Top 5 Must-Do Road Trips In Canada

By Court Lundy

If you're planning on booking a road trip in Canada, but you're not sure how, don't worry, we've got your back. Canada is a country that is filled with so much to see, and you've already made a great choice by considering to see what Canada has to offer. A road trip with a car is good, but a road trip with an RV? That's amazing!

An RV road trip allows you to see so much of the cities or towns you're in. You can stop when you need to, you can do things on your own time, and you don't have to worry about when you need to get to your hotel by. It's the perfect answer! So once you've decided to rent an RV in Canada, you need to decide on where to go. 

These 5 must-do road trips are here to inspire you to travel to the best places in Canada. You can sight-see, eat famous foods, hike, shop, and more - all in one trip! Make sure you book a few days off from work, because you'll want to see as much as you can. 

 

The Best West Coast Road Trip  

When planning a trip to Canada, the West Coast should absolutely be on that list. The West Coast, which consists of beautiful cities, mountains, and long roads to drive through, is not something you want to miss out on. When travelling from Vancouver to Edmonton, you will be able to stop through several stunning places along the way.

Starting in Vancouver, British Columbia, the 1,260 km route would take you approximately 13 hours of driving. Of course, with all the stops along the way, you’ll want to book off more time so you can explore the spots listed below, as they will make for the best West Coast road trip ever. Here is the perfect road trip from Vancouver to Edmonton: 

  • You’ll start in Vancouver, and you’ll definitely want a few days there to explore. Vancouver is like the Seattle of Canada, so be prepared for a lot of different weather. You’ll be able to sight-see, eat great food by the water, and see why everyone in Canada wants to move there.
  • Your next stop has to be in Bridal Falls, which is in a city called Chilliwack. You’ll get to experience one of the world's most amazing waterfalls there, so I would bring some hiking shoes if I were you!
  • From Chilliwack, there are many cute little towns along the way that you will drive through before you get to your next stop in Banff. Banff is definitely a bucket list destination because of its beauty. It’s also home to the magical Lake Louise which has the most turquoise blue water you’ll ever see. It’s a must-see on this road trip!
  • Your second to last stop is in Calgary, which is the largest city in Alberta. You’ll really want to spend a few days here to explore all the Calgary has to offer. You can check out the Calgary Zoo, the Calgary Tower, which has great panoramic views of the city, and so much more!
  • Your last stop on this great trip will be in the capital of Alberta, which is Edmonton. Edmonton has so much to offer other than West Edmonton Mall (which you should still check out as it’s the largest shopping mall in North America). No matter what time of year you go, Edmonton is a beautiful city. They have a ton of museums, parks, and their downtown core is unlike any other.

The recommended amount of days you should spend on this road trip is anywhere between 8 - 12 days. You’ll want to spend a few days in each city, and there is no reason to rush the trip so that you will be able to see everything that each city has to offer!

Vancouver to Edmonton

 

The Ultimate Nova Scotia Road Trip

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When people are thinking of travelling to Canada, the East Coast sometimes gets left out. Cities like Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal often come to mind when people think of Canada, but the hidden gems of Canada are definitely out East. You’ll truly never find people who are nicer and towns that are more beautiful than you will on the East Coast. Places like Halifax, Cape Breton, and other spots in Nova Scotia need to be more recognized!

If you’re planning a trip to Canada, or just want to getaway, this is the perfect road trip for you. Starting in Halifax and ending at the Cabot Trail, you’ll get to see sights that you’ve never seen before. This 600 km road trip will take you approximately 7/1/2 hours of driving. Here is the guide to the ultimate Nova Scotia road trip:

