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                                                                                                                         Your guide to the best
                                                                                                                              road trips Canada has to offer
                                                                                                                         THE THRILL OF THE OPEN ROAD never ceases to lose
                                                                                                                         its power, so roll down the windows, rev up the engine and
                                                                                                                         let your car take you where you want to go. This coast-
                                                                                                                         to-coast guide gives you the tools to create the getaway
                                                                                                                         of your dreams, from routing basics to essential stops.
                                                                                                                         Get the most out of your trip with music, fun driving games
                                                                                                                         and some road-friendly recipes [page4], and sketch out
                                                                                                                         your plans with helpful hints to keep you on track [page6].
                                                                                                                         No time to plan? Try one of our suggested routes, getting
                                                                                                                         a taste for the East Coast in Nova Scotia [page10], riding
                                                                                                                         between the urban centres of
                                                                                                                         Toronto and Montreal [page11],       LEGEND Look for these
                                                                                                                         learning secrets from the mil-       symbols throughout to find
                                                                             zoom-zoom                                   lennia in the Prairies [page12]
                                                                                                                                                              the route that suits your needs

                                                                                                                         or taking in British Columbia’s
                                                                                                                                                                       foodie finds
                                                                                                                         stunning vistas [page13].
                                                                                                                         The dozens of places to stay,                 happy honeymooners
                                                                                                                         things to see and towns to
                                                                                                                         find may prove too tempting            !      thrill seekers
                                                                                                                         to resist. Whether you’re

                                                                                                                                                                       family friendly
                                                                                                                         out for adventure, antiques
                                                                                                                         or architecture, you’ll find it               nature lovers
                                                                                                                         inside these pages – just

                                                                                                                         follow where the road will lead.              super shoppers

                                                                                                                                                                       crafty connoisseurs

                                                                                                                         weekend   3 getaways                          culture hounds
*weekend getaways
                                                                                                                                                          Diversions                                                                                                       Road Trip
                     Driver’s Seat                                                                                                                  *      FUN FACTS
                                                                                                                                                • Canada’s biggest tree is the
                                                                                                                                                Cheewat Lake Cedar in Pacific Rim
                                                                                                                                                Norton Park, B.C., and measures

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photography, Yvonne Duivenvoorden
                                                                                                                                                51’ around and 182.1’ high.
                      Colour                                                                                                                    • Canada’s 202,080-km coastline
                      your weekend                                                                                                              (including islands) measures more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recipe, Tracey Syvret
                                                                                                                                                than six times as long as the

                  *   WHAT’S YOUR CAR COLOUR

 ➊ The marathon for which you’ve
 been training for more than a
                                         ➋ Your best friend wins a trip
                                         for two and invites you along,
                                                                                ➌ The best meal you’ve ever
                                                                                had in a restaurant was three
                                                                                                                                                distance around the Earth at the
                                                                                                                                                equator. It is by far the longest
                                                                                                                                                in the world – Indonesia places
                                                                                                                                                second at 54,716 km.
                                                                                                                   • Calgary is about the same size as New York City’s five                                                                                                Hearty Beef and Coleslaw
 year has just ended, and you’re         but it’s during a major deadline at    years ago. You loved it because:   boroughs, but has only one-tenth the population.                                                                                                        Sandwich SERVES 4
 ecstatic about the results. You:        work. You decide to:                   a) It filled you up, but left                                                                                                                                                              INGREDIENTS:
 a) Placed in the top 10                 a) Finish your project early – work       enough room for dessert                                                                                                                                                                 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⁄2 cup mayonnaise
 b) Maintained a steady pace and            hard, play hard is your motto       b) The plating showed a true                                                                                                                                                               2 tbsp prepared horseradish
    enjoyed the run                      b) Choose based on the destina-           culinary artistry               car games CAR BINGO                                                                                                                                     1 tbsp honey

 c) Shaved 10 minutes off last              tion – is it on your top 10 list?   c) The wine perfectly                                                                                                                                                                      2 tsp Dijon mustard
                                                                                                                   HOW TO PLAY: Before you leave on your trip,
    year, thanks to a new regimen        c) Turn it down – there will be           complemented the dish                                                                                                                                                                   1 tsp cider vinegar
                                                                                                                   make up a bingo card for each passenger,
                                            other trips, at better times                                                                                                                                                                                                   1 tsp caraway seeds (optional)
                                                                                                                   featuring different roadside icons and items
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 cup thinly sliced white cabbage

