Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia
Starting in Vancouver and heading north on Highway 99 to Whistler, the Sea to Sky Highway gives you the chance to experience the incredible mountainous coastline of British Columbia. The total route is approximately 120km in length and offers opportunities to explore outdoor destinations, check out cultural points of interest and visit historic sites. Some photo worthy stops include Brandywine Falls, the Lynn Canyon and Sky Pilot Suspension Bridges, and Shannon Falls. Get the most out of your time along the Sea to Sky Highway and make a weekend of it.
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Following Highway 93, the Icefields Parkway connects Jasper National Park to Banff National Park and beyond. This 260km route will have your jaw dropping, as towering, snow-covered mountains greet you at every turn in the road. National Geographic even named it a “Drive of a Lifetime” in 2015. Highlights include Valley of the 5 Lakes, Athabasca Falls, Columbia Icefield, and the Jasper Glacier Skywalk. This road trip can be done in a single day, but be sure to fuel up before you go and pack a picnic to enjoy with the views.
The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Arguably Canada’s most famous road trip, and for good reason, the Cabot Trail traces the northeastern section of Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island. The circular route can be completed in either direction though counter-clockwise keeps you on the outer side of the roadway for those epic views. While the route can theoretically be completed in a single day, take your time and spend a minimum of 3 nights on the 300km route to fully appreciate the coastal and mountain views. Make a point to spend some time in the community of Ingonish as well as Cape Breton Highlands National Park, including stellar views of the sunset on the Skyline Trail.
St. John’s to Port-Aux-Basque, Newfoundland
For one mega road trip, head to Newfoundland and drive the Trans-Canada Highway from St. John’s to Port-Aux-Basque. Spanning the width of the island, this 900km trip will take you from colorful urban cities to remote seaside villages, give you the chance to watch whales breaching the water and icebergs float by. You’ll also come face to face with the towering cliffs at the Western Broke Fjord in Gros Morne National Park, and meet some of the nicest and most hospitable Canadians. Allow yourself 2-weeks to complete this trip and explore some of the areas off the highway including the communities of Trinity, Bonavista, Twillingate, and the charming Fogo Island.
The Dempster Highway, Yukon & Northwest Territories
For the truly adventurous road tripper, the Dempster Highway offers a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else in Canada. The highway begins about 40 km east of Dawson City, Yukon and extends almost 740km north to Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories. The route is gravel road that’s well maintained and winds its way through two mountain ranges, the Oglivie and the Richardson ranges. The Dempster Highway is also Canada’s first all-weather highway to cross the Arctic Circle and in the summer months, you’ll experience 24hr sunshine. Plan about a week to complete the route.
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