fledgling and seasoned travelers alike, the road trip is an obligatory rite of
passage—especially if you happen to find yourself wandering around Canada, one
of the world's definitive road trip destinations.
Canada, road-tripping opportunities are nearly endless, and figuring out where
to start can send even the most dedicated trip planners into a frenzy.
to crank the alternator and thump the gas pedal? Here are a couple of tips for
experiencing the ultimate Canadian road trip.
time is on your side, nothing can beat the thrill of dipping your foot in the
Atlantic, knowing that in a few short weeks, you'll be dunking it in the
Trans-Canada Highway stretches from St. John's, Newfoundland in the east to Victoria,
British Columbia in the west, covering the entire width of the world's second
largest country. Driving along it, from sea to shining sea, you can easily encounter
the full depth of Canada, a country as diverse in culture as it is in
aspiring Canadian road tripper dreams of basking in the French culture of
Montreal, admiring the Toronto skyline from atop the CN Tower and wedging
oneself between mountains and sea in Vancouver. But there's much more to Canada
than these world-famous cities; don't make the mistake of limiting yourself to
Canadian will tell you that the country reveals itself best in its quieter
moments. From the coastal fishing villages of the Maritimes to the
high-altitude national parks of Western Canada, no Canadian road trip is complete
without plunging into the wild.
a basic itinerary in Canada is easy, just follow the Trans-Canada Highway and
see where you end up. But believe or not, there's life beyond Canada's cross-country
the Trans-Canada you'll surely visit some amazing places like St. John's,
Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver.
you'll also miss out on many.
Toronto, Canada's largest city and one of its most popular tourist destinations,
isn't on the route, let alone interesting places like Saint John, Halifax,
Jasper or Lake Louise. Want to plan the definitive Canadian road trip? Get
creative and veer a little off-course.
from now when you reflect on your Canadian road trip, it won't be the cities
and sights you'll remember most; it'll be the people.
you choose to visit in Canada, grab every opportunity you can to get to know the
locals; from coast to coast, we are generally a hospitable, fun-loving,
friendly, and polite bunch, who works hard to make everyone feel at home in the
Great White North.
be afraid to share a few laughs, a bite to eat, or a couple pints: we don't
bite (except maybe those mystical pet beavers that the world still truly wants
to believe we all own).
thought about driving across Canada? What would you do on your ultimate
Canadian road trip? Drop us a line in the comments section below; we'd love to
hear from you!
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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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