Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

The internet makes it SO easy to plan a trip, especially when you Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps.  Let me show you how I do it.

First, I identify the main road that I will be travelling on to get to the final destination.  In this case, the shortest route is to travel through the USA, but for this particular trip we want to stay in Canada. 

I add a couple of stops that I know I want to pass through (Winnipeg, Jasper & Kelowna), and now I have a general route.

Then I take an area at a time and identify the places that I’ve always wanted to visit, as well as places recommended by travel sites.  For example, if I’m passing through Edmonton and I would like to visit the West Edmonton Mall, I search for it in Google Maps, click on “Save” and choose the Favorites list.

After I identify all the places I’d like to visit, I can view all my Favourite spots on the map.  I simply click on the Google Maps Menu (top left), Select ‘Your places’, then click ‘SAVED’, then click ‘Favorites’.  

Now I have a big picture of what my trip will look like.  I can adjust the route based on my favourite places that I identified.  For example, I would love to visit Whistler, BC.  My original road plan didn’t pass by there, so I will adjust the plan to drive a little more north in BC to visit.

Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

If you have the Google Maps app on your smartphone, you can also view all your favourites there.  All phone display the app a little differently, but if you can find ‘Saved’, and ‘Favorites’, you can view them by List, or by Map.  This is very helpful when you’re travelling.

 

And that’s how I do it.  As you can see from the screenshots above, I’m currently planning a trip to Western Canada.  I’m always looking for secret hidden gems to visit – if you know of any, let me know!  Thanks for reading!

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Inside the Kingston Penitentiary

Inside the Kingston Penitentiary

Date Visited:  July 29, 2019

Thousand Islands National Park

Well, it’s our 29th day on the road and we are back in Ontario, far from the ocean, and we both decided it’s about time to head home.  We just have a couple of places more to visit.  First we head to Ottawa to visit a friend that I’ve been missing.  Second, we have often talked about seeing Inside the Kingston Penitentiary.  On our way to Kingston, we take our time passing through Thousand Islands National Park.  We see many little islands scattered here and there.  This is a park we would definitely want to return to, and spend more time here.

Inside the Kingston Penitentiary

We booked a 1.5 hour tour to see Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum-security prison, which was home to many of Canada’s most dangerous and notorious criminals. The tour guides were very knowledgable and told us about the history of the jail, and stories of riots and escapes.  All along the tour there were additional guides, most of who worked there as guards in the past.  They had more stories, and quite interesting to meet.  It did feel somewhat uneasy, especially being in the jail cells.  All in all, a very interesting tour.

On the final night of our trip, we settled in a little park in Kingston, Ontario where overnight parking was allowed.  It was quite a busy park with many people around late into the evening.  There were not many other options in the area, so we stayed here for the night.  We found this spot on the iOverlander app.

 

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A Few Hours in Quebec City

A Few Hours in Quebec City

Date Visited:  July 28, 2019

Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site

Today our plan is to head south and spend A Few Hours in Quebec City.  On the way, we stopped for a visit at Pointe-au-Père Maritime Historic Site.  The lighthouse stands over 100 feet tall, the second tallest in Canada.  This historic site is also home to the Onondaga submarine.  And, as everywhere else in the Gaspe Peninsula, the views are absolutely stunning.

A Few Hours in Quebec City

We arrived in Quebec City a few hours later.  This is one of Canada’s oldest cities – it really feels like being in a European city.  It was fun walking through the narrow cobblestone streets, and admiring the beautiful architechture.  The views of the St. Lawrence Seaway are spectacular!

After Quebec City, we found a little spot in Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets that was perfect for an overnight stay.  It was busy with fishermen in the late afternoon, and busy with people coming to watch the amazing sunset in the evening.  After that, it was nice and quiet for the few of us left for the overnight stay.  

 

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The Beauty of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula

The Beauty of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula

Date Visited:  July 24-27, 2019

After driving around the Cabot Trail, we arrived in New Brunswick.  We had a decision to make.  Do we now drive straight back home, or do we go up north and around that peninsula in Quebec?  It seemed like it would be a nice drive at the very least, so we decided to do it.  Little did we know what was waiting for us in The Beauty of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.

Before we headed there though, since the weather was nice, we thought we’d visit Kellys Beach in Kouchibouguac National Park.  It was day 23 of our east coast trip and we still haven’t had a beach day!  Today was our lucky day.  It was warm, and the beach was lovely.

After the beach, we headed to Miscou Island Lighthouse.  We could see on our boondocking app that many car campers highly recommeded this spot for an overnight stay.  We were not disappointed.  There were many campers in cars, RV’s, vans and even tents.  

Our next night was also pretty incredible.  We ended up at a place called Anse a Dominique.  We arrived early, loved the spot and spent the rest of the day here.  We felt like we were in heaven 

On the most northern end of the Gaspe Peninsula there is Forillon National Park.  It’s full of gorgeous landscapes, waterfalls, trails and of course, Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse!

The rest of the drive around the top end of the peninsula was absolutely beautiful.  Most of the road is right along the seashore.  There are tons of gorgeous rest stops all along the way.  We took our time and enjoyed this part of the province immensely.  The Gaspe Peninsula is definitely Quebec’s best kept secret!

The Beauty of Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula

 

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The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

Date Visited:  July 29, 2019

We arrived from Newfoundland in the early evening.  Our next adventure is to drive the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island, but first we must find a boondock spot to spend the night.  Our iOverlander app suggest a place called Indian Brook, not too far from where the ferry dropped us off in North Sydney.  It turned out to be a perfect spot!

We got an early start the next morning.  We began our drive going north, on the east side of Cape Breton Island.  The landscape was stunning.  It was a gorgeous day with the bluest skies and the most beautiful water.  We made many stops along the way to admire the scenery.  

We arrived in Meat Cove in the late afternoon, and found the most amazing spot.  We decided to stay.  It was a clearing on a cliff, and from what we read online, it is the foundation of where a lighthouse used to be.  We cooked our dinner, saw some eagles flying by, and watched one of the most incredible sunsets from the cozy comfort of our car camper.  This spot is one that we will always remember.

The next morning we woke up to grey skies and rain.  We took our time driving south on the west side of Cape Breton Island.  We stopped now and then when there was a break in the rain.  

A few video clips from our phones

The Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

 

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