Fam­ily travel

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - By Aaron Kylie

THERE ARE FEW things as beau­ti­ful as trees coated in ice and freshly dusted with snow. Of course, see­ing such a scene isn’t an ev­ery­day oc­cur­rence, which may be part of its al­lure. I still vividly re­call a child­hood hol­i­day trip, when my fam­ily drove from our cen­tral On­tario cot­tage through shield coun­try to Que­bec City. For most of the jour­ney the forests were in that per­fect glo­ri­ous state, sun glint­ing off icy boughs. Two sto­ries in this is­sue jogged that mem­ory. First and fore­most is our story on the na­tion’s best win­ter drives (page 23). We may not all think of it this way, but many Cana­di­ans’ plea­sure travel in­volves vis­it­ing fam­ily or friends. (I rou­tinely make a four-hour drive along On­tario’s High­way 7 be­tween Ot­tawa and Bob­cay­geon to visit my par­ents.) When those trips are rel­a­tively short in na­ture, we typ­i­cally take to the road, and we prob­a­bly do so as of­ten in the win­ter around the holidays as at any other time of year. So as you’re plan­ning your fam­ily vis­its this com­ing win­ter, con­sider our picks for best road trips. Per­haps one is close to your reg­u­lar route any­way, but even if not, all are worth a de­tour or a specif­i­cally planned trip. Sure, win­ter driv­ing presents its own chal­lenges — the same ice and snow that cre­ates those gor­geous scenes can also cre­ate treach­er­ous road con­di­tions, but we’re Cana­di­ans, both used to win­ter driv­ing and not afraid of get­ting out there, no mat­ter the weather. It’s that very weather that can make for the most mem­o­rable of road trips. And chances are, we’re mak­ing them with fam­ily any­way. Which brings me to the sec­ond story here that twigged that child­hood travel mem­ory. At my fiveyear-old son Zev’s re­quest, we hit the road to On­tario’s “Grana­gara Falls” (as he says it) this past sum­mer. And while I’ve de­tailed the amaz­ing win­ter of­fer­ings in Ni­a­gara Falls ( above) in the mag­a­zine’s “One city” sec­tion on page 18, I’m hope­ful my kids will one day wist­fully re­call the road trip. I al­ready do. Travel mem­o­ries are made all the bet­ter with fam­ily. En­joy yours this sea­son.

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