Honestly, travel within Canada is a cost I’m not exceptionally willing to bare. Unlike neighbouring America, Canada doesn't have a regulatory board for travel costs so they fluctuate and rise more and more. With the monopoly that the Canadian airlines have to boot, it’s hardly an easy thing to fight so luckily there is an option for budget travellers with a little bit of patience.
Similar to Uber, there is a program that you can take part of where you can travel cheaply and, for the most part, conveniently. With the constant rise of the internet companies, there are several websites where you are able to pay for a membership to assure that your driver has all the necessary paperwork and it allows for some sort of security that they’re not a murderer. Generally these sites offer previews of who your driver is - including gender, driving history and a photo for some. For the traveller, it asks for photo, perhaps some I.D. (particularly Student ID where you are liable for a discount if you are a student) and a little bit about yourself.
This is all well-and-good but how do you make a decision about which person to chose to drive you where you need to be? Well it’s the same as any other type of travel. You make the best decision for yourself, regarding times, prices and if applicable the history of said driver. Most sites will offer the option to rate that person once they have driven you to your destination. The hope is to give assurance to the person who will take the same route in the future. It’s all about kindness within the budget travel community, right?
I, however, did this a little more recklessly because that is just who I am as a person. On Kijiji I found a rideshare option that best worked for me and was a cost that made the most sense. So, trusting that this person wasn’t a serial killer I took the trip. It turns out he wasn’t one because aside from a bit of traffic when he went to pick me up on my trip from Ottawa to Toronto there were no issues. The driver, Shane, kept mostly to himself but was nice and made sure I got to the street car station I needed to be at and we went on our separate ways. Still, if winging it isn’t for you there are many websites you can use to get to your next location whether it’s in Canada or Europe.
Rideshare sites within Canada: RideKar, Kangaride and Carpool.