*IF YOU PICKED MOSTLY As, you’re Fiery, and tones like Dark Cherry, Bright Red and Redfire are highly
 appealing. You’re game for anything, from mountain biking to whitewater rafting, and you can’t wait to
 hit the road and get the adrenaline pumping.
                                                                                                                   (i.e. deer crossing signs, airport symbols,
                                                                                                                   etc.). Make sure the pictures vary from card to
                                                                                                                   card. For added interest, put in specific sights you’ll be passing on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⁄2 cup coarsely grated carrot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⁄2 cup thinly sliced Vidalia onion

*IF YOU PICKED MOSTLY Bs, you’re Cool, leaning towards Sea, Sonic or Bright Island Blue for your car’s
 exterior. Be it a lazy day on the beach or a late night in a lounge, you know just the spot to drive to for
 relaxation, rejuvenation and reflection.
                                                                                                                   the way. HOW TO WIN: The first person to check off all the items in a line
                                                                                                                   wins. To mix it up, play for patterns or for the whole card.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⁄2 cup julienned red pepper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Salt and pepper to taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           4       kaiser buns

                                              *    IF YOU PICKED MOSTLY Cs, you’re Open-Minded, likely to
                                                   drive a Black Onyx, Glacier White, Tungsten Grey or Gold
                                                   Ash-coloured car. The road is your compass, and it leads you
                                                   to whatever adventure you choose for the day – maybe it’s
                                                   time to work on your golf game, or maybe it’s a chance to
                                                                                                                   Map it out
                                                                                                                   MAKE YOUR OWN MAP
                                                                                                                   HOLDER USING A FILE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Leaf lettuce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ⁄2 lb thinly sliced roast beef
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Combine mayonnaise, horseradish,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           honey, mustard, vinegar and caraway
                                                   explore a local museum.                                         FOLDER. GLUE AN OLD                                                                                                                                     seeds in a small bowl until smooth
                                                                                                                   ROAD MAP TO THE OUT-                                                                                                                                    and well mixed. Set aside.
Five road trip                                     Java to go                                                      SIDE. • WHILE THE GLUE
                                                                                                                   IS STILL WET, TURN THE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Toss white and red cabbage,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           carrot, Vidalia onion and red pepper
CDs you might                                      FORGET ABOUT A COLLECTION OF PAPER COFFEE
                                                                                                                   FOLDER OVER AND FOLD TWO-THIRDS OF THE BOTTOM UP AND HALF OF THE                                                                                        in a medium-sized bowl. Add all but
not know                                           CUPS LITTERING THE SEATS. WITH ITS “DRINK
                                                   FROM ANYWHERE” LID AND 420-ML CAPACITY,
                                                                                                                   TOP DOWN TO MAKE AN ENVELOPE, HOLDING CLOSED WITH CLOTHESPINS
                                                                                                                   UNTIL DRY. • PUNCH A HOLE IN THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF EACH SIDE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2 tbsp of the dressing to vegetables
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and mix thoroughly. Season with
The Weepies Say I Am You                           THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT THE THERMOS® TRAVEL
                                                                                                                   OF THE FOLDER, AND THE MIDDLE OF THE FOLDER FLAP. • ALSO POKE A                                                                                         salt and pepper.

