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At 9.8 million square kilometres, Canada is the world's second largest country. Which means the best way to see it is to hop in a car and drive . . . and drive. Along the way you'll gape at glacier-carved peaks, bird-filled marshlands and everything in between. There'll be plenty of stops to take in the views, sample local hot spots and rest your road-trip weary head too.

 

But knowing where to go in such a vast and diverse land might seem daunting. No worries - we've made it easy with this list of best road trips in Canada's 10 provinces and two of its three territories. (To date, there are no roads into Nunavut外部リンクタイトルe or between its communities). Take your pick, start your engine - the open road awaits!

 

 

Crowsnest Highway, British Columbia

The Crowsnest Highway weaving through Keremeos and the Similkameen Valley
The Crowsnest Highway weaving through Keremeos and the Similkameen Valley. Credit: Destination BC/Hubert Kang

Stretching from BC to Alberta, the Crowsnest Highway外部リンクタイトルe passes through breathtaking mountains and charming towns. After departing from the bustling city of Vancouver外部リンクタイトルe, head toward the Fraser Valley on Highway 1. Stretch your legs after a few hours of driving with a hike at E.C. Manning Provincial Park外部リンクタイトルe and then get a good night's rest in one of the rooms or cabins at the Manning Park Resort外部リンクタイトルe. The next day, make your way to the Similkameen Valley and stroll around the many vineyards in Keremeos外部リンクタイトルe, before continuing your trip to Osoyoos外部リンクタイトルe -- which is home to the warmest lake in Canada.

 

Icefields Parkway, Alberta

The Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park.
The Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park. Credit: Roman Koenigshofer @rawmeyn

Thinking about the Canadian Rockies for your Canada road trip? Then the 235-kilometre Icefields Parkway外部リンクタイトルe is your front-row seat to some of the range's most fetching glaciers and turquoise lakes. Leaving the hamlet of Lake Louise in Banff National Park外部リンクタイトルe, head north along Highway 93 to savor such sights as mirror-like Herbert Lake, the sweeping Athabasca Glacier and double-barreled Sunwapta Falls. Hang your toque at the newly renovated Glacier View Lodge外部リンクタイトルe on the way up or at Jasper's cozy Chateau Jasper外部リンクタイトルe in Jasper National Park外部リンクタイトルe at route's end. Count on a full day but take a few to explore the icefields and both parks during less-busy spring and colourful fall.

 

Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan

The East Block of the Grasslands National Park.
The East Block of the Grasslands National Park. Credit: Tourism Saskatchewan/Chris Hendrickson Photography

Exploring Saskatchewan's eclectic roadside attractions just got better. Thanks to the 2019 opening of the Badlands Parkway外部リンクタイトルe, you can now see Grasslands National Park外部リンクタイトルe on not one but two revealing Canada road trips. From the village of Wood Mountain, drive south to the paved, seven-mile parkway in the park's East Block to glimpse a wild but fragile prairie landscape. Then make tracks to the West Block just south of Val Marie外部リンクタイトルe to spot plains bison, black-footed ferrets and settler homesteads on the 80-kilometre-loop Ecotour Scenic Drive外部リンクタイトルe. Take one to a few days; 286 kilometres total.

 

Interlake Region, Manitoba

view of blue waters at Lake Manitoba
Lake Manitoba. Credit: Visual Soul Studios-Courtesy of Travel Manitoba

Immerse yourself in history and nature on this 186-mile, one-to-three-day journey through Manitoba's Interlake region, straddled by the province's two inland seas外部リンクタイトルe of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. From the bustling capital外部リンクタイトルe of Winnipeg, make tracks north to Lower Fort Garry Historic Site外部リンクタイトルe, Oak Hammock Marsh外部リンクタイトルe, Lake Winnipeg's iconic wooden piers, and swim-friendly Winnipeg Beach外部リンクタイトルe. Detour west for the Narcisse Snake Dens外部リンクタイトルe - visit in spring or fall for best viewing - before returning to the lakeshore for Viking-rich Gimli外部リンクタイトルe and Hecla Village外部リンクタイトルe. End with a round of golf and overnight at the Lakeview Hecla Resort外部リンクタイトルe.

