Canadian Road Trip Vacations
What is it they say about the journey being just as important as the destination? In the case of road trips, anyway, the journey is certainly a good part of the fun—especially if you’re someone who likes to travel at your own pace and have plenty of flexibility. Whether you’re an active traveller who wants to get out of the car to hike or see the sights several times a day, or someone who enjoys the open road—flanked by idyllic scenery—for hours at a time, there’s a Canadian road trip for you. We can build an itinerary that includes the finest accommodations or rustic wilderness lodges. Move every day, or settle in for four nights at each of two fabulous resorts. Focus on wildlife, emphasize culture, or go high adrenaline. We’ll build in plenty of activity, or keep things very free flow—it’s up to you.
Western Canada Road Trips
If you want to see it all, consider the West Coast Explorer, which combines city time in Vancouver and Victoria with wilderness escapes in Whistler and Pacific Rim National Park. Seaside scenery, ancient rainforests, whale- and bear-viewing are complemented by urban highlights and top-notch accommodations—including the exquisite Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino. On Pacific Country Inns, time at the “Wick” and in Vancouver and Victoria is complemented by a two-night stay at the charming Hastings House on Salt Spring Island. Arriving from Vancouver via ferry, you’ll experience all the charms—including an art safari and local food tastings—of the largest of the idyllic Gulf Islands. Alternatively, pair the wildlife viewing and sophisticated resort feel of Whistler with time at Siwash Lake Ranch. In addition to horseback riding (for all levels, to your heart’s content, including instruction), there’s plenty of hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and swimming, plus wildlife tracking and guided eco-adventures. For details, see Siwash Lake Ranch & Whistler Resort.
Exploring the Rockies
Flying into Calgary and out of Vancouver, Peaks to Pacific might just be the ultimate western road trip. Stops in Banff and Jasper—not to mention jaw-dropping drives—offer a solid introduction to the Rockies, after which it’s on to B.C.’s Sun Peaks and Whistler resorts, then down to Tofino, Victoria and Vancouver. If you prefer to focus on the Rockies—and enjoy a slightly more leisurely pace—the Heart of the Rockies includes stays in the popular destinations of Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff. There’s plenty of time to enjoy both the scenery and outdoor activities, and to explore the quaint mountain towns along the way. Chalets of the Rockies features stays at three different mountain lodges and lots of leisure time to enjoy Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Of course, any combination of accommodations and activities are possible—ask us what’s best for your romantic holiday or family vacation.
Eastern Canada Road Trips
Ontario and Québec offer an entirely different kind of road trip—one where the stops are less about mountain vistas and more about history and culture, food and wine, art and architecture. In Ontario, the natural wonder of Niagara Falls awaits (best seen by helicopter)—an experience we think should be complemented by visits to nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake and the increasingly well-known wineries of the Niagara Peninsula. On Eastern Canada Express, we combine all the Niagara highlights with a stay in exciting Toronto, after which it’s off to the twin treasures of Montréal and Québec City for great food, wine, history and shopping. If you prefer to focus on Exploring La Belle Province, consider driving from Montréal to Mont Tremblant before finishing in historic Québec City.
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Maligne Lake Road, Banff National Park, Alberta
Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta
Snocoach at Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta