The weather is getting warmer, the snow is FINALLY melting and the sun is shining. All of these things mean that the road trip season is upon us. As you’re thinking about your next vacation, taking “mini-breaks” throughout the summer is a great way to have shorter, more frequent adventures. According to a new survey conducted by Aeroplan, almost three quarters (71%) of Canadians say they have taken a road trip in the past 12 months for leisure, and another 73 per cent of respondents are planning one in the next 12 months.
“Road trips are a great way to see the country, reconnect with family and friends, and make memories without having to travel huge distances or for long durations. Instead of taking one or two long vacations, a mini break allows you to get away and refresh more often,” says Elizabeth Quinton, Managing Director CRM, Optimization and Targeted Marketing, Air Canada.
How to Book Your Road Trip With Aeroplan
To help Canadians facilitate a seamless road trip experience, Aeroplan has a booking tool that allows members to plan and book their hotel and car rental together, all in one easy-to-use online platform. The tool helps you to conveniently book car rentals and hotel stays while earning 4 Aeroplan Miles per dollar spent on all cash bookings. You can earn even more Aeroplan Miles when using an Aeroplan-affiliated financial card.
Travellers have the flexibility to book using cash or by redeeming miles for over 250,000 hotels and 11,000 car rental locations all around the world. You can use your miles towards hotels in 50 countries including Canada, the U.S., Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, making that bucket list trip even closer than you ever imagined.
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Where to Plan Your Summer Road Trip
With so many beautiful places to explore throughout Canada and around the world, a road trip is a perfect way to not only enjoy your destination but also the journey there. According to Aeroplan’s survey, Canadian travellers love exploring small towns (56%), visiting new cities (53%) and touring historic landmarks and museums (51%). Luckily for you, a journey across Canada will let you encounter all of these things. And since only 12% of travellers enjoying winging it, having a route or a plan is important. For our readers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, we’ve put together our favourite road trip routes for you to try this summer.
Road Trip Ideas from Toronto:
The drive from Toronto to Ottawa is just under five hours and takes you from the biggest city in the country to our nation’s capital. To break up the drive, spend a night or two in Prince Edward County visiting the region’s many wineries and enjoy an afternoon at Sandbanks Provincial Park. Once you get to Ottawa, you can explore the many museums in the city.
Road Trip Ideas from Montreal:
See the two main cities in Quebec by travelling from Montreal to Quebec City in three hours. No trip to Quebec City is complete without exploring the history of the city in the Old Town and stopping for a photo on the Terrasse Dufferin. From Quebec City, you can extend your adventure through the Charlevoix region, stopping in small towns like Baie-St-Paul and Malbaie.
Road Trip Ideas from Vancouver:
While it’s difficult to pick just one place to explore this summer in British Columbia, the drive from Vancouver to the South Okanogan is well worth it. Your end destination will be in the beautiful Oliver and Osoyoos Wine Country, but the journey will be worth the winding five-hour drive through B.C. Along the way, you’ll pass through Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley, north through interior British Columbia and then head south to the wineries of Osoyoos.
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*This post was sponsored by Aeroplan.