Planning the trip

As discussed in the previous posts, we are driving to our new home instead of flying.

The reason we’re taking this long road trip is partially because we have to move our car anyway, but also because Marije and I would like to take a vacation together, seeing Canada from coast to coast! It may surprise you that we haven’t really had a vacation with just the two of us in the last 6 years, with the exception of one great weekend getaway in Twillingate.

Of course, this ~7500 km cross-continent drive isn’t going to be a ‘real’ vacation, we’re on a schedule. We would absolutely love to spend time in every province along the way, but we have to be in Nanaimo around July 1st, which gives us just two weeks to drive and find a home on the other side.

We are looking forward to the trip however, and we might be able to enjoy 2 or 3 brief stop-overs along the way. Things I’m looking forward to in particular:

  • Driving through the Maritimes
  • Driving along the Great Lakes
  • Seeing the Rocky Mountains
  • Driving through British Columbia
  • The ferry crossing to Vancouver Island

The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia might be 1 of the stop-overs, Lake Louise in Alberta will definitely be a stop-over, and it would be great if we can find something in the middle too, preferably somewhere above Lake Superior. Right now, everything thing is still very much fluid, we haven’t booked anything beyond a ferry crossing near the start of our journey. For those of you who don’t know me, I don’t have the best of luck when it comes to taking ferries.

No worries though, we’ll just see what happens and drive our car west every day until we get there. Here’s a great looking street view from Google maps along the way:

Driving through the Rockies:


14 thoughts on “Planning the trip

  1. It looks great! It’s good start for a new blog with lots of new things. I’m looking forwards to see something on this blog from the trip Marije and you are making to your new home and working place.
    Have a great and save trip.

    1. Thanks Edwin, I will certainly try to update the blog during the trip, I’m very much looking forward to sharing the changing landscape right here on this new blog 🙂

  2. Just a suggestion – you mentioned maybe driving the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. We did that last September and I was disappointed. I kept reading about the spectacular scenery, but to be honest it wasn’t much different than Newfoundland. A huge section of it is in the woods, not along the coast so you don’t really see anything. It takes a long time to drive it so you might want to skip it if you’re pressed for time. Good luck with the move, the drive and your new home. Really looking forward to this blog.

    1. Thank you Karen! I have now also heard the same thing about the Cabot Trail from a few others, that it is not as impressive if you’re used to Newfoundland scenery….

  3. Wishing you both all the best for your trip and the new start on the completely other side of the country! Wow! So jealous! 🙂

    1. Thanks Viola, I will keep you posted when we see something good along the way, I hope we see a bear!

  4. We wish you a very nice trip all the way to Nanaimo,take it easy and enjoy the trip.
    We have seen the Rockies and Vancouver island,we are sure that you wiil enjoy the beautiful nature
    as much as we did.All the best.!

    1. Thanks for the tips Scott, if we have the time I will look into that. The Icefields Parkway is close to one of our planned stops so that may work out great!

      cheers, Sander

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