Shake-off winter with fresh air and the open road! It’s the perfect time to pack up your RV and head out for some springtime exploring, so we’re sharing a few road trip ideas to get you started.
Victoria – Qualicum Beach – Cathedral Grove – Tofino
Springtime on Vancouver Island is a magical mix of blossoms, mild temperatures, and rain. Pack your raingear and start by spending some quality time in BC’s capital city, enjoying the great restaurants and lively inner harbour area, before heading out of town. Enjoy the spring time splendor of the Butchart Gardens, visit great beaches and fun seaside towns around Parksville and Qualicum Beach, marvel at the ancient Douglas Fir trees of Cathedral Grove, and reach your final destination of Tofino, where the sandy beaches stretch on and to meet the powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Calgary – Drumheller – Wayne
Before the summer sun is scorching, hit the badlands for a road trip through history. Marvel at the impressive hoodoos as you wind your way through the Drumheller Valley. While in town, take a picture with the world’s largest dinosaur, a giant model T-Rex, and climb up to see the view from its jaw. Next, explore the trails Midland Provincial Park, and then spend some time at the Royal Tyrrell Museum to view an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils. Another popular attraction is the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site, where you can learn more about the area’s coal-mining past. A quick drive from Drumheller, travel through the Rosebud River Valley, crossing eleven one-lane bridges, to the ghost town of Wayne. Once a busy mining town, check out the history and stop for a meal at the Last Chance Saloon in the historic Rosedeer Hotel.
Regina – Regina beach – Saskatoon – Blaine Lake
Under an hour from the city, stop in at the lakeside town of Regina Beach, located on the south end of Last Mountain Lake. From there, continue on to Saskatoon, recently named by USA Today as the 4th most travel-worthy destination in Canada. Stroll along the South Saskatchewan River, visit the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and enjoy the restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Heading north from the city, you can stop off highway 12 at Tree Road to see Saskatchewan’s largest tree. Finally arriving at Blaine Lake, where you’ll find over 50 lakes in the area, with great RVing and fishing spots to be found.
Toronto – Tobermory – Bruce Peninsula National Park
Popular summer destinations are often more enjoyable in the spring before the crowds arrive, and this is certainly true for a visit to Bruce Peninsula National Park. It is an enjoyable drive from Toronto, with plenty of sights to see along the way, like the Saugeen Bluffs conservation area in the heart of Bruce County. Further on, located at the top of the Bruce Peninsula, the lakeside town of Tobermory is home to Flowerpot Island and two national parks. Head into Bruce Peninsula National Park and be sure to hike to the Grotto, a large cave with a pool of clear blue water inside, which is often too busy to see in the summer months.
Prince Edward Island’s coastal drives
Choose a route, or pick all three, there is no wrong choice with PEI’s costal drives. Clearly marked with colourful signage, head out on the North Cape, Central, or Points East Coastal Drive to enjoy a taste of the Island’s vibrant culture, spectacular ocean views, beautiful beaches and, of course, restaurants offering fresh seafood.