For some of you who may not know, I’m originally from Montreal and moved to Mississauga (20 minutes outside of Toronto) almost a year ago. It’s been a really awesome year and probably the most growing one yet for me – but there’s been a lot of driving. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot.
But, after doing the route for what I imagine must be at least 20 times, the 401 and I are tight af. We’re best friends. Bros. We got each other’s back.
So anyways, whether you have some family in Montreal or Toronto or both and like to go visit them sometimes during the year, here’s how you should plan your road trip.
Create a killer playlist
I mean, this is the golden rule to any road trip really but it’s so important to think about it though. Having a sick playlist to listen to during the drive is the number one requirement to have a great time in the car while you drive. I mean, it’s possible to make the trip without it and listen to the radio but you gotta be ready to switch stations every few minutes to get a good song – unless you’re lucky to get a constant good channel for at least 20 minutes – now if you get that you definitely hit the jackpot.
So yeah, make sure your phone is charged, Spotify playlist downloaded if you’re a premium little bish like me or simply just download bunch of songs on your phone.
My playlist usually consists of classic rock bangers, Disney music, good old emo and 2000s pop with a little bit of recent Top 40.
If you leave from Ontario, stop at the first OnRoute
THEY HAVE A STARBUCKS! Now, I know this isn’t the most Canadian thing but I do love my Starbucks coffee or chocolate chip frap to start the long drive when I leave from the GTA.
If you leave from Quebec, also stop at the first OnRoute
GAS IS CHEAPER THERE! The moment you cross the border and arrive in Ontario, there’s an OnRoute and the gas station there has usually better deals than Quebec ones.
Also, while we’re speaking about gas, I recommend to stop by the Lancaster exit to fill up gas before entering Quebec for the same reasons that gas is cheaper there.
Make sure to stop at the Big Apple Pie Factory
This one is a no brainer. You don’t have to like pies or cheesecakes even, cause they have a really cool chocolate and and candies factory which I personally adore. It’s huge and it’s just cool to see other travelers like you being excited to be at the famous Big Apple. It’s just a nice little break from the trip a little after Kingston towards Toronto.
Lunch time? Junk food time.
I mean, is there any other way to go through five hours of driving than stopping at your favourite fast food place? My personal fave is whichever Burger King that one of the OnRoute offers or a random McDonalds.
Dress in sweats
My last tip to enjoy the drive is the most obvious one: wear sweatpants/leggings with a comfy t-shirt or sweatshirt. You don’t want to feel stuck in jeans or in a dress while driving. You wanna feel chill and relaxed!
I think that’s pretty much it guys. That’s how I do my Toronto-Montreal roadtrip. And I must say, it’s a lot of fun. I mean, maybe it’s because I enjoy the drive but I truly believe that this drive is not the end of the world even though it sounds like a long one.
Do you drive a lot? What’s your most frequent road trip that you do and know by heart? Drop a comment below!