                                                   TUMBLER GIVES THE ULTIMATE IN ROAD-TIME
Old Crow Medicine Show                                                                                             HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FRONT OF THE HOLDER, BUT NOT THROUGH                                                                                            Spread reserved dressing over
  O.C.M.S.                                         REFRESHMENT. A RUBBER GRIP KEEPS IT FROM

                                                                                                                   THE BACK. • PUT A PAPER FASTENER THROUGH EACH OF THE HOLES.                                                                                             sliced kaiser buns. Place lettuce on
                                                   SLIDING AND FOAM INSULATION MEANS YOUR DRINK
Sarah Harmer I’m A Mountain                                                                                        • SLIP A RUBBER BAND OVER THE PAPER FASTENER IN THE MIDDLE AND                                                                                          bottoms of buns and spread coleslaw

                                                   STAYS HOT OR COLD – WHATEVER WAY YOU LIKE IT.
Ry Cooder                                                                                                          BOTTOM FLAPS TO CLOSE. • VOILÀ, A HOMEMADE PLACE TO PUT YOUR                                                                                            on top. Layer roast beef over cole-
  Paris, Texas soundtrack                                                                                          MAPS AND DIRECTIONS!                                                                                                                                    slaw and add tops of buns to sand-
The Replacements Tim !                                          weekend    4 getaways                              Printed with permission from Kathy Ross’ Book Gifts to Make for Your Favorite Grownup                                                                   wiches. Wrap well and keep cool.
                                                                                  According to Car Care Canada, gas

weekend getaways                                                                   mileage decreases quickly once
                                                                                 the speedometer hits 100kilometres
                                                                                    per hour. Use cruise control to
                                                                                      maintain a constant speed
                                                                                           on the highway.                                              STICKS TO THE ROAD. NOT TO THE RULES.
                     Start Me Up                                                                                                                        You’ll never find Mazda blindly following any rules. Especially outdated
                                                                                                                                                        doctrines that suggest practical transportation has to be boring and bland. Case

                                                                                                                                                        in point: Mazda6 Sport hatchback. This vehicle is unlike one of those yawners
                       SO, YOU WANT TO GO ON A ROAD TRIP. WITHIN THE 1,408,800 km
                       OF CANADA’S ROAD NETWORKS, FREEDOM IS NEVER AN ISSUE – THE                                                                       you might have settled for in the past. It boasts a spirited DOHC engine, a sport-
                       ROUTE IS UP TO YOU AND THE OPTIONS ARE LITERALLY ENDLESS.                                                                        tuned suspension and a cavernous cargo area. Simply put, this hatchback is one
                                                                                                                                                        artfully engaging mix of agile handling and versatility. A characteristic shared

PREPARATION IS YOUR BEST BET        the same page and choose                • Do you have any ‘must-sees’                                               by all in the internationally acclaimed Mazda6 family. Get behind the wheel
for getting the most out of your    your trip’s goals accordingly.          along the way? One person’s                                                                                                                              .
                                                                                                                                                        of a Mazda6 and you’ll see, the only rule we adhere to is “There are no rules”
time, and considering as many       • Who is coming along?                  Elysium could be another’s
variables as you can makes it       The sooner you plan for each            Hades. Make sure pouting is
easier to contend with the          person, the better – individual         kept to a minimum by putting
inevitable obstacles en route.      ideas and stops can both                views on the table right away.             2006 MAZDA6 SPORT HATCHBACK FROM $25,495* MSRP
    Here, some tips to make your    change and enhance the trip.            • How much driving is too much?
DIY road trip a pleasure cruise.    • How long will you be gone?            While the rolling landscape is
• Is there a destination, or        In our great big country, there’s       entertainment for some, others
simply a route? Sometimes,          always another fork in the road,        need a break from the car every            *Starting MSRP on new 2006 Mazda6 Sport hatchback GS-I4. Excludes freight and P.D.E. of $1    ,275. Dealer may sell for less.
                                                                                                                                           Licence, insurance, registration, taxes and other charges extra. GT model shown.
it’s the simple act of driving      so decide up front when you             couple of hours. Clarify prefer-
that becomes the adventure,         want to step on the gas or pull         ences before you go to pick and
so make sure everyone’s on          a U-turn.                               choose the stops along the way.

