Planning a road trip in Canada? Travel this great country by car or RV!
As a tour guide, I visit many popular destinations in Canada. Having seen so many wonderful parts of this country, I love to share these unique and best road trip destinations with you.
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Nested within a Unesco World Heritage Site –the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks-, The Icefields Parkway is definitely one of the most beautiful roads of the world.
Personally, I’ve never been on a more scenic road than this one.
Endless mountain chains, wild rivers, turquoise lakes, 7 ice fields, many more glaciers, and a good chance of spotting wildlife, such as grizzlies and black bears, elk, mountain goat, and bighorn sheep, make the Icefields Parkway my favourite Canadian road trip destination ever.
Many breathtaking viewpoints are located along the Icefields Parkway. All worth stopping for...however it is impossible to hit the brakes at all of these when you plan to drive the Icefield Parkway in one day.
Start your road trip in either Jasper or Lake Louise. Make sure you get out of your vehicle at:
Coleman Creek: an awesome spot to enjoy a picnic
Parker Ridge Trail (2.5 hours return, 250 metres/820 feet elevation gain)
Sunwapta Falls or Athabasca Falls
Things to do around:
The Icefields Parkway is included in the Road Trip Calgary to Vancouver
The Icefields Parkway is included in the Road Trip Vancouver to Calgary
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Another exceptional and breathtaking road trip destination in Canada is the Cabot Trail. This east coast road trip is one of the finest road trips I’ve enjoyed in Canada.
When I and my other half drove the Cabot Trail half of October, we experienced beautiful fall foliage.
The Cabot trail hugs the edge of Cape Breton Island, NS.
Acadian villages, spectacular highlands, old growth forest, wild creeks, and beautiful ocean vistas characterize the Cabot Trail. The great Atlantic Ocean hugs the rolling hills of Cape Breton.
Great hiking trails and numerous gorgeous lookouts are worth the extra stop.
Cape Breton Island is home to a variety of wildlife such as moose, black bears, coyotes, and several whale species.
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The Pacific Rim Hwy is one of my favourite Canadian road trips. It is the only (mostly 2-lane) road leading to Tofino and Ucluelet, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This stretch is big fun for motorcycles lovers and for automobilists as it winds through the Vancouver Island Mountains.
A section of the road cuts through old growth temperate rainforest of giant Douglas fir, hemlock, and western red cedar. Further west the road gets very windy and narrow, crossing several creeks.
This road trip offers breathtaking views of surrounding mountains, lakes and rivers.
You might even spot black bears trying to catch salmon or eating berries along the roadside.
All grounds to list this stretch of highway as one of the coolest Canadian road trips.
Your road trip starts in Parksville, BC. Make sure you get out of your vehicle at:
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park: enjoy a picnic and a short hike.
Cameron Lake: great for swimming.
MacMillan Provincial Park: awe at huge, big, and up to 800 years old Douglas firs.
Alberni harbour Quay in Port Alberni : sip a fresh Cappucino or visit the Saturday morning Farmers’ Market.
Sproat Lake petroglyphs: gaze at thousand+ years old petroglyphs on the shores of Sproat Lake.
From the lower campground parking lot (see map), an easy 600 metres walk (with picnic tables just of the start) leads to a floating viewing platform.
Kennedy River: stretch your legs and refresh yourself at the rocky shores of the Kennedy River.
Pacific Rim Visitor Centre: provides excellent free information and maps of the area.
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