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Best Road Trips Across Canada
A guest post by Lianna Arakelyan
Canada is an amazing place to explore this time of the year. The cool weather not only brings out the best there is in terms of views, it also brings out the warm and welcoming Canadians. If you're planning to go on a lengthy road trip, then we have a short guide on the best way to kickstart this journey. Before anything else, here are a few tips to prepare for the trip ahead.
Road Trip Planning and Essentials
Any road trip is best started by creating a route. While some travelers prefer to explore blindly, it's always best to spearhead a road trip with a plan in mind. Doing so will allow you to explore all possible locations while maximizing the time and budget that you have. There are many road trip templates for Canada that you can follow so creating a plan isn't too complicated.
Next, remember to travel light. Even though you'll be on the road most of the time and your stuff will be in the car, it's always better to leave some space in your vehicle of choice. Ideally, you'd want to bring clothes which are more than enough for the duration of your stay. Also bring emergency tools such as a first aid kit, a flashlight, and solar-powered gadgets.
Since you'll be on the road most of the time, it's also best to find something to keep you energized. What better way to help you stay awake than with a fresh cup of Joe? Aside from keeping you awake, coffee helps improve your physical performance, and your ability to stay alert - a must for driving late at night.
You'll want to bring a thermos with you and a few packs of instant coffee. That way, you'll be able to get a pick-me-up anytime you want and drink 3-10 cups of coffee per day. Be sure to grab your favorite brand so you'll enjoy the trip better.
Last but not the least, be sure to travel with people you are comfortable and happy to be with. Road trips are supposed to be fun so it's a must to travel with family and your closest friends.
Now, let's go over some of the places which are a must-visit for road trippers in Canada.
You're going to want to spend most of your time in British Columbia. This huge region in Canada is filled with dozens of places to visit including small towns, natural wonders, and more. If it gets too cold, you can visit one of the many hot springs the region is known for. From British Columbia, you can get to many other places as well.
One of the best routes you can take in British Columbia is the Sea-to-Sky Highway which starts at Vancouver. Ahead of you, you'll be seeing nothing but clear skies while there are blue waters on the other, hence the name. This 82-mile highway will take a day to go through if you are going to make most of the essential stops.
For a longer trip, you may want to try the Coastal Circle which also starts in Vancouver. This 351-mile drive will take you to Vancouver Island's eastern shore and back to the Sunshine Coast. Along the way, you'll come across various art galleries and historic small villages.
Calgary to Lake Louise, Alberta
The best way to get to Lake Louise is by driving to it from Calgary. One thing you should consider though is the weather conditions. While the roads are well-maintained, they do get slippery during the winter so always drive with caution. Before you make this trip, be sure that you are well aware of the conditions ahead.
This route is great for a road trip as it will let you pass by amazing sights from beginning to end. Along the way, you should visit Downtown Calgary first. It's one of the neatest cities in Canada. While here, be sure to drop by Calgary's Peace Bridge, Calgary's Public Library, the Studio Bell National Music Center, and the Calgary Tower.
If you're into wildlife, then you must visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary. This is located on the way to the Banff off of Highway 1A. This sanctuary offers a walking tour, interactive tour, and if you're pressed on time, an intro tour.
There's a lot to see and visit in Quebec. Now, this shouldn't be too surprising as it is the largest province in Canada. There are various great road trip routes in this province which will take you to some of the sights and experiences that Canada has to offer.
One road trip we highly recommend is the Gaspesie tour. It's one of the longer routes available and it could take up more than a week to completely finish! You'll want to start in Montreal and from there on, head east. The route will let you pass through Quebec's wine regions, historic villages, and more. You'll even pass by the Atlantic Ocean along the Gaspe Peninsula! Be sure to prepare for this trip as this is one of the longest - but most worthy routes, you can take.
If the Gaspesie road trip is too long for you, then you may want to consider the New France Route instead. This short route can be accomplished in a day or two only. It takes you to some of the historic places in Quebec. Along the way, you'll see some old structures including old homes and churches. Of course, there are many museums in Quebec to visit along this way as well.
Back to overview
There are various routes in Canada that will let you experience the best that the nation has to offer. You may be excited to get up and go on the road now but keep in mind that because of the pandemic, some tourist attractions and businesses may not be running currently. As always, stay safe on the roads, travel with your best company, bring a hefty supply of coffee for those long nights, and enjoy the trip!