Car Care Canada                                                                                                                                                                                                           zoom-zoom suggests
a 10-minute pre-trip checklist:
                                      Budget             Road trips allow for a range of economic
                                                         options, but whether you’re travelling in
✓                                     style or counting every penny, organizing funds in advance
■ Check all fluids including
                                      means never being stuck for cash on a back country road.
engine oil, power steering,
brake and transmission fluids,          ITEM                day 1                 day 2              day 3
windshield washer solvent and
                                                            BUDGET      ACTUAL    BUDGET    ACTUAL   BUDGET   ACTUAL
■ Check hoses and belts.
A belt that fails can affect the        Food
                                        • Breakfast
electrical system, air condition-       • Lunch
ing, power steering and cooling         • Dinner
system. Old cooling system              • Snacks
hoses in marginal condition             Accommodation
might need replacing.                   Attractions
✓                                       (entrance fees,
■ Check the tires. Check tire            activities etc.)
inflation and inspect the tread         Shopping
for uneven wear, indicating the         and Souvenirs
need for wheel alignment. Also
look for bulges and bald spots.         TOTAL
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                       Photos courtesy of Tourism British Columbia, Ontario Tourism, and Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture and Heritage.
weekend getaways

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Nova Scotia                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ontario to Quebec
The Halifax International Airport
                                    to Digby, and finish the day in
                                    historic Annapolis Royal at Milford
                                                                             The Kejimkujik Scenic Drive
                                                                          on Route 8 passes through gor-
                                                                                                                                                                                               STARTING POINT: TORONTO
                                                                                                                                                                                               Toronto Pearson International
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    artisans and spectacular culi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    nary talents. Take Highway 138
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sandy Bay on Wolfe Island are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just two of these sites.

(YHZ) links the Atlantic            House Resort, founded in 1860         geous trails, as well as villages                                                                                    Airport (YYZ) is the largest         east from Montreal, arriving in        Home to the nation’s first
provinces to the rest of the        (,              that hark back to the local gold                                                                                     airport in the country, with         Baie-Saint Paul for dinner at one   prime minister, Kingston’s streets
country. Dozens of flights from     877-532-5751). Head inland            rush in the 1860s.                                                                                                   more than 65 airlines operating      of the area’s famed restaurants     also offer much in the way of

across Canada arrive daily.         on Route 8 for a scenic drive to      The National Park and Historic                                                                                       hundreds of flights daily,           (          culture. The galleries and cafes
  Visit for         Liverpool through Kejimkujik          Site within boasts paddling                                                                                          including same-plane service                                             throughout town speak to the
events and listings in the city.    National Park, carrying you
                                    back to Halifax via Highway 103.
                                                                          routes and 15 hikes, including
                                                                          a 60-km perimeter wilderness
                                                                                                                                                                                               to 25 Canadian destinations.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    GOING PLACES:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Before you leave Toronto,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        strong art scene inspired by this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        lovely historic setting.

                                                                                                                Culture and Heritage.
ROUTE: Start out on Route 3,
heading toward Peggy’s Cove.
This symbol of Nova Scotia is
the perfect beginning to an East    *
                                    TIME ON YOUR HANDS:
                                    The Cabot Trail, around the
                                    north end of Cape Breton, is
                                                                          and wildlife trail.    !
                                                                             In addition to well-preserved
                                                                          heritage buildings, Lunenburg
                                                                          has other history on offer as well
                                                                                                                                                                                               for info on accommodation,
                                                                                                                                                                                               theatre tickets, things to do
                                                                                                                                                                                               and much more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    check out for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the green ecologist side of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ultra-modern city.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Water activities abound in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Old Montreal’s delights add
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to the European charm of this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        cosmopolitan centre. Visit the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Basilique Notre-Dame-De-
Coast adventure. Carry along
Route 3 through to Mahone Bay
and Lunenburg, then jump on
the Cable Ferry to East LaHave.
Continue along the coast to
                                    300 kilometres of spectacular
                                    natural landscapes. Take Highway
                                    102 from Halifax to Truro, making
                                    a right onto the Trans-Canada
                                    (Highway 104) until it reaches
                                                                          – explore the Saguenay, a
                                                                          decommissioned Canadian Navy
                                                                          destroyer sunk to create an
                                                                          underwater marine park. !
                                                                             A left inland on Route 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                          *    ROUTE: Follow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Highway 401
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     east to exit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      392, get-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ting onto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Bay of Quinte area, where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kayaks and sailboats bob
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    merrily on the waves, available
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to rent from proprietors along
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the shoreline.     !
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Montreal, or stroll along the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Vieux-Port’s 12.5 km of walk-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ways and parks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Departing from Saint-Siméon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the eco-friendly Croisières

