Great Canadian Road Trips: Pelee Island, Ontario
Canada’s southernmost inhabited tip is a great day or weekend getaway for birders and nature lovers, says Laura Mousseau, media relations manager of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
“Pelee Island is a beautiful oasis in Lake Erie with friendly folks and scenic views along its coast, and stunning forests, wetlands and prairies in its interior,” says Mousseau. “Accessible by car ferry throughout spring, summer and fall, visitors can drive onto the ferry at Leamington or Kingsville, depending on the time of year, and drive off at Pelee Island where they can visit rare habitats and great cultural sights.”
Be sure to check out the following en route:
• The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Florian Diamante Nature Reserve
• Provincial nature reserves Lighthouse Point and Fish Point
• And, finally: Pelee Island Bird Observatory
“Pelee Island is a key stopover point for a variety migrating birds in spring and fall—butterflies as well,” enthuses Mousseau.
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Great Canadian Road Trips: Edmonton via Jasper or Calgary via Banff
These stretches of Alberta are so rich in attractions, we’re offering two takes on it!
Author Jamie Friesen, author of Zombie Night in Canada, offers his flexible approach to the region. “You can start in either major city—Edmonton or Calgary—then drive to the nearest mountain park: Jasper National Park from Edmonton, or National Park from Calgary.
Take in the first of these UNESCO World Heritage parks, each filled with amazing vistas and wildlife, and then take the Icefields Parkway, one of Canada’s best road trips (shown here at Bow Lake), to the other Rocky Mountain park to see more incredible nature sights like waterfalls, glaciers, wildlife, picturesque lakes, and so on. Then just drive on to the next major city, after an additional few hours driving across a scenic prairie landscape, says Friesen. (These are the most beautiful waterfalls in Canada.)
“This trip can be done in two to seven days, depending on how long you wish to stay and enjoy the sights along the way,” he says.
Afterwards, consider adding these great day trips from Calgary to your itinerary.
Great Canadian Road Trips: Cruise the Chatham-Kent Corridor, Ontario
Yes, Chatham-Kent! Though not a household name, this historic and scenic region—comprised of 23 small communities overlooking Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Thames River—is gunning hard to become a top motorcycle-touring destination, says local travel writer Nicole Keck, of Vacay.com.
Ride your hog along the postcard-pretty Highway 3 “Cruise the Coast” motorcycle route, which starts in iconic beach town Port Dover (home to thousands-strong biker rallies every Friday the 13th). Along the way, you can trace the path taken along the Thames River by British and First Nations loyalists as they were chased by American forces during the War of 1812. Visit some of the stops along the historic Underground Railroad, which ex-slaves braved on their path to freedom. The Chatham-Kent region was home to one of the largest and most successful black settlements in Canada. With Rondeau and Wheatley provincial parks along the ride, picnic and hiking opps abound also.
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