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So why am I doing math all day every day?

This California girl is putting her brain to work every day that I’m in Canada. The whole country is metric!

The first day, I saw a speed limit sign and I didn’t register that it was in km/hr and it said 110! I was shocked, thinking these Canadians sure drive FAST! 

**Traveler tip: 110 km/hour is the equivalent to 68.35 mph**

And the gas stations? Confusing. First, the Canadian dollar and the US dollar are not the same right now. Conversion rate while we have been here in Canada has been in our favor, working out to $1 USD to every $1.34 Canadian. Second? Canada, as I mentioned before, is metric, which means that gas is measured in liters, not gallons.

Imagine my confusion when trying to track our fuel mileage (kilometerage??). First, I had to convert the liters to gallons, THEN the Canadian dollar to the USD.

Everywhere we go, I have to convert the distance from kilometers to miles. When you are traveling across the country, in a country you aren’t familiar with AND caravanning with your family, communicating over walkie-talkie….let’s just say that things can get lost in translation.

We communicated via walkie-talkie about rest stops, lunch breaks, routes, and camping spots. HOWEVER, the road-signs are all in kilometers, naturally, and it causes confusion at least once/day between us travelers. My phone, acting as my GPS, is not converting and remains in miles, however our paper maps are in kilometers. And the frustration here is that it requires that we do math every time we want to determine how far we have to go.

OH! And the last thing that is a bit of a head scratcher? Along Trans-Canada 97 there are all kinds of little towns and stops named 150 Mile House, 99 Mile House, etc. WHY are they called 99 Mile House when the country is metric? Just another way I’m learning to roll with the punches.

I did notice, however, at the spots that are more directed to the tourists, there are usually mile and kilometer equivalents in distance on the signs. I assume that is to help those travelers, especially from the United States, to not struggle as much with the conversions. 

All of that said, Canada has been amazing. Some of the best wildlife we have viewed was spotted here from Stone Sheep to moose…We saw moose multiple times, and even caught it on camera once. 

But…as for the conversions. I created a cheat-sheet for myself inside of my notebook. I keep a notebook to track our travel miles, our fuel mileage, etc. Sort of an ongoing journal of the trip to keep me organized. 

$1 USD = $1.34 Canadian Dollars

1 liter = .264 gallons (liquid)

1 kilometer = 1.609 miles

So…here’s a quick example. We went to the gas station where fuel was $1.19/liter (Canadian). 

We filled up and the pump showed 69.12 liters for a grand total of $82.25 (Canadian). 

So, how much was that? In US terms? Well, a little math for you all (welcome to my personal hell)

69.12(liters)*.264(gallons equivalent) = 18.247 gallons

82.25(Canadian dollars)*.75(USD equivalent to $1 Canadian) = $61.687 USD

61.687/18.247= $3.38


We paid $3.38 per gallon for fuel at that particular stop. Now try keeping track of that throughout every stop along the way. 

And this is why I need another vacation from my vacation. 

Check out the other posts in the Living in 24 Feet series:


Living in 24 Feet: Preparing for a summer long road trip in a travel trailer

Living in 24 Feet: The first leg

Living in 24 Feet: The memory jaunt to Tekoa, WA


Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

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2 thoughts on “Living in 24 Feet: Traveling through Canada & how to survive the conversions

  1. Very accurate; I love it. It took me a couple days to realize I wasn’t losing my mind totally. Somehow I was feeling my navigational and tracking skills had taken a total hike!

    Posted on June 27, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  2. Sounds all ver confusing! Good thing you were always good in math!

    Posted on July 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm