Thursday, June 08, 2017

Our 2017 Summer Road Trip Plans

Growing up we spent the majority of our summer on road trips. Over the years our family drove across Canada in our truck and camper (all the way to Newfoundland!) down to Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Disneyland, Oregon Coast and did a lot of exploring on Vancouver Island as well. As a kid I didn't always love it (my mom almost sent me home on a bus from Ontario because of my attitude) but I am thankful for the opportunity to see as much as I did! 

Family photo with waterfall

Last summer we took a week to do the Lake and Circles Route in BC and I was in awe of all the beauty that is just a drive away. This summer we have the freedom to do two different road trips. I hope I won't regret this decision as that is a whole lot of family time in the minivan. Here is our plan:

Road Trip #1:  Vancouver Island (10 days). We will be going to Tigh-Na-Mara with my extended family for three days, then off to Tofino to camp, then Strathcona Provincial Park to hike and finally over to Sooke via the Port Renfrew route. I am quite familiar with Vancouver Island as we go to Tofino/Ucluelet every year but have yet to visit Strathcona Provincial Park so that should be fun! The goal is to enjoy beaches and short family-friendly hikes. Oh, and find a good bakery or two in there, too!

Vancouver Island Road Trip

Road Trip #2: Yellowstone National Park (two weeks). Originally our plan was to explore the Kootenays, then we decided to add on Waterton Lake National Park and then...well, might as well go all the way to Yellowstone National Park?! Our goal for this trip is to visit the national parks and hopefully see some wildlife and do some family-friendly (about 1-2 hour) hikes. The boys would add that some good food is a goal. We will be doing a mix of tenting, cabins and hotels throughout this trip. 

As I was putting together this second road trip I was a bit overwhelmed by the size of it but hopefully just taking it day by day it will go well and our van will run perfectly.  There is a good two weeks between the trips so I hope that helps!  Did you grow up doing road trips? What was a memorable one for you?



  1. No big road trips when I was growing up - just local exploring. With our boys, no big road trips either (I am not as adventurous or as hard-working as you), a 4-hour road trip was about it until the boys were older, and then my husband took them on a couple of 5-day baseball road trips which they enjoyed.

    1. The baseball road trips sound like an awesome bonding experience :)

  2. Rachel9:47 PM

    If you get a chance, there's an amazing bakery in Ucluelet called Huckleberry's. Seriously good eats!

    1. I've been to Ucluelet at least 10 times and never been there! Thank you!