to the increase in popularity to ridesharing websites, such as LiftSurfer, PickupPal and RideShareOnline. You’re best chance of finding a ride share in Canada will be between major city centers, such as Vancouver to Calgary, Toronto to Montreal, etc. However, with enough searching, and some careful planning, you can get just about anywhere, particularly if it’s along the Trans-Canada Highway.

For anyone unfamiliar with Ride sharing, here’s how it works.

  • Somebody with a car posts online where they’ll be going, when they are leaving, and how long they plan on taking to get there.
  • People looking for lifts check online, contact them through the websites or by email, and decide on conditions (usually you’re expected to split the cost of gas/petrol, and sometimes a bit of driving on long haul trips)
  • Somebody looking for a ride could also post a request listing, and if somebody is about to drive that way, they’ll reply to you.

I suggest you give your self at least one week to find a ride, as it can sometimes be a waiting game until you find the ride you’re looking for. You can also check Backpackers & hostel notice boards, sometimes ride sharing fliers will be found on them.

Just like hitchhiking, you should use common sense, and let as many people know who you’re going with, where you’re going, and when you’ll be getting there. Keep in contact with friends or family along the way. Feel free to confirm the identity of anyone you’ll be riding with. Despite the possible dangers, you’ve got a way better chance to see a locals perspective on Canada, and the chance to make a new friend. Ride sharing can be a great way to save some money and the environment, just remember to stay safe, use common sense, and have fun.

Start looking for Ride Shares at LiftSurfer and RideShareOnline and PickupPalRidesharing Pickup Pal


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10 Responses to “Ride Share in Canada”

  1. Reece
    November 8, 2010 at 4:30 am #

    Hey, Checking out tommorrow on monday the 8th, heading to whistler anytime is good. will chip in for fuel. Please email me, I check often.

  2. steven jupe
    February 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    ottawa to vancouver end of march flexable early late

  3. Tyler
    July 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    Leaving Kelowna BC on or around the 18th of July to Southern Ontario.. Let me know when is a good time for you if you got some gas money :)

  4. chrissy
    March 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Leaving from Toronto to Edmonton April 1st. Looking for someone to join me help pay for gas. It will take me probably around three days to get there. I rest at night cause night driving freaks me out.


  5. Raph
    May 24, 2012 at 9:40 pm #

    Leaving Osoyoos  for Ottawa June 1st. Travel time about 4-5 days. Open minded.
    Share gasoline expenses & good company.

  6. Gae
    July 11, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Leaving Toronto within a weeks time,
    Going to Vancouver.
    In need of a ride.
    Willing to share gas expense.
    Email me if you have a vehicle and are going that way.

  7. Bkeeper25
    July 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Driving from Calgary,AB  to Regina, SK, then through U.S.A. to cross back into Canada at Detroit, MI/Windsor, ON. Destination is Windsor, Ontario. To take 3-4 days, share fuel expenses.  Hoping to leave Calgary July 18 2012.

  8. Danica
    September 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Looking for a ride to cape Breton from montreal. Australian couple. Good company and happy to help with gas money :)

  9. Daniel Scott Kennedy
    October 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    Hey, im a 25yr old aussie male Looking for travel partners to share
    costs and company to hit up whistler then the ski resorts/slopes around
    BC going into Alberta, banff. no time limits, looking for work and
    adventure along the way. email me if this sounds like your cupa-tea

  10. Rogue
    October 20, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    Leaving Van going to TO area leaving today tomorrow or latest Monday, if you are driving and have 3 seats I’ll pay your fuel (all of it and drive if wanted (Class 1 driver’s license)) just need a vehicle to go. Im shopping for a good vehicle for the trip if I get one I’ll start the drive myself. call or txt 1-778-979-1104

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