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Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary

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Canada road trip – Edmonton to Calgary. This adventure will take you approximately – 486 km (302 miles).

 

Life on central Alberta’s Boomtown Trail is full of surprises. The trail’s two main highways, 21 and 56, form a long rectangle between New Sarepta in the north and Bassano in the south. It’s the perfect route to discover the boomtown architecture found in many of Alberta’s small towns built during Canada’s railway expansion at the turn of the century. Be sure to explore the many historic attractions, regional museums and quirky sights along the way.

EDMONTON

Before leaving Edmonton spend some time discovering the city’s rich history. Hop on a beautifully restored vintage streetcar for a scenic tour that crosses over the High Level Bridge, above the North Saskatchewan River. Then, step back in time at Fort Edmonton Park – a huge living history park in the Edmonton River Valley. Discover an authentic 1919 steam train, fur trading post and 1920s midway. A visit to the outdoor Alberta Railway Museum is a must for all train fans. Stroll through the long carriages of a CN passenger train, investigate fascinating railway memorabilia and even take a ride on the rails.

Campsites around Edmonton:

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CAMROSE

From Edmonton, head south on Hwy 21 through New Sarepta, then east on Hwy 13 to Camrose. Discover local heritage at the Camrose Railway Museum and Park, with a guided or self-guided tour of the original 1911 CN Railway depot. Then visit the Camrose & District Centennial Museum to wander through historic buildings, like a pioneer log house circa 1898 and a church from 1908. You’ll also find replicas that depict some of Camrose’s’ original boomtown architecture, including its fire hall, newspaper office and blacksmith shop. The town is home to Alberta’s first playhouse as well, so be sure to check out the Bailey Theatre, which opened in 1911.

Camrose Campsites:

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DONALDA

Continue east on Hwy 13, then south on Hwy 56. Take a side trip east on Hwy 53 to the town of Donalda. Look for the world’s largest lamp at a whopping height of 12 m (42 ft). Steps away, at the Donalda & District Museum, you’ll find historic Métis and regional artefacts and a collection of more than 900 lamps – the largest in North America!

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Campsites in Donalda:

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STETTLER

Back on Hwy 56, drive south to Stettler and visit the Town and Country Museum to tour 26 historical buildings, including a schoolhouse, post office and church, featuring pioneer furniture and artefacts. Pick up a brochure at the town office and do the self-guided Downtown Historical Walking Tour. If you have the time, take a vintage train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway.

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The five to six hour trip, through Central Alberta’s big sky country, features exciting on board entertainment, historic tales and a full course buffet meal in Big Valley before heading back.

Campsites around Stettler, Alberta:

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ERSKINE

From Stettler, go west on Hwy 12 to Erskine, then north on Hwy 835 to Rochon Sands Provincial Park. Swim in the warm waters of Buffalo Lake and have a picnic on the sandy beach. It’s also great location for bird watching and you may even spot some of the elk, moose or deer that roam the area.

DELBURNE

Back on Hwy 12, head southwest on Hwy 21 to Delburne. A must-see is the Anthony Henday Museum, which features a CN train station, caboose, railway water tower, replica pioneer cabin and one-room school, throughout its four floors of exhibits.

Delburne Campsite:

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TROCHU

Continue south to the town of Trochu and learn about the first French settlers at the Trochu and District Museum. Be sure to stop by the Golf and Country Club to see the world’s largest golf tee – an impressive 12 m (40 ft) tall roadside attraction.

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If you have the inclination, take a detour east on Hwy 585 to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park, oneEdmonton_Calgary_Boomtown_Trail_3 of Alberta’s best kept secrets.

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 Alberta Parks Information Site

CALGARY

Drive on towards Strathmore and then head west on the Trans-Canada (Hwy 1) to Calgary. Explore the National Historic Site of Fort Calgary to learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the impact the railway had on city. Then visit Heritage Park – the country’ largest living history museum – to experience how Western Canada’s evolved, with streets and buildings portraying life from the 1860s to the 1950s.

Calgary Campsites

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Canada Camper van, Motorhome and RV Rental

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Going to Banff? Then call in on Canmore

Canmore, Canada
Canmore, not so far from Banff, Canada
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SPOTLIGHT ON: CANMORE

Must Sees

Recommend Canmore to travellers who want to get to know authentic Alberta with the chance to meet and spend time with locals in a relaxed laid-back mountain town.

Downtown
Canmore is a truly authentic Canadian mountain town with a diverse population including Olympic athletes, Everest summiteers, authors and artists. Head downtown for a relaxed vibe and buzzing program of festivals and events – and browse Main Street for incredible art galleries, unique shopping experiences and a world-renowned restaurant scene.

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Canmore Nordic Centre
The host site for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games Nordic events, this sports centre and surrounding park offers cross country skiing, biking and hiking, disk golf and orienteering. The centre is a 90-minute drive from Calgary’s airport and just five minutes from Canmore.

