The most beautiful roads in Canada

When we think of travelling, we often think of our destination. And yet, some roads are destinations in and of themselves, as they have the ability to transport us both literally and figuratively. The storied Route 66 in the USA, for instance, is the first to come to mind. But did you know that some of the most beautiful roads in the world are located right here in Canada? Indeed, we have our fair share of scenic routes that are well worth the detour.

Why you should consider a Canadian road trip this summer

When it comes to planning your dream road trip, Canada has it all. With its wide open spaces, national parks, diverse landscapes, and many possible routes, it’s the perfect destination for anyone travelling by car. So get out there and explore! There’s no need to cross the border to enjoy a change of scenery.

You can also take the opportunity to view Canada with fresh eyes and enjoy the many treasures it has to offer. Are you convinced yet? If you’re up for taking a trip to the heart of Canada, here’s our list of must-see scenic drives.

The Icefields Parkway, Highway 93, Alberta

The Icefields Parkway is a route that links Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. When you take Highway 93, you’re guaranteed to see beautiful rivers, imposing glaciers, and majestic mountains. Located in Alberta, this is one of the most famous roads in Western Canada. Make sure to pack your camera so that you can capture the beauty of this part of the country.

La Route des Navigateurs, Quebec

This article wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Quebec—Canada’s largest province!

Among the many outstanding routes you could choose, the one that takes you around the Gaspé Peninsula definitely deserves to be mentioned. Nestled between the St. Lawrence River and large wooded areas, Gaspésie brings together the best of everything. It’s a great destination for a relaxing trip with breathtaking views!

Baie-Saint-Paul

Another option for lovers of Quebec or anyone who wants to discover the many riches this province has to offer is to take the St. Lawrence Route from Baie-Saint-Paul to La Malbaie. Both destinations are not to be missed when visiting Quebec. When leaving Montreal or Quebec City, or after completing your tour of the Gaspé Peninsula, you can drive along the St. Lawrence River and stop to enjoy these two incredible spots.

Points East Coastal Drive, Prince Edward Island

You won’t regret venturing to Prince Edward Island and taking a road trip around and through the heart of the island. It has three main routes: the North Cape Coastal Drive, the Central Coastal Drive, and the Points East Coastal Drive. If you have the chance to discover all three, you should definitely do it. If not, we recommend taking the route on the eastern part of the island. Drive along some of the most beautiful roads in Canada and enjoy the gorgeous coastal scenery as well as many activities and events all along the island tour.

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the Cabot Trail or at very least seen it in pictures. It’s the perfect way to take in Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands! This 298 km road takes you along the coast and is home to some of the most stunning views the province has to offer. If you haven’t added this route to your Nova Scotia road trip itinerary yet, now’s the time! It lives up to the hype.

Get your vehicle ready

Whether you’re planning to be on the road for a few days, a few weeks, a long weekend, or even a single day, making sure your vehicle is adequately equipped is a must. The first thing you need to do is make sure your car is ready for the road. You don’t want to encounter any problems during your trip! The most important elements to consider are the condition of your battery and your oil, brake fluid, and coolant levels. You’ll also want to check the brake pads and make sure your tires are adequately inflated and not overly worn. Don’t hesitate to do a complete inspection so you can hit the road with confidence. You can also stock up on accessories and gadgets such as a high-quality GPS device, which will make your life easier and allow you to enjoy every moment. During the summer, you’ll also want to make sure you have AC and a place to sleep (if you’re planning to be away for long enough). There are more and more solutions to make your car or truck road trip ready these days. Read different blogs and check out the numerous products available online and in stores. Finally, don’t forget about camping gear! It can come in very handy when you’re on a road trip.

In conclusion

This summer, the most beautiful scenic routes in Canada await. With a bit of organization and a well-equipped car, you could be in for an unforgettable trip. Whether you prefer ocean views, mountain roads, or city streets, Canada is teeming with beautiful routes that will take you wherever you want to go, whatever your desires or preferences may be, as you make memories you won’t soon forget.

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