Hi, my husband, our 7 year old daughter and I are planning a road trip from Seattle, Washington to Ottawa, Ontario this summer (leaving Seattle in mid July). Giving ourselves 11-12 days to drive there and see some cool sights.
Once we get to Ottawa we plan on visiting friends and then driving to Mont-Laurier, Montreal and Georgeville, Quebec to visit friends/family. We hope to spend approx. 11 days in this area before driving back to Seattle.
We plan on driving back to Seattle through the US. We want to come home quickly so our return will be longer driving days. However I welcome suggestions for good stops on our route back to Seattle that might be fun for a 7 year old.
My current thoughts are 12 travel days from Seattle - Ottawa (?). Around 11 days in the Ottawa and Quebec area visiting people then a quicker return home, maybe 6 days for return. All said that would be 29 days. We are flexible with time.
I have a few of questions:
1) Do I need to pre book accommodation for each night of our trip? (Seems like a daunting task for such a big trip as it's hard to predict how long we will be wanting to drive each day. I'm not sure that in the height of summer we can "wing it". We will want clean accommodations. I would appreciate tips and thoughts on this.)
2) What would you consider must stops along this route? (Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Glacier National Park, Badlands and Drumheller museum. Maybe a hot spring somewhere? My favourite part of Canada is the BC/Alberta border which I think is the most beautiful. After those areas, we are ok driving across the prairies at a faster rate.)
3) Healthy quick food along the way? I like to eat clean real food, organic fruits and veggies and don't care for McDonald's or other types of fast food (which is what I typically see along highways) so I plan on loading up our plug in cooler with organic fruit and other healthy snacks. Will finding healthy food along our route be a challenge? I'd appreciate thoughts on this. I've read a few good posts already about the types of food that travels well for road trips but I recognize that I can't pack food for 3 meals a day and snacks for 12 days.
4) Other suggestions? We plan on having audio books for our daughter.
Thank you for taking the time to read this long post. I look forward to your suggestions.