If you’re planning a trip to Canada, hiring a car is the best and most cost-effective way to explore the country. The roads are perfect for road trips, with wide lanes that are easy and safe to drive on. With so much to see, exploring by car will ensure you don’t miss a thing. Just remember to drive on the other side of the road!
Make family memories that will last a lifetime by travelling these breathtaking road trip routes in Canada.
1. Vancouver to Tofino, British Columbia
For a short but incredible road trip, take your family on ajourney from Vancouver to Tofino. You can find options for car rental in Canada directly from the Vancouver airport. The route takes you from Vancouver to Horseshoe Bay, where you can board a ferry to Vancouver Island and the city of Nanaimo. While on the boat, you can get out of your car and head to the observation deck. Your kids will love it and you’ll have a chance to watch for whales.
Once you get off the ferry, you’ll drive through the temperate rainforest which is so ancient that some of the trees are over 800 years old. There are opportunities to stop at lakes, see incredible mountain vistas and see wildlife. As you continue, you’ll hit a few beach towns ending finally in Tofino, which is a quaint surfing and fishing town.
2. The Viking Trail, Newfoundland
On the other side of the country, you can follow in the footsteps of some of the first settlers in Canada — The Vikings. There are settlements on this route that date back over a thousand years, which is very old for this new country. Gander International Airport is closest to the beginning of this trail, and from there you can rent a car. The trail starts at Deer Lake and ends at St. Anthony.
The people of Newfoundland are friendly and you’ll learn a lot about the history and culture of the ancient peoples from the locals. While driving the trail, you’ll see fishing villages, whales and icebergs, with the opportunity to travel through Gros Morne National Park. The park is home to moose, caribou, arctic and red foxes and black bears.
3. Calgary to Drumheller and the Badlands
Drumheller is one of the coolest places to take your family to in Canada. The route from Calgary takes less than 2 hours, so it’s a short and sweet road trip that everyone will enjoy. Drumheller is known as the dinosaur capital of the world. It is located in the “Badlands”, which is an area of 35,000-square-miles in Alberta. It got its name because of how hard the terrain was to cross, and when you visit, you’ll see why. Its otherworldly appearance features stone columns across the landscape called hoodoos, and many unique fossils and dinosaur bones have been found there.
Drumheller also boasts the world’s largest dinosaur, which is an artificial T-Rex that you can climb to the top of for a view out of its mouth. It also has one of the best dinosaur museums in the world, where you can see palaeontologists at work. The whole family will enjoy the drive and learn a lot about Canada’s prehistoric history in the process.