Canada isn’t the first country most international travelers have on their bucket list, but perhaps it should be somewhere near the top. No matter where you’re from, what you enjoy, or who your traveling companions are, Canada has something to offer. Just make sure you plan ahead before visiting!
The northwestern states of the U.S.A., along with the stretch of Pacific coastline in Canada’s province of British Columbia, constitute a region known as the “PNW” or Pacific Northwest. This area is known for progressive and modern cities, stunning old-growth forests, beautiful mountains, rugged coastlines, and friendly people. For those that live nearby (or even if you’re coming from far away), plenty of affordable destinations can be found in this region for a good weekend trip. Or, if you have a full week, why not combine several of the destinations together?
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s great natural wonders. Tourists have been taking in the sights and sounds of these gigantic falls since the construction of the Erie Canal in 1825 made the region easily accessible for the first time. And travelers on a budget will be happy to learn that you can enjoy the views, hikes, picnic areas, and many local attractions for free.
Quebec City is the go-to place for families, couples, and singles. To get the most out of your trip, you will need to create an itinerary, and that’s part of the fun when planning your trip! Fortunately, Quebec City is home to some of the most spectacular landmarks and tourist destinations. So, finding something for every member of your group to enjoy will be a breeze with a little research.
If you’re captivated every time you see pictures of Canada’s vast, beautiful landscapes and the vibrant cultural events in the cities, or hear about some of its rich and fascinating history, then what are you waiting for? Summer is the best time to visit most regions of Canada, especially with the freedom of a self-drive holiday.
This summer, we’re headed west on a road trip through the U.S. and Canada. As the founders of BudgetYourTrip.com, our true passion lies in travel, but it’s been awhile since we’ve been able to “get out there.” Beginning in June, for three months we’ll hit the road on a family camping trip visiting the big cities, national parks, and everything in between. And yes, we’re taking our 3-year-old daughter with us.
On a Sunday in late July, I set off for the trip of a lifetime with my boyfriend, Shane, and his friend, Patrick, from Germany. We were going to be on the road for about a month, making our way through destinations in the U.S. and Canada. The route was roughly planned, and we were going to be joined by Patrick’s friend, Helena, partway through, but the rest of it was a serendipitous adventure. We had no idea who we might meet or what oddities we would come across, but we were prepped and ready for life on the road.
Summer vacation, at least for our family, is synonymous with road trips. We, Bryan and Laurie, the founders of Budget Your Trip, decided it was time to step away for a couple of weeks and take the newest member of the family (our four month old daughter) on a driving adventure from Boston to Nova Scotia. Yes, it’s quite a long drive. And yes, everyone says it’s a challenge to travel with a baby. But we went anyway, because traveling is in our blood, and also because we’re a little crazy. To add to the reasons, believe it or not, this was our first time in Canada. We’ve trekked through the Sahara and the Gobi, swam in the Mekong and the Nile, but we have never visited our friendly neighbors to the North. Well, it was time to fix that!
In 2009, we spent 11 months traveling through Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. We want you to learn from our experience, so we put together a trip planning guide: How To Plan A Trip Around The World. We cover everything from budgeting to packing, route planning to insurance, safety to vaccinations, and visas to round-the-world plane tickets. Combining our first hand experience with tips and resources from other travelers, we leave no stone unturned.