If you’re looking for a new adventure, why not think about a road trip to Canada? As a travel blogger I find it curious that most domestic road trips stay within U.S. borders. More people / families should venture over the Canadian border to explore its great destinations such as Toronto, Quebec City, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Vancouver, Banff, Victoria and Calgary. However, before you plan your road trip, I have a few ideas to help you put together the best itinerary for your family, along with a few travel tips to ensure a smooth experience.
Road Trip to Canada – Where to Begin?
Where are You Going?
This may seem like an obvious question, but inspiration strikes more often these days from something you saw online or heard from a friend. Where exactly was that dreamy log cabin? Do you really know where that breathtaking blue lake is? My suggestion, start from the top.
- Make a Pinterest board (here’s my Canada Pinterest board so you can have a head start).
- Figure out what you want your adventure to be themed on. Outdoor adventure, city breaks, history, or maybe you just want to explore the scenery and let the road take you.
- Narrow down your favorite visuals and compare them to the practicality of your family’s needs/travel vibe. You can even share that board with your family members so they can add to it and offer feedback. If you have some time you can go see a sports game and bet online.
How are You Getting There?
Now that you’ve narrowed down your road trip to Canada, you’ll want to figure out if you’re going to be driving from home or flying to a regional airport and renting a car. The addition of airline tickets can be costly. If you’re working within a budget you may want to compare driving vs flying and driving. And, if you choose to fly, remember to check the larger airports over the smaller ones for better fares. My tips on finding low fares here.
Logistics, Logistics and More Logistics
Logistics on a road trip to Canada, or any road trip for that matter, can really make or break your experience. Research is key! Once you’ve sorted the details of how you’re getting to your road trip car, make an itinerary. Here are some things to ask yourself:
- How long is the entire trip?
- How many destinations do I want to see?
- How many nights/destination?
- How many hours do I want to cover a day driving?
- Eating on the road vs eating at the destination (look up some good places in advance).
- Plan your excursion time and allow plenty of padding for unexpected things and spontaneous adventures.
The Red Tape
There’s always red tape. Make sure you go over this checklist before you leave for your road trip to Canada!
- Make sure everyone has their appropriate travel documents. The last thing you want is to arrive without actually arriving.
- Have confirmations of tours, hotels and coupons ready to access in your email and a backup printed version in case you can’t find internet service.
- Notify your bank/credit cards that you’ll be out of the country.
- Make sure family, friends or a neighbor knows when you’re leaving and when you’ll return.
- Make sure your pets have a sitter or get your boarding in order.
Road trips can be amazing, life-changing even. They can also go terribly wrong, National Lampoon style. Follow these tips and suggestions and your road trip to Canada will be amazing.