Canada is a land of wide open spaces, excellent highway systems and incredible National Parks.
Canada’s highway system includes the Trans-Canada Highway, which will take from the coast to coast and is the world’s longest national road.
A self drive holiday allows you to discover all of this and so much more.
So hit the road with some of these tried and tested spectacular self drive itineraries.
Sea to Sky Highway running north from Vancouver’s Pacific coast and winding it way though the mountain to the resort town of Whistler.
The Icefields Parkway runs through the heart of Jasper & Banff National Parks to the scenic Lake Louise and takes in magnificent peaks, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys.
Take a historic journey down the King’s Road the oldest road in Canada linking the three largest cities in French speaking Canada: Montreal, Trois-Rivieres and Quebec City.
The world renowned Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island completes a loop around the northern tip of the island, passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands and quaint country towns.
A self drive holiday is great here anytime of year but if possible plan to visit during Autumn when the golden colours of the Maple leaves are at their best.
Discover Canada’s Atlantic Maritime towns on the Bay of Fundy Coastal Drive and don’t miss the Phenomenon that is the Bay of Fundy Ocean Floor Walk with the world’s highest tides.
This is just a sample of the many great self drive itineraries on offer in Canada.
Another great option to this kind of holiday is a motor home holiday as its offers great value combined with transportation.
So no matter what you choose there is a self drive holiday for everyone in Canada.
Best Self Drive trips
Splendours of the West
This independent tour takes you across the best of Canada's West. Travelling on a luxury motorcoach and ferry from Vancouver to Calgary, you will experience many highlights along the way.
We were up bright eyes and bushy tailed (well beady eyes and bushed tails!) at 4.30am this morning for our transfer from Banff to Calgary. All our drivers have been really friendly and chatty but I was quietly relieved when this driver discretely turned off the bus lights 10 minutes after the journey began to let us continue sleeping.
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I woke early to the sound of the snow plows heading up the mountain - what a perfect alarm clock at a ski resort. After a hearty breakfast and purchasing a bright pink crash helmet we headed up the mountain for a full day skiing. We paid for ski lessons in the morning and then used the expertise of the mountain hosts in the afternoon. All these guys (and girls) are awesome and so knowledgeable.
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We skied the whole day today at Silver Star in British Columbia, Canada and we had perfect blue skies, no wind and only one or two people on any run we went on - unmatched skiing conditions. This day has officially gone down as my skiing day highlight. WOW.
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