- 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- 01 Arctic Circle crossing
- 7,821 km coast-to-coast
Imagine—the world’s second-largest country stretches out before you, crisscrossed with enough roadways to encircle the globe 22 times. You are a road-tripper and Canada is your playground. Your aim is to experience this country at the ground level—a slower pace in the Jet Age, one fit for travellers who immerse fully in the cultures and landscapes they encounter.
Shall it be a multi-week coast-to-coast tour of the world’s longest national highway? Perhaps a drive along the only all-season road in North America to cross the Arctic Circle? Maybe experience a weekend beneath the living skies of the Prairies? Or take a few days to cruise scenic coastal drives such as Cabot Trail in the east or the Sea to Sky Highway in the west? Your options are as endless as the horizons you chase.
- Feel the wind on your face as you view the glaciers, mountain peaks and wildlife of Alberta’s Icefields Parkway from a motorcycle sidecar.
- Venture on a tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites—Alberta has five of Canada’s 13.
- Drive through dinosaur country: stopping to search out fossils in Dinosaur Provincial Park and explore the exhibits of the Royal Tyrell Museum.
- Watch the scenery transition from emerald ocean to snow-capped mountains as the Sea to Sky Highway whisks you from Vancouver to Whistler.
- Mix open highway with relaxing ocean cruising on the BC Ferries Route—a pleasant seaside tour from Vancouver to Vancouver Island and beyond.
- Roam the Okanagan Valley’s wine country, staying at boutique bed-and-breakfasts and world-class wineries along the way.
- Discover Nova Scotia’s premier motorcycle route, the Cabot Trail—a 300-km loop through the highlands and seascapes of Cape Breton Island.
- Gaelic culture comes alive on the Ceilidh Trail—follow this route into the heart of Cape Breton’s heritage villages.
- Celebrate seafaring culture with a tour of Nova Scotia’s more than 20 historic lighthouses—including Peggy’s Cove.
- Drive Ontario’s picturesque Niagara Parkway, the heart of wine country, and stop for a tour of Inniskillin Wines to sample ice wines, fine cheeses and chocolate.
- Take a trip to relaxing cottage country, Muskoka, and view the landscapes that inspired beloved Canadian painters, The Group of Seven.
- Eastern Ontario’s Rideau Heritage Route mixes outdoor recreation—canoeing, golf, bicycling—with small-town hospitality and farm-to-table dining.
- Ride a motorcycle through a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in Charlevoix—stopping for artisanal cheeses and breads at heritage townships along the way.
- Quebec’s Eastern Townships will see you driving through quaint covered bridges, touring 300-year-old historic sites and enjoying homegrown Quebecois hospitality.
- Enjoy the best from Quebec’s culinary chefs and local producers along the province's Gourmet Route.
- Canada’s weather varies greatly by region and season. Expect warm to mild temperatures in the summer (June to September), cool temperatures in the spring (March to May) and fall (October to November) and cold weather with frequent precipitation and/or snowfall in the winter (December to February). Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns for locations across Canada at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- May through October are the most popular months for road trips.
- Fall foliage tours are best in September and October.
- Wine country season runs from spring until fall.
- Prime motorcycle riding season runs between May and September
- Many provinces experience snowfall from November through March.
- Canada is on the metric system—distances are in kilometres and metres, speed limits are in km/h.
- Seat belts are mandatory for vehicles, as are helmets for motorcyclists.
- Fuel is regularly available on all public roads in Canada; credit and debit cards are widely accepted.
- In Canada, motorists drive in the right-hand lane.
- Winter road travel requires a capable vehicle and emergency supplies.