Posted at 2:30 pm • 08 June 2020 • Chelsea from Kraywoods
If you are an adventure and travel lover, you must know that Canada is a fantastic place for summer road trips. Canada is the second-largest country and has the world's most extensive coastline. With its beautiful, vast, and mostly unpopulated lands and nature spots, there are many incredible paths and roads you can take to explore around, which is what road trips are all about. The beauty of Canada from east to west is amazing and wonderfully scenic. If you love traveling and exploring new sites, you will enjoy road trips in the Great White North. Let's check out some of the best road trips in Canada.
1. Cabot Trail
No doubt, in Canada, Cabot Trail is one of the greatest road trips ever. Here you can find many things to like about the 300-kilometer highway on Cape Breton Island. First of all, it hugs the shoreline; hence, you can expect spectacular sea views. Then you can find some unbelievable hikes on the island, as well as the skyline trail. And finally, the Cabot Trail is well-known for the artisans. Tourism Nova Scotia even places attention on them in their Artisan Road Trip journey. With the blend of Celtic and Acadian friendliness and hospitality, this road trip destination is incredible. Here in the summertime, you will find good weather. So you can have an expedition over there at this time of the year. But in October you can see the fall foliage.
2. Icefields Parkway
Most people sometimes describe this place as the world's most picturesque highways. The Icefields Parkway stretches for 232 kilometers over the Canadian Rockies, linking Jasper and Banff's towns. You can frequently enjoy the 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls flowing from dramatic rock spires, and turquoise lakes set in far-reaching valleys. It is recommended to stop at Crowfoot Glacier, Lake Louise, Bow, and Peyto Lakes, and Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls, and Columbia Icefield. From June to September is the perfect time to go over there.
3. Sea to Sky Highway
The Sea to Sky Highway links Vancouver to Whistler. The distance is less than two hours apart. Nevertheless, it offers stunning West Coast views that portray this region in British Columbia. If you plan to go and have a trip over there, you must know the popular places worth a stop. There are - Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, Britannia Mine Museum (Great place for the kids), and Shannon Falls (third largest waterfall of BC).
Sea to Sky Gondola is unquestionably a must-visit also, with the beautiful views and suspension bridge. Then you can move towards Squamish before reaching Whistler. July to September is the best time to visit there as this time is the dry season of Vancouver.
4. Montreal to the Gaspé Peninsula
This long journey road trips will take around nine hours along with the St. Lawrence River, from Montreal to Quebec City, and ahead to the Gaspé Peninsula. You won't find any other places like 'La Gaspésie,' a headland of pine forests and looming cliffs that stabs into the chilly Gulf of St. Lawrence. The famous pierced rock in Percé, Parc de la Gaspésie, and boat tours to Bonaventure Island are some of the highlights of the peninsula. During the road trip, you can enjoy the perfect combination of rural and urban adventure. From June to mid of September is the best time to go over there.
5. Road trip around the Okanagan Valley
The Okanagan Valley road trip might not be a usual one, like – moving from point A to B. Still, the Okanagan Valley is a culinary hot spot. The place is circled clockwise from Vernon to Penticton and then toward the Kelowna. This zone is well known for the award-winning wineries and farm-to-table restaurants. Kelowna's best restaurant is RauDZ Regional Table, whereas Davison Orchards is an excellent place for passing times with families. Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Mission Hill Winery are Favorite wineries over there. From July to September, it is best to go over there to get the vibes of warm temperatures.
6. Chatham-Kent Corridor
As per Readers Digest, "though not a household name, this historic and scenic region comprising 23 small communities supervising Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the Thames River—is gunning hard to become a top motorcycle-touring destination." The ideal road trip starts from Toronto "Cruise the Coast" and then follows the Lake Erie to Amherstburg near the US border. There is a popular stop along the way, which is – Niagara Falls, and probably this is the best part of this road trip. Undeniably summer is the best time to travel over there.
7. Vancouver Island
No doubt that Vancouver Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Canada. And the landscape of this island includes - mountains, rainforest, and rugged coastlines. Victoria and Tofino are the two most popular places to visit over there, and they are quite a distance apart. On the way to this road trip, you can stop at Cowichan Valley. This place is known for orchards and wineries, and then at Cathedral Grove for the forestry photo op.
In Tofino, you can enjoy the world-famous surfing at Chesterman Beach and the sunsets from Long Beach. Vancouver Island is also known for its unique hotels, which will supplement any road trip. From March to May and September to November are the best times to travel there.
8. Trans-Canada Highway
In Canada, driving along the Trans-Canada Highway is one of the most epic road trips you can experience. This highway stretches through all ten provinces across the country. This road trip starts at Victoria and ends in Newfoundland and Labrador. Lake Louise and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Quebec City, Fundy National Park, the Alberta Badlands, the capital in Ottawa, and Gros Morne National Park are some of the famous tourist attractions you will be passing by on this trip. From March to October is the perfect time to take a trip all along the Trans-Canada Highway and discover all of the country's beautiful scenery on the road!
9. Coastal Drives on Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island separates the province into three distinct and beautiful drives - Central Coastal Drive, North Coast Coastal Drive, and Points East Coastal Drive. The North Coast area is comprised of its Mi'kmaq culture and exclusive stops, plus a museum and a college for the Plateau arts. The Central Coastal Drive contains two distinct regions: the Green Gables Shore and the Red Sands Shore region. We can characterize Points East Coastal Drive by its trails, parks, and lighthouses. Summer is the best time to enjoy road trips there.
10. The Viking Trail
Road trip to the Viking Trail is like a time machine that will take you to the early stages of our universe. This place consists of a thousand-year-old Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and the ancient native burial grounds. You can stop at the top in the Gros Morne National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head to Woody Point, a charming fishing village, and Rocky Harbour. L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is undoubtedly a must-visit attraction along with the Viking Trail. You must go for a road trip there from June until the first week of October because this is the only time when L'Anse aux Meadows is open.