 

Toronto to Stratford, Ontario

water view of the Toronto skyline
The Toronto skyline. Credit: Destination Toronto

Take in big-city sights and theater-town delights on this two-day sojourn in southeastern Ontario. Spend a day strolling Toronto外部リンクタイトルe's museums and galleries, and a night at the artsy Gladstone Hotel外部リンクタイトルe or chic Kimpton Saint George外部リンクタイトルe. Then motor west 150 kilometres for a dose of Victorian architecture and live theatre外部リンクタイトルe in Stratford, home to the province外部リンクタイトルe's annual Stratford Festival外部リンクタイトルe. Along the way, take a peek at Baden's ornate Castle Kilbride Museum外部リンクタイトルe.

 

Montreal to Gaspésie, Quebec

two cabins beside the water at Forillon National Park in Gaspésie
Forillon National Park in Gaspésie. Credit: Toursime Québec / Mathieu Dupuis

Take a week or more to hit several Quebec外部リンクタイトルe sweet spots on this charming 975-kilometre drive, which should be on everyone's best road trips in Canada bucket list. Visit Montreal外部リンクタイトルe and Quebec City外部リンクタイトルe - voted forth and first top Canadian cities, respectively, in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 20外部リンクタイトルe21外部リンクタイトルe - before heading northeast along the St. Lawrence River to the Gasp? Peninsula外部リンクタイトルe and its striking Perc? Rock. Watch for whales, caribou and northern gannets - you can't miss their distinctive black-tipped wings. Alternatively, skip the cities for the full-on Gasp?sie Tour外部リンクタイトルe or check out these other scenic drives.

 

Irish Loop, Newfoundland and Labrador

Breaching whale seen along the Irish Loop
Breaching whale seen along the Irish Loop. Credit: Barrett & MacKay Photo

Start with a stroll past colourful row houses in Newfoundland and Labrador外部リンクタイトルe's capital of St. John's, also North America's most easterly and oldest city外部リンクタイトルe. Then head south on a 309-kilometre coastal loop外部リンクタイトルe packed with outdoor adventure and natural wonders. Spot whales and seabirds on a Witless Bay boat tour外部リンクタイトルe or hike by sea stacks and cliffs on the East Coast Trail. Pick up fresh sandwiches and lemonade in Lighthouse Picnics外部リンクタイトルe' historic 1870 lighthouse, then enjoy them outside while watching icebergs float by.

 

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Kayaking in St. Martins, in the Bay of Fundy
Kayaking in St. Martins, in the Bay of Fundy. Credit: New Brunswick Tourism

Explore the wild ways of water on New Brunswick外部リンクタイトルe's Bay of Fundy外部リンクタイトルe - a hot spot on a top Canada road trip. Here, some 150 billion tons of water flow in and out every six hours, making for the world's highest tides at up to 50 feet. Ease into this four-day 225-kilometre trip外部リンクタイトルe by taking tea at Moncton外部リンクタイトルe's quaint 1883 Thomas Williams House外部リンクタイトルe, then pad about the ocean floor during low tide at the Hopewell Rocks - eroded tree-topped sandstone formations外部リンクタイトルe a.k.a. Flowerpot Rocks. Catch August's Rising Tide Festival in Fundy National Park外部リンクタイトルe, and be sure to kayak St. Martins' red-rock sea caves外部リンクタイトルe on the route's last leg. See more on these road trips.