The Three Sisters
These three iconic peaks can be seen from almost any location in Canmore and are among the most photographed views in the Rockies. They often feature in local art and are named Faith, Charity and Hope.

Hidden Treasures

Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail
This scenic 22-km paved trail connects Canmore and Banff and is popular with cyclists and hikers with incredible viewpoints along the way. The trail follows the Trans Canada Highway and works for a round-trip or in combination with the bike-friendly ROAM public transit system.

Rat’s Nest Cave
Guided natural history tours of this cave in Grotto Mountain run from four to six hours. A natural wild cave with no artificial lighting or handrails, the cave is always 5°C. No experience needed to join the tour.

Kananaskis Wildlife Drive
One of the most spectacular drives in Alberta takes you through the heart of Kananaskis country on a three-hour loop from Canmore. The 153-km (96-mile) drive goes through picturesque provincial parks with stops for interpretive walks and picnics, hikers’ tea and moose spotting.

Authentic Canmore

Policeman’s Creek Boardwalk
This short hiking trail and wooden boardwalk follows Policeman’s Creek and is accessible from downtown Canmore. At the end of the trail, hikers can cross the bridge into the Spring Creek community.

Get Active

Kananaskis Country Park
Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes and Barrier Lake are among a series of beautiful man-made and natural lakes in the region used to power a hydroelectric dam. There are parks surrounding them with biking and hiking trails, boating opportunities and in summer, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available to rent.

Rock climbing
The region’s Bow Valley has plenty of choice for climbers. Its intricate geology and stunning views make it a world-class area for those looking to scale incredible rock-faces.

Did you know?

Hot dates
Lively and popular annual events here include the Canmore Folk Music Festival, Highland Games, Festival of Eagles and the yearly Festival of Art and Creativity.

New in Canmore

Grizzly Paw Brewing Company
The town has a new 20,000 sq. ft. brewery, where knowledgeable staff takes visitors on a tour through the brewing process from start to finish, sampling the brews along the way.

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Where Do You Want to Collect your Campervan from?

Depot locations for campervan and motorhome rental
Where shall I collect my Motorhome from?

This is one of the most frequent replies I make from emails that clients send to me.

They include the dates and number of people travelling but I need more than that.

I do need to know the age of the driver.  In some cases, although not all, the driver needs to be over 25.  This is not the case in all countries though.

In many you can hire at 21.  You must hold a credit card in your name in all cases.

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Hire a campervan or motorhome.

One way hires are more expensive and in Europe there is an extra charge applied on the basis of Euro1.00 for every 1km between the pick up and drop off depots.

This is because the hire supplier will have to send someone to pick it up and return it to its original destination.

One way hires in Canada, USA and Australia and New Zealand are usually a fixed charge and this is often waived if the hire is for longer than 21 days.

One way hires often take longer to approve as the release of a vehicle is at the discretion of the fleet manager and they work out where the vehicle has to be for the next customer to rent it out.  Also, where that vehicle is before your hire.

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Family holidays in a campervan.

There are hundreds of points of collection on our website and these are displayed below. This is correct at time of publishing.  We do change these from time to time.

The full address of each depot is listed on our website. If you click on the “make a booking” button you will see the address on the same page where the summary of all the charges are made.  (You don’t have to input your payment details to see the summary.)

All the depot locations are listed on this link:

Campervan and Motorhome Rental locations by Country

If you click on any of the names of the country you can select a drop down menu to see the depot locations for them individually.

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Reviews

We are often asked to recommend a type of campervan or motorhome for holidays or road trips or just as a spare room.  We have to ask quite a lot of questions before we can suggest which one will fit the requirements of our customers.  We can make suggestions but ultimately it is up to the customer to make the final decision.  To help you make that decision I have outlined below what we like to know before we can make a recommendation.

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Campervan hire. Follow your dreams.

Also, there are many review sites that you can refer to but often these highlight the bad experiences that people have that can sometimes happen.  All of the campervan and motorhome suppliers that we book on our websites www.campervans.com and www. budgetcampervans.com have been in business for many, many years and so are reliable and they have our confidence too as we have been booking campervan and motorhome rental for nearly 20 years.

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Our customers will often search online for reviews.  However, it is difficult to know who are the main suppliers of rentals in each country and who is new and who is long established.

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6 berth campervan rental in America.

Our website now has a star rating system that you can refer to.  We only put stars on the vehicles once they have received over 10 ratings.

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Rating

You can select from the left hand menu by rating which standards you would like to see displayed.

We also offer a filter that will display the age of the vehicles.  This is important in many ways but often the age of the vehicle will determine its daily rental rate. However, if you book early you are likely to get a really new campervan at the same price as a very old one.  This is how some suppliers work. It is a similar system to pricing as the airlines use. Book early,  fill the seats, put the price up nearer to the date of departure.

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Take your bikes on your campervan hire holiday.

