Are you in desire of those amazing road trip aesthetic photos for your instagram? With the everyday changing status of the COVID-19 situation, traveling internationally may not be your highest priority. However, we all need our sanity. Canada is the world’s second largest country in the world at 9.99 million square kilometres. What better way to explore it than by road trip. Here are highly recommended spots across Canada:
Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia
Officially known as BC Highway 99, this route between Vancouver and Whistler is one of the few highways in the world with awe-inspiring scenery and incredible sights at every turn. There are multiple fun stops including outdoor destinations, cultural points of interest and historic sites. Stop and stretch your legs at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, the Sea to Sky Gondola, and refuel at the Backcountry Brewing.
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Linking Lake Louise with Jasper, Alberta, this journey through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, is one of the most beautiful journeys. We highly recommend visiting the Canadian Rockies on your next trip. This 232 km stretch of highway will take you along the Continental Divide through soaring rocky mountain peaks, icefields and vast sweeping valleys.
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
The prairie wind ripples a sea of grass beneath the clear blue sky. Two revealing Canada road trips take you past these amazing views, from the village of Wood Mountain south to seven-mile parkway. Then track to the West Block south of Val Marie on the 80 km loop Ecotour Scenic Drive.
Interlake Region, Manitoba
This 186-mile journey through Manitoba’s Interlake Region is straddled by the province’s two inland seas of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. Adventure awaits along the shores of beaches, while boats are swapped for ice fishing shacks in the winter. Find lakeside hotels, campgrounds just steps from the beach , private vacation cabins or even a resort complete with mineral pool or casino, but whatever you stay, the lake will not be far away.
Toronto to Stratford, Ontario
Montreal to Gaspésie, Quebec
It is known locally as the peninsula stretch along the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River. It included weeping coastal viewpoints, stunning mountain peaks and warm maritime welcomes. Visit Montreal, Quebec City and the Gaspé Peninsula, while watching for whales, caribou, and northern gannets.
Irish Loop, Newfoundland and Labrador
Taking in the lower half of the Avalon Peninsula, the Irish Loop and Cape Shore routes bring you from St. John’s to Trespassey, Cape St. Mary’s, and Placentia. The rich history and invigorating coastline make for a journey full of opportunities to see whales and birds, and to experience Irish culture.
Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy is the bay between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a very small portion touching the state of Maine in the United States. It has the highest tides in the world, an unbelievable 16 meters. That is a sight you must see.
North Cape Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island
Along the North Cape Coastal, the sunsets are unforgettable as you are greeted by the natural beauty of North Cape with its rusty red cliffs painted against scenic ocean vistas. Find hidden treasures of tiny magenta orchids in the bog ecosystem and ecological history of North Cape.
Halifax to the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
The drive along the coast of the Cabot Trail provides great scenery and a number of spots to pull over and enjoy hiking trails, views from the look-offs, and the numerous coastal villages along the route. Especially between Margaree and the National Park entrance just past Chéticamp, overlooking Pleasant Bay is absolutely breathtaking.
Dempster Highway, Yukon
Dempster highway is a 740km journey you need to add to your bucket list. Drive through the wildlife rich tundra, crossing the Arctic Circle and hop two ferries on the way to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories.
Inuvik-Aklavik Ice Road, Northwest Territories
Enjoy a spectacular view of the Richardson Mountains on this 117 km drive. Ensure to check the dates of opening and closing prior to departure. These frozen waterways connect 12 towns and their residents to the outside world.
Canada Road Trip Tips
Plan ahead. Take rest stops often and drive with food and water in case you should not pass any stores before your planned stops. Some roads can be isolated so be sure to take a mobile phone and warm clothing in your vehicle. Also, keep in mind some roads will stretch for long distances without a gas station, so be sure to keep your fuel topped up.
Language. If you plan to drive through Quebec, familiarize yourself with basic French phrases as many of the signs are in French.
Arrêt = Stop
Route barrée = Road closed
Entrée interdite = No entry