Our friendly neighbors to the north have it made! Breathtaking scenery, friendly people, awesome skiing ... all things you'll find when you cross the border. You’ve probably heard a lot of great, although sometimes exaggerated, things about Canada, but take a trip and see for yourself why a road trip through Canada should be on your bucket list. It’ll be a great adventure and you’ll get to experience the beauty that lies just north of the United States.
The Trans-Canada Highway
We have thousands of miles of highway here in America that criss cross all over the country, making it easy to take your travel trailer or fifth wheel from one coast to the other. But if you’re heading out to take a road trip through Canada, there's one main highway that you'll want to stick to. The Trans-Canada Highway spans 8,030 kilometers (that’s about 4,989 miles for American folks) from Newfoundland and Labrador all the way over to British Columbia! While it makes crossing Canada pretty straightforward, it mainly runs along the southern portion of Canada, so you’ll definitely want to stray from it from time to time so you can see some amazing sights that are located north of the highway. If you keep a pace of about 185-250 miles per day, you can comfortably see many great Canadian features in about two weeks!
Beyond Beautiful Natural Wonders
Make sure you brush up on your photography skills before heading north to Canada because you'll be surrounded by stunning landscapes and beautiful views that are definitely photo-worthy! Gorgeous lakes, mountains, cliffs, and other amazing natural vistas will take your breath away. National parks like Banff, Jasper, Yojo, and many others must be on your list of places to make a pit stop. If you have your RV from RV World in tow, there are plenty of great campgrounds in and near these national parks for convenient, comfortable overnight accommodations so you can prolong your stay here.
Virginia Falls in Nahanni is almost twice as high as Niagara Falls! The cliffs of the Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne National Park are stunning, and they look like they’re straight from the Irish seaside. And how could you say no to seeing Mount Thor on Baffin Island, which features the world’s largest vertical drop? Canada is also home to around three million lakes, and Muskoka was named the number one top choice of the top ten best summer trips by National Geographic Traveler back in 2014! Natural beauty abounds in Canada, so get out there and see it for yourself.
Whether you’re looking for a delicious restaurant for an enjoyable dinner or just stopping along the highway, Canada has some great eats! Canadians love their fresh food like salmon and delicious AAA Alberta beef. Toronto is such an amazing cultural center, you must make sure to stop and sample their top-notch cuisine. Quebec is know for their mouthwatering poutine, which consists of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds. Need we say more? There are also great fast food options, like Harvey’s and Swiss Chalet, and a now-American favorite, Tim Horton’s, originated in Canada as well. Don’t forget the maple syrup!
If you love hitting the slopes, then a road trip across Canada will put you smack dab in the middle of skiing heaven! Lake Louise, located in Banff National Park near the border of Alberta and British Columbia, is not only one of the largest ski resorts in North America, but it offers some of the most amazing views you’ll see anywhere. With towering mountains and dazzling blue water, you'll feel like you're skiing in a snowy paradise. It even features top-notch shopping, like an Aspen of the north!
Whistler Blackcomb, located just north of Vancouver, is another awesome choice for hitting the slopes in western Canada! It has been named the #1 ski resort in North America by Ski Magazine for three years in a row, so you can bet the skiing is first class! And while you're here, fly high above the tree lines at an exhilarating speed by signing up for a fun ziplining trip with one of the local ziplining tour companies. They guarantee an unforgettable afternoon soaring through the sky.
With so many great ski resorts peppered around Canada, including Mont-Tremblant and Le Massif in Quebec, consider loading up your ski equipment and gear into your toy hauler and making the trip north for an epic Canadian ski getaway.
Good Exchange Rate
It is impossible to say that this will still be true even a week from now, but the exchange rate between Canadian and U.S. dollars is great right now (for Americans, anyway)! Just think of it in terms of paying for gas or food; you’ll actually be spending less than if you were in the U.S. That’s music to any road-tripper's ears!
The people of Canada will make a road trip across the country one to remember! Just like America, Canada is a big melting pot of different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences that will make for interesting conversations. You'll likely find that there’s a general humbleness and charm to many Canadians that we just don’t seem to have here in the United States.
We hope that all these great reasons have convinced you that a road trip through Canada should be on your bucket list! Pack up your RV in anticipation for your trip, or head to RV World in Grand Rapids if you are just embarking on the RVing lifestyle, as we have the best selection and lowest prices of RVs in the nation! We even recommend some that are perfect for traveling through the mountains. From small, lightweight pop-ups to large, luxurious fifth wheels, and everything in between, we have the perfect RV for you! What other reasons make Canada a must for a road trip? Comment and share your thoughts!