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For serious road trippers, perhaps no destination on earth presents more open road to explore than Canada. But even with grand distances spanning many of its towns and cities, road tripping in Canada doesn't always mean endless hours cooped up in a vehicle. Want to simplify? Try one of these three rewarding—and easy—Canadian road trip ideas on for size.
Canada's reputation for stunning natural scenery starts right here in Western Canada, home of the Rocky Mountains and Canada's most postcard-worthy alpine vistas. After spending a couple days in Calgary, Alberta, snap up a rental car and start your road trip by heading due west to Banff, one of Canada's most popular winter sport retreats.
In whichever season you choose to travel, the adrenaline ramps up as you veer north of Banff, driving along the world-famous Icefields Parkway on route to Jasper, Alberta. Snaking through glaciers, translucent lakes, and towering slopes along its entire stretch, the Icefields Parkway is arguably the most rewarding drive in Canada, even one of the finest in the world.
Although the direct trip from Banff to Jasper is only about four hours, there's no need to rush: be sure to take the Icefields Parkway in stride. Stop often to breathe in the scenery and inhale the crisp alpine air, and if time is on your side, head off-road into the heart of Banff or Jasper National Park for some quiet camping amidst some of Canada's most spectacular natural bounty.
To see a completely different side to Canada, venture out east to saunter along Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail. Twisting along the northern coast of Cape Breton Island, the Cabot Trail is one of Eastern Canada's most compelling drives, throwing you in the midst of never-ending ocean vistas as you roll over the green highlands of Cape Breton.
But its scenery isn't the only feature that makes the Cabot Trail unique. Along the way, traditional fishing villages like Chéticamp and Igonish still hint at Eastern Canada's seafaring past while small towns like St. Anns, home of the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts, remind us of the ongoing importance of Celtic traditions and the Gaelic language in Nova Scotia.
Honeymooners and hopeless romantics will love road tripping along Southern Ontario's famous Niagara Wine Route. Well-marked and easy to follow, the Niagara Wine Route loops and bends through orchards, towns and cities, connecting many of the region's best wineries along the way.
The historical Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake makes for an excellent base to explore the entire route. Hop aboard one of the many winery tours offered here to enjoy wine tasting (leave your car at your B&B, of course!) and to develop a greater appreciation for the craft of winemaking.
Although not technically part of the Wine Route, Canada's most famous natural tourist attraction, Niagara Falls, lies just miles down the road. If you've had enough of winery tours and are craving more excitement than an vineyard can bring, head down the road to Niagara Falls, Canada's own mini-Vegas, to explore its kitschy wax museums or enjoy some responsible gaming—and, let's not forget, see one of the world's foremost natural wonders.
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A perfect storm of wandering wordsmith and travel photographer, Ryan O'Rourke lives and breathes travel. For the last decade, Ryan has roamed around the world, living in 4 different countries and visiting over 30 countries along the way with no signs of slowing down. Ryan's insatiable wanderlust inspired him to found Treksplorer where he now writes about his adventures and offers unconventional travel planning, language learning, and travel photography tips for independent travellers.
When not out and about, Ryan calls Northern Ontario home, and enjoys basking in the great Canadian outdoors and lazily chilling by the campfire with an acoustic guitar. Follow Ryan on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.
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