Inspiring tips for the best Canadian Roadtrip

7 inspiring tips for the best Canadian roadtrip.

Canada is possibly the best country we’ve been to for a roadtrip. Because it’s safe, the views are stunning, the roads are in good condition & easy-to-navigate. We lived in Canada (Whistler to be precise) for two years so we consider ourselves semi-experts on the topic. Here are our most inspiring tips for the best Canadian roadtrip.

Canada is probably the most visually beautiful country we’ve ever visited

It’s so diverse too, from the rainforests of British Columbia to the turquoise lakes of Alberta – there’s something to satisfy every traveller. That’s why we highly recommend adding ‘Canadian roadtrip’ to your next bucket list.

The photo opportunities are endless

On your Canadian roadtrip, you will undoubtedly add lots of gems to your photo collection. We probably stopped at least once an hour on our roadtrip, because there were too many photo opportunities. You may also suffer from whiplash from turning your head every two seconds to admire the stunning views on either side of the road.

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Lake Louise, Alberta

Drive one of National Geographic’s ‘best drives in the world’

The drive from Lake Louise to Jasper is listed as one of National Geographic’s best in the world for spotting wildlife (read what they have to say here). We done it on a bleak rainy day (not ideal) but we still saw a Grizzly Bear, an Elk, countless deer, various species of birds, squirrels and raccoons. You MUST add this route to your Canadian roadtrip itinerary!

Make sure to stop in quirky roadside cafes

To find quirky restaurants like this one in Sicamous, British Columbia. I had a smoothie bowl – how have I never had one of these before?!!

Smoothie Bowl at Blondies Cafe, Sicamous, B.C.
Smoothie Bowl at Blondies Cafe, Sicamous, B.C

Rest your head at iconic hotels like Fairmont Banff Springs

Staying at bucket-list worthy hotels like the famous Banff Springs Hotel is certainly something not everyone can do on their Canadian roadtrip but if you’ve saved up a little extra we highly recommend treating yourself for a night or two.

Or you could stay at the wild and wonderful Jasper Park Lodge. With my job, I’m lucky enough to get luxury hotels like these for a fraction of the cost, even if you’re not getting a discount like we did I still highly recommend experiencing either of these properties. It’s certainly an experience I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

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Admiring the view at Jasper National Park

Pose in front of epic backdrops like Lake Louise

To take epic photos like this one at the famous Lake Louise, Alberta. Despite how awesome this photo looks we were a little underwhelmed with this popular Lake, there were so many tourists which is to be expected but it made it seem a tad Disneyland-esque. We did go on a Sunday however, my recommendation is to visit early morning mid-week.

Explore off-the-beaten-track

On your Canadian roadtrip be sure to get off the beaten track and explore deep into Jasper National Park. Jasper was our favourite stop-off of the roadtrip. It’s a massive area to explore and 3 nights simply wasn’t long enough, it’s very traditionally Canadian.

Emerald Lake, Jasper National Park
Emerald Lake, Jasper National Park

Other important suggestions for your Canadian roadtrip

To always be photo-ready on your Canadian roadtrip. Always. Always. Despite constantly having a camera in my hand, my phone and laptop were never with me because when you’re experiencing all the natural beauty that Canada has to offer – why would you want to be online??

But the best thing about this trip for me was spending it with mt , because he drove the whole way so I could sit back and enjoy the scenery (but mainly because he doesn’t trust me being in front of the wheel). Men eh? Can’t live with them, can’t live without them!

Read more: what it’s really like to live in Whistler

And, there you have it – a list of our most inspiring tips for your Canadian roadtrip. We think a roadtrip should be added to everyone’s visit to Canada.

Tell me – have you done a Canadian roadtrip? We’d love to read about your experience in the comment section below.

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13 thoughts on “Inspiring tips for the best Canadian Roadtrip

  1. Corinne S Reply

    Wow! Stunning photos and a great post. I fell in love with Jasper National Park after seeing a photograph online and I really want to go there one day. Maybe I’ll have to conquer my fear of driving in unfamiliar places and do this!

  2. Kim-Ling Reply

    Yep, if I needed any more convincing that I needed to go to Canada, your pictures did the trick! Amazing scenery! And how good are smoothie bowls!?

  3. Travelling Tom Reply

    Canada reminds me a lot of New Zealand, which is also a great country for road trips! I’ll have to head over to Canada ASAP by the looks of things!

  4. Ferna Reply

    i love your photos! I saw a lot of great photos for canada and it’s really amazing to see that I want to grab my bag now and go to Canada! hahaha.. But, its not easy on my part as I need visa..

  5. Caroline @ The Travelling Sloth Reply

    Such a stunning place! Definitely feeling your second point. Every time I take my friends around Norway, what would normally take 2 hrs takes us 3hrs to drive because I’m always stopping for photos. Those lakes and mountain ranges are to die for!

  6. Anju Reply

    Absolutely delightful pictures! I live three hours from Vancouver, in Washington! this definitely made me want to go visit much sooner than later! thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Johna Reply

    Wow. These photos are so beautiful!!! I’m definitely inspired to visit nowwww. Planning on going to Canada in the next few years

  8. Delaine Dcosta Reply

    I visited Canada 3 years ago in February & it was white & freezing! But these pictures make me wanna do a roadtrip again in summer. They gorgeous! I’d probably make the hubby stop at every point to take pictures. By the way, how close were you to the grizzly bear?

  9. Sarah Reply

    The photos looked lovely! And what is a smoothie bowl exactly?!??

  10. Dariel Reply

    That’s some amazing photos! Have not been to Canada but I’m going to look up more now 🙂

  11. Arielle Reply

    Love picture #8! 🙂 Those long shots looking up the road are the epitome of road trip photography for me.

  12. Anya Carion Reply

    Love this! Canada is not typically a place I dream of traveling to, but your photos make it look so wonderful! I love the outdoors- Canadian road trip is now on my bucketlist!

  13. Noemi of Pinay Flying High Reply

    Canada’s beauty looks so pure, untouched by mass tourism. I hope I get to see it like that still. 🙂

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