  • No matter what time of year you decide to go to Halifax, you are guaranteed to fall deeply in love with the city. It’s a small city where everyone knows everyone, but they couldn’t be more welcoming. A few things you’ll want to check out there is the Halifax Harbour, as the boardwalk is one of the best tourist spots. Of course, the famous Peggys Point Lighthouse has to also be on your bucket list. I would recommend spending a lot of time in Halifax, as there is so much to see. Taking a boat tour on the ocean is also a great way to see the city!
  • Since the drive to other places in Nova Scotia isn’t too far, your next stop needs to be in Cape Breton. Cape Breton Island is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, and it looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean which is something you need to dip your toes in to. If you’re big into hiking, then this is the spot for you. You’ll need to check out Skyline Trail, which is part of the Cabot Trail, and is arguably one of the most important part of this road trip.
  • Cabot Trail is truly one of the world's most interesting and greatest road trips. It’s a chunk of the island which goes in a loop for 300 km, and you should make sure you spend a few days here as well. You’ll find ocean-side cliffs, a lot of wild animals, and of course, the greatest views ever. Even better? It’s a great place for a lot of parks, which means it will be easy to find a place to park your RV!

The recommended amount of days you should spend on this road trip is anywhere between 7 - 10 days. You’ll want to take your time exploring Halifax, Cape Breton, and driving around Cabot Trail to make sure you see all of it’s beauty.

Halifax to Cabot Trail

 

Sight Seeing Ontario Road Trip

Ontario Trip

Realistically, when you think of Canada, you think of places like Toronto. We know that Ottawa is the capital, but Toronto is the New York City of Canada! Coming to Canada, you definitely have to make your way to Ontario.

Ontario is filled with the best places to do everything you want. Hiking, relaxing, shopping, sight-seeing, camping, etc! If you’re looking for the ultimate sight-seeing road trip, this is the one for you. This road trip would take about 10 hours of driving, and you'd accumulate around 870 km. Here are all of the best places to sight-see in Ontario:

  • Start out in Algonquin Provincial Park to experience the best camping that Ontario has to offer. Algonquin Park has a massive selection of campgrounds for RVs, and you’ll never want to leave. I would recommend staying here for a few days, as you don’t want to miss out on the hikes, the clear water, and all of the activities that you can do here.
  • Next stop, the capital which is home to the government in Canada. Ottawa is a clean, beautiful, and diverse city that you’ll love. You can come to see the Parliament Buildings, but you’ll want to stay for the food, the nice people, and the trendiness of the city.
  • Now, onto Prince Edward County which is a great place to stop and relax. Not only do they have a lot of spas here, but you can park your RV, stay overnight, and go to a few wine tastings. Prince Edward County is a great little town to stop in before you go on to the next big city.
  • Toronto is the second to last stop on this road trip, and you’ll really be in for a treat. You’ll notice that downtown Toronto will look similar to New York City, and you’re not wrong. There are so many things to do in Toronto I can’t even name them all. But make sure to check out Dundas Square for pictures with the famous Toronto sign, check out the CN Tower, and eat at one of the thousands of restaurant you will pass by. If you can’t find somewhere to park your RV, you can always try out a Walmart car park as all their stores in Canada allow RVs to stay there overnight for free!
  • The last stop on this trip, which will definitely last a little while, is Niagara Falls. Did you really think I could talk about Ontario and not put in Niagara Falls?! If you’ve never been to Niagara Falls before, then this is a must-see. You can stand on the cliff-side watching the magical waterfall, or you can take it up a notch (or a lot) and go to the Skylon Tower which gives panoramic views of the city, as well as a cool look at the waterfall!

Since this road trip requires less driving, but longer stays, I’d recommend staying at least 10  to 13 days. There are so many cities on this trip, and they are all pretty big. You’ll be happy you booked a longer trip!

Algonquin Park to Niagara Falls

 

Must-See Quebec Road Trip

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Quebec is perfect for a road trip, as there is so much to see. If you’re looking to book for fall, winter, spring, or summer, you won’t be disappointed as there are so much to do in Quebec in all seasons! This is a great road trip for those who want to see a different part of Canada, as Quebec has a whole different vibe.

