Feeling the call of the highway this summer? There are so many great roads to drive here in Canada that we know you’ll want to get on the road again and again. Here are just a few suggestions to consider.
The Sea-to-Sky Highway, BC
Highway 99 runs 409 km from the US border up to Highway 97, just north of Cache Creek. The portion that’s known as the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Horseshoe Bay to Pemberton) is a place of incredible ocean vistas, towering mountain tops, incredible parks and amazing waterfalls—not to mention great places for outdoor activities, camping or dining. It’s not a drive for the faint of heart, but even confident drivers will feel a flutter at the continuously dramatic vistas on display throughout the drive.
Icefields Parkway, AB
Highway 93 runs north-south in Alberta, though you probably know it better as the Banff-Windermere Parkway (south of the Trans-Canada Highway), and the Icefields Parkway to the north. The spectacular Icefields Parkway runs 230 km, trailing the Rockies up through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. It offers spectacular views of the Columbia Icefield—what used to be called the Glacier Trail when it opened in 1885, after the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed and it brought increased tourist traffic to Banff National Park.
The Fjord Route, QC
Fjords in Canada? Actually, yes. Unique in North America, Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord dazzles visitors with its diversity. The “Vallée de la Biodiversité,” as it’s called, stands out in Québec for its wildlife—from belugas and Atlantic salmon to moose, waterfowl, black bears, brook trout and various amphibians. A 235 km route circumnavigates the fjord, from the village of Petit-Saguenay (Highway 170) to Sacré-Coeur (Highway 172), with stops at L’Anse-Saint-Jean, Rivière Éternité, Saint-Félix-D’Otis, the City of Saguenay (La Baie and Chicoutimi boroughs), Saint-Fulgence and Sainte-Rose-du-Nord. Chicoutimi is where you cross from one side of the fjord to the other.
Prince Edward County, ON
Two hours from Toronto and three from Ottawa, Prince Edward County is a little slice of heaven on the shores of Lake Ontario. From arts to agriculture, wine to walking tours, incredible wildlife to remarkable restaurants, PEC has it all. There’s a Cheese Festival every June. There is a Butter Tart Trail. Seriously, don’t even think about packing a lunch—and take your time once you get there. There’s so much to see and do, it can take some time.
But if you book a B&B on the Bay of Quinte, you’ll have the perfect spot to rest and recover so you can get up and do it all again.
The Dempster, YT
It’s advertised as the 740 km bucket list journey from Dawson City, Yukon to Inuvik, Northwest Territories. And there’s little reason to argue that. It offers incredible scenery, wide open spaces and remote beauty. The Dempster Highway really is Canada’s road to the top of the world. It passes through some of the most beautiful and remote wilderness in North America. It’s an all-weather gravel road with two ferry crossings; with camping and visitor centres and no shortage of incredible views. The best time for reliable driving weather is June through September, when the days are long and warm and the visibility outstanding.
Fundy Coast Drive, NB
Running almost 300 km from the City of St John to St. Stephen, the Fundy Coast Drive is not your ordinary driving adventure. Featuring the world’s highest tides, remarkable views and some of the most colourful culture in the country, this road trip gives you the true Fundy experience. It starts with an exploration of Canada’s oldest city and continues on a ferry that takes you to the alluring Fundy Isles. The views are incredible… and the lobsters aren’t bad either.