Summer Road Trip Essential Stops

Essential Stops for Your Summer Road Trip

We’re into the second week of July of a very special year. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation there’s still time. Isn’t there a better way to continue celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday than with the quintessential Canadian road trip?

Whatever your interest; nature, hiking, whale watching, wildlife, wine, food, beaches, views, city life, Canada has it all. And of course there is the free admission to Canada’s National Parks with the 2017 Discovery Pass.

Enjoy your time in this great country of ours! Staying ‘local’ for your summer vacation, keeps your hard-earned vacation dollars in the communities you visit. This helps support local economies making them and Canada stronger.

No matter the direction here are some of Canada’s can’t-miss stops:


Niagara Peninsula: Don’t miss Ontario’s own wine region, famous for wines made from cool-climate varietals such as Pinot Noir, Gamay, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Ontario’s Southwest: Beaches, wine, craft beer, birding, cycling and cheese. Need we say more? Visit to start planning your local vacation today!

Western Ontario: The drive brings you: theatre in Stratford, sunsets on Lake Huron, hiking the Bruce Trail and the 100th International Plowing Match in September. Perfect for a lovely summer weekend.

Ottawa: Celebrate Canada 150 in our capital. Enjoy free tours of the Parliament Buildings, share a beaver tail, walk the Rideau Canal or go whitewater rafting on the Ottawa River.



Churchill: The trek northwest into Manitoba is worth it for the wildlife – Hudson Bay is the polar bear capital of the world and offers great whale-watching in the summer.

Banff National Park: Don’t miss the awe-inspiring peaks, glaciers, alpine pools and hiking trails of this Alberta gem, a short drive from Calgary.

Jasper National Park: Continue your exploration of Alberta’s natural wonders by catching a glimpse of the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier.

Vancouver: Explore the 1,000 acre Stanley Park, and pick up some of the freshest fish you could ask for at the Granville Island Public Market.



Montebello: Be sure to check out the Fairmont Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin and sample from the roadside poutine stands along the way.

Montreal: With more than 5,600 restaurants, you’re sure to find a memorable meal in this culinary capital.

Quebec City: Relax by the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, and take your own snapshot of the world’s most-photographed hotel, the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac.

Hopewell Rocks: If you’re journeying further east to New Brunswick, catch a view of the intense tides at this spot on the Bay of Fundy.

The Cabot Trail: The trail on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton offers gorgeous ocean views and pristine beaches.

For full details and travel tips at these and many more sites, visit the local tourism authority’s website.

Summer road trip