If you are on a budget then definitely book early to take advantage of this pricing structure.  You will find this particularly in RV rental in America and Canada and also in New Zealand and Australia.

The European and UK rental companies will usually offer discounts for early bookings but not on the flex rates that change every week.

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Rent a campervan for your honeymoon.

If you are on a budget and are considering an older vehicle then be prepared to be offered a vehicle that has done high mileage (particularly in Australia, Canada and the USA).  The vehicle will be tired around the edges and worn.  But they do offer good value for money as they should be well maintained and clean.

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You can all sleep in comfort in your camper home for you holidays.

They are also more prone to breakdown but this is avoided as it is costly for the rental supplier as they have to take time to repair the vehicle and in some cases deliver a replacement.  Hire suppliers don’t want your vehicle to break down as it costs them money.

The reviews seen on line usually highlight breakdowns or malfunctions in the campers and motorhomes.  This is unfortunate but things do stop working on occasions or pipes do get blocked.  If there is a problem and it has been unreported by a previous hirer then the next customer suffers because of it.

Luxury motorhome rental.
Luxury motorhome rental.

Sometimes people who rent vehicles are reluctant to make the hire supplier aware of a problem for fear of being charged for repairs or breakages and this has the knock on effect for the next client.

It is in our interest and in the best interests of our rental suppliers that our customers and clients are happy as return customers are the backbone of any business and we find that our customers will recommend us again and again for offering the correct vehicle at the right price.

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Climb up to your bed.

The right price for one customer is not the same as the right price for another.  We have people who want the very best vehicles we can offer.  These are large, sleep at least six people, have slide out sides to offer more space.  They are not cheap. These customers want the very newest and the top of the range motorhomes as they want to travel long distances for many months.

Sleeper car rental.
sleeper car rental.

Our backpacker customers want the best and cheapest rate possible. They don’t want in built toilet and showers and luxury kitchens.  They just want a vehicle to sleep in and make a cup of tea or heat up noodles.   These vehicles are basic, older and cheap.  They are more like sleeper cars than campervans.  But they are on our lists.  The reviews against these vehicles are often because they are old and worn.

The low-top or hi-top have kitchens and a double bed.  The space is limited but if you are staying in campsites each night you don’t need showers and a toilet on board.  You may want to cook a more sophisticated meal and need a fully stocked kitchen and you want to sleep under a duvet (or doonah) with pillows and not a sleeping  bag.

These campers are mid-priced and do vary in age but are a great budget vehicle.

Always consider the sleeping arrangements.  If you are tall check out the bed sizes:

Check the bed size of your campervan.
Check the bed size of your campervan.

Some suppliers will also vary the thickness of the mattress too.

If this is important to your holiday, then please double check that the bed sizes suit. Also, consider the single and double bed configuration. Some people prefer to have separate beds, but some campervans have single beds only suitable for children. Others have double beds above the cab and this is great if you are ok climbing the ladder at night.

Larger vehicles have bigger double beds.

Are you happy making the bed up each night?  Some vehicles require that you move the cushions around and bring out a base support to create a double bed at night. So check out the “day and night time layout” as this means you have to convert the layout at night.

Day layout of a campervan

Night time layout of your campervan.

The amount of time you spend in the camper will help you make the decision on what size of camper.  You can have a layout that has a permanent table or a permanent bed or both.  You can have a larger kitchen with a three way fridge and small freezer depending on whether you want to cook a full dinner or if you prefer to eat out or bbq or just heat up food.

Some campervans and motorhomes have microwaves fitted but these will only work if you are hooked up to the mains electricity supply.  Check the length of the hook up wire, some can be quite short.

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Rent a 4×4 camper.

All of the above affects the way you feel about your campervan. It is your home for the duration of your rental. Hundreds of thousands of people every year rent a motorhome. Each have different criteria that make it the perfect one for them.  Consider how you want to live when you rent and how much you want to pay. This may determine how long you can hire a vehicle for.  If you are living out of a hi-top for three months – and people do – does it have enough space for you to stand up in or lay around and read?

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Relax. You are on holiday.

Let us know if there is anything else you would consider when renting a campervan.  Ask us…its our job to help.

Happy holidays! 🙂

Current special offers.

List of countries we arrange campervan and motorhome rental:
Australia
Belgium
Botswana
Canada
Croatia
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Mozambique
Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
United Kingdom
United States
Zambia
Zimbabwe

 

Nova Scotia Lighthouse driving route

Visit the Lighthouses of Nova Scotia

 

For centuries Nova Scotia’s lighthouses have helped protect seafaring visitors and our own hard working people who looked to the sea for their living. Standing proudly against the elements, they embody the province’s maritime history and spirit.

Today, lighthouses continue to dot the coastlines of Nova Scotia from Cape Forchu to Louisbourg. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society maintains a list of lighthouses on their website, including ones that are open to the public.

