Canada is perfect for a road trip destination as the world’s second-biggest country – with all kinds of terrains- the snow and the mountains and with the vastest coastline in the world. Within this relatively uninhabited country, you can go off the beaten path, which is what road trips are all about. Below are the easiest, and most scenic, road trips from west to east that you need to ride in the Great White North.
While there are several options for Canada self-drive tours, these itineraries below are the best road trips in Canada and a perfect way for you to look at the different options for Canada self-drive tours. Some of them are as follows:
1. Montreal to peninsula Gaspe
A lengthy drive (about nine hours) brings road-trippers from Montreal to Quebec City, down the St. Lawrence River, and on to the Gaspé Peninsula. Highlights in the peninsula include the popular pierced rock in Percé, boat/fishing trips to Bonaventure Island, etc. The road trip is a natural combination of urban and rural exploration.
2. Day ride through the Valley of Okanagan
Though this road trip may not be a typical one – going from point A to point B – the Okanagan Valley is a gastronomic hot spot. Loop around Okanagan Lake in a clockwise direction from Vernon to Penticton, and then into Kelowna.
The area is renowned for its restaurants from farm to table and award-winning wineries. RauDZ Regional Table is the best restaurant in Kelowna (or so it says on their website), while Davison Orchards is a perfect location for children. Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Mission Hill Winery are also leading wineries in the region.
3. Dempster Highway
Being Canada’s only all-weather path through the Arctic Circle, Travel Yukon names the Dempster Highway – one of the world’s rare travel roads from Dawson to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. It is incredibly remote, but the scenery is unrivalled, with only one lodging alternative along the way in Eagle Plains.
Cross the Arctic Circle to join Tombstone Falls, then ride two Northwest Territories river ferries. Mark your arrival at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, held annually in the middle of July.
4. Trans-Canada highway
The Trans-Canada Highway is Canada’s most spectacular road trip you can enjoy. It spreads across all 10 provinces across the country. Starting in Victoria, it ends in Newfoundland and Labrador, in St. John’s.
Vancouver and its many attractions, Lake Louise and Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, the Alberta Badlands, the capital of Ottawa, Quebec City, Fundy National Park, and Gros Morne National Park are some of the (many) highlights that await road-trippers.
5. Prince Edward Island Coastal Drives
Tourism PEI divides the province into three distinct and scenic drives: North Coast Coastal Drive, Central Coastal Drive and East Coastal Drive Points. The North Coast is characterised by its Mi’kmaq history and special visits, including a potato museum and a college devoted to the Highland arts.
The Central Coastal Drive protects two separate areas: the Red Sands Shore and the Green Gables Bay. Points East Coastal Road includes beaches, walks, and lighthouses.
The above are just some of the great places to drive through Canada- the great white North. One can either take their own car (if living nearby) or rent a car for the road trip. There are plenty of rental car providers – online too, in case you decide to fly to Canada and then enjoy the beautiful sceneries on the go.
You can decide which car you want, which plan you wish to choose (as per the duration of your stay and requirement) and your budget. Hiring a self-drive car is much more economically sound, especially for tourist and travellers, it maintains your privacy and allows you to let you drive any time anywhere without any hassle.