Close your eyes and imagine Canada's great north, just bursting with unspoiled wilderness and untapped adventure. What do you see? The mountains and pine forests of the Yukon? Likely. Or maybe paddling along one of the powerful rivers of The Northwest Territories? Probably. But did an expanse of boundless tundra, no trees in sight, come to mind? How about sea kayaking between icebergs on the arctic ocean? Not as likely. That's because Canada's youngest territory, Nunavut, is a place seldom spoke of and even less often travelled.
Similar to our first leg of the road trip, I'm going to assume we're starting from Toronto (it's the biggest city, most central location and arrival point for many international flights). Instead of driving west, however, this time we will be driving east.
Here's a quick recap of where we've been so far. In part one, we left from Toronto and drove north over Lake Superior, seeing three national parks: Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Islands and Pukaskwa National Park.
From here we have the choice to go north to Jasper National Park and continue north to Yukon, or go south through Glacier National Park of Canada and Mount Revelstoke National Park and onwards to Vancouver. For part 3, let's imagine we have ample time and head north. In part 4, I'll go south on a more direct route to Vancouver.
We left off in Thunder Bay, after having travelled the coast of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. It's now time to cross the prairies. Many people look at the prairies as a painfully long and boring drive to power through without stopping. I'll admit, it is very flat and I did not particularly enjoy it when I did it as a kid.
I remember once saying that my goal was to visit every national park in Canada. Someone responded "well, you're going to need a lot of time and a lot of money for that." I hadn't appreciated the sheer quantity of parks, nor the immense distance between them all. Many of the parks are far north and difficult to access, but there are still so many to see even if you don't have the luxury of ample time and ample money.
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson Everyone loves to hate Ontario, or as it's often referred to, On-terrible. Whether it's our lack of mountains and coastal lifestyle, or how the entire province is equated with Toronto, it's not a great reputation. I have spent my much of life in Ontario though, and if you get out of … Continue reading Where to hike, camp and paddle in Central Ontario