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Duffey Lake Provincial Park along Duffey Lake Road

Forget the Sea To Sky — this is the scenic mountain drive you should take! Drive east from Pemberton, nearly midway to Lillooet (another great place to stop if you’re in for a longer adventure), until you hit Duffey Lake Provincial Park.

Centered around the picturesque Duffey Lake, the park is a great place for kayaking canoeing (careful of strong winds on the water, though), as well as viewing wildlife. Also be sure to snap a photo of the majestic Mt. Rohr.

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Duffey Lake Provincial Park along Duffey Lake Road

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Crowsnest along Highway 3

Starting at Hope and heading east to Grand Forks to the western edge of the Kootenays, this gorgeous expanse of highway will take you through amazing views of the Cascade Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. If you’re looking for an overnight trip, consider southern Okanagan’s Princeton or Osoyoos.

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Nicola Valley (Empire Of Grass)

Nicola Valley’s rolling grasslands (part of it specifically known as the Empire Of Grass) will take your breath away. Located along Highway 5A near Kamloops and Merritt, Nicola Valley’s history dates back to the 1870s when miners recognized the rolling grasslands for their ranch potential. The Nicola Ranch is still located there.

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Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park

Located on Vancouver Island 25 kilometres west of Qualicum Beach, Cathedral Grove is an enchanting look at giant Douglas fir trees – some more than 800 years old (one tree measures more than nine metres in circumference!).

You’ll also find groves of ancient Western red cedar and pretty views of nearby Cameron Lake.

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Fraser Canyon along Trans-Canada Highway

Perhaps there’s no greater road trip for the sake of a road trip than the Fraser Canyon and its seven tunnels, which were built in the late 1950s to the mid 1960s. Bask in the majestic rocky views along your drive and if you feel like stopping, consider the historic town of Yale, which was home to an estimated 30,000 gold miners during the 1858 gold rush.

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The Enchanted Forest in the Monashee Mountains
If you want something special for the little ones in your life, consider this family friendly attraction on the Trans Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Sicamous.

Opened in the 1960s, The Enchanted Forest boasts an afternoon of fairy tale exploration with over 350 folk art figurines. Plus, you’ll find the tallest tree house in B.C. (pictured).

Adding to the magic is the fact that the park is located in an old growth forest in the Monashee mountains.

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It can be easy to forget how vast, big, and versatile British Columbia is. We’re a large and beautiful province with a lot to offer … and narrowing it down can be overwhelming.

Here are some routes:

 

Othello Tunnels at Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park
Off of Highway 5 north of Hope, these abandoned tunnels were built in the early 1900s as part of a Canadian Pacific Railway route to connect the Kootenay Region with the B.C. coast.

The Othello tunnels are a straight line of tunnels built through the Coquihalla Gorge, built in 1914.

Explore the tunnels and head along the hiking route to the historic Hope-Nicola Cattle Trail.

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Shannon Falls Provincial Park
Located a short drive up the Sea To Sky Highway in Squamish, Shannon Falls is the third highest falls in B.C.

Have a picnic, take a hike, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, head into nearby Stawamus Chief Provincial Park.

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Cabot Trail (Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia)
http://www.cabottrail.travel/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabot_Trail

If you’re looking to see some of the Canadian East Coast’s most picturesque scenery and possibly enjoy some great seafood along the way, Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail has got you covered.

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The Cabot Trail loops around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, 185 miles or 298 km long.

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Canadian Praries

As mundane as parts of the journey can be, there is something to be said for experiencing the prairies first-hand at least once in your lifetime. Farming communities, countless grain silos, and amazing sunsets.

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Cowboy Trail (Alberta)

It wouldn’t be a stop in Alberta if we didn’t drive through the country somewhere along the way. The Cowboy Trail runs north from south of Lethbridge to the outskirts of Edmonton, avoiding major highways and passing through some breathtaking ranch country along the way.

The route is quite remote, but it offers an interesting glimpse into the Canadian history of the Wild West.

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Stop for a horseback riding excursion in Waterton Glacier National Park

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or for a real step back in time, check out Marv’s Classic Soda Shop and Diner in the town of Black Diamond

http://www.marvsclassics.ca/

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Calgary To Jasper

There’s no way that a list of great Canadian road trips could be compiled without a section dedicated the Rocky Mountains. Any one born and raised east of Alberta will remember that first encounter with the majestic mountain range, and even for those more familiar with the area they are still a sight worth seeing.

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This route pushes you through the heart of the Rockies in Banff National Park and through to Jasper, the home of some incredible glaciers and the newly opened Glacier Skywalk. The Skywalk opened at the beginning of May and allows visitors to walk 30 metres out over the cliff side to a glass-bottomed lookout suspended 280 metres above the Sunwapta River.

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Vernon To Osoyoos

For those less concerned with nature and history, the Okanagan Valley is the perfect destination for some good R&R and of course, some of the best wine in the country. Hundreds of wineries are scattered throughout the valley, and each town and sub-region has enough going on to tie you up for at least a day.

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Percé To Montreal

This one thousand kilometre road trip starts at the southeastern tip of Quebec, and the home one of the province’s most unique geological landmarks: Percé Rock. From there, the highway rolls northward and tracks its way down the mouth of the Saint Laurence River, following in the footsteps of our country’s early settlers.

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A day or two in Quebec City will provide ample time for another Canadian history lesson …

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… before moving on to Montreal for a proper dose of modern Quebecois culture. If you plan your trip for the first weekend of July you’ll be able to catch both Montreal and Quebec City in festival mode, as both the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Festival D’été du Québec are on at that time.

Toronto To Niagara Falls

It’s likely one of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks: the Ontario’s blossoming wine country.

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The region has received some serious recognition in recent years and even a few of the big BC wineries have set up shop in the region. If a break from the urban grind is on the agenda there are over 22 Bed and Breakfasts to choose from in St-Catharines, which keeps you right in the heart of Ontario’s wine country.

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Even with the now-ridiculous costs associated with ferry travel in British Columbia, the Sunshine Coast still has plenty to offer travellers of all sorts. Adventure seekers will love the many local diving sites, kayak rentals and other excursions on hand, and those looking for a slower pace can hop from town to town and explore the region’s diverse artistic community. If you’re looking to really unwind, The Rockwater Resort and Spa is half way up the coast and is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring.

Vancouver Island

Hiking Trails on Vancouver Island & Gulf Islands, BC
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