Borders shouldn’t apply to freedom of the open road. At least, not when it comes to roadtripping. That’s why we’re so excited that Roadtrippers is officially launching in Canada with the help of our partners at Chevrolet. (*Cue Oh Canada*). That means all of our users now have access to a Canadian trip planner, along with loads of data on the coolest places in the country… and some pretty sweet trip guides, too. To celebrate this momentous occasion, and to welcome the land of poutine and hockey to the site, we’ve crafted this awesome map to inspire you to take off on an unforgettable Canadian road trip.
National Parks and road trips go together like peanut butter and jelly. Always have, always will. Banff National Park (D) is probably Canada’s most famous, and with good reason. Located in the heart of the Rockies, its Canada’s oldest national park and is home to glaciers, ice fields, forests, alpine meadows, and the brightest blue lakes you could ever imagine. Seriously, you have to see this place to believe it. Jasper (C) and Yoho National Parks (B) are right nearby in the Rocky Mountains as well… if you’re at Banff, you might as well pop over to those as well.
Newfoundland and Labrador is home to some mountainous beauty as well: the 1.2-billion-year-old eroded remnants of a mountain range at Gros Morne National Park (G). Cape Breton Highlands National Park (H) in Nova Scotia is home to sweeping views from rolling coastal cliffs. Ontario has Bruce Peninsula National Park (E), which features rocky grottos, sandy dunes, and a location near the Fathom Five National Marine Park on Lake Huron. New Brunswick’s Fundy National Park (F) has dozens of waterfalls and some of the highest tides in the world. And for some of that famous West Coast beauty, there’s Pacific Rim National Park (A), nestled at the edge of British Columbia.
Scenic Drives and Highways
From the towering, lush cliffs of Cape Breton’s Cabot Trail (7) to the beachy, temperate rainforested Pacific Rim Highway (1), Canada’s scenic drives are perfect ways to delve into the landscapes for which the country is known. For a field trip disguised as an unforgettable vacation, there’s the Canadian Badlands (5) (or, as I like to call it, the Jurassic Parkway) or the Viking Trail (8) (where you can unleash your inner Leif Ericson). And the Fundy Coastal Drive (6) takes you past some one-of-a-kind geological wonders and into one of Canada’s most unique little towns.
If you’re in it for the long haul, the Trans-Canada Highway (2) connects the country’s east and west coasts, running right past the most incredible parks and through the most important cities. And there’s our favourite route, the Icefields Parkway (4), which shows off all of the jaw-dropping beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Whether you’re just passing through or making one of these buzzing metropolises your final destination, you’ll quickly learn that Canada’s major cities have got it goin’ on. From the trendy food and arts scene in Toronto, the most populated metro area in the country, to the cobblestone streets and storybook buildings of historic Old Quebec, there’s a city scene for everyone. If you’d rather spend more time in nature, Vancouver has Grouse Mountain, Lynn Canyon, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the Seawall and Stanley Park all right nearby for maximum outdoor adventure. Or get right to the heart of Canada in Ottawa, the country’s capital city; spend your days here touring Parliament Hill, or just lounging on a boat as it cruises the Rideau Canal.
Then there’s Windsor, a city best known for its indomitable spirit and soul. The auto-manufacturing city is in the midst of a comeback and is notable for its diversity, its pizza, and its impressive art scene. And we can’t forget Montréal, the capital of la belle vie. It’s a bit cheaper than Toronto and Vancouver, but combines the culture and natural beauty of the other two… with a dash of French-Canadian flair. And Alberta is home to two major metro areas as well: Edmonton, once famous for the West Edmonton Mall (bigger than the Mall of America) is making a convincing argument to become Canada’s newest cool city, and Calgary, known for its massive rodeo and Olympic past.