A guide to the ultimate cross-Canada road trip

A guide to the ultimate cross-Canada road trip Even if you’ve lived in Canada your



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This pared-down version of a cross-country road trip is approximately 4,600 km, which means 54 hours of driving at an average of seven to eight hours behind the wheel each day.



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It crosses four time zones and covers six provinces over the course of seven days, but you should feel free to alter it so you can stick around the places you like and leave the ones you don’t!



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It’ll tack on at least another week to the journey, but you can see the stunning sights of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, Cavendish and Green Gables in Prince Edward Island, the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia (pictured), and the Hartland covered bridge in New Brunswick.



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But we’re starting in Montreal. Stroll cobblestone paths in Old Montreal and indulge in Quebecois cuisine before heading out with a happy belly on your first leg of the journey.



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Instead of eating at a burger chain on the way, stop in historic Kingston for a delicious bite, like at the TripAdvisor-recommended Hoffman House.



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Canada’s biggest city is a fantastic experience for newcomers, but the downtown traffic should be avoided at all costs on a road trip. Stay north of the city by the 400 highway, or continue past Toronto to Ontario’s cottage country for a completely opposite vibe.



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The road hugs the coast of Lake Huron and you won’t get bored of the view as the dense urban centre unravels into forested landscape. Make sure to stop at an ONRoute for some Tim Hortons to get the full Canadian road-trip experience!



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One of Canada’s oldest communities, this riverside town borders Michigan and offers parks and boardwalks for relaxed strolls to loosen up those stiff joints.



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It will seem like Ontario continues on forever on this leg of the journey, but enjoy the ride and stop at as many lookouts as you can. Keep a keen eye out for deer and moose crossings though!



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Take in the massive Kakabeka Falls, then treat yourself to fine Canadian dining in town at The Silver Birch.



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The fastest route is along the Trans-Canada Highway 17, but if you don’t like driving around trucks, a more scenic route is available along Highway 11.



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Winnipeg is known as a big city with a small-town feel, and two sights you should definitely see are Assiniboine Park and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.



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This part of the trip is through Canada’s famous prairies, meaning roads so flat that it’s rumoured the police have had to pull people over for reading books while driving.



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Visit Wascana Park and stop at the Bushwakker Brewpub for Canadian twists on pub classics like wild boar burgers, bison meatloaf, the Saskatchewan Hot Plate, and an enormous selection of beer.



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You won’t feel safer or more in the midst of a friendly, multicultural, and naturally beautiful environment than on this trip to Calgary.



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For about 140 km more, you can bypass Calgary and drive through the beautiful little town of Banff.



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The gorgeous turquoise water will make that numb butt of yours so worth it.



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The path is about 185 km from Banff, and out of the way of your next destination, but the views are the kind of unparalleled, once-in-a-lifetime experience many people spend their lives looking for.



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Banff to Kelowna is 480 km, but both routes boast stunning views along the Trans-Canada Highway and a good amount of places to stop for food and services along the way.



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Located in the heart of Okanagan Wine Region, Kelowna is surrounded by parks, forests, mountains, orchards, and, of course, vineyards.



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If you can, take Highway 3, a meandering road that cuts through dense forest and is far more scenic.



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Located in Canada’s only desert, Osoyoos Lake is the perfect spot for a mid-drive dip. And if you want to learn more about the desert and the First Nations of the area, check out the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre.



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Commonly known as the “fruit stand capital of Canada,” this is the place to stock up on freshly picked British Columbian fruit, jams, honey, and even some samosas.



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Nestled between ocean and mountains, the urban but laid-back vibe of Vancouver is invigorating enough to make you forget you’ve been in a car for the past week.



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There is so much to do and see in the city. Some highlights include Stanley Park, Granville Island, the VanDusen Botanical Gardens, and the Richmond night market, where you can find the best Asian fare.



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The drive is 114 km, but you can also let someone else take the wheel on a ferry, float plane, or helijet to Vancouver Island.



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Victoria is known for its wealth of outdoor activities as well as history, and one stop you should definitely make is the Butchart Gardens, a botanical garden with 55 acres of gorgeous and vibrant floral displays among which you can elegantly stretch your legs.



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Hotels, motels, and B&Bs can be very expensive—and camping, the cheapest option, might not be for everyone—but renting a local’s home can give you the full experience of the town, especially if they’re there to host you and show you around.



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