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Planning A Road Trip

Planning A Road Trip

Resources For Planning A Road Trip

Back in 2020, when the world shut down, road-tripping around Ontario was not only done for fun; it became essential for mental health. These days, nothing feels better than talking about the pandemic in the past tense – trust us; even though international travel has returned, road-tripping has become more popular than ever.

We hope this page will equip you with all the information and resources necessary for planning a road trip. This page contains extensive road trip planning tips and tricks that can save you money and time and help you find the best attractions en route. This guide has everything from budgeting, packing essentials, clothing, food, apps and maps to inspiration, choosing a route, and finding accommodations!

So buckle up; planning a road trip can be an exciting and rewarding experience.

Essentials For Road Trips

Ontario Road Trip Ideas & Inspiration

We’ve all heard the famous quote, “It’s the not the Destination, It’s the journey.” from Ralph Waldo Emerson or “The journey, not the destination matters…” by TS Eliot, and nothing could be further from the truth.

Researching final destinations or Ontario road trip ideas for your first or next road trip is the easy part. Here at Road Trip Ontario, we made it simple by starting all road trips from Toronto and focusing specifically on why people take road trips in the first place: Day Trips, Weekend Getaways, Multi-day Road Trips, Festivals/Events and Seasonal Travel. First, determine what type of road trip you’d like to take.

The Best Road Trips In Ontario

In addition to the website, you can have inspiration delivered directly to your mailbox by joining our newsletter. We send destination-inspired content bi-weekly and seasonal and time-sensitive festival/events content.

Another amazing place to find the best road trips in Ontario is our aptly named Facebook group: Road Trip Ontario – An Amazing Community For Epic Road Trips. Here you’ll find a very engaged group of like-minded individuals who constantly share tips, tricks and photos from their latest road trip.

Lastly, you can get inspired by exploring potential destinations on Instagram, Pinterest, Tik Tok, Travel blogs and Reddit. Once you’ve settled on a destination, now it’s time for the fun part – the journey: The route, budget, food, and most important…music.

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Discovering Places In Ontario | Planning Your Road Trip Route

The two things people often leave out when planning their route are their total drive tolerance and the hidden gems often missed along the way. Total Drive Tolerance (a phrase we coined) is understanding how far you can safely drive before dotted lines start to blur. This will be different for everyone, but remember, there is a reason why some parents take their infants out for late-night drives to help them fall asleep.

These pit stops need to be factored into the road trip route. whether it’s an ONroute stop for coffee, gas, washroom and a stretch, getting off the highway to have lunch, then shopping in a quaint town (or spending the night to rest up), exploring some incredible Ontario Nature or discovering some historical site.

This brings us to our second point and motto: Life is a highway. But you’re missing the magic if you don’t get off it now and then. Actually, that’s our second motto. Our first motto is Keep Calm & Road Trip ON, which you can find on a t-shirt HERE 😜

All that to say, it’s worth getting off the highway to explore. Just because you have a high total drive tolerance and can drive for 6 hours straight doesn’t mean you should. So, take extra time and days to get off the highway and explore. The true fabric of the province is found off the highway (the beaten path) and in the small towns, cute shops/restaurants and stories the locals tell.

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Day Trips, Weekend Getaways & Road Trips

This is how RTO defines Road Trips:


Most of our itineraries use Toronto as the starting point, hence the CN Tower in our logo. It’s not because we are based in Toronto or have some centre-of-the-universe complex – our friends from outside Toronto will know what we mean.😉 We chose Toronto simply because it is the biggest city in the province/country, and everyone knows where it is. That said, travel time will vary depending on your starting point.

Day Trips

At Road Trip Ontario, we define day trips as trips that take less than 2 hours from Toronto. With about 4 hours of total driving, you should have enough time to thoroughly enjoy what a destination offers, depending on the size of the town/city.

Weekend Getaway

We classify weekend getaways as road trips that are either 2-4 hours away from Toronto or a city big enough that it requires more than one day to explore.

Multi-day Road Trips

Any road trip more than 4 hours away from Toronto can be considered a multi-day road trip with half-day, full-day, and overnight stays in cities and towns along the route or off the beaten path toward your final destination.

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