Summer Road Trippin’

Imagine this: You’re driving down the highway, top down, wind whipping through your hair. A summer road trip.

Road trips are my favourite form of travel. But when you have to decide between a few hours drive to Grand Forks, or a whopping 7 hour drive to Regina, it means choices are pretty sparse in terms of road trip destinations living in Winnipeg. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of hidden gems for day trippers just outside the city. What are your favourite day trips by road from Winnipeg? Come check out our On The Road display on the main floor of Millennium.

Here are some ‘road’ themed material to get you planning your next drive.

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Kerouac’s classic novel chronicles his years traveling North America with his friend Neal Cassady, “a sideburned hero of the snowy West.” As ‘Sal Paradise’ and ‘Dean Moriarty’, the pair search the country for self-knowledge and experience, freedom and longing. On the Road was a defining novel of the ‘Beat’ movement; it has and will continue to inspire poets, authors and artists for generations to come.

Drive – a film by Nicolas Winding Refn

The jacket. The soundtrack. The car. This film has countless iconic images. Starring Ryan Gosling and Carrie Mulligan, Drive tells the story of a Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a getaway driver who finds himself involved in a heist gone terribly wrong. James Hallis based the screenplay on the 2005 novel. Fun fact: The soundtrack for the movie made Spin’s list for ‘Top 40 Soundtracks That Changed Alternative Music.’

Canada’s Road: A Journey on the Trans-Canada Highway from St.John’s to Victoria by Mark Richardson

“Russia has the Trans-Siberian Highway, Australia has Highway 1, and Canada has the Trans-Canada Highway, an iconic road that stretches almost 8,000 kilometres across six time zones.”

This book tells the story of Mark Richardson, who celebrated his 50th birthday by driving the entire length of the Trans Canada Highway. Stretching 10 weeks in length, Mark’s journey helped him discover the history of the highway and learn what makes it what it is today. Originally published as a blog for macleans.ca, this Canadian-highway-love-letter is not one to be missed.

Little Miss Sunshine a film by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

A dysfunctional family sets out on a road trip of a lifetime in order to get their daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant. The vehicle? A VW bus. This movie is filled with unforgettable characters and moments including a beauty pageant performance to ‘Super Freak.’ It was nominated for several Academy Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin). The film also stars Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette and Steve Carrell.

 

-Brittany

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