9 Week Itinerary: Canadian Road Trip (Dipping into the USA)

If you are thinking of going on a cross Canada road trip you might be wondering how you would plan such a long trip or what sort of time frame you need to do a cross Canada trip. We recently did a trip across Canada and it took us 9 weeks. You could easily spend more time in each place so this itinerary would work best as the minimum amount of time you need to do a trip like this and still be able to stop in lots of place across the country.

Local currency Canadian Dollars

Week 1  Vancouver, BC - Edmonton, AB
  • Fly into Vancouver International airport 
  • Rent a car from the airport 
  • Drive northeast towards the Rocky Mountains
  • Explore Kamloops and Revelstoke along the way
  • Head up into the mountains driving through Glacier and Yoho National Parks
  • Keep driving north towards Saskatchewan Crossing in Banff National Park 
  • Stop at Rocky Mountain House before making your way to Edmonton, AB

Great Canadian Road Trip: 
Beautiful British Columbia: The Best Place on Earth
First Leg: Vancouver to Merritt BC
Vegan Guide to Vancouver BC, Canada
Kamloops: From the Hills to the River
Feeling Stoked in Revelstoke BC
Glacier National Park, British Columbia
Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Alberta: Wild Rose Country
Banff National Park, Alberta
Rocky Mountain House National Park, Alberta

Week 2  Edmonton, AB - Sault St Marie, ON

  • Leaving Edmonton, make a day trip to Elk Island. You can even spend the night here.
  • Drive through Lloydminster, Canadas only town on the provincial border
  • Stop at Battleford Historical Park and in Saskatoon for some lunch at Karma Cafe
  • Continue driving towards Manitoba
  • Head a bit north to Riding Mountain National Park - You can spend the night here
  • Drive through Manitoba, stopping at Boon Burger in Winnipeg for lunch or dinner
  • Spend the night in Winnipeg or surrounding area
  • Make your way into Ontario
  • Be careful on the roads in Northern Ontario
  • Stop at Kakabeka Falls and take it all in/ Camp at this park 
  • Begin the Lake Superior tour, stopping to see Terry Fox Memorial, Giant Goose in Wawa, Winnie the Pooh and take in the beautiful scenery
Week 3  Sault St. Marie, ON - Hamilton, ON
  • Spend the night in Sault St. Marie and spend the day exploring the locks
  • Continue East to Manitoulin Island 
  • Take the Chi Cheemaun Ferry across Lake Huron to Tobermory/Bruce Peninsula
  • Camp in Bruce Peninsula and tour Fathom Five Marine Park
  • Head South stopping at Point Clark Lighthouse National Historic Site
  • Keep going south stopping in Sarnia for some lunch at a vegan restaurant called Greens
  • Carry on East to London and walk around the city, having dinner at Globally Local and grab yourself a vegan big mac!
  • Drive East via ON-403 E and Queen Elizabeth Way to Niagara Falls
  • Spend the day taking in the beauty of the waterfalls and explore Clifton Hill
  • Make your way back West to Hamilton where you will continue North around Lake Ontario
  • Stop and check out HMCS Haida Royal Canadian Navy Destroyer
Week 4  Hamilton, ON - Kouchibouguac, NB
  • Drive from Hamilton to Toronto
  • In Toronto, you will find vegan paradise
  • Aim to eat at Doomies, Apiecalypse Now!, Hogtown Vegan, TBCB
  • Explore the city with stops at the CN Tower, City Hall and Toronto Islands
  • Continue North to Quebec
  • Spend the day walking around the historical Quebec City
  • Continue East through Northern New Brunswick
  • Stop in Kouchibouguac National park and spend a few nights in Nature
  • Take a walk along Kelly's beach and swim in the warmest ocean water in Eastern Canada

Week 5  Kouchibouguac, NB - Charlottetown, PEI
  • Leave Kouchibouguac and drive to Prince Edward Island over Confederation Bridge
  • Explore Charlottetown and learn more about Canada becoming a country
  • Head North on PEI and set up camp at the beautiful PEI National Park
  • Spend the day at one of the many red beaches

Week 6  Charlottetown, PEI - Cape Breton, NS
  • Make your way back to New Brunswick and head south into Nova Scotia
  • Continue East and drive to Cape Breton National Park
  • Spend a few days exploring the park and camping at some of their allocated spots
  • Once you loop through the park you can make your way back West!
  • OR Take the ferry to Newfoundland (Ferry prices vary)

Local currency Canadian Dollars and US Dollars

Week 7  Cape Breton, NS - Montreal, QB
  • Drive SW towards Halifax
  • Dip down south to Peggy's Cove for the main attraction
  • Head back North to Halifax for some lunch at Wild Leak Cafe
  • Head North back towards New Brunswick to Fundy Bay
  • Keep heading North toward Quebec
  • Head west through Quebec, heading North to La Mauricie National Park
  • Spend a couple nights camping in the park and exploring the grounds
Week 8  Montreal, QB - Minneapolis, MN
  • Continue on your way to Montreal
  • Spend a couple days exploring the vegan scene with a stop at Sushi Momo
  • Drive on the F1 track and walk around the old city
  • Make your way to Ottawa and spend the afternoon exploring Parliament Hill. (Note: You do have to book in advance)  
  • Check out the many museums and maybe even stop at a vegan restaurant for dinner
  • Stop in Sudbury to see Canada's largest Nickle
  • Make your way to Sault Ste. Marie to prepare for border crossing
  • Giving yourselves a couple hours to cross the border into Michigan
  • Have a picnic at Lake Michigan
  • Drive for the next 10 hours to Minnesota (You can break this up with a stop in Wisconson)

Week 9  Minneapolis, MN - Victoria, BC
  • After a refreshing sleep, spend the next few days in Minneapolis
  • check out many of the vegan-friendly establishments available, such as Glam Doll Donuts
  • Head north going through North Dakota and into Saskatchewan 
  • Drive West through Alberta, stopping at Frank Slide and check out the museum
  • Stop on Osoyoos for the day for a dip in the lake
  • Continue West to Vancouver - You can spend a few nights exploring Vancouver
  • Take the BC ferries to Swartz Bay
  • Drive to Victoria BC - Your final destination
  • Eat your heart out at Green Cuisine and fine dine at Be Love
  • Tour the Parliment building and check out the Royal BC Museum

We had such a great time on this road trip following this itinerary. Before we went on this trip we really weren't sure how long it was going to take us exactly to drive across the country and back. It all depends on how long you would like to stay in all the places you visit. We, for the most part, were quite happy with how long we spent in each place but other people might find that this itinerary is too fast a pace. If you were to do this road trip any faster then you'd probably be bypassing a lot of stuff so that's why we'd suggest to plan on at least 9 weeks and then work from there. We hope this helps.

For help planning your road trip see our page "Travel Tips: Road Trips". Here you will find help with planning, budgeting, packing, vegan meal planning and more.

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  1. great details you shared, i would go there once in life. I heard about it even one of my friend went there for road trip. Hope next month me too attend him. Thanks for sharing good trip experience.

    1. Canada is a beautiful place to explore. Hope you get to one day.


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