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Best Road Trips in Canada: Our Top 5

Canada has one of the most beautiful, diverse landscapes in the world. Take a road trip around the country to discover everything that our own backyard has to offer!

There’s no doubt that Canada is home to lots of natural beauty and a diverse landscape. From the Gaspé Peninsula to hot springs in the Northwest Territories, there’s no shortage of places to explore. However, Canadians rarely put domestic travel on their bucket list. With such a large country, it’s hard to know where to start. Here’s a Skyscanner list of the five best road trips in Canada to help you discover the beauty of the Great White North.

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Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Another one of the five best road trips in Canada is the drive between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta. This trip has been frequently listed as one of the best drives in the world. Banff is said to be one of the most scenic parts of the Rocky Mountains in all of North America, and this Canadian road trip will involve some excellent views of the snow-peaked mountains in the background. Stop at the famous and perfectly picturesque Lake Louise along the way, and get your camera ready to take plenty of pictures in front of its sparkling blue lake which is sourced from a nearby glacier. There are plenty of hotels and guesthouses around, but this area is quite popular with travellers, so we suggest booking your accommodation ahead of time. Check out this blog post for tips on travelling through Banff.

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Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia

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The British Columbia Highway 99 was renamed the Sea to Sky Highway following the announcement of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Covering the distance between the city of Vancouver north to Whistler, this drive offers some of the province’s best scenery. This epic drive in Western Canada definitely deserves a spot on our list for the five best road trips in Canada. Some notable stops along the way include some National Parks, a coastal rainforest, and beautiful waterfalls. Be prepared to pull over often! Don’t miss the Sea-to-Sky Gondola – it’s located near Squamish which will give you a bird’s eye view of the Stawamus Chief Mountain. Want to save money on your next car rental? We’ve got six tips to help you save money here

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The Georgian Bay Coastal Route

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This road trip takes you all around the Georgian Bay, and it hits many spots on the way. On the Georgian Bay Coastal Route, you will pass through landmarks including Blue Mountain, Manitoulin Islands, Sauble Beach, and Sudbury, to name a few. This trip may seem short as it only wraps around one part of Ontario, but will actually take at least a week to complete or more if you decide to stop at any of the sights on the way. The Georgian Bay itself has long been considered the ‘Sixth Great Lake’. It is a massive freshwater lake with numerous natural scenes surrounding it, including the La Cloche Mountains, Bruce Peninsula, and more. Make sure to check out Wasaga Beach and Flower Pot Island in Tobermory during your trip, especially if you decide to head out during summer months.  

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The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

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Amongst the many gems along Canada’s east coast is the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. What makes this Canadian road trip so appealing are the small communities that you’ll pass along the way. Travellers can get a great sense of Canadian hospitality in all the small towns of the Maritime provinces. Since the drive will take you right through Cape Breton Highlands National Park, be sure to plan some time for hikes or some camping. The east coast of Canada is also famous for their seafood, so combine this Canadian road trip with a food tour full of lobster rolls and other delicious meals!

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Trans-Canada Highway: The Ultimate Canadian Road Trip

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Can’t decide between the east or west of Canada? Why not cover both! Canada’s Trans-Canada Highway covers all 10 provinces along the southern end of the country, and is the last but definitely not least on our list of five best road trips in Canada. This Canadian road trip will take you from St. John’s Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Travellers can go from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean along this 8,030-kilometre highway, which is one of the longest in the world. A Trans-Canada Highway road trip isn’t technically a single route, but rather a network of routes so you can easily detour as you please. As you make your way across the country, you’ll be spoiled with things to do. Have a culinary experience in Montreal, pass some of the Great Lakes, explore cities from Winnipeg to Vancouver, and much more.

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