One of the best ways to take in Canada’s natural beauty is to hop in a car or RV and road trip to the country. With such a vast expanse of land to choose from, your options for Canada road trips are practically endless. Picking the best ones can be difficult, here are a few must-stops for your trip.
Glacier Skywalk: Icefields Parkway
Stretching along Highway 93 from Lake Louise to Jasper, the Icefields Parkway is easily one of the most scenic roads in the world. For one of the most breathtaking views along this route, stop at Glacier Skywalk, where a glass floor allows you to see everything in the Sunwapta Valley beneath. The path to the overlook includes information on the area, presented in the form of an interpretive story. At the end, it is just you and a bit of glass standing at a height of 918 feet (280 m) above the ground.
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad
The 110-mile long White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad was finished in 1900 in Carcross Yukon during the peak of the Yukon Gold Rush. Its purpose was to connect the Skagway deep-water port in Alaska to Whitehorse in Yukon and to interior Alaska and northwest Canada.
Vancouver Island is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most beautiful islands, as its landscape includes rainforests, mountains, and rugged coastlines. Two popular places to visit are Victoria and Tofino, which are quite a distance apart. On the way, stop at Cowichan Valley, which is known for its orchards and wineries, and then at Cathedral Grove for a forest photo op. In Tofino, enjoy world-famous surfing at Chesterman Beach, and sunsets from Long Beach. Vancouver Island is also known for its unique hotels, which will complement any road trip.
Located at the meeting point of three rivers, Ottawa is Canada’s capital city, home to the sixth-largest population in the country. One of the main things to do is visit the Byward Market. But if you’re interested in history, you’re in for a treat. While it may not be Canada’s official cultural capital, Ottawa is home to some spectacular historic buildings, such as the National Library and Archives – the fourth largest library in the world. The highlight is Parliament Hill with its series of Gothic revival buildings peeking out above the treetops. Ottawa homes for sale are hot right now, with homes selling for tens of thousands over the asking price and bidding wars. Ottawa is a fantastic place to raise your family, with many great kid-friendly neighborhoods to select from.
The Cabot Trail
The Cabot Trail is a 185-mile road in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia with scenery that will leave you awe-struck. The trail’s northern section goes through picturesque Cape Breton Highlands National Park, while the eastern and western parts of the trail wind along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular ocean views.