Road trips are amazing ways to see anything and everything you want to see. Some choose travel by air, but only by road can you experience the heart of a country and enjoy the nature. There are many popular road trips in Canada, but if you are truly the adventurous type and have a considerable amount of time to kill, there is no better way to see virtually all of Canada than along the Trans-Canada Highway. The country is also known for having the friendliest people and most amazing wildlife & nature, so ain’t that a big thumbs up for all you road trippers out there!
Like any good road trip there are two ends to the Trans-Canada Highway and depending on which end you begin your journey, you will have the opportunity to see most of Canada beginning in Victoria, British Columbia and ending in St. Johns Newfoundland. The journey will take a few weeks as there is much to see. If you do not have that kind of time to spend on a road trip, you can simply pick a portion of the highway and leave the rest of it for another time. There are however some spots that you will not want to miss along to way, so be sure to take time to explore the best attractions along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Hartland Covered Bridge
Covered bridges were a revolutionary invention when they first began to be built. They were among the safest bridges of their day due to the fact that the covering above the bridge would keep the snow and ice off the road so there was no danger of sliding off in extreme cold weather. The weather in Canada can be quite frigid and therefore many of the early bridges were covered. Covered bridges are an attraction in many places, but Hartland Covered Bridge is a unique spot to stop because it is the longest covered bridge in existence today. The bridge is located off of Route 2 in Charlton County and is approximately 104 meters in length.
How is your French these days? Visit the amazing city of Quebec to find out! History tells us that many cities built in countries with a history of war were walled to keep out would be invaders. Today however, it is rare to find any city that is fortified with walls, but Canada is home to the only fortified city in North America. Quebec City is the capital city province of Quebec and the beauty and old French architecture remains intact. Although the threat of enemy forces invading to take the city has long since gone away, the city thrives with shopping, eateries, and quaint inns to sleep for the night. It is recommended that you take at least one day out of your Trans-Canada Highway journey to explore Quebec City and conveniently it is just a few miles off the highway.
Gros Morne National Park
When you have the opportunity to visit a national park, it is something that should not be missed. Newfoundland is home to Gros Morne National Park and a trip here will allow you to truly embrace the wilderness that Canada is so famous for. Camping within the national park is a wonderful experience. Both backcountry and campground camping is available and you will never have a dull moment looking at the attractions within the park. Should you be traveling with children and looking for something with a bit more excitement for the enthusiastic youngsters, a quick trip over to Gros Morne Attractions Fun Park is sure to get their hearts racing with go carts, water rides, sea dos, and even small kiddie rides for the youngest of travelers.
A road trip through Canada would not be complete without a look into the history of the country. Countries are not built in a day nor are they formed from complete peace. Many brave souls have fought and died so that we may have the countries that we enjoy living in. Canada is no exception and evidence of these long-fought wars are found in the forts left behind. One such fort is Fort Louisbourg on Cape Breton and it has been restored to its original glory. The completion of its construction along with the fortification of Louisbourg city happend in 1713. Unfortunate the builders neglected to build on high ground and the fort was taken over within a matter of weeks. This war blunder is now a famous stop for travelers with volunteers in period clothing giving tours around the fort.
Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology
There are many museums to visit in Canada, but not everybody is attracted to the same type of history. Good thing that most people have in common is the love for dinosaurs! The Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology is among the best stops to make when taking a road trip through Canada and just a short hour drive from the Trans-Canada Highway and up to Drumheller will take you to there. Dinosaur skeletons are on display, but what attracts most visitors is the educational hands-on activities that the museum offers.
Electric Vehicle Friendly
There has been a lot of talk recently about the need for renewable energy resources and rightfully so. Companies are now taking steps to decrease their reliance on oil with more fuel efficient and even total electric vehicles. The problem is that in order to take a long trip, you have to have available power sources to re-charge.
In 2012 a private company decided to install convenient charging stations all along the highway. The results have been quite exceptional and it has proven to be a true success. Throughout the entire length of the Trans-Canada Highway, you need not worry about stopping for gas. Doing road trips in Canada more affordable than ever before provided you have an electric vehicle to travel in.
It does not matter what type of road travel you intend on taking, safety should always be on your mind. Themes important thing is to make sure that your vehicle is in good working order. Check tire pressure, oil level, coolant levels, brake fluid, battery, and even get a tune up before heading out. Include a full first-aid kit as well as a road emergency kit including a flash light and jumper cables. You want to avoid problems your journey, but road trips in Canada whilst on it longest highway takes careful consideration. Plan accordingly and you will have a great time seeing the best Canada has to offer on the Tans-Canada Highway.