With the weather heating up, many people find themselves getting bit by the travel bug. Road trips are a great option for a budget-friendly family getaway.
With over 5,000 kilometres from coast to coast full of breathtaking scenery and landmarks, Canada is a must-see. Check out these noteworthy destination ideas to ensure your next family road trip is full of memorable experiences, right here in Canada.
Elora Quarry: This is the place for a full day of family fun, featuring a natural swimming hole surrounded by 40-foot cliffs. Roughly two hours north-west of Toronto, this hot-spot is perfect to take the kids for a dip, have a barbeque lunch or take a hike on one of the many trails.
Photo by: Grand River Conservation
Banff & Lake Louise: Located within Banff National Park in Alberta, Lake Louise offers breathtaking landscapes with its piercing blue colour and surrounding mountains. The gondola ride is sure to be a hit with the kids, while allowing the entire family to get a 360-degree view of the Rocky Mountains. Whether taking the two-and-a-half-hour drive from Calgary or the six-hour trek from Edmonton, Lake Louise is worth the trip.
Photo by: Banff Gondola
The Cabot Trail: With just under 300 kilometres of roadway from beginning to end, this scenic route in Nova Scotia is the perfect coastal drive full of spectacular views. The entire family will be thrilled to discover all that Cape Breton has to offer – and there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Grab a snack at the beach canteen in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, or kayak in the world-famous North River.
Photo by: Cabot Trail Adventures
The Eastern Townships: This charming region of Quebec is in between the Saint Lawrence River and the North Eastern U.S., about an hour south of Montreal. The countryside is filled with charm, natural landscapes and gourmet food and drinks. Keep the kids entertained with a treetop adventure in Lac Mégantic or a visit to the water park in Bromont.
Photo by: Tourism Eastern Townships
Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park: If you and the family feel like breaking a sweat after sitting in the car for a lengthy period of time, then this is the perfect spot for you. With a well-maintained, family-friendly hiking trail alongside stunning waterfalls – this destination will not disappoint.
Photo by: Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park (RLC Park Services)