With COVID restrictions gradually lifting throughout Canada and a phased reopening of international borders scheduled to begin on 9 August, it's time for non-Canadians to consider road tripping in Canada.
Each province has an ultimate road trip to embark on. The pandemic is not yet over, and RV travel still remains one of the safest ways to holiday, so we’ve compiled a selection of ultimate RV road trips by province which should be on your bucket list in 2021.
Sea to Sky Highway – British Columbia
While this road trip is only 162km long and can be done as a return day trip, we recommend you plan to spend up to 3 days on the route, as there’s so much to see and do.
Before beginning the Sea to Sky, spend some time in Vancouver to discover what makes this city such a popular place to visit.
From West Vancouver, detour west to Horseshoe Bay where opportunities exist for self-drive power boat rentals and boat trips in Howe Sound. Look out for the cultural journey interpretive kiosks, in the shape of cedar-bark hats, and learn about the area’s local indigenous people.
Check out our Sea to Sky itinerary for more in-depth information on things to see and do along the way.
Whistler is an outdoor lover’s paradise. This mountain town is one of the top four-season resorts in North America. An engineering feat, known as the Peak 2 Peak gondola whisks you between the town’s two mountain peaks, high above the valley floor below. For added excitement, board a glass-bottom car!
Continue on Highway 99 north to Pemberton and Lillooet and return back to Vancouver along the same route or make it a circle tour, returning via Highways 12 and 1 through the Fraser Canyon and the small ‘chainsaw-carving’ town of Hope.
Icefields Parkway – Alberta
The Icefields Parkway, linking Lake Louise with Jasper, has been rated one of the world’s top drives by Condé Nast Traveller and few would dispute that. There’s something new and spectacular to see around every turn, from ancient glaciers to emerald lakes and towering mountains. Opportunities for hiking abound and wildlife might pop out from nowhere when you least expect it. For those less inclined to hike, the Parkway should be planned as a full day trip but, with many National Park campgrounds along the way, consider taking your time to explore in depth.
Not to be missed are Bow Lake, Peyto Lake & Bow Summit, Saskatchewan River Crossing, the Weeping Wall, Big Hill and Big Bend, Parker Ridge, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk, Sunwapta Falls and Athabaska Falls.
Jasper marks the end of the Parkway, but not the adventure that still lies ahead. Plan a 2-3 day stay here to soak in the uniqueness of this small alpine town and enjoy all it has to offer.
Montreal to Gaspésie Circle Route, Quebec
Lapped by the cool waters of the St Lawrence River and Bay, the Gaspé Peninsula is known for its contrasting landscapes, friendly people and lighthouses galore!
This ultimate road trip begins in Montreal, the most bilingual city in Quebec, and spans both shores of the St Lawrence River along its 2200km route. Highlights include some of the most beautiful villages in Quebec, gastronomy, jaw-dropping sunsets, coastal landscapes and countless opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting and outdoor adventure.
Picturesque Lighthouses dot the shoreline of the peninsula, many welcoming you in for a visit. Seek out some covered bridges, enjoy Quebecois cuisine and overnight in the former fishing village of Percé, famous for its striking granite rock. Take a trip to Bonaventure Island and visit the most accessible northern gannet colony in the world.
Continue on to Gaspé and Forillon National Park. This was the first of Quebec’s federally operated national parks. The park includes forests, seacoast, salt marshes, sand dunes, cliffs, and the Eastern End of the Appalachians.
Along the peninsula’s northern coast, the Le Nordais wind Farm dominates the landscape at Cap Chat, its 100+ wind turbines having a generating capacity of 100MW. At Matane, board the ferry for a two-hour cruise across the St Lawrence to Baie-Comeau, returning to Montreal via picturesque Tadoussac, historical Quebec City and the former mill town of Trois-Rivieres. An unforgettable trip.
Georgian Bay Coastal Route – Ontario
Get up close and personal with nature along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. This multi-day 1350km+ route circumnavigates a body of water only 20% smaller than Lake Ontario. Wherever you choose to park your RV, the coast is close by. Visit Parry Sound, Killarney Provincial Park, Sudbury, Manitoulin Island and then board the ChiChiMaun ferry for a relaxing cruise to Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park. Take a boat trip to Flowerpot Island, go underground at Dynamic Earth, step back in history at Sante-Marie Among the Hurons or simply chill out and dip your toes into water at the longest freshwater beach in the world.
The Cabot Trail – Nova Scotia
Rising from the sea and clinging to the mountains above it, the 298 kilometer long loop known as the Cabot Trail on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island takes you through small fishing villages, past sandy beaches and over winding roads, providing stunning views with every turn of the steering wheel. The trail can be done on a day trip, but that wouldn’t do it justice. Several days are needed to explore the hiking trails, look for wildlife, wander through artisan shops, take a sea kayaking trip or perhaps even indulge in a round of golf. The 8.2 kilometer Skyline Trail hiking loop is popular with visitors, affording an eagle eye’s view of the Cabot Trail as it winds around the mountain. A Park pass is required to walk the trail.
RV camping is available in nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park with reservations being accepted at Cheticamp, Ingonish Beach and Broad Cove. Three other campgrounds are designated ‘first come, first served”. Private campgrounds are also located outside the Park.
Got more than a few days to road trip? Our Grand Nova Scotia tour takes you through the best scenic highways in the province.
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