Have you been dreaming about taking a road trip in Canada? 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 because flying within Canada can be pretty costly. That’s why taking a road trip in Canada is the most practical, cost-efficient and exciting way to see this extraordinary country.
But with such a large country (world’s second largest), it’s hard to know where to start. Skyscanner has rounded up our list of the five best road trips in Canada to help you discover the beauty of the Great White North. You have to see it to believe it!
1. Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Best time to go: June to September
One of the five best road trips in Canada is the drive between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, also known as Highway 93. In fact, 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.
Must-see spots along the Icefields Parkway
Some of the best spots to see along this road trip include:
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.
2. Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia
Best time to go: July to September
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, from rain forest to rigid mountain peaks. As such, this epic drive in Western Canada definitely deserves a spot on our list as one of the five best road trips in Canada.
Must-see spots along the Sea to Sky Highway
Be prepared to pull over often! These are some of the notable stops that you will want to make from coastal rainforests to beautiful waterfalls:
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3. The Georgian Bay Coastal Route
Best time to go: late August to mid-September
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, which you definitely should!
Must-see spots along the Georgian Bay Coastal Route
The Georgian Bay itself has long been considered the ‘Sixth Great Lake’. It is a massive freshwater lake with numerous natural scenes surrounding it that you cannot miss:
4. The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Best time to go: July to September
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!
Must-see spots along The Cabot Trail
As you venture on your Cabot Trail adventure, these are the stops along the way that are worth a visit:
- Pleasant Bay
- Enragee Point Lighthouse
- Cape Breton Highlands National Park
5. Trans-Canada Highway: The Ultimate Canadian Road Trip
Best time to go: March to October
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 and most notable on our list of five epic 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. This is without a doubt the trip of a lifetime.
Must-see spots along the Trans-Canada Highway
As you make your way across this diverse, majestic country, you will be truly spoiled with things to do, especially with the amazing cities on route. Here are some highlights:
- Enjoy Montreal’s culinary world
- Experience the many festivals of Toronto
- Get to know the underrated city of Winnipeg
- Appreciate Vancouver’s many gems
And of course, as you are driving and landscapes are consistently changing, there are some more under-the-radar natural beauties that are worth a stop to keep the road-trip fresh. Revel in the fact that you are achieving a major travel bucket-list experience with this ultimate road-trip where the sights are endless.
More Road-Trip Inspiration
- Easy Road Trips You Can Take From Toronto
- 5 Essential American Road Trips
- Plan a Road Trip Through the Gaspé Peninsula
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