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Thursday, July 20, 2023

Top Tips for a Canada Road Trip

Wildlife Crossing in Banff National Park, Canada

Driving across Canada is a great way to explore the best places and get an authentic experience. There are lots of perks to opting for an adventure with a car or RV, the most important of all being how much you will actually see along the way. However, choosing this option does require some strategic planning that is simply inescapable. Here are the top tips for a Canada road trip that will enhance your adventure and create some great memories.

Plan Your Route from Start to Finish

The best way to plan your road trip route is to divide destinations into non-negotiable and optional. The optional column is things you can fit in along the way if time allows, and the non-negotiable is self-explanatory. With this list of places, sights, and experiences you can begin to build the most efficient driving route that will tick every place off along the way.

Make Sure You Know the Rules of the Road

Canada has its own driving laws that you need to learn if you are going to be spending a significant amount of time behind the wheel. Don’t get caught out by poor preparation, because it is important to feel confident before you start driving so your trip is as enjoyable as possible.

Take Care of Essential Admin in Advance

There are a few things you will need for your Canadian road trip, including, most importantly, your passport. Canada requires people from a lot of other countries to hold a valid visa too, and you can click here to figure out what you need to do in this area. Sorting out the details means taking care of the tasks like this well in advance of your departure date. You don’t need anything delaying the big moment, and admin is just a small steppingstone to cross in order to have the best adventure.

Plan for the Weather

Yukon Highway, Canada

Canada has some extreme weather depending on where you are going and what time of year it is. Certain parts have freezing cold temperatures and lots of snow, and even storms which you won’t want to get caught up in. Research your route properly and make sure you are not at risk of being swept up by any adverse conditions from the skies because this will put your safety at risk and reduce the enjoyment factor too. The best time to drive about is definitely the spring or summer (as long as you have air conditioning).

Pack Smart

Canada is a vast country, especially when traveling by road. There could be hours between petrol stations and amenities in certain areas so you have to pack smart. If you see a big gap on the route, make sure you are covered provisions wise and fuel wise so that you don’t end up in the middle of nowhere with limited phone reception and options for being rescued.

Whether you’re going to see the mountains or hitting the big cities, Canada has hundreds of things to offer travellers. Stay safe by planning ahead and making sure you are aware of potential dangers along the way.

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