 

North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

the westpoint lighthouse with tress around it
The Westpoint Lighthouse Inn. Credit: Destination Canada

It might be Canada's smallest province外部リンクタイトルe, but Prince Edward Island boasts its fair share of road trips too. Foodies in particular will want to wind their way around the western peninsula外部リンクタイトルe, sampling the island's fresh bounty on a four-day 350-kilometre drive. Find out why Prince Edward Island's potatoes are so famous at the Canadian Potato Museum外部リンクタイトルe, then fill up on a fully loaded baked spud - choose from lobster, pulled pork and more - at the onsite PEI Potato Country Kitchen. Slurp back world-renowned oysters外部リンクタイトルe at the rustic Malpeque Oyster Barn外部リンクタイトルe during the summer months, and savor mussels and lobster rolls at the Catch Kitchen + Bar外部リンクタイトルe. Rinse it all down with a Drag'n Anchor blonde ale at Moth Lane Brewing外部リンクタイトルe.

 

Halifax to the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

long highway on cape breton island
Meat Cove, Cape Breton Island. Credit: Tourism Nova Scotia / Photographer: Tom Cochrane

Get your urban fix in the lively capital外部リンクタイトルe of Halifax before striking out for rural Cape Breton Island and the world-famous Cabot Trail外部リンクタイトルe - considered to be not only one of the best road trips in Canada but in the world. Named after Italian explorer John Cabot, who landed on these shores in 1497, the 300-kilometre coastal loop climbs from sea-swept beaches and sleepy fishing villages to forested slopes and cliff-tops. Plan for a full four days to take in Baddeck外部リンクタイトルe on the shore of Bras d'Or Lake外部リンクタイトルe; Cape Breton Highlands National Park外部リンクタイトルe and its 26 hiking trails; and the traditional Acadian town外部リンクタイトルe of Ch?ticamp.

 

Dempster Highway, Yukon

The Dempster Highway in fall
The Dempster Highway in fall. Credit: Yukon Government/F Mueller

Tucked into the northwest corner of Canada, the Yukon外部リンクタイトルe is home to few people (population 38,500), many mountains and 4,989 kilometres of maintained roads. Of the territory's go-to road trips, the 737-kilometre, five-to-seven-day Dempster Highway外部リンクタイトルe delivers the most off-the-beaten-track experience. Load up on supplies and gold-rush history in Dawson City外部リンクタイトルe (think historic walking tours外部リンクタイトルe, entertainment and the infamous Sourtoe Cocktail外部リンクタイトルe). Then drive north through wildlife-rich tundra, crossing the Arctic Circle and hopping two ferries on the way to Inuvik外部リンクタイトルe in the Northwest Territories. Catch early fall's red, yellow and orange tundra, winter's ice roads, spring's foraging wildlife and summer's midnight sun.

 

Inuvik-Aklavik Ice Road, Northwest Territories

The Inuvik-Aklavik Ice Road.
The Inuvik-Aklavik Ice Road. Credit: R. Heming

Come winter, some 2,000 kilometres of ice roads are plowed across Canada's vast Northwest Territories外部リンクタイトルe. Impassable the rest of the year, these frozen waterways connect 12 towns and their residents to the outside world. If you're up for a more off-beat Canada road trip, make like a local and give ice-road travel a go on the 117-kilometre stretch外部リンクタイトルe - called "pretty and pretty legendary" by the NWT tourism authority - between Inuvik外部リンクタイトルe and the hamlet of Aklavik外部リンクタイトルe. Revel in Richardson Mountain views as you cross the Mackenzie Delta. Winter travel in Canada can be unpredictable: drive with caution and be prepared外部リンクタイトルe.

Trans-Canada Highway

Got the grit for a grand-slam road trip through Canada? Travel the country from coast to coast on the 7,820-kilometre Trans-Canada Hwy外部リンクタイトルe. Opened in 1962, the route外部リンクタイトルe passes through all 10 provinces and most major cities. Start your journey in the west in Victoria, British Columbia, or the east in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Either way, take your time (at least two weeks) on the world's longest national road - it's sure to be a trip of a lifetime.