One way road trip: Toronto to Calgary

Driving across Canada is on many people’s bucket list. This shortened version hits all the best stops between East Coast’s Toronto and West Coast’s Calgary. I like to travel in style and rent an RV. Have you checked out some of the luxury RV’s out there? Talk about style! Having to stop and figure out where to stay and check in and out times, the flexibility that an RV offers is the way to go, if you ask me.

Starting Point: Toronto
Toronto is an easy place to pick up an RV making for a great starting point. It also boasts an endless supply of fun and adventure for everyone. From the St. Lawrence Market to Chinatown, the Fashion District to the Entertainment District, and endless music and show choices, how can you go wrong. If you’re lost, downtown is the place to start. The CN Tower, Rogers Centre (The Skydome), all of the Restaurants on King Street West and the shopping on Queen West, you’ll have plenty to do.

Toronto Road Trip: CN Tower
Photo courtesy of: cntower.ca

Next Stop: Lake Superior Provincial Park
The views of the Great Lakes are almost endless and definitely breathtaking. My favourite on route to Sault Ste. Marie is Lake Superior. The lake is cold but photogenic as ever. A great place to stop is the Lake Superior Provincial Park.

One way road trip: Lake Superior
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Stretch your legs at: Kakabeka Falls
Ontario is a big province, plan on stopping a few times during your drive. As you reach the northern route of Ontario, the roads get twisty with rolling hills. After hitting up Thunder Bay, be sure to check out Kakabeka Falls. There are some great trails that lead to the falls and the Kaministiquia River. It’s a great chance to stretch your legs for the day, have a picnic and even camp.

One way road trip: Kakabeka Falls
Photo courtesy of: Ontario Parks

Finally outside of Ontario: Winnipeg
As the landscape changes from Ontario hills to the flats of Manitoba, this is where the countdown of provinces begins. Winnipeg is a great stopping point. With the Red River and Assiniboine river connecting. There are trails that run along both rivers and at The Forks National Historic Site of Canada you can see the confluence. If you enjoy touring museums, Winnipeg houses the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The building architecture has an impact, however, as you walk through you can’t help but be pulled in many directions of emotion.

One way road trip: Winnipeg
Photo courtesy of: humanrights.ca

Crossing the Prairies: Saskatchewan
I’ve never seen beauty like the fields in Saskatchewan. They are endless and peaceful. Saskatchewan and Alberta house the only interprovincial park in Canada: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. There is a great mix of lakes, forests, wildlife and, as the name suggests, hills. The park is a great camp stop for canoeing and kayaking and is not too far off the Trans Canada Highway.

One Way Road Trip: Cypress Hills
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

The Final Stop: Calgary
Before you make your way to Calgary, a great stop is the Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park boasts the world’s richest deposit of dinosaur bones and is a great place to go explore. From there, Calgary is only a hop, skip and jump away where city adventures await.

One way road trip: Calgary
Photo courtesy of: Alberta Parks

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Things To Do & See in Calgary

Where the prairies and farmland meet striking mountains and glaciers is where you will find Calgary. Today Calgary is known as a Canadian cultural capital but the roots here go back to before the area was Canada’s ‘Wild West’. Calgary’s worldly ambience lends a sense of ‘pick your own adventure’ to any traveller that decides to explore the city. Here are a few ideas to get you started on planning your Calgary RV Rental Holiday….

Heritage Park Historical Village & Gasoline Alley Museum
Visit “Canada’s Largest Living History Museum”. Activities, exhibits, restaurants and more await you. Learn about Canadian railroad history or take in the Gasoline Alley Museum which showcases antique cars. You can ride a train and a boat at HRH Village, a big hit with kids!

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Fish Creek Provincial Park
Canada’s biggest urban park! Perfect for a day of nature in the middle of the city. The park offers hiking and biking trails, paved and unpaved. Although the park is surrounded by city, it offers 14 km of nature to get lost in. The best part about having an RV for stuff like this is you don’t even have to pack a picnic!
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Calgary Pathway System
An outdoor network of trails taking you all around the city.

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The Military Museums
A group of museums all dedicated to the military. Ten dollars for adults lets you see seven museums including The Air Force Museum of Alberta and the Naval Museum of Alberta plus many archives and galleries!

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Bow River
You can walk the scenic trail along the river or, even better, kayak! A local favourite with many benches to sit, relax, and watch the clouds go by.

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Big Rock Brewery
What better way to spend an afternoon than having a beer brewery tour and tasting? Informative and fun, learn all about the brewing process while sampling their many varieties of beer!

Calgary Tower
See 360 views of Calgary, take a step out onto the glass floor to get your pulse up and visit the restaurant and gift shop at the top of the tower!

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Nose Hill Park
Visit the second largest urban park in the country! Paved walking and biking trails, nature, and a panoramic view of the city!

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Calgary’s +15 Skywalk & Wonderland Sculpture
The skywalk is an inside pedestrian walkway for when the weather is fierce. There is 18 km (11 mi.) of walkway including 62 bridges. There are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants, and other attractions on your way to and fro Calgary’s landmarks. Most of the walkway is located 15 feet above the ground, hence the name.
Look for the tallest building in Calgary and you’ll find the Wonderland Sculpture in front welcoming you to The Bow building which is an entrance to the skywalk.
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Where to go from here:
Explore Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks. Head North to Edmonton on your way to Whitehorse, or head to BC for some West Coast adventuring.

Use our quick and simple quote program at the top of this page to book your Calgary campervan hire. A popular option is a one way RV rental from Calgary to Vancouver, but reserve early as one way rentals are limited.

Happy Travels!