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How To See Canada Up Close - Road Trip

Updated on May 31, 2011
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies
Canadian Rockies, Western Canada
Canadian Rockies, Western Canada
The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada
The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada
Bay of Fundy, Canada
Bay of Fundy, Canada

North America By Car

My husband and I are planning a road trip for this summer. We believe that this is the best way to see the sites of the continent. This is also an amazing way for us to bond as we are stuck for days in the confined space of our vehicle. We have to get along or it will be the trip from hell. Who wants that? Over the last five years we have taken at least eleven road trips together with our son who is almost six years. We have travelled within Canada, and several parts of the Unites States. North America has very beautiful landscape of impressive mountains, magnificent plains and spectacular water ways.

Nature brings us close to the essence God. The profound beauty and awesomeness is indescribable. So in 1999, three friends and I set off on a road trip through western Canada to discover the beauty of the Rockies. We spent eight days in a Chrysler Intrepid, clocking over six thousand kilometres and stopping each night at different motels/hotels along the way from Toronto to Vancouver. We made stops in North Bay and Thunder Bay,in the province of Ontario; Winnepeg, in the province of Manitoba; Regina, Edmonton and Saskatoon, in the province of Saskatchewan; Calgary, Kamloops, Banff, and Lake Louise, in the province of Alberta and Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia.

The Canadian Prairies which comprise of the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta is an amazing region of Canada. Driving through the prairies during the sunset is a spiritual experience as the plains extend indefinitely and the sky seems to embrace and kiss the land. One gets a sense of how small he is against the backdrop of the flat lands.

The Canadian Rockies is another wonder of nature that leaves you breathless. The four of us who were travelling together had a spiritual moment when driving towards the Rockies. We were chatting and joking as we drove along, but as we got closer and closer to the mountains, we became very quiet and thoughtful. My eyes welled up and I had a moment of meditation. That was the closest that I have ever felt to God. See for yourself http://www.banfflakelouise.com/

The Eastern Canada trip of late spring, 2006, with my husband and then three years old son, was as unforgettable. We drove from Ontario to Eastern Canada and North Eastern USA. We accomplished the trip in eight days, sleeping in a different city every night. It was invigorating! We stopped in Montreal and Quebec City, in the province of Quebec; Frederiction and St John, in the province of New Brunswick; Charlottetown and Cavendish, in the province of Prince Edward island; Halifax, Nova Scotia; Bangor, Maine, USA; Waterbury, Vermont, USA; Burlington, New York, USA; Kingston, Ontario.

Our visit to the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia was memorable. As we drove along the Confederation Bridge, that connects New Brunswick to PEI, we were blown away by the architecture of the longest bridge in the world. We took a ferry from Prince Edward Island to Nova Scotia. We were very excited to see that tractor trailers, Rvs, cars and motor bikes were being driven onto the ferry that would also carry us to our destination.

We visited the Bay of Fundy at the Reversing Falls and again we were blown away by the amazing splendour of the Maritime. Check it out at http://www.bayoffundytourism.com/

Then it was on to the USA via Maine, Vermont and Upper New York. Our visit to The Ben and Jerry Ice cream Factory in Waterbury, Vermont was another big treat on this trip.

We could not have seen so much of Canada and the United States if we had not travelled by land. We are planning another road trip and this time we are heading for Atlanta from Toronto. We will be going through New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, North and South Carolina and Georgia.

We hope to see you along the way.

See also 10 Places in Toronto to Visit with your Family this Summer

Pictures of Eastern Canada, London & The Bahamas

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      DAVIDVera 6 years ago

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Rose, thanks for your comments. I like to travel by land because you get to interact with people of different provinces/states and get a closer preview of the way they live. It is also the best way to be close to nature. North America has such wide open expanses of land, lush with greenery and waterways. It is truly a blessed continent. If only it's people realize its beauty and appreciate it.

      Iowa is one of the states that I'd like to visit sometime in the future. As a matter of fact, I plan to travel to all 52 states. In Canada, I've travelled through ten of eleven provinces. I'd love to visit the three territories as well.

      Thanks again for you visit and lets discover our world:)

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      Rose Kolowinski 8 years ago

      I agree wholeheartedly that the way to travel is by car, RV, etc. I drove from Iowa to the state of Washington and back by myself in 2008. It was the best trip I have ever experienced! Can't wait for my next adventure. Thank you for a great hub with beautiful pictures! Have fun on your next trip.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Aunty, thanks for your kind comment.  Indeed Canada is a beautiful place and its people are even more beautiful and varied.

      The Executive Director of the organization that I currently work and his wife were Americans, (I say were because they recently became  Canadian citizens) All their children were born here and they love it here, obviously.

      You are welcome here anytime.

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      Aunty 9 years ago from Scotland

      I would love to travel across to Canada one day, it's always been on my list of places to go! I even looked at emigrating to Canada a few years back but I didn't get enough points! Oh well, still time for a holiday one day!! Beautiful hub, thank you, x.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thanks Sem Pro, you are kind. Indeed we have an awesome continent full of wonderful sites. The Canadian weather as you know is very unpredictable, especially in Spring . Wow, you travelled through Canada 31 times! Now that is impressive.

      I am looking forward to my road trip this summer through the USA. Again, thanks.

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      SEM Pro 9 years ago from North America

      I too have travelled across Canada 31 times and you're right DynamicS - it is indeed glorious!  Once I decided to see it in Spring - one of my favorite times. Left Toronto with buds everywhere but by the time I reached Sudbury, north of L Superior, it was as though I'd traveled back 4 months. Blizzards hit and ended up going all the way through the prairies unable to even see the road. One never knows what an adventure will hold. I look forward to hearing some of your stories. Great topic - many don't realize the wonders available with a road trip through our great continent.

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