Shelburne, where the ship-          Baddeck. Then, get on Trans-          at Chester Basin leads to                                                                                                                   scenic           Take the time to pamper          Charlevoix takes passengers on
building community is more          Canada 105 west to Exit 7, then       Ross Farm Living Museum of                                                                                                                  Highway       yourself at a famed spa near        the Saguenay Fjord to observe
than 200 years old, and stop        follow the Cabot Trail until the      Agriculture, a 60-acre                                                                                                                     2. Once at     Highway 2 – many offer services     the five+ species of whales,
for the night in Yarmouth at        scenic coastal Route 312 that         working farm that includes                                                                                                                Marysville,     using local resources. Visit        including humpback and blue,
the Manor Inn Lakeside              eventually leads back to 105.         demonstrations of activities with                                                                                                     follow Highway for one           in their natural habitat. Call
Resort (,                                                     old-time tools.                                                                                                                 49 into Picton. Stay      that’s nearby.                      866-638-1483 for info. !


                                                                                                                Photos courtesy of Ontario Tourism, Tourisme Québec and Nova Scotia Tourism,

Route 1 to
Point, on
                                    * GOING PLACES:
                                        GOING PLACES:
                                          Dock Street in Shelburne
                                            is a history buff’s dream
                                             – re-enactments of water
                                              front events, and the
                                                                             Chester, a village known for its
                                                                          sailing, golf and studio galleries,
                                                                          seems to have something for
                                                                          everyone. Take the passenger
                                                                          ferry from there to Big Tancook
                                                                                                                                                                                               at one of the dozens of bed
                                                                                                                                                                                               and breakfasts in the area
                                                                                                                                                                                               (check for choices),
                                                                                                                                                                                               then take the Loyalist Parkway
                                                                                                                                                                                               (Highway 33) to Kingston.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cooking classes at Picton’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Waring House Inn and Cookery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School not only include a hands-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on class using local produce, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tours of local wineries, culinary
                                              Dory Shop, founded in       and Little Tancook Islands, small                                                                                    Highway 401 will carry you into      artisans and markets. Visit
                                             1880, where visitors can     paradises, perfect for walking                                                                                       Montreal, where the enticement for info.
                                            watch these magnificent       or driving.                                                                                                          of Casino de Montreal may               Lake Ontario may not bring to

                                          boats being made.                  The Annapolis Royal Historic                                                                                      have you playing the slots until     mind beachfront shenanigans,

                                       Go right off Highway 103           Gardens contains more than                                                                                           the wee hours.                       but all along Highway 2 are
                                    just after Sable River for            10 acres of foliage, while lower                                                                                                                          sandy strips of paradise just
                                    entry into Thomas Raddall
                                    Provincial Park, with hiking
                                    trails, beaches and camp-
                                                                          St. George Street is the oldest
                                                                          town street in Canada, with
                                                                          ARTsPLACE featuring the work
                                                                          of the area’s artists.
                                                                                                                                                                                               TIME ON YOUR HANDS:
                                                                                                                                                                                               The Charlevoix region is only
                                                                                                                                                                                               354 km from Montreal, and is
                                                                                                                                                                                               filled with outdoor activities,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ready for sandcastles and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    sunbathing. The beach at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sandbanks Provincial Park,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    southwest of Picton, and Big


