Land of Endless Horizons

  • 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.

Alberta

  • 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

British Columbia

  • 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.

New Brunswick

  • Travel New Brunswick’s Fundy Coastal Drive; viewing the dramatic sea cliffs, tides and rock formations of this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
  • Sample fresh seafood and experience spirited Acadian culture with the Acadian Coastal Drive.

Nova Scotia

  • 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.

Ontario

  • 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.

Quebec

  • 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.

Saskatchewan

Yukon

  • Embark on a road-trip to Canada’s far north via the Dempster Highway—North America’s only all-season highway to cross the Arctic Circle.
  • Head backwards in time via the Klondike Highway—a daylong drive from lively Whitehorse to the 1890s-era heritage town of Dawson City.

Weather

  • 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.
When to go
  • 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.
Need to know
  • 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.