Three Great Road Trip Destinations in Canada

by admin on May 28, 2013

 

Looking for the perfect road trip this summer? Canada has something for everyone. Whether you only have a day, a weekend, or a full-fledged summer vacation to spend, a car rental provides a worry-free way of enjoying everything this majestic country has to offer.

The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Step back in time to discover the still vibrant remains of the Acadian and Gaelic cultures, alive and well in Nova Scotia. Cape Breton Island is where the Cabot Trail begins. The trail encompasses a 185 mile (298 km.) loop around much of the island, and Baddeck is a great place to start. Baddeck is home to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, which includes a museum celebrating the inventor’s work. Bell built a home after vacationing in the area and spent much of the last 30 years of his life there, tinkering in his laboratory. The world-class Bell Bay Golf Club also calls Baddeck home.

About 30 miles (48 km.) down the road lies the tiny community of Indian Brook. Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort is a nice place to spend the evening in one of their cabins, or even a teepee. They also have a delightful bistro that features a bounty of fresh lobster, crab, mussels, oysters and fish. They even offer trail lunches if you prefer to picnic along the way. If you’re in the mood for adventure, Cabot Shores also provides whale watching excursions, puffin tours, and lobster fishing trips.

An hour further up the coast brings Ingonish Beach and the Cape Smokey Provincial Park, which sits atop Smoky Mountain, with breathtaking 900 foot high cliffs overlooking the ocean. It is a lovely spot for a picnic. Three miles of trails provide even more stunning views. Keltic Lodge Resort and Spa provides fantastic accommodations in a relaxing and pampering environment and is home to Highlands Links, which is consistently ranked in the top 100 golf courses throughout the world.

Breton Highlands National Park is at the northernmost point. This pristine wilderness is home to majestic moose and the elusive black bear. The Cabot Trail follows the edge of the park, traversing steep cliffs.

On the west coast of the island, on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, is the little Acadian fishing village of Chéticamp. The residents still speak primarily native French. The Cabot Trail Sea & Golf Chalets is the site of Le Portage Golf Club, the third course of the so-called “Fabulous Foursome” that dot the trail. Sit on the boardwalk, watch the sun go down, and enjoy authentic Acadian music drifting through the breeze.

If your ideal vacation is one that includes your golf clubs in the trunk of your car rental, fabulous seafood, and beautiful scenery, the Cabot Trail is the trip for you.

Stratford, Ontario

Stratford, Ontario

Residents and visitors alike that are based in London or Toronto, Ontario, can head to Stratford. Just a short, picturesque drive away, Stratford is great for a day trip or a weekend getaway. Charming little villages, inns, and the beauty of the Thames River make for a relaxing day of fishing, picnicking, or lazily paddling down the river. This 18th century town is the home of the annual Stratford Summer Music Festival, featuring a month-long bevy of outdoor concerts ranging from jazz to classical to contemporary. Come hungry. Stratford is also home to many fine-dining restaurants.

 

The Chatham-Kent Corridor, Ontario

Chatam-Kent

Go hog wild cruising this scenic region of 23 little communities along Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and the Thames River. The area is quickly becoming a top motorcycle touring destination. A truck rental is the ideal way to tow your bikes to your lodging. Then start motorcycle cruising the open road along pretty-as-a-picture Highway 3 in the lovely town of Port Dover, overlooking the shores of Lake Erie. Port Dover holds a biker rally that tallies in the thousands every time the calendar marks Friday the 13th! The Coast motorcycle route, which is 218 miles (351 km.) takes approximately eight hours. Historic stops denote the escape route the British took during the war of 1812 as well as stops along the Underground Railroad that gave ex-slaves their freedom.

These are just a few of the great routes Canada has for vacationers to get out and explore the wild blue yonder, vast spaces, and splendid beauty of the Great Northwoods.

 

 

Author Byline: Jean-Pierre Gauthier is an avid traveler. He enjoys backpacking, road trips and visiting historical monuments. If you are looking to rent a car anywhere in Canada, look to Discount Car & Truck Rentals.

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