                                         weekend    10 getaways                                                                                                                                                                         weekend   11 getaways
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Prairies                                                                                                                                                                                                 British Columbia
The Saskatoon Airport (YXE)
offers non-stop service from
                                   Jasper, straddling the Alberta/
                                   British Columbia border.
                                                                          within the badlands. !
                                                                             During the summer months,
                                                                          Calgary’s Blackfoot Farmers                                                                             *
                                                                                                                                                                                  STARTING POINT: VANCOUVER
                                                                                                                                                                                  The Vancouver International
                                                                                                                                                                                  Airport (YVR) welcomes thou-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        just west of New Hazelton, lead-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ing up into Yukon Territory, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        giving access to the Dempster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                canoe circuit with a 116-km area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for paddling, portaging and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                enjoying the view of the Cariboo
most Canadian cities. Visit

                                   TIME ON YOUR HANDS:                    Market brings out locally                                                                               sands of passengers every day         Highway. Starting in Dawson             Mountains.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                :) for           Highway 16 going east from             grown produce and the colour-                                                                           – flights are available nationwide.   City, Yukon, this road is                  Take a seaplane from Prince
shopping tips, restaurant sug-     Jasper will lead you into              ful farmers who grow it. Visit                                                                          Visit            renowned for being one of the           Rupert to the Queen Charlotte
gestions and area happenings.      Edmonton, where this ‘Festival         (                                                                            for hotels, event listings and        toughest and most exhilarating          Islands, where the beaches and
                                   City’ might be hosting a live          for information.                                                                                        activities.                           drives in the world, continuing         mountains will take your breath

ROUTE: Highway 7 leads
southwest to the Alberta border,
                                   music extravaganza or the
                                   famed Fringe Festival – visit
                                                                             On the way from Calgary
                                                                          to Banff, a huge number of

                                                                                                                                                                                  ROUTE: Take Highway 99
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        on to Inuvik in the Northwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Territories and stretching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                away, and Haida artists create
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                their works. !

turning into Highway 9. Follow for upcoming           companies let you pick your own                                                                         (the Sea to Sky Highway) to the       671 km in total. The Ministry              The trails of Whistler may be
that route south to Drumheller,    events. Following Highway 16           adventure, from riding through                                                                          resorts of Whistler, staying at       of Transportation’s          known for their skiing, but during
where dinosaur bones mingle        east will carry you back to            Kananaskis Country to white-                                                                            Edgewater Lodge, a 12-room            website offers advice and sug-          the summer a walk up the
with activities.                   Saskatoon, where Highway 11            water rafting down its river. Visit                                                                     retreat surrounded by unbeliev-       gestions for other routes as well.      mountain is in order. From short
   From Drumheller, return to      can lead you to Prince Albert       !                                                                                            able views. Back                                                steep hikes to long leisurely

Highway 9 for a journey into
Calgary, an oil town replete
with cowboys and great city
                                   National Park, with more than
                                   3,875 square km of wilderness.
                                                                             Get a glimpse of the Rocky
                                                                          Mountains and foothills from
                                                                          above in a hot-air balloon ride–
                                                                                                                                                                                                    on Hwy 99,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       take a long
                                                                                                                                                                                                         drive north    *
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        GOING PLACES:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Looking for a healthy break?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Hills Health Ranch, known
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                strolls, the area takes you over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the peaks of mountains and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                onto sparkling lakes nestled in
sights. Departing Calgary,

                                   GOING PLACES:                          perfect for a romantic after-                                                                                                   to Cache      for its fitness facilities and dozens   greenery. Visit !

