7 Magical Drives In Canada That Give You Stunning Winter Views From Your Car
Gorgeous trips for the winter season.
The temperatures are dropping, but cozy season doesn't have to mean spending the next six months at home. Whatever your feelings about cold weather, it's still possible to explore while staying warm, and there are tons of stunning adventures to be had without stepping a foot outside your car.
If you're looking for a new whip to help you explore Canada's gorgeous snowy landscapes this winter and beyond, the all-new 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV might be just what you're looking for.
PHEV stands for "plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle," and this eco-friendly and stylish all-wheel drive SUV is an ideal choice for those wanting to live a greener lifestyle while still venturing far and wide.
Offering the best of both worlds, Kia PHEVs use both electric power and hybrid technology to get around. You can run the Sorento completely on electric power for approximately 51 kilometres. After that, the hybrid engine kicks in, which means you get the most efficiency for whatever type of driving you're doing — be it road tripping or picking up groceries.
According to Kia's Director of Marketing, Michael Kopke, many folks will never even use gas with the Sorento PHEV for their everyday tasks.
"A significant portion of the population drives less than 50km a day," he said. "So whether a person lives in or outside the city centre, most can do their day-to-day driving on electric charge."
All this means that the Kia Sorento PHEV averages three litres of gas per 100 kilometres of combined city/highway driving, making it an SUV with better mileage than a gas-powered compact car.
As well as having incredible fuel efficiency, the roomy Sorento has three rows of seats and comfortably seats six people. Whether you're soaking up B.C.'s hot springs, exploring Ontario's Muskoka Lakes or taking in seaside mountain views on the Cabot Trail, you'll have enough space for everyone on your cross-province adventures.
So go on, start crafting that killer playlist, stock up on snacks and get cozy in that eco-friendly hybrid car of yours. Canada's gorgeous winter landscapes are waiting.
Explore Alpine Peaks At Icefields Parkway
Address: From Lake Louise to Jasper, AB
Why You Need To Go: The snow-capped Rockies have to be one of the most iconic landscapes in Canada, and they're arguably at their most magnificent in the winter.
As one of the world's best road-trip routes, the Icefields Parkway lets you soak in the vast beauty of this mountain range all from the warmth and comfort of your car.
Escape The City To Muskoka Lakes
Address: Muskoka, ON
Why You Need To Go: Muskoka is a well-known destination for summer cottage goers, but it deserves a visit once the lakes freeze over too.
Make sure to pack up your car with the appropriate winter gear (skates, snowshoes, heavy-duty boots? Check, check and check) and enjoy all that Muskoka has to offer, even in the non-summer months.
Kiss The Highlands Along The Cabot Trail
Address: Cape Breton Island, NS
Why You Need To Go: The hills come alive in Cape Breton no matter the season, but in the snow, the Cabot Trail becomes a sparkling destination for stunning seaside views and cozy cabin rentals.
You can take two different ways around the scenic roadway — clockwise or counterclockwise — depending on your preference. Either way, you'll get magnificent views without ever leaving the car.
Head To The Kootenay Rockies & Soak In Hot Springs
Address: Kootenay Rockies, BC
Why You Need To Go: This mountainous area has gorgeous scenery on offer at every turn. Plus, you can reap the natural benefits of this region by checking out the mineral hot springs along your ride.
If you follow the Hot Springs Circle Route, you'll get to see charming mountain towns, some of Canada's biggest hot springs and the longest ice-skating pathway in the world.
Spot Wildlife Along The Alaska Highway
Address: From Dawson Creek, BC, to Watson Creek, YT
Why You Need To Go: This one is for adventurous road trippers! Starting in Dawson Creek, B.C., and travelling up through the Yukon (where it becomes Yukon Highway 1), this remote stretch of highway offers ample chances to spot wildlife such as caribou and bears.
Plus, this is an excellent place to catch a glimpse of the northern lights as you glide along the highway.
Bask In The Vast Valleys At Gros Morne
Address: Gros Morne National Park, NL
Why You Need To Go: Nestled in the mountains along the West Coast of Newfoundland, you'll find dramatic fjords, cliffs and forests that are jaw-dropping in winter.
If you choose to jump out of the car to snap a photo, you can easily warm up with the Kia Sorento PHEV's heated steering wheel and seats when you hop back in.
Explore The Laurentian Mountains Outside Montreal
Address: Laurentian Mountains, QC
Why You Need To Go: If you live in Montreal, you'll find the perfect weekend escape just an hour north of the city.
With impressive mountains, hiking trails and picturesque towns throughout the Laurentians, there's something for every kind of winter explorer.
You don't have to let the cold weather kill your adventurous spirit. With the 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV, you can feel good about exploring Canada from the comfort and convenience of your car.
According to Michael, recharging on your winter drive is easy too.
"Just to give you a sense of how easy those chargers are to locate - Ontario has over 4,000 public charging outlets, meanwhile Quebec has 7,000 public electric charging stations," he said.
Plugging into a Level 1 charger (like the 110-volt outlets in your home) will have it fully charged and ready to go overnight. Level 2 chargers, like those found in public charging stations, give you 240 volts and charge your electric battery completely in just three hours.
And if your electric battery is depleted, no sweat! The hybrid engine seamlessly takes over.
The Kia Sorento PHEV starts at $44,995, and (depending on where you live) you might be eligible for federal and provincial rebates that are designed to incentivize the purchase of eco-friendly vehicles.
If a six-seater SUV is not your cup of tea, Kia has several more bold and sustainable vehicles in the works. It's all part of Plan S, Kia's strategy to create a more sustainable automotive industry through bold innovation over the coming years.
"We believe that movement inspires ideas," Michael told Narcity. "The Sorento PHEV is designed to inspire and encourage Canadians to take steps towards being more environmentally conscious."
To learn more about the new 2022 Kia Sorento PHEV, visit Kia's website. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.