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It’s a big year for Canada. Montreal is celebrating its 375th birthday, and the national parks are free for a 150th birthday celebration. Ever since I returned from my “Great Escape,” I’ve been itching to get out on the road for short trips. What better way to enjoy the last bits of summer than with a Canada road trip from Niagara Falls to Montreal?
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After visiting a friend in New York City, I’d drive northwest to Niagara Falls to visit the famous falls on both sides of the border. After a long drive, I’d plan to stretch my legs and take a short hike on one of the many trails in Niagara Gorge.
I’d make sure to cross the Canadian border before the sun sets to see the waterfall from the other side. Plus, there are fireworks every night of the week all summer long. You can’t beat that! The Niagara region is a popular wine destination, and you know I love a good glass of wine. If time allows, I’d like to spend a day following the wine trail around charming Niagara-on-the-Lake.
I have a good friend in Toronto who has been begging me to visit ever since I met him in Portugal. I think it’s about time that I do! Toronto is a massive international city with lots to offer regarding food, arts, outdoor activities, and culture. If I were feeling particularly brave, I would consider a climb up the CN Tower for epic panoramic views of the city. Of course, no trip to Canada would be complete without a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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The capital city of Canada has plenty for visitors to do and see, and this Ottawa guide offers tons of inspiration. I’d start my day by exploring the many historic sites of the city. From the Rideau Canal, I could see and visit many other places, like Parliament Hill and the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
After eating my way through ByWard Market, I’d stroll through Gatineau Park. I need to work off those calories after the market! Later, I’d spend the rest of my day and probably the day after in the many museums of Ottawa. From the Canadian History Museum to the National Gallery of Canada to the Canada Space and Aviation Museum, there is a lot of ground to cover.
Upon crossing over into Quebec, it would be time to dust off my middle-school French skills as I joined Montreal in celebrating its 375th birthday. After visiting with friends and eating all the amazing poutine and Montreal bagels, it would finally be time to use my Canada Pass.
I’d drive north to Parc National du Mont-Tremblant for some hiking and camping. The national park is home to six rivers, 400 lakes and streams, and over 40 mammals. With over 82 kilometers of trails, I would have lots of options with incredible views of the region.
After a week on the road, it would finally be time to head back to Maine. A short Canada road trip is just the journey I need to satisfy my wanderlust before jumping back into the nine-to-five life again.
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