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Peggy’s Point Lighthouse
South Shore
The rugged beauty of the rock formations surrounding Peggy’s Point Lighthouse make it a singular phenomenon. Once a working post office, Peggy’s Point remains one of the most photographed lighthouses in Canada. While visiting the vibrant fishing village of Peggy’s Cove, sit on the rocks surrounding the lighthouse and view the waves lapping at the shore. Walk through the village and explore the shops and boutiques showcasing local arts and crafts. The gingerbread at the Sou’Wester Restaurant is not to be missed.

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Fort Point Lighthouse Park
South Shore
Located on the shore of Liverpool Harbour, Fort Point Lighthouse is a rare example of pre-Confederation lighthouses. Since its light was first lit in 1856, the lighthouse has played an integral role in the community, particularly during the nineteenth century when shipbuilding was essential to Liverpool’s economy. This Provincial Heritage Property is open year-round with picnic tables and interpretive panels celebrating the area’s privateer heritage.

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Cape Forchu Lightstation
Yarmouth & Acadian Shores
Cape Forchu is home to the first apple core style light station. Enjoy a warm cup of tea at The Mug Up Tea Room, located in the Lightkeeper’s House, while you take in the view of Yarmouth Harbour. Stroll along the scenic walkway and pop into one-of-a-kind shops filled with treasures crafted by local artists.

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Brier Island Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
This iconic octagonal wooden lighthouse marks the spot where the Bay of Fundy officially begins. The lighthouse is still operational today with a fully automated system. Some of the best whale watching tours in the province depart from ports in the surrounding area.

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Masstown Market Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Masstown Market is the perfect stopping-off place in central Nova Scotia. Located just west of Truro, the market features fresh local produce and baked goods as well as a deli, fish market, ice cream shop, gift shop, garden centre, and a restaurant and fish & chip boat. Visit the Masstown Market Lighthouse to peruse the “Catch of the Bay” fresh fish market. After your meal in the restaurant or at the Fish & Chip Boat attached to the lighthouse, meander to the top of the Lighthouse for a birds-eye view of the Bay of Fundy in the distance.

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Cape d’Or Lighthouse
Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley
Experience views of both the Bay of Fundy and Minas Channel from the Guest House at the Cape d’Or Lighthouse. Extend your views with the onsite telescopes, grab a meal at the restaurant of head out for a hike along their trails while you’re there.

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Cape George Point Lighthouse
Northumberland Shore
On a clear day you can see Cape Breton and Prince Edward Islands at Cape George Point Lighthouse. Overlooking the waters of St. George’s Bay, the original lighthouse, built in 1861, was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1907. It is the third iteration of the lighthouse that stands there today. Have a picnic in the nearby park and enjoy some natural beauty on their walking trails. After a visit to the Tuna Interpretive Centre, stop by Boyd’s Seafood for fish & chips.

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Louisbourg Lighthouse
Cape Breton
Part of the largest historic reconstruction in Canada, the current lighthouse stands at 55 feet tall and was completed in 1923. When visiting the lighthouse stop in to the Fortress of Louisbourg where events are happening all summer long.

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Port Bickerton Lighthouse
Eastern Shore
The Port Bickerton Lighthouse provides gorgeous views of the sea and the surrounding community. The Nova Scotia Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, located on site, helps to tell the story of lighthouses in Nova Scotia, and celebrates the mystical place lighthouses hold in our history. As part of the Port Bickerton Lighthouse Beach Park visitors can take advantage of onsite walking trails.

Some Lighthouses are open to the public.

Visit A Lighthouse:

