Words: Calvin Chan
Published: June 6, 2022
More and more Canadians are opting to travel by car this year rather than rolling the dice and hopping on an airplane. COVID-19 has truly changed the way we travel, as well as the risks and choices we make along the way. Without restrictions inside our borders, road trips have made the most sense for Canadians wanting to escape for adventure. That’s why we’ve partnered up with miTrail to provide our favourite Canadian destinations, tips and tricks to navigating the tricky pandemic landscape, and how to make the most of your adventure on four wheels.
1) Lake Louise, Alberta
Tired of the flat scenery here in Toronto? Want to see mountains? Well, we’ll start with possibly the most iconic road trip spot in Canada, the famous Lake Louise. If you’re driving from Ontario, this will be a lengthy journey, taking roughly two days depending on how often you stop during the 3,500 km trek. The scenes and sights will be worth it though as you pass by beautiful Manitoba and Saskatchewan. While little to see in the latter provinces, the moment you reach the Rocky Mountains your jaw will drop as the snow-peaked mountains come into view, and your ears pop as the elevation rises and dips.
Lake Louise is located deep inside Banff National Park and is a glacier-fed lake surrounded by awe-inspiring mountains, peaks, and an array of charming chateaus and hotels that create a beautiful and romantic atmosphere. In the spring and summer, you can paddle across the lake, while during the winter, you can even skate or ski across.
2) Whistler, Vancouver
While we’re on the topic of the west coast, why not hit up the slopes at Whistler in Vancouver? While much easier to fly if you live on the central or east coast, it is only a 9-hour drive away from Lake Louise. Take the Sea to Sky Highway and you will be in for some breathtaking scenery as you traverse its winding, serpentine roads.
Hosting some of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler is one of the premier locations for skiing and snowboarding and was also the venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic games. There’s no better way to take in the beautiful sights than on the top of the snow-covered peaks, and if you’re not into those sports, there are many other activities as well such as ziplining, gondola rides, hikes, and don’t forget the food! Vancouver has some of the tastiest and freshest seafood in the country.
And you have probably heard by now how difficult it is to get a rental car these days due to a massive uptick in road trip tourism. Many rental lots are empty, and many have opted to use their own car instead, which adds an extra layer of worry and stress to the trip when it comes down to the security of personal property. Leaving your car in an unknown parking lot while you find a restroom, or for a quick coffee recharge in the middle of the night, doesn’t sit well with everyone. That’s why whenever someone is planning a road trip, we always recommend them to take a miTrail vehicle tracker with them.
miTrail GPS systems use cellular and satellite networks to accurately pinpoint a tracker’s location, and it works in both Canada and the USA. It’s a simple device that just needs to be plugged into the car, and you can keep track of its location from your smartphone anywhere in the world. And their products aren’t limited to automobiles either. Got a recreational vehicle? miTrail has you covered with their RV product. They even offer portable GPS trackers, should you and your family want to split up for a day, yet want to keep tabs on their real-time location and safety.
You simply need to just choose from one of three types of subscriptions with no contracts or activation fees, and pay as you go. It also comes with a one-year warranty and a money-back guarantee. And the options are limitless. You can have miTrail email and notify you when the tracker goes awry, or if the tracker’s battery is running low. It is one of the best road-trip essentials, and we wouldn’t recommend ever road-tripping without one.
3) Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Looking for some twisty roads to truly push your newly acquired sports car? Best to look east for the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. It’s no Tail of the Dragon or Mulholland Drive, but this 300-km stretch of coastline road is the next best thing we got for a serpentine proving ground in Canada. Think of it as our equivalent of the Pacific Coast Highway. Check out the famous wineries while you’re there, take a hike during sunset, grab some fresh lobster to go, and we would also recommend heading there during the autumn season when the foliage and orange leaves will take your breath away.
4) Tobermory, Ontario
Alright, but what about those that want to stay in the province, and aren’t looking to take a whole week off work. Tobermory is one of our favourite spots, located just on the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. It’s about a four-hour drive north of Toronto, and while the highways and small roads to get there isn’t anything noteworthy, the destination is worth every minute travelled. Home to majestic caves, shipwreck sites, and lighthouses, Tobermory is a must-go-to destination for those seeking a weekend on the beach, hikes along the coast, and sunset dinners by the bay. Stay the night or make it a day trip. Both are valid options.
5) Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories
We’ve saved the most obscure, unknown, and eye-opening road trip destination for the last. Fancy dipping your feet into the Arctic Ocean, or want to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights? Then you should consider a trip to the Northwest Territories. We’ve made the trek ourselves with a Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck, along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway, the first highway in Canada to reach the frigid Arctic Ocean. It was completed as recently as November 2017.
This lengthy stretch of gravel stretches 138 km, is layered on top of permafrost, took four years to build in the darkness of winter where the temperature dips below -67 C, and opens the path to communities that were previously only accessible by air in the warmer months and by ice roads in the colder months. It’s also the farthest north that anyone can drive in Canada. It’s a spectacular location, where sunsets can last hours, and the temperature can dip at a moment’s notice, but it’s a stark and desolate kind of beauty, the kind only a few will appreciate, but those that do will find much to love with gorgeous tundras, lakes, and wildlife.
These are just a few of the hundred road trip options to scour across our great home we call Canada. Keep in mind that Canada is the second-largest country in the world when it comes to landmass, so it’s only natural we explore on four wheels. But whether it’s on the east or west coast, never forget to keep tabs on your belongings.
Again, miTrail has you covered with one of the best methods of tracking your high-cost valuables and irreplaceable items, from your personal automobile, recreational vehicle, suitcases, passports left in the hotel, or simply a family member. Not only is it imperative from a logistical point of view, but it also ensures your road trip stays safe, worry-free, and secure. You can find out more about the miTrail and their vehicle tracking products over at their website here: https://mitrail.com/