Now that the cold weather is drawing in and the snow is settling, many people have decided that driving, for anything other than essentials, is out of the question. However, there are many reasons to consider a winter road trip for an experience that is completely different to a summer road trip. At Mr. Lube, we have put together this short guide to preparing and executing a winter road trip, and some tips on where to visit!
Key to a winter road trip is being prepared. Make sure your car is topped up on fluids, you have snow tires installed and ensure you have enough gas in your vehicle. Also, you want to make sure that you have the right essentials in your car in the event of an emergency or breakdown. Always bring a phone charger that can fit into your car charging port and have a bag of emergency essentials handy. Your bag should contain items such as a blanket, flash light, bandages, band aids and pocket tools. The key here is to be prepared for an emergency or breakdown as best possible. Remember, if you’re in an accident or your car breaks down, there’s also a chance your car heating won’t be working. If this is the case, you’ll get cold quickly! So, make sure you bring extra warm clothing just in case.
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Why should I go on a winter road trip?
Going on a winter road trip will give you a completely different perspective of Canada. For a country that’s known worldwide for its snowy winters, why not properly experience it? Also consider the fact that snow makes everything look picturesque, allowing for some fantastic photos. Remember, fewer people tend to go on winter road trips, so there are certain busy tourist spots that will now be practically empty – go and enjoy the peace and quiet and make the most of this opportunity!
Where should I go?
There are a number of fantastic spots in Canada depending on what province you live in. Here are a few!
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Whistler – British Columbia
If you start off in Vancouver, it’s around a two-hour drive to Whistler. Expect to see snow-capped peaks, various waterfalls and canyons and the waters of Howe Sound, a truly spectacular route.
Kakabeka Falls, Ontario
The second largest falls in Ontario, (we’re sure you can guess the largest), Kakabeka falls is situated just west of Thunder Bay, and is a 40 metre falls which runs over an awesome cliff formation into a spectacular gorge.
Banff National Park – Alberta
Ok, we mentioned Banff on our summer road trip blog, but let’s be honest, it features some of the most spectacular scenery that’s easily accessible on the planet. Seeing it in the winter allows you a completely different perspective, and with outdoor ice-skating rinks between Banff and Lake Louise, many of which are free, why not enjoy an ice-skating themed winter road trip and try to find the most stunning skating rink in Banff!
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Gaspésie – Quebec
If you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding, then a trip to Gaspésie is a great option for your winter road trip. Gaspésie is home to the Chic-Choc Mountains, which feature 25 summits over 1000 metres and are a stunning spot to go skiing or snowboarding. The surrounding area of Gaspésie is like something out of a winter-themed movie. You can fly in and rent a car, but there are some that claim the drive from Quebec City to Gaspésie, although it will take you around a day, is one of the most stunning winter routes to drive in Canada.
So, once you have prepared your car and made sure you have all the essentials, plan a route and embark on your winter road trip! While you’re on your road trip, why not send in a photo of your adventure by using the hashtag #MrLubeMadeinCanada on Twitter and Instagram to be in with a chance of winning a $150 Mr. Lube gift card! Remember, be safe, and have fun!