Abbotts Harbour Lighthouse
Yarmouth County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 43°39’36”N
65°49’13.2”W
Annapolis Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°44’39.6”N
65°31’11.8”W
Baccaro Point Lighthouse
Shelburne County South Shore 43°26’59”N
65°28’15”W
Belliveau Cove Lighthouse
Digby County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 44°23’20.3”N
66°03’49.1”W
Boars Head Lighthouse (Tiverton)
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°24’14.5”N
66°12’55.0”W
Brier Island Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°14’55.0”N
66°23’32.0”W
Burntcoat Head Lighthouse
Hants County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°18’36”N
63°48’24”W
Cape dOr Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°17’27”N
64°46’27.5”W
Cape Forchu Lighthouse
Yarmouth County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 43°47’38.8”N
66°09’19.3”W
Cape George Lighthouse (Northumberland Strait)
Antigonish County Northumberland Shore 45°52’26.8”N
61°54’01.8”W
Cape St. Marys Lighthouse
Digby County Yarmouth & Acadian Shore 44°05’09.2”N
66°12’39.6”W
Coffin Island Lighthouse
Queens County South Shore 44°02’01.1”N
64°37’41.8”W
Five Islands Lighthouse
Colchester County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°24’21”N
64°05’15”W
Fort Point Lighthouse (LaHave River)
Lunenburg County South Shore 44°17’15.84”N
64°21’6.23”W
Fort Point Lighthouse (Liverpool)
Queens County South Shore 44°02’36”N
64°42’26”W
Gilberts Cove Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°29’42”N
65°57’12”W
Grand Passage Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°17’13.5”N
66°20’31.2”W
Grandique Point Lighthouse
Richmond County Cape Breton Island 45°35’38.2”N
61°01’19.8”W
Hampton Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°54’20.0”N
65°21’10.0”W
Kidston Island Lighthouse
Victoria County Cape Breton Island 46°05’53.3”N
60°44’31.3”W
Louisbourg Lighthouse
CBRM County Cape Breton Island 45°54’24.0”N
59°57’30.5”W
Mabou Harbour Lighthouse Rear Range Light
Inverness County Cape Breton Island 46°05’09.2”N
61°27’55.2”W
Margaretsville Lighthouse
Annapolis County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°03’00.3”N
65°03’57.8”W
Neil Harbour Lighthouse
Victoria County Cape Breton Island 46°48’23.3”N
60°19’11.0”W
Northumberland Fisheries Museum
Pictou County Northumberland Shore 45°40’32.5”N
62°42’21.18”W
Out Of The Fog Museum Visitor Info
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°20’51”N
61°21’51”W
Peggys Point Lighthouse
HRM County South Shore 44°29’30.4”N
63°55’07.2”W
Port Bickerton Lighthouse
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°05’24.0”N
61°42’01.7”W
Port Greville Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°24’52.5”N
64°33’09”W
Port Medway Lighthouse
Queens County South Shore 44°08’00”N
64°34’18”W
Prim Point Lighthouse
Digby County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 44°41’28.0”N
65°47’10.8”W
Queensport Lighthouse Visitor Info
Guysborough County Eastern Shore 45°20’52.6”N
61°16’18.9”W
Sandy Point Lighthouse
Shelburne County South Shore 43°41’30”N
65°19’36”W
Seal Island Light Museum
Shelburne County South Shore 43°33’50”N
65°33’53”W
Spencers Island Lighthouse
Cumberland County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°21’17.9”N
64°42’37”W
Walton Harbour Lighthouse
Hants County Fundy Shore & Annapolis Valley 45°14’00”N
64°00’48”W
Nova Scotia Lighthouse Preservation Society
C/O Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
1675 Lower Water Street
Halifax NS, Canada B3J 1S3

 

 

Canadian Badlands interactive map

http://www.canadianbadlands.com/cbl/map/

Travel the Canadian Badlands

The Canadian Badlands Touring Routes offer the best road trips through the badlands. These scenic drives take you through unique landscapes and connect you with authentic adventures. Major attractions like hoodoos at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park and dinosaurs at Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Royal Tyrrell Museum — and some hidden gems are included. Use the information on their websites to customize these tours and create your memorable Canadian Badlands experience.

Think about staying at a historic ranch house, a tepee village, or a campground for a few nights to really get to know this spectacular and vast region.

Need more information? Stop at one of the Canadian Badlands regions’ many visitor information centres to get the scoop from the locals.

The driving times listed below are estimates based on distance and the type of road between destinations. These times may vary based on road condition, weather, and construction. Please check Alberta Motor Association (AMA) Road Reports for up to date road conditions.

Driving Distances

From Calgary

To Distance Time
Brooks 192 kms 2 hrs 10 min
Cluny 111 kms 1 hr 20 min
Drumheller 143 kms 1 hr 30 min
Hanna 220 kms 2 hrs 35 min
Lethbridge 209 kms 2 hrs 30 min
Medicine Hat 295 kms 3 hrs 10 min
Milk River 307 kms 3 hrs 15 min
Oyen 330 kms 3 hrs 45 min

Georgian Bay, Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park voted the #1 Hidden Travel Gem in Canada by Canadians!

Georgian Bay, Tobermory and Bruce Peninsula National Park voted the #1 Hidden Travel Gem in Canada by Canadians!

Welcome to the official travel and tourism website of Georgian Bay, Ontario, Canada. Inside, find valuable vacation planning ideas and travel and tourism packages designed to make your Georgian Bay holiday spectacular!

Often referred to as the sixth Great Lake, Georgian Bay features more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometres of shoreline. Georgian Bay’s beauty is serene. Windswept pines, majestic towering cliffs, endless beaches and clear blue water all create a one of a kind destination. Discover the rich marine heritage and lighthouses that dot the coastline, relax on a beach, explore the great outdoors or cruise the best roads on your motorcycle. The Georgian Bay Coastal Route presents the best that Georgian Bay has to offer.

The International Selkirk Loop

The International Selkirk Loop encircles the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington, north Idaho and southeast British Columbia, a place of forested hillsides, sparkling waterfalls, snowcapped craggy peaks, and charming small towns. The nearest metropolitan area is Spokane, Washington, about one hour southwest of the Selkirk Loop. Within the Loop, the Selkirk Mountains are accessible from the Salmo Basin, Sullivan Lake, Priest Lake, Pack River, Roman Nose, Kootenay Pass and Kokanee Glacier recreation areas.

