So when we made the move almost across the entire country of Canada, we thought it might be fun to drive....from southern Ontario to Northern BC. Crazy right?! I didn't think so at the time, but it totally was....in the best possible way. So here's a few tidbits for anyone making the trek from east to west or west to east across Canada.
#1 The provinces are big: take your time
Firstly, Ontario is unbelievably big. To go from south to north it's actually around 24 hours to drive across this monster. It actually takes longer to cross just Ontario then to cross Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta (approx. 20 hours), and then 8-10 hours to hit the Pacific coast...and none of this includes any provinces east of Ontario. Crazy. So bring a good book, car games, or anything that might help you ward of boredom. If that fails check. out. the. scenery. It changes exponentially from southern Ontario to Northern BC. And while your considering the amazing changes in scenery, STOP. Take breaks and take time to see the scenery, don't just blow past it (unless your on some deadline, then keep on keeping on).
Things we noticed: the more northern you head in Ontario, the denser the bush gets, and the coniferous trees begin to take over. 'Moose Crossing' caution signs become more regular, yet the moose tends not to appear. Whereas southern Ontario is pretty flat, the scenery is full of high rolling hills covered in so many gorgeous colours. Lake Superior itself appears harsher than the more southern Great Lakes.
Chad and I stopped in Wawa, ON to get some air and let our dog stretch a bit. After 10 hours and some definite boredom, it was a much needed breath of fresh air. Take your time.
#2 The prairies
They are flat. They are also simple. Not in terms of society...but in terms of there being so little change in scenery for 3 provinces, that the prairies are one of those places that are super great from some personal reflections.....if your into that kind of thing....but they also make for some of the prettiest sunsets.
#3 Include a weekend 'vacation'
Mr. Hillier and I chose Jasper, AB for a 3-4 day break in our drive out west and it probably saved us from some pretty tense 'too much time in the car' moments. We ended up staying at the Rockaboo Inn, a B&B in the quiet neighbourhoods at the base of a nearby mountain. This was such a great place to stay because it is a small home with only 2 suites, so your essentially staying in your own private mountain cabin. We took some time to get a few hikes in, taste a couple province-local brews, and give the dog a couple car-free days.
Pickled eggs, summer sausage, and happy hour....so worth the extra time it took us to get out west. Hey! I never said my version of a relaxing roadtrip 'vacation' was the same as yours.....your 'vacation' doesn't need to include pickled or cured items.
#4 Be happy you made it safely
Here you will find some of the goings on of our daily life as well as some great ideas for yours!
Beaded Christmas Ornaments
Advent calendar DIY