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10 Canadian springtime road trips you must try

10 Canadian springtime road trips you must try

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This is the first post in a two part series celebrating Canada, the wilderness and the amazing countryside we have on our doorstep. With spring finally here, it’s a great time to throw off the shackles of winter and go out and explore. To encourage everyone to enjoy our countryside, I am going to share 10 Canadian springtime road trips you must try.

Hire a car or prepare your own car for spring and get out there and explore!

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia may be a ways east of us but it is a journey worth making. The Cabot Trail is a 300km loop around Cape Breton Island that hugs the coast around the north part of the island. It is a dramatic coastline with rocky cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean all the way round.

You pass the Cape Breton Highlands National Park and might see some of the wildlife as they wake up and begin refuelling after winter hibernation. Enjoy quaint pubs, small villages and Celtic and French-inspired culture. Then take a boat trip out of Pleasant Bay for a little whale watching. There is a lot to see and do here on a coastal drive that will stay with you forever.

The Cheltenham Badlands, Ontario
The Cheltenham Badlands are a little closer to home in Ontario. They are just off Highway 10 and are formed of some amazing geological formations. The area is red in colour and are surrounded by forest and wild land. Visiting in springtime is ideal as you should also see plenty of wildlife as it wakes from winter and begin exploring the world around.

While the trail around them is only 50km in length, the journey is well worth making as the scenery is amazing. Add the convenience of a location close by and there is every reason to take the family on a day out to the Badlands.

Halifax to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Another springtime road trip in Nova Scotia but another well worth the journey. It’s a 325km route that takes you from Halifax, across the Acadian Shores down to Yarmouth in the south. You get to see lots of wild land, historic villages, small towns, the Atlantic Ocean and everything the island has to offer.

There are lots of places to stop including Eel Lake Oyster Farm, Acadian Shores and lots more.

Calgary to Lake Louise, Alberta
Calgary is an amazing city in its own right and is well worth spending a day or two exploring. Then taking a car to Lake Louise via the Columbia Icefield is a great drive that takes only a day depending how long you spend at the icefield. Relax at the lake then continue your journey up to Sulphur Mountain in Banff for some pretty inspirational views.

Spend time in Banff skiing or exploring before making your way back to Calgary when you’re ready. While an amazing place to visit in winter, the region is pretty spectacular at any time of year.

Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Icefields Parkway, Alberta is a 232km road trip route that take be comfortably completed in as little as five hours but why would you want to? With some amazing scenery, forests, mountains, rivers and waterfalls, this is a road trip to savour rather than complete. This one really is about the journey, not the destination.

You pass Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, two of the most amazing places to visit in the entire country. This is one springtime road trip you really must try!

Join us again tomorrow for part 2 of the 10 Canadian springtime road trips you must try!

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