We’re a little over a month away from celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday! There will likely be many exciting events happening across the country come July, but we wanted to do something a little more immersive with the kids. We wanted to celebrate Canada’s 150th by not simply telling our children about the beauty of Canada, but by actually showing it to them. And so, in a few shorts week we’ll be heading out on our biggest road trip yet with a week long drive through the Rocky Mountains!
What Kind of Trip Is It?
Although we briefly considered pulling our trailer through The Rockies and camping along the way, we decided against it for a couple reasons. One, it would mean a tricky ride that would be harder on our truck. Two, it would require booking into campsites and the availability was hard to come by because of the FREE Discovery Pass popularity. And three, it would mean more work for set up and no swimming pools for the kids.
That’s right, we’ll be staying in hotels along the way. It’ll give us a better nights sleep after long days of driving, access to pools and laundry facilities, and free breakfast at many locations. The focus of this trip isn’t to camp, it’s to take in the beauty of Canada. We want to focus on that.
Where Are We Going?
We’ll be gone for eight days and making multiple stops along the way. We’re covering 1500 miles and driving for a total of 27 hours. Stops include Revelstoke, Glacier National Park, Banff, Calgary, Drumheller, Jasper, and Wells Grey Park. We plan to see mountains, lakes, zoo’s, museums, and many natural and scenic wonders!
This will be a very different kind of vacation for our family, as the journey truly more important than the destination. Our three year old is most excited for a visit to the Calgary Zoo while our oldest is eager for our stop at the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller. They’re also hoping to come across some big animals on the road, like Elk or Bear. I’m just excited to spend time as a family and enjoy the views with a hot coffee in my hands!
Am I Nervous?
It’s a lot of driving and many have expressed shock at the fact that we’re taking such young kids on a road trip. From my perspective, it’s a lot easier to drive than it is to fly! At least if the kids whine and cry the only ones who’ll have to listen to it is us, their parents! Our children are wonderful travelers and they’ve never had the opportunity to watch TV or use Ipads in the car. They’re quite use to looking out the window or chatting with us during long drives. We did a smaller road trip last Summer where we went to Niagara Falls and then onto Quebec and it went wonderfully.
The goal here is to make memories and celebrate Canada’s 150th. No matter what happens, I think we’ll achieve that goal!
P.S – If you have any suggestions for stops we must see, please feel free to share in the comments!