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1 July 2022

The Best Canadian Road Trip Ideas For Summer Travel

Winding through the mountains in Yoho National Park. Photo by Destination BC/Albert Normandin

Despite the high cost of gas, many Canadians are looking to hit the road this summer and explore the great Canadian landscape by car. There are so many incredible road trips to be had all around the country and we’ve been slowly highlighting them in the Landsby Journal.

While we still haven’t gotten to them all, we wanted to present you with a roundup of all the road trips we’ve discussed on the Journal in one place to offer you inspiration of where to go and what to see.

Happy travels.

Photo c/o Tourism Quebec

See Québec on one of these 5 beautiful routes

Québec is the largest of Canada’s 10 provinces and has a vast network of roads that take travellers through forests, cities, small villages and some of Canada’s most stunning scenery — with panoramic views of mountains, rivers and the sea. If you are looking for a summer or fall road trip, Québec delivers in every way: safe, beautiful and charming, with accommodations to match. Read all about it on our Scenic Drives Through Québec post and be sure to check out our growing range of Québec experiences.

RV Road Trip

Explore Canada By RV

With wide-open spaces and a huge variety of landscapes to explore, Canada is made for road-tripping. Why not turn an everyday staycation into a fun adventure with a classic RV rental? Perfect for couples, groups of friends or a family, hitting the road with your private hotel room in tow is always an exciting experience. If an RV road trip is in your plans, take a look at our post about the top RV routes to try in Canada.

Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island

Experience the Cabot Trail

The 298 kilometre Cabot Trail winds its way around the coast of Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, hugging the mountains on one side while overlooking the rising sea on the other. Sure you could complete this journey in one day, but where’s the fun in that? You’ll want to plan several days for this scenic route as it is one of the best road trips in the world and you won’t want to miss a thing. Read our post on the Top 10 Scenic Stops Along the Cabot Trail. 

PEI

Photo by Sander Meurs c/o Tourism PEI

Drive the coast in Prince Edward Island

Just the mere mention of Prince Edward Island immediately conjures up images of dramatic red cliffs, rolling green fields and a spunky heroine named Anne. Canada’s smallest island delivers charm in spades and offers visitors countless opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. Summertime on the island is spectacular. We love lazily watching the tide come in on one of the many stunning beaches, indulging in seafood caught that morning and spending time on a patio in lively Charlottetown. But one of the easiest ways to explore the beauty of this small province is through its three amazing coastal drives that take you around the whole island. Read about PEI’s Three Stunning Coastal Drives.

Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt

Fall in love with Alberta’s Cowboy Trail

The thrill and beauty of driving along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is reason enough to head out on the Cowboy Trail. But if you’re looking to get off the road and experience ranch life for yourself or just explore the beauty of the area, we’ve rounded up a list of cool stops along the route. Read about the Top Places to stop on Alberta’s Cowboy Trail.

Ruby Lake on the Sunshine Coast Highway. Photo by Destination BC/Andrew Strain

Tackle a road trip in beautiful British Columbia

At 944,735 km², British Columbia is larger than Germany and France combined, and it has a rich array of different natural spaces, cities, and towns to explore. Unless you have little interest in stopping to admire BC’s great outdoors, we highly advise against attempting to “see everything”. Instead, take the time and care to jot down the places that interest you most in BC and then plot them on a map. Looking at these dots on the map, a natural driving route might start to suggest itself to you. Read about our top spots to put on your BC road trip for inspiration.

Visit coastal towns in New Brunswick

From the world’s highest tides to unique cultural attractions, New Brunswick is a delightful province to visit. Located south of Quebec’s Gaspé region, New Brunswick is the first Atlantic province visitors encounter when driving to the Maritimes from mainland Canada. For inspiration on what to see when visiting the province, read our post on the Best Coastal Towns to Visit in New Brunswick.

Staying in or Visiting Ontario?

And if you live in Ontario and are looking to stay close to home this summer or are visiting Ontario on a road trip this year, we have so many ideas on places to go and things to see. Be sure to discover them all by browsing our Landsby Journal Ontario section.

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