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Published on June 13th, 2017 | by Miriam Porter

Road Trips to the Best Sunsets in Canada.

Our home and native land is packed full of road trip destinations to watch the sunset this season. Keep your camera handy to capture the orange, yellow, and pink hues that will light up the sky over mountains, lakes, oceans, and magnificent city skylines. A beautiful sunrise on Canadian soil is the perfect way to celebrate Canada 150, after all, the sky is the greatest light show on earth.

Ottawa River – Ontario
There are several options in our nation’s capital to watch the sun go down including a sunset cruise along the scenic river with the Capital Cruises Sunday Sunset outing. With live music in the background you can dance the night away aboard the Empress of Ottawa that departs from Gatineau Dock. The boat has an open-air top deck for stunning views. Alternately, you can watch the sunset from Parliament Hill and bring a blanket to sit on the grass. Once it’s dark you can stay for the Northern Lights Sound and Light Show – a free bilingual display every night in Ottawa from July 11 to September 16.

Grouse Mountain – British Columbia
Grouse Mountain, known as the peak of Vancouver, is an incredible place to watch the sunset over the city. Located just 15 minutes from downtown you can hike though the natural wilderness and escape the bustling city. Take North America’s biggest aerial tramway over the Pacific Ocean to the top of the mountain to wait for the colourful hues to emerge from the sky. Alternatively, if you are daring, you can zip into the sunset with Mountain Ziplines for a twilight zipline tour that is sure to provide all the excitement you could possibly wish for.

Muskoka – Ontario
If you love driving North from Toronto to cottage country, here is another reason to keep heading that way. The sunsets are spectacular and watching them in a comfy Muskoka chair with a refreshing drink in your hand is the perfect end to a summer day. With all the lakes in the region there are plenty of hot spots with an ideal view. If you don’t score a cottage invite from your extended family or friends, consider staying at one of many resorts in the region such as Taboo Muskoka or Bayview Wildwood Resort.

Lake Louise – Alberta
There is nothing quite like watching the sunset over the glistening turquoise water in the awe-inspiring mountain destination of Banff and Lake Louise. The chilly lake has mostly thawed by June, and is best for kayaking rather than swimming, unless you don’t mind the chill. The marvelous blue colour of the lake is the result of light refracting off the glacier silt and the sediment that is suspended. Pack a picnic dinner, bring a blanket, and find the perfect spot along the lake to watch the sunset behind the mountains.

Montmorency Falls Park – Quebec
Explore the old cobblestone streets of Quebec City during the day and before sunset make your way to Montmorency Falls Park not far from the downtown core. The park provides spectacular panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and is a true natural wonder. The majestic waterfalls are 83 metres tall and there is a cable car that goes up the cliff as well as a suspended bridge to capture the best photos. Just don’t look down if you are afraid of heights.

Brackley Beach – Prince Edward Island
If you are dreaming of red sand and fresh sea air head to the North Shore on Prince Edward Island Canada’s smallest province. There are multiple spectacular beaches to choose from and Brackley Beach is part of the Green Gables Shore Touring Region (so who knows, you may just see Anne walking by). The salty water drifts off into the Northumberland Strait and the soft sand is the perfect place to sit and listen to the waves during sunset.

Toronto Island – Ontario
Toronto has experienced so much rain lately that the islands are currently flooded. However, the rain won’t last forever, and before you know it the island ferry will be transporting excited guests over to this magical escape from city life.  From the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal in the heart of downtown Toronto, you can catch the boat for the 13-minute ride across Lake Ontario. You can also walk from one end of the island to the other. Bring snacks and drinks in a cooler to toast the fabulous view of Toronto’s CN Tower and city skyline as it’s illuminated from the setting sun.

Looking for that perfect sunset in the perfect location, then make sure you book a hotel close by to end the perfect day. CAA Members save on hotels across Canada, find yours now.

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