Planned vacations are nice. However, sometimes you just want to load up the car and drive.

Canada has a total area of 9.8 million square kilometres, making it the largest country in the world, which means the best way to see it is to hop in a car and drive and drive. Along the way, you’ll gape at glacier-carved peaks, bird-filled marshlands, and everything in between. During the long road trip, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the sights, taste local favourites, and rest your weary head.

Not knowing where to go in such a vast and diverse land might seem daunting. No worries, here is the list of some of the best places for a road trip in Canada across its provinces:

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Toronto to Stratford, Ontario:

Discover big-city sights and theatre-town delights on this two-day trip to southeastern Ontario.  Spend a day strolling Toronto’s museums and galleries, and a night at the artsy Gladstone Hotel or chic Kimpton Saint George, then motor west 150 kilometres for a dose of Victorian architecture and a live theatre in Stratford, home to the province’s annual Stratford Festival.

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London, Ontario:

London, Ontario is a big city with small-town vibes, where the historic shopping district, Richmond Row is located in its downtown core. Old buildings seamlessly merged with modern boutiques. It is also known as “The Forest City”, so you can imagine that there are lots of great outdoor adventures, beautiful restaurants, amazing museums and a gigantic arcade with a lot of video games.

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A Drive to Hamilton Waterfalls:

Explore the waterfall capital of Ontario, Hamilton. This major city has roughly one hundred waterfalls and cascades in the city. A fan favourite is The Devils Punchbowl Falls, a 37-metre ribbon waterfall. 

You’ll want to take the entire family and your cameras to this breathtaking location. Spend your last hour of the day shopping on Locke street, a strip filled with local clothing and antique stores.

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Prince Edward County:

This trip is for all wine and cheese lovers. This vacation destination is home to many passionate winemakers. Enjoy a glass of the province’s best Pinot Noir, and then head down to Sandbanks Provincial Park to take a stroll along the white sand and waterline.

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Published on HOLR Magazine.