Who else REALLY loves summer road trips? I know I do! I just love packing the car up, heading down the highway with my family and seeing more of our beautiful country. This is going to be a great year to get out to visit our Canada Parks too. It’s the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in the US and the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation! There are so many fun activities planned in both Canada and the US for these anniversaries!
This year entrance to Parks Canada Historical Sites will be free and when you buy an annual Discovery Pass to get into Canada’s parks it will be valid for two years instead of one! The Discovery Pass gives you unlimited opportunities to enjoy nearly 100 National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and National Historic Sites across Canada that charge entry fees, for two years!
Road Trips are notoriously cheaper than other forms of travel but with gas prices and food costs continuously rising in Canada it’s still a good idea to have a few tricks up your sleeve for saving money on road trip travels.
Camping is a great way to save a few dollars on hotel rooms, and of course the cheapest way to do this is to tent or use a small travel trailer. If you do have a motorhome there are ways you can save on your site fees by checking out the or camping overnight in a Walmart parking lot. It’s allowed! And don’t forget you get to experience more nature (and eat smokes) when you go camping!
If you prefer hotels, try to choose airport hotels or hotels that are just outside the city you’re travelling to. They can often be a lot cheaper than hotels right downtown and sometimes offer additional amenities like free breakfast and are sometimes on an easy public transportation route into a city so you don’t have to pay for parking downtown!
Speaking of free breakfast…have you tried staying at a bed and breakfast yet? It’s a great way to meet new people, spend less on accommodation and get an amazing breakfast included in the room price! The accommodations are usually unique and the people amazing!
Once more great way to save money is by driving a smaller or hybrid car. We borrowed a Ford C-Max on our recent road trip to Southern New Brunswick and it was amazing! We saved so much money on gas on that road trip. We were able to pack everything we needed in the trunk (packing lite is the new trend in travel anyway!) and even had room for a cooler of snacks! Check out my post about the C-Max here!