8 fall road trip destinations in Canada that will make you feel like you’re in another country
Summer getaways are great and all, but there’s something about sweater weather that inspires wanderlust.
But why spend a ton of money when you can have an unforgettable vacation right here in the Great White North? For almost any destination abroad, you’ll find a hidden Canadian gem so startlingly similar your followers won’t be able to tell the difference.
Plus, fall road trips beat sweltering plane rides every day. Travel through the country’s red, yellow and gold landscape and take in the views from your car window.
You can plan your getaway around your fall aesthetic goals, and it starts with booking your dream car with Turo.
The peer-to-peer car-sharing company offers a wide selection of cars, trucks, EVs and vans listed by hosts across the country.
With over 1,400 makes and models to choose from, pet-friendly options, and even vehicles with bike racks, you can fully customize your experience in Canada this fall.
Each trip is accompanied by insurance provided by Economical in all provinces where Turo is offered. Friends of British Columbia, insurance will be provided by ICBC.
So pack a duffel bag (or two), grab a few friends, hop in your vehicle, and get ready for a road trip of the ages.
Set aside a day for tradition in St. John’s
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Address: Quidi Vidi, St. John’s, NL
Why you need to go: Quidi Vidi is the place to be if you like a small town vibe. This quaint village has all the aesthetic vibes of a colorful Irish fishing village that will boost your GI.
You’re only about a 10-minute drive from downtown, and from there you can admire paintings and handicrafts or enjoy fresh seafood at the cozy Mallard Cottage.
Breathe the ocean air in Antigonish
Address: Antigonish County, NS
Why you need to go: Ever dreamed of a getaway to the Scottish Highlands? Bring your fantasies to life with a trip to Antigonish, home to the oldest Highland games outside of Scotland.
The town is about a two-hour drive from Halifax, but the scenic coastline makes for an incredible fall drive. Pro tip: Complete the quaint vibe by booking a 2015 Mini Cooper for good measure.
It’s fuel efficient and makes a great background when you stop to take pictures. Bonus: you can even have the Mini delivered directly to your home for added convenience.
Discover an ancient species at Dinosaur Provincial Park
Address: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alta.
Why you need to go: this IRL jurassic park is home to over 500 fossils that you can dig up. The UNESCO World Heritage Site feels like a trip to the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Turkey — minus the hot air balloons, but just as IG-worthy.
Located about two hours east of Calgary, hop into an adventure-ready 2018 Jeep Wrangler JK for your journey to this dry corner of the Prairie province.
Bonus: Turo offers free 24/7 roadside assistance, so you can make the trip stress-free.
Dine on a British classic in Merrickville
Address: Merrickville-Wolford, ON
Why you need to go: A trip to Merrickville will make you feel like you’re on the other side of the pond. During the four-hour drive from Toronto to the Victorian village, you can soak up picturesque countryside views in a comfortable 2017 Toyota RAV4.
Explore the historic ruins and the Rideau Canal – and don’t forget to snap a candid photo at the famous red phone booth. Any good trip to the UK includes fish and chips – locals recommend Bob’s Fresh Cut Fries.
Walk the cobblestone streets of Quebec City
Address: Quebec, QC
Why you need to go: Known as the cradle of French America, Quebec City is home to rustic cobblestone streets and buildings. Planning a small group trip from Montreal? Turo has a 2022 Land Rover Defender you can reserve through their app, with room for luggage, a buddy or two and even a furry friend.
Every day will look like a scene from The beauty and the Beast as you stroll through the picturesque streets. Pro tip: Treat yourself to maple taffy made with local syrup at La Petite Cabane à Sucre.
Taste fine wine in the Okanagan Valley
Address: Okanagan Valley, BC
Why you need to go: This British Columbia gem, reminiscent of Tuscany, is about a 3-hour drive from Vancouver, making it a great time to try an electric vehicle for the first time. Take a ride in the 2021 Tesla Model 3, you’ll be surprised how much it costs for the excursion.
Cheer on your friends over a local Merlot or Chardonnay at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival and take in views of rolling hills and over 9,000 acres of vineyards.
Step back to the Elizabethan era in Stratford
Address: 5 Huron Street, Stratford, ON
Why you have to go: Unleash your inner comedian and roam Stratford Gardens, inspired by English castles. Bushes of vibrant roses, rosemary and thyme come straight from Shakespear’s birthplace and make a great backdrop for fall photoshoots.
The garden has a secret, hidden bench with a great view of the river – the perfect place to sit and read sonnets.
This location is super accessible for all GTA residents, and with plenty of luxury cars available to reserve through Turo, you can arrive in style in a 2015 Porsche Macan. Be sure to check out the fall views along the way.
Reach new heights in Gros Morne National Park
Address: Gros Morne National Park, NL.
Why you need to go: Nestled in mountainous terrain, you’ll find Western Brook Pond – a hiker’s hotspot that resembles the fjords of Norway. Time your visit at the right time and you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
It may be a six hour drive from St. John’s, but that’s nothing a good company can’t fix. Transport up to six of your closest friends in a 2021 Toyota 4Runner. Not only will you have a reason to pack extra snacks, but it will be much easier to share driving shifts along the way.
With the right set of wheels and a dreamy route, holidays can be just as fun in the comfort of your backyard.
Whether you need a truck for an off-road adventure or an electric vehicle for an eco-friendly getaway, Turo offers a more economical way to travel in style and organize your trip to your fall goals.
To learn more about their peer-to-peer carsharing services, check out Turo’s website or follow them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.