Best drives in Canada: a top 10 list

Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a longer adventure, here are our top ten choices for the country’s most scenic routes.

1. Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim Highway

The island’s east-west corridor runs from Port Alberni to Tofino, and along the way, you will experience breathtaking views of rugged mountain ranges, ancient rainforests, and secluded beaches. 

2. Alberta’s Icefields Parkway

Running parallel to the Continental Divide, this 230-kilometre stretch of protected wilderness areas, waterfalls and icefields runs from Lake Louise to Jasper. 

A view just a short distance away of the Icefields Parkway

3. New Brunswick’s Fundy Coastal Drive

The Bay of Fundy is a popular destination for whale watching, where you can also witness the world’s highest tides.

The world-famous Bay of Fundy

4. Alberta’s Dinosaur Trail

Imposing cliffs, weathered rock formations, and the sheer rugged landscape along with a stop at the Royal Tyrrell Museum make for an epic adventure.

Hoodoo rock formations in the Canadian Badlands

5. Ontario’s Highway 60 Corridor

Running through the southern portion of Algonquin Park, you’ll find a lush expanse of forests, rivers, tranquil beaches and geological formations. 

The Algonquin Park Corridor

6. British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Gondola and the 100-metre-long Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge are just two of the many attractions worth stopping for on your way from West Vancouver to Whistler. 

7. Quebec’s St. Lawrence Route (Route du Fleuve)

Covering the 50 kilometres between Baie-Saint-Paul and La Malbaie, here you’ll find picturesque villages and historical sites, along with dazzling views of the St. Lawrence River. 

8. Newfoundland’s Viking Trail

The trail will take you from Deer Lake to St. Anthony, with a stop at the L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site (home to the only authenticated Viking settlement in North America).

9. Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail

There’s plenty to explore in this 300-kilometre loop around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island, from old-growth forests and fishing villages to beaches and prehistoric rock formations.

10. Quebec’s Kings Road (Chemin du Roy)

A 280-kilometre scenic route that borders the St. Lawrence river, the oldest land route in Canada extends from Quebec City to Montreal.