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Planning a road trip through Canada

Planning a road trip through Canada

Canada is known worldwide for its natural beauty. With rolling hills, sparkling blue waters, boreal forests, natural parks and mountain peaks, Canada really has it all. As vaccinations roll out across the country and domestic travel restrictions lift, it's a great time to explore all that Canada has to offer.

If you’re looking to explore more of this beautiful country without breaking the bank, follow this helpful guide of national attractions you can visit.

British Columbia Road Trip Stops 

Alberta Road Trip Stops

Saskatchewan Road Trip Stops 

Manitoba Road Trip Stops 

  • Little Limestone Lake – Despite the ‘little’ in its name, Little Limestone Lake is one of the biggest and best marl, colour-changing lakes in the world. Marl is created when calcite, an element of the limestone, precipitates from warm water. In the summer, when the temperature rises, the amount of marl increases, causing the lake to change from a bright turquoise in the morning to a beautiful robin’s egg blue in the afternoon. 
  • Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge – If your trip to the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge in Vancouver wasn’t enough to satisfy your craving for adventure, then a trip to the Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge should be your next stop. This bridge is 54 metres long and crosses the lush Pinawa Channel. The bridge was built by a group of volunteers in the late 1990s under direction of the Pinawa Trails Group and is known affectionately by locals as the ‘Labour of Love’. 

Ontario Road Trip Stops

  • Niagara Falls – No Canadian road trip would be complete without a visit to one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Niagara Falls is free to visit and there are several lookout points that offer varying views of the natural wonder. If you really want to get up close, you can pay to take a voyage on the Hornblower Niagara cruise, which will take you on a 20-minute voyage behind the Falls.
  • Ottawa – Just because school’s out for summer doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities for learning. From a visit to Parliament Hill, to a walk through the Canadian Museum of History, there are plenty of free opportunities to learn more about this great country in the nation’s capital. Be sure to make it to Parliament Hill promptly at 10:00 AM to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony. 
  • Toronto – Whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life, or want to relax and unwind in one of Toronto’s many parks, the city has it all. 
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park – If you’re looking to see more of Canada’s natural beauty on your road trip, then the Bruce Peninsula National Park is a must-see. The Park is home to the Cyrpus Lake Grotto – a large sea cave containing a pool of water. On sunny days, it can appear is if the pool is glowing thanks to an underwater tunnel that extends through the cliff to Georgian Bay. If you plan on visiting the Grotto, be sure to to book your reservation ahead of time.

Quebec Road Trip Stops 

  • Montreal – Montreal is well-known for being a cultural hub. The city is home to several free museums, including the Redpath Museum and The Musee des Beaux Arts. Montreal also boasts The Grande Bibliotheque, a five-story tall library containing over 4,000,000 works. Plan to take a walk along the peaceful Quays of the Old Port of Montreal where you can learn more about the Old Port’s marine life and historical heritage.  
  • Battlefields Park (Parc des Champs-de-Bataille) – If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to visit the 267-strip of land often referred to as the Plains of Abraham where historic The Battle of Quebec took place.
  • Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec) -- Walking the streets of Old Quebec will feel like you’ve been transported back in time. With horse-drawn carriages, quaint stone builds and narrow, winding streets, this historic neighbourhood is full of sightseeing opportunities. From the Citadel, the Quartier Petit-Champlain and the Notre-Dame Basilica, you’ll be wowed by the city’s breathtaking architecture. 

Nova Scotia Road Trip Stops 

  • Peggy’s Cove – Head to Peggy’s Cove for an essential postcard perfect shot of the east coast. Walk around the charming fishing village before visiting the site of the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse perched on top of the rocks, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • Cape Breton National Park – Travel the world-famous Cabot Trail coastline to get to this lush park where forested canyons are carved into the ancient plateau and mountains meet the sea. Cape Breton National Park is also home to iconic Canadian wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes open for moose roaming the forest and whales breaking waves in the Atlantic. 

New Brunswick Road Trip Stops 

  • St. John – St. John was Canada’s first incorporated city in 1785, so it’s teeming with national and local history. Make sure you take the time to visit the St. John City Market, which is the oldest running market in Canada.
  • Bay of Fundy – Home to the world’s highest tides, the Bay of Fundy has plenty of exploration opportunities. You can walk on the ocean floor at the site of the Hopewell Rocks, or kayak around the rock formations once the tide rolls in. 

Prince Edward Island Road Trip Stops

  • Cavendish – Cavendish is home to PEI’s famous red sand beaches, Green Gables Heritage Place (the inspiration for the setting of L.M. Montgomery’s nationally iconic novel Anne of Green Gables), as well as some of the country’s best potatoes. 

Not all road trips can go as expected, so it’s important to review your insurance policy ahead of time and know what you’re covered for. Then you can drive Canada’s scenic roads with the peace of mind that you and your loved ones are protected. 

If you have any questions about your existing auto or recreational vehicle policy coverage, or want to know more about recommended coverage for long distance driving, contact your TW insurance broker at 1-888-338-2685. If you're taking a travel trailer on your trip, you can get online trailer quote today.