Highway 1 passes through              The Meewasin Valley Trail           noon spent among the clouds                                                                                                     Creek         of services and activities, is on          Don’t forget to bring back a
the foothills of the Rocky         winds through Saskatoon, with          ( !                                                                                                         through       Highway 97 near 100 Mile House,         memento! Vancouver’s trendy
Mountains leading to Banff.        opportunities for picnics, biking,         Established in 1907,                                                                                                       challenging    in the middle of 20,000 acres           Robson Street has dozens of
Indulge in the scenery, which      or walking along the shores of         Jasper National Park features                                                                                                 switchback-     of ranch land. Visit          boutiques and cafés, the perfect
continues all the way              the South Saskatchewan River.          three ecological zones with                                                                                               style roads.        for more information.                   area to spend the day people-
up Highway 93                       If you’re in the mood for an          more than 1,300 species of                                                                                             From there, follow        Passing 100 Mile House,              watching and shopping.

(the Icefields                          aquatic ride, river cruises are   plants. Explore the back country                                                                                the Fraser River up           you’re deep in Gold Rush territory.
Parkway) to                                readily on offer.              trails and discover why the                                                                             Highway 97 to Prince George,          Just east of Quesnel on Highway

                                                                                                                Photos courtesy of Travel Alberta and Tourism British Columbia.
                                               Bring Jurassic Park        Dominion Government felt this                                                                           where many B&Bs welcome               26 is Barkerville, an original
                                             to life with the Royal       was an area in need of protection                                                                       you after the thrilling drive.        boomtown that retains heritage
                                             Tyrrell Museum’s             (             !                                                                           At this point, Highway 16 going       buildings and tours to revisit its

                                             dinosaur dig, or spend          Take a detour on the Trans-                                                                          west will take you to the remote      1860s heyday.

                                            some time among the           Canada from Banff for a visit to                                                                        but bustling Prince Rupert, with         The Capilano Suspension
                                         prehistoric plants in the        Golden, British Columbia. There,                                                                        its proud First Nations heritage,     Bridge is just outside downtown
                                      museum’s Cretaceous Garden          the 156’ Kicking Horse Bridge                                                                           and Highway 37 will take you          Vancouver, taking you through
                                   (                   makes up the longest timber                                                                             north to Dawson Creek, where          the coastal forest 69 m above

                                      Swing your club on one of the       frame clearspan in Canada. This                                                                         the Alaska Highway begins.            the ground, and combining
                                   most unbelievable golf courses         marvel of architecture, commu-                                                                                                                ecology with adventure. !

                                   in the country at the Dinosaur
                                   Trail Golf & Country Club, built

                                        weekend    12 getaways
                                                                          nity and woodworking joins the
                                                                          two halves of the city.
                                                                                                                                                                                  TIME ON YOUR HANDS:
                                                                                                                                                                                  Highway 37 rejoins Highway 16
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Bowron Lake Provincial Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        near Quesnel has a renowned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           weekend    13 getaways
                                                                                 Yonge Street, also known as Highway 11,

weekend getaways                                                                    is the longest street in the world.
                                                                                  Originating in Toronto, it runs through
                                                                                      North Bay and Thunder Bay,

                        Open Road
                                                                                         ending after 1,986 km in
                                                                                            Rainy River, Ontario.
                                                                                                                                                            WE GAVE HUMDRUM THE HEAVE-HO.
                                                                                                                                                            We got tired of practical vehicles being ho-hum. So we did something about
                                                                                                                                                            it. Namely: Mazda6 Sport Wagon. It has a potent V6 engine, a sport-tuned
                                                                                                                                                            suspension and 935-litres of flexible cargo space. Which gives this daringly
                                                                                                                                                            different vehicle impressive road-manners and uncompromised versatility. This
                                        an incomplete trip. Make sure the                                                      is just one member of the award-winning Mazda6 family – a family whose
                                        roads are as ready as you are by         You may want to cover the kids’
common sense                            checking for construction delays.        eyes. This listing of amusement                                            agile handling redefines family transportation. Get behind the wheel of a                                                                 parks, waterparks and zoos lets                                            Mazda6 today and see how we’ve left tired, old-school thinking at the curb.
The ‘stop for directions’ argument
                                        sleepovers                               you roller-coaster hop from
                                                            province to province.

can be put to rest. Maps for specific
towns and routes are all available      Campsites and cabin rentals are
on this North American site.            easy to find through this site, with     Foodies across the globe unite on
                                        locations in almost every province       this forum to discuss the best that        2006 MAZDA6 SPORT WAGON FROM $26,995* MSRP
                                        in Canada.

