Road Trippin' In Canada

Road Trippin' In Canada
Check out the roaring Niagara Falls on the road trip, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

My wife, son (26 years old) and I intend to visit Canada. Our tentative dates are October 12 to 21. We will be flying from Miami, USA, to Calgary, and want to head back to Miami from Toronto. We’d like to see east and west Canada, as well as Toronto and Niagara Falls. Can you suggest where we should go by car/flight? Which would you recommend in terms of natural beauty and driving experience, as well as accommodation and vegetarian food?

By: KAMLESH SHAH
February 25 , 2019
01 Min Read

If you want to visit both east and west Canada, then your foray into the Canadian Rockies should be on one of the most scenic roads in the world: Calgary to Jasper. The distance is about 430km and it is an epic road trip that includes the stunning stretch called Icefields Parkway. Your route would be Calgary–Cochrane–Banff–Lake Louise–Jasper, and I suggest you to double back the same way instead of routing yourselves through Edmonton. If you have just one driver between you, take it in stages—there are many accommodation options in Banff as well as Lake Louise (banfflakelouise.com and jasper.travel). A few points: (a) Pack plenty of food at the pit stops, especially since you say you prefer vegetarian. You’ll come across many picnic-worthy spots to halt at. (b) Tank up because some stretches of the road are fairly remote and if you do come across fuel stations, they’ll be pricier than usual. (c) Do a weather and road closure check before you leave. (d) Use daylight for driving, and watch out for animal crossings. You’re travelling in the shoulder season, and so should be able to find hotels somewhat cheaper than during the peak seasons. Vegetarian food should not be a problem if you communicate clearly. The trip can be done in as little as three days or as much as a week. Fly from Calgary to Toronto, where you can tick off the city and Niagara Falls.


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