Nearly the entire Loop route follows rivers and lakeshores. The waterways historically were used for transportation, but today they are a source of year-round recreation, from fly fishing to ice fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, diving and rafting.

Much of the land in the Loop corridor is National Forest, National Wildlife Refuge, Wildlife Management Area, or Provincial Park, so there are myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation – a vast uncrowded playground! Hundreds of miles of trails are available for all levels of hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobile touring. Rock climbing and geo-caching are popular for the more adventurous. These public lands are home to the largest diversity of wildlife in the lower 48 states. The wildlife Refuges and Management Areas are home to more than 50 mammal species and 265+ bird species. Moreover, Lake Pend Oreille and Kootenay Lake are two of the largest lakes in the west.
Source and more information: http://www.selkirkloop.org

The International Selkirk Loop encircles the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington, north Idaho and southeast British Columbia, a place of forested hillsides, sparkling waterfalls, snowcapped craggy peaks, and charming small towns. The nearest metropolitan area is Spokane, Washington, about one hour southwest of the Selkirk Loop. Within the Loop, the Selkirk Mountains are accessible from the Salmo Basin, Sullivan Lake, Priest Lake, Pack River, Roman Nose, Kootenay Pass and Kokanee Glacier recreation areas.

Nearly the entire Loop route follows rivers and lakeshores. The waterways historically were used for transportation, but today they are a source of year-round recreation, from fly fishing to ice fishing, boating, water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, diving and rafting.

Much of the land in the Loop corridor is National Forest, National Wildlife Refuge, Wildlife Management Area, or Provincial Park, so there are myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation – a vast uncrowded playground! Hundreds of miles of trails are available for all levels of hiking, biking, horseback riding, skiing and snowmobile touring. Rock climbing and geo-caching are popular for the more adventurous. These public lands are home to the largest diversity of wildlife in the lower 48 states. The wildlife Refuges and Management Areas are home to more than 50 mammal species and 265+ bird species. Moreover, Lake Pend Oreille and Kootenay Lake are two of the largest lakes in the west.

Source and more information: http://www.selkirkloop.org

RV Rental to drive the route www.campervans.com

Dawson City for the gold in the Klondike gold fields

Come for the history, stay for the adventure – Dawson City, Yukon

Perhaps you have heard about Dawson City history and want to come see it for yourself. If you are a historical adventurer we can offer you a vibrant living history. Add some great food, accommodations, quality shopping, and an amazing nightlife and you’ll be in wide-eyed wonder the entire time.

Dawson City, Yukon is the heart of the world-famous Klondike Gold Rush. In August of 1896, three Yukon “Sourdoughs”, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie, and Skookum Jim found gold in Rabbit Creek, now called Bonanza Creek, and changed the history of the Yukon forever. Thirty thousand (some say fifty) pick-and-shovel miners, prospectors, storekeepers, saloon keepers, bankers, gamblers, prostitutes and con men from every corner of the continent poured through snow-choked mountain passes and down the Yukon River to stake their claim to fortune on creeks with names like Eldorado, Bonanza, Last Chance and Too Much Gold.

Most seekers found no gold at all. But the prospect of sudden riches was not all that mattered. For many of those who made the incredible journey, the Klondike represented escape from the humdrum, the adventure of a new frontier.

Today, gold seekers still visit Dawson City. Some come for the gold in the Klondike gold fields while others come for the gold in the hearts of those who call Dawson City home. Some come for golden moments in the wild and others for the golden memories that will last a lifetime.

Come to stare at the sky and be amazed by a midnight sun in the summer or spectacular northern lights in the winter.

Source and more information: http://www.dawsoncity.ca

Tour Labrador Canada in a Campervan, Motorhome or RV

Itineraries

Tour Labrador in an Campervan, Motorhome or RV. Hire one from www.CampervansCanada.com

Guide to Labrador http://www.destinationlabrador.com/guide/

How to Get To Labrador by Road

Road Travel
There are two options by which road travellers may reach Labrador. One of these options provide entry to coastal Labrador via ferry service from the Island of Newfoundland. The second option provides road access to Labrador West through the neighbouring Province of Quebec.
Option 1: From Newfoundland via the MV Apollo

Newfoundland and Labrador are separated by a body of water called the Strait of Belle Isle. A ferry service operates across this strait from St. Barbe, Newfoundland to Blanc Sablon, Quebec. Blanc Sablon is located just a few minutes drive from Quebec-Labrador border. This auto/passenger ferry service is operated by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Accordingly, road travellers may:

  1. Drive the paved highway in northern Newfoundland (the Viking Trail) to St. Barbe;
  2. Embark on the MV Apollo for the 90-minute crossing of the Strait of Belle Isle;
  3. Disembark at Blanc Sablon and follow Route 510 through the Labrador Coastal Drive region to Happy Valley-Goose Bay. From Happy Valley-Goose Bay follow route 500 west to Labrador City. From Labrador City a road connection is available to continental North America.
Option 2: From Quebec by Road to Labrador City

Labrador City is linked by 581 km of road (Route 138) to Baie Comeau, Quebec. Approximately one-half of this distance is paved, while the remainder is gravel. Baie Comeau is connected by paved road to major centres.

