With summer approaching fast, you might be wondering what to do with all the extra hours of daylight. Why not take to the open road and embark on a great Canadian tradition: the road trip. To help plan your journey, we at Unhaggle have complied a list of 5 routes we think you’ll enjoy driving on, as well as our vehicles of choice for making these journeys.
- The Frank MacDougall Parkway (Hwy. 60)
This highway begins in Huntsville at the very heart of Ontario cottage country and waves its way through Haliburton and Muskoka lakes. Stop along the way and enjoy activities which include canoeing, boating, waterskiing and fishing. Cut across Algonquin Park and treat yourself to the incredible views of freshwater lakes and wildlife. This highway is perfect for residents of Southern Ontario and the GTA as it is a mere 2 hour drive from Toronto.
With all the outdoor activities you’ll be doing on this trip, you’ll need something that’s able to store all that gear. We’d recommend the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 which features a large truck bed, seating for up to 6 and all-wheel-drive. Additionally, you can take up to $6,580 in rebates on cash purchase, and up to $3,000 in rebates on finance and leasing on 2016 Silverado models.
- St. Lawrence Route
Take a tour of 58km of panoramic views and blue skies through the Charlevoix region of Quebec. This highway follows the St. Lawrence River and winds its way through scenic small towns, the rustic country side, and miles of waterfront along the river. Travelers of this route will be able to make stopovers at numerous shops and French-Canadian restaurants
Browse the numerous shops and restaurants to enjoy traditional French-Canadian Cuisine while taking in the beautiful view. Stay overnight at a bed and breakfast, pamper yourself at the spa or enjoy a round of golf under the blue skies. A full-size sedan offers great handling, plenty of cabin room and even enough cargo space to throw your clubs in the back. Our vehicle of choice for this drive would be the 2015 Kia K900. K900 buyers can take advantage of up to $6,000 in cash purchase rebates, and $4,000 in finance and lease rebates as well as the option to finance for 0% for up to 60 months.
- Badlands Trail
While the name may sound intimidating, this drive is an absolute must for travelers voyaging through Alberta. This route begins in Calgary and offers breathtaking views which include the Horseshoe Canyon and Midland Provincial Park. Those with a knack for history will also appreciate the dinosaur trail, which still to this day has the remains of the largest dinosaur ever found at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology.
Travellers interested in making this drive might opt for a crossover which offers a balance of comfort, handling and all-wheel-drive capabilities. We would recommend the Toyota Venza, which currently offers up to $4,000 in cash purchase rebates as well as the ability to finance for 0% on 60 month terms.
- Okanagan Highway (Hwy. 97)
Serving as the main route for travelling to the interior of British Columbia, this road has over 200km of spectacular views and snakes along the Okanagan Lake. Take a venture to Okanagan Valley, known for its hot and dry climate. Explore the beautiful cities of Kelowna and Vernon, play the numerous golf courses, and tour of one of the many picturesque wineries in the Valley’s famed wine region.
We think the best way to capitalize on blue skies and winding roads is a sporty convertible. The 2016 BMW Z4 currently features $5,000 in cash purchase incentives, while financing is available at 1.9% for up to 60 months.
- Fundy Coastal Drive
Spanning the southern coast of New Brunswick, this 400km drive is an excellent way to appreciate the beauty of the Atlantic and the charm of the Canadian east coast. Watch for whales breaching above the water and search for ancient fossils in the mudflats. Witness the highest tides in the world in the famous Bay of Fundy, and stop for fresh seafood in one of the numerous historic coastal towns along the way.
The length of this drive demands a comfortable vehicle with good fuel economy to ensure you’re stopping to sightsee more than you’re stopping for gas. The brand new 2017 Ford Escape with a 2.0L EcoBoost Engine offers the latest technology in a comfortable ride, and achieves excellent 8.0L/100km on the highway. Move quickly to take advantage of $1,500 in Ford Bonus cash applied to cash purchase, lease or financing before May 31, 2016.