You’ll be able to see a ton of nature, a couple of cities, great places to eat poutine, and a few places to relax as well! This road trip is only 4 hours of driving over 360 km, so it’s great for those who may want to add on to their other Canadian trip or if you want a shorter trip. Here are all the must-see places in Quebec:

  • Gatineau Park is perfect for any season. In the summer, you can get your sweat on and in the fall, there is nothing more beautiful than a hike surrounded by colourful leaves. And in the winter and spring, you can bet that there are places to snow shoe! If you are an outdoorsy person, then don’t forget to pack your hiking shoes as this is the ultimate hiking spot.
  • Montebello is a must stop in this road trip. Not only does it have less than 1000 people living there, but it’s a cute town to relax in if you want to stop driving for a couple of days. You can stop in at Parc Omega, which is where you drive through a park and stop to feed the animals. It’s truly one of the best places! You can also stop at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello, not just for the rooms, but also to get a spa treatment! You’ll deserve it after all of that driving.
  • Next stop on our list is the one you’re probably the most excited for, which is Montreal. Montreal is like Toronto and Ottawa mixed together. It has so many historic buildings, and the downtown core is always busy. You’ll seriously find so much to do there, from sight-seeing, to eating (I recommend trying the poutine if you haven’t), to just taking a walk through the downtown core. You’re bound to find so much just walking down the street!
  • Last stop, Mont Tremblant. This is a place that everyone in Canada loves because it’s like a mini getaway no matter who you go with. Mont Tremblant is also perfect for any season; in the winter you can go skiing or snowboarding, and in the summer you can lay out and get a tan! And don’t forget about the beauty of how colourful it is in the fall. Even if you just stop in here for a night, you won’t regret it. You’ll find that it looks like it could be a little town in Europe.

I would recommend staying a few days in Quebec, especially since it doesn’t require much driving. 5 days would be the minimum, as you’d want to stay in Montreal for at least 3 and in Tremblant for at least one.

Gatineau Park to Mont Tremblant

 

The Flatlands Road Trip

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Ever wonder what it would be like to drive through miles and miles of Flatlands? If you decide to choose this trip, then you won’t have to wonder anymore! From Saskatchewan to Winnipeg, this road trip will show you a ton of things you probably didn’t even know existed in Canada. Well buckle your seat belts, you’re in for a non-bumpy ride!

Saskatchewan and Manitoba are two very underrated provinces in Canada. They’re usually left out of road trip stops, and there is no reason for it at all. Once you take this road trip, you’ll understand why it’s so underrated. The driving on this trip would take around 12 hours to cover 1,120 km. Here are the must-see places in the Flatlands:

  • First, we’ll start out in Saskatoon which has a population of 250,000. While it may be small, this is a great place to go to if you love all things nature. They have a few zoo’s, a ton of land, and they truly have some of the best cafes you’ll find in Canada. You don’t have to spend too much time in Saskatoon, as you'll want save it to spend time in Canada.
  • Next stop is the capital! Regina is the capital of Saskatchewan, and it’s filled with historic buildings that you’ll want to take many pictures of. If you’re really into spots like museums, farmers’ markets, parks, and low-key things to do, then you’ll love this stop on your trip.
  • Ready to see something other than a city? The Big Muddy Badlands are one of Canada's best-kept secrets. When you get there, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Nature created this amazing architecture, and they actually call it the 'Wild West'. Standing 70 metres high is a landmark that they call ‘Castle Butte’, which is from the Ice Age. You can see it in the sunset picture above. This is a great place to stop between Regina and Winnipeg and it’s the perfect spot to park your RV and get out to roam!
  • The second to last stop on this road trip is Winnipeg, which is the capital of Manitoba and a place everyone needs to visit at least once in their life. If you love shopping, historic buildings, and a low-key city, then you’ll fall in love with Winnipeg. There is nothing like a small but big city, and Winnipeg really screams that.
  • The last stop on this road trip is Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, which was built in 1830, so it has a lot of history. This is a great place to stop in if you were ever wondering what it was like to live the prairie life. You can also go on a tour to find out more!

This road trip has a lot of driving, so I would recommend around 7-10 days so you can spend a few days in each major city and have stops along the way.

Saskatoon to Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

 


 

These road trips are perfect - whether you already live in Canada and just want to explore your own country, or if you've always wanted to visit this amazing country. No matter what road trip you decide to go on, you'll be amazed at how different all of Canada is! All the driving will be worth it when you see the beauty of Canada and what it has to offer. 

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