Road travellers arriving at Labrador City by road may then:

  1. Follow Route 500 east to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
  2. Follow Route 510 south through the Labrador Coastal Drive region.
Here are some website links to help in planning your road travel:

 

Labrador West
Experience Labrador West in the Summer
Day 1

Take a tour of the Ed Montague Exhibit Hall which has on display many artifacts representing the best of Labrador West and the entire Labrador region – its history, culture and people. As well, the hall showcases the stellar fur trading and mining history of Labrador. The Ed Montague Exhibit Hall is located in the Gateway building on Route 500. (Open all year round).

While you are there, visit the heritage gift shop for an array of local/regional crafts and artwork including Innu and Inuit Art, soap stones, tea dolls and books. From precious gems to delicious jams the heritage gift shop has what you are looking for in souvenirs and gifts. (Open all year round).

See the Iron Ore mine in full operation on a 2-hour guided tour of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Learn about production, manufacturing, history and be awestruck at the magnitude of the machinery and the fantastic sites in one of Canada’s largest open pit iron ore mines. Tours may be booked through the Labrador West Tourism Office by calling (709) 944-7631. (Regular tours offered from June-August. Alternate times may be available by request).

*Hint: Looking for good food and great atmosphere? Check out Cornelius Restaurant located on 118 Humphrey Road in the Bruno Plaza. Chinese/Canadian Buffets available Tuesday-Sunday (starting at 5pm).

Day 2

Start your day with a leisurely stroll around the Tanya Lake Walking Trail. Along this trail you will find signage offering information on local plant and wildlife. This trail is approximately 3km long located on Baden Powel Road. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 709-944-3602.

Swing by the Labrador Mall for a little shopping. The Labrador Mall is located on 500 Vanier Rd and offers an air conditioned environment for your comfort. Labrador Mall is able to satisfy all of your shopping needs with a variety of clothing stores, a grocery store, department stores, post office, bank and much more. Also, check out the Carol Lake Shopping Center on Avalon Drive and the Gallery 201 on Humber Ave.

*Take a break! Drop by O’Flaherty’s Pub and Eatery. Great food, friendly staff, what more could you ask for?

How about a round of golf? The Tamarack golf course located off Route 500 Highway. This beautiful 18-hole golf course promises fantastic scenery and fun for all. Be sure to bring your camera, the views are incredible.

Day 3

Road Trip! Be sure to take a day out to tour the underground hydro-electric power plant in Churchill Falls. The Churchill Falls Hydro Electrical development is the largest in Canada and the ninth largest in the world. Churchill Falls is located approximately 238km (149 miles) east on Route 500. (Approximate 3-hour drive.) Tours are offered three times a day and can be booked by calling (709) 925-3335 one day in advance. Be sure to inquire about booking requirements and tour restrictions. Contact the Churchill Falls in for hotel and restaurant service: 1-800-229-3269.

Day 4

A great way to spend a morning in Labrador is by walking the Menihek Interpretive Trail. The tranquility and beauty along this scenic route is every hikers dream. Discover the Labrador wilderness first hand and learn more from the 28 interpretive signs along the trail. Enjoy a picnic by the waterfall and a break from life’s little stresses. This trail is approximately 5kms length and located on Smokey Mountain Road. Call (709) 944-5842.

A day at the beach always makes for a nice relaxing afternoon. Check out one of the four popular beach areas in Labrador West; Duley Lake (off of Route 500), Quartzite Lake (off Retty St), Tanya Lake (Baden Powell Road) or Jean Lake (off Grenfell Drive in Wabush). Jean Lake also has a beautiful walking trail that extends approximately 5km and incorporates 2 bridges, rest areas and board walks.

Looking for local crafts? Check out the Craft Guild located in the Co-op in the Labrador Mall. This quaint little shop has a wide variety of Labrador memorabilia and gift ideas sure to please.

*Hint: Need caffeine fix or food on the go? Rest easy, Tim Horton’s is located in the Labrador Mall and McDonalds is located on Avalon Drive.

Day 5

For anyone who enjoys camping, Labrador West has two campgrounds: Duley Lake Campgrounds and Grande Hermine.

Duley Lake is located approximately 13 kms from Labrador City east on Route 500. (Only minutes from the Golf Course) These campgrounds can accommodate tents and RV’s. Hot showers are available. For more information call 709-280-1129.

Grande Hermine is located on west Route 500 on route to Churchill Falls. These campgrounds also have RV and tent sites available and offer hot showers and cabin rentals as well. For more information, please contact (709) 944-1029.