The Canadian Automobile                                                          Canada has to offer in food, wine
Association has information on                                                   and produce.
                                        Find the charming inns and B&Bs
approved auto repair centres,                                          
                                        along your route for a taste of
emergency road services, and            Canadian friendliness.                   Fishing holes are found around             *Starting MSRP on new 2006 Mazda6 Sport Wagon GS-V6. Excludes freight and P.D.E. of $1     ,275. Dealer may sell for less.
dozens of driving routes.                                                        every bend with the help of this site                         Licence, insurance, registration, taxes and other charges extra. GT model shown.
                               Make sure your               four-legged friend is as welcome as      listing events, tips and contacts for
Pack a raincoat or a sunhat? Be         you are by staying at one of these       regional fishing information.     !
prepared with information from          recommended overnight spots.   

weather stations across Canada.                                                  This all-in-one resource provides               leisurely pursuits                       national information on trail sports
An unfinished bridge can mean                     of every sort, from hiking to biking                                                                                                        zoom-zoom
                                        The homepage of an organization          to cross-country skiing.       !
                                        dedicated to wetland conservation,
Road ready                              this site has links for outdoor
                                        tourism in every region.
                                                                                 The romance-geared articles on
                                                                                 this website will help give your
                                        The ‘Find a Museum’ tool and event
                                                                                 honeymoon or getaway that extra-
                                                                                 special touch.
■ Maps
                                        calendar on this site take you from
■ Water
                                        a pioneer village to a planetarium       Surprising, sometimes silly and
■ First-aid kit (bandages,
                                        for all your cultural needs.             always super-sized, this listing of

  painkillers, cold pack,
  antiseptic, gauze, booklet)                   the monuments on the way gives
✓ Cell phone and charger
■                                                                                you something to anticipate.

                                        Set your crafty eye on this site,

■ Emergency phone                       hosting a directory of artists, gal-
  numbers                               leries and resources, searchable         The Hinterland Who’s Who gives
■ Kleenex and wipes                     by location or medium.                   information about some of the

■ Spare tire                                               thousands of wildlife who call
■ Travel pillow                         National parks, historic sites and       Canada their home.

■ Emergency blanket                     marine conservation areas are all
■ Sunglasses                            covered on the Parks Canada web-         The magazine’s website acts as a
■ Snacks                                site – don’t forget to use the           launching point for all your hunting
■ Umbrella                              campground reservation tool.             and fishing needs.        !
                                YOU KNEW IT WOULD COME TO THIS.
                                You know us. We’re Mazda. And we’re not the kind of people who resist
                                temptation when it comes to all-out performance. Which is why, even when
                                staring at a phenomenal international success like Mazda6, we turned to each
                                other with wrenches in hand and said,“Yeah. Let’s do this. We turbocharged.
                                We intercooled. And we built a sedan truly worthy of the MAZDASPEED
                                badge. One that utilizes leading-edge, Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI)
                                technology to not only bring an impressive 274 horsepower, but to improve fuel
                                efficiency as well. There are other high-performance goodies too, like a 6-speed
                                manual gearbox, limited-slip differential and an active torque split all-wheel
                                drive system with normal, sports, and snow settings. The new MAZDASPEED 6
                                is not only the fastest accelerating, best handling, and most advanced sports
                                sedan Mazda has ever built for Canadian roads, it represents an inevitable
                                evolution. Something we had to do. An urge we couldn’t deny. Just like the
                                one that drives us to put the soul of a sports car into everything we make.


*Starting MSRP on new 2006 MAZDASPEED6. Excludes freight and P.D.E. of $1   ,275. Dealer may sell for less. Licence,
                            insurance, registration, taxes and other charges extra.


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