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9 Attractions to see when road tripping across Canada

September 5

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world—second only to Russia in land mass. There’s a lot of road to cover, a lot to see, and a lot of pit stops to make along the way. So, the next time you’re thinking about packing up the car and taking an adventurous road trip across our great country, consider passing through these nine noteworthy attractions.

1) Banff National Park, Alberta

This World Heritage Site established in 1883 is known for its breathtaking beauty, picturesque landscapes and spa-like thermal hot springs. For an outdoorsy type of person, Banff is paradise, and the downtown core has an array of charming shops and rustic hotels. Banff is an attraction where you definitely want to put it in park.

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2) Wolf Lake, Yukon

If a picture is worth a thousand words this snapshot is worth double, maybe even triple! Surrounded by mountain ranges and river valleys lies the untouched beauty of Wolf Lake. Home to the Arctic Grayling, it’s perfect for fishing, wildlife and landscape photography. Be sure to pullover!

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3) The Fraser River, British Columbia

Coming in at almost 1,400 km long, the Fraser River is home to one of the largest salmon populations in the world, and renowned for both its fishing and beauty. The serene Fraser River is a reminder of the power and beauty of nature all at once.

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4) Old Quebec, Quebec

Home to the only walled city north of Mexico, Old Quebec boasts the oldest and most awe-inspiring architecture in the country. It’s blend of heritage, culture and artwork make it an iconic experience. Forgo the Europe trip, get in the car, and make a stop in what will surely be a spectacle to remember.

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5) Niagara Falls, Ontario

Looking to make a splash? Make it one of the biggest in the world. Fun for the whole family all year long, the Niagara region has something for everyone. The falls, sights, activities and entertainment make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ontario. Don’t forget your raincoat!

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6) The Forks, Manitoba

Winnipeg’s most popular attraction is also one of its oldest. With over 6,000 years of history, it offers a range of sight-seeing, culinary experiences and entertainment. Next time there’s a fork in the road, be sure to make your way to The Forks and take in the unrelenting beauty of Winnipeg.

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7) Parliament of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

With some of the most breathtaking architecture in the country, a stop in the capital is a must for any attraction-seeking-road-tripping traveler. The sculpture, art and history are all factors helping Parliament Hill pull in three million visitors a year. Make sure you’re one of them!

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8) Batoche National Historic Site, Saskatchewan

Get in touch with your historical side in this untouched relic of Canada’s story. The site is home to the last battle of the Northwest Resistance of 1885. The beauty of the rolling landscapes are perfect for hiking, photography and enjoying the outdoors.

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9) Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island

The spectacular red sand beaches of PEI are definitely worth a stopover. A quintessential sight of the Maritimes, the sandy dunes and sandstone cliffs make for a picturesque destination. Take advantage of the water activities, deep sea fishing, and delicious dining options.

Learn more about Cavendish Beach

Ready to start your road trip across Canada?

The wonderfully winding road across Canada will lead you to some magnificent sites and some brilliant discoveries. But if your car isn’t in working order, you may be forced to forgo The Forks in Manitoba, or the Falls in Ontario. Sign-up to DRIVE to help you schedule regular maintenance to keep your vehicle ready for wherever the road may take you.

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