Central Labrador
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This region of Central Labrador is often called the heart of Labrador as it is a central hub for all transportation and service for the rest of Labrador. There are four communities, three aboriginal groups, a mix of international cultures and many unique experiences to enjoy.
Central Labrador Self Directed Tour
You can drive to Central Labrador via the Trans Labrador Highway Route 500 that starts at Labrador City (6 hours drive) and connects to Route 389 starting at Baie Comeau Quebec (about 8 hours drive). See our Transportation section for more information about getting to Labrador.

Year round activities:

  • Drive from Goose Bay on Route 520 to the Historic Community ofNorth West River. Be sure to visit Sunday Hill, the Labrador Interpretation Centre, the Labrador Heritage Museum, the Heritage Craft Shop, the beach, and Lester Burry Memorial Park.
  • Brush off your GPSr and search for some of the 170 geocaches hidden in the region.
  • Park at the end of the runway on Hamilton and enjoy the view of the Mealy Mountains, Terrington Basin and Lake Melville.
  • Visit the Goose Bay Military Museum.
  • Visit Them Days gift shop and archive and learn about the history of Labrador’s people.
  • Visit the remote and historic community of Mud Lake by snowmobile or boat.
  • Search for unique gifts and souvenirs at the many craft shops in Goose Bay.

Summer:

  • Visit Birch Brook Hiking Trails on Route 520 just 20 kilometers from Goose Bay and take an interpreted nature tour of the trails. On the ride back to Goose Bay, be sure to stop and hike into Simeon Falls and on up to Peace Rock — there is a trail maker along the highway.
  • Walk the paved trail from the north end of Goose Bay (at the airport) to the south end at the river.
  • Take a boat tour to Mokami Mountain.
  • Take a boat tour to Muskrat Falls.
  • Kayak or canoe in Mud Lake or Goose River.
  • Watch late at night for the beautiful Northern Lights and shooting stars.

Winter:

  • Take a dog sled ride with Northern Lights Mushing.
  • Enjoy kilometers of groomed ski trails at Birch Brook Nordic Ski Club. Rentals of skis and snowshoes available.
  • Rent a snowmobile and explore many kilometers of wilderness trails around the region.
  • Ice fish at Welbourne Bay or Muldoons.
    Labrador Coastal Drive
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    Point Amour Lighthouse
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    Labrador Coastal Drive offers a unique northern wilderness experience, along with some of North America’s most fascinating history. Easily accessible, Labrador Coastal Drive provides a splendid summer or fall journey, full of Labrador’s natural beauty and unique experiences. Labrador Coastal Drive can easily fill a 7-10 day schedule taking you from L’Anse au Clair toCartwright.

    Day 1 – 5

    • Sail the Strait of Belle Isle on the MV Apollo toBlanc Sablon
    • Look for icebergs, whales, seabirds, and seals
    • Visit the Gateway to the Labrador Visitor’s Centre and hike the Jersey Room Trail in L’Anse au Clair
    • Explore communities, sites and attractions along the Jacques Cartier Trail
    • Visit Isle de Perroquets, the puffin sanctuary in St. Paul’s River
    • Take in the Labrador Straits Museum, the L’Anse Amour Burial National Historic site, and the Provincial Historic Point Amour Lighthouse.
    • Hike the Oceanview Trail in West St Modeste, Picnic at the PinwareRiver Provincial Park and journey to Red Bay to get introduced to the world’s first industrial-scale whale fishery. See the 430 year old whaling chapula and take a short boat ride to Saddle Island for a walking tour of Red Bay’s excavation sites.
    • Drive to Mary’s Harbour and hike the trail to White Water Falls. Once you have enjoyed some of the local hospitality, take the boat to Battle Harbour National Historic District for a step back in time and a fascinating view of Labrador’s fishing history.
    • Upon return from Battle Harbour, drive to St Lewis, mainland Canada’s most easterly permanent community. While there visit the Loder’s Point Premises for a view of a restored fishing stage and merchant store.

    For additional tour details please visit the Labrador Coastal Drive Website 

    Day 6 – Day 10

    • Visit the community of Port Hope Simpson and experience its dinner theatre Pits, Props and Prosperity for a humorous look at the community’s history.
    • Continue your journey to nearby communities of Charlottetown,Pinsent’s ArmWilliam’s Harbour and Norman Bay with a half day cruise aboard the Challenge 1 passenger/freight boat. This cruise will take you through Shinney’s Water Complex and Gilbert’s Bay, home to the unique Golden Cod. Tours can be arranged of the region’s shrimp processing plant in Charlottetown.
    • Drive the remaining 187 km to Cartwright to complete the Labrador Coastal Drive. Upon arrival connect with the locals to explore the community to see Flagstaff Hill, the Wonderstrands and Muddy Bay. This community has a remarkable history and abundance of hospitality.

    For additional tour details please visit the Labrador Coastal Drive Website