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Canada Driving Ideas Guide

In summer, people on Canada’s east coast are getting the first glow of morning as the sun races across the Atlantic Ocean, while on the west coast others are just going to bed.  The country’s sheer size makes having a car important to get out and explore, and the time goes by quickly with a myriad of things to see and do.

So buckle up and head out in your Canadian car rental as we take a look at three cities in eastern, western and central parts of the country.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

After a night of being in the vibrant downtown of this maritime city, you’ll want to get up early in your Canadian accommodation and drive about an hour to Peggy’s Cove, 44 km (27 miles), because there’s something about watching a sunrise knowing you’re one of the first in North America to see the day begin, and what a place to witness this phenomenon over granite rock laid bare from the Ice Age.  Be sure to capture the moment with a selfie on Facebook.

Next, keep heading south on an ocean side road, aptly named the Lighthouse Route to Chester, 67km (42 miles) with white powder sand beaches along the way.  This historic town boasts prestige real estate and the oldest rural pub in the province.  Ride the ferry to Big Tancook Island 6 miles offshore and although you can’t take your car, it’s good for biking and walking where you’ll undoubtedly meet some of its hospitable 100 or so residents, with even a food truck serving awesome French fries.  There aren’t any overnight accommodations on the Island so be sure to catch the last ferry going back.

Ottawa, Ontario

In the nation’s capital there’s no end to events, places of interest and shows.  Tour the Parliament Buildings; walk through ByWard Market or along the Rideau Canal and Ottawa River.  Do you want to tell people, unashamedly, that you were in jail in Canada?  You can when you visit the Old Ottawa Jail that’s also a hostel, and yes, it is haunted.

Head over the Alexandra Bridge by car or on foot and voila!  Now you’re in the francophone province of Quebec where not trying a coffee and pastry would be wrong.  In the nearby town of Gatineau, 9.5 km (6 miles) is Nordik Spa that might well be the ultimate place to chill.   

Victoria, British Columbia

Have you ever been to Britain?  You may not have to if you come here with its old English style houses, rose gardens and tea times.   Do you have a green thumb?  If so, you need to visit The Butchart Gardens with world acclamation for its flowers, or tour the Emily Carr House featuring this renowned Canadian painter and author.

In nearby Colwood, 12 km (7.5 miles) is the oldest lighthouse in western Canada and Fort Rodd Hill is the site of a military installation from the 19th century.  Stay the night inside the fort’s walls in an oTENTik that could be described as a tent with proper beds.

Every great vacation should have a little sun, surf and sand, so Comox, 225 km (139 miles) on the national Trans-Canada Highway, is a great choice with some of the best beaches on Vancouver Island.  Amazing sunsets are probably as perfect as you can get to winding down the day.  In fact, this whole area known as Comox Valley is captivating with stunning scenery.

With so much to do in this big country, you don’t want to spend a lot of money just to lay your head.  At Cheaperthancars and Cheaperthanhotels our mission is to find you accommodations that are truly affordable in Canada and elsewhere in the world, so that you have more money in your pocket for doing things you want to do.  Have a great trip! Bon Voyage!

Your Cheaperthancars Team

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