Best Canadian Road Trips


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With the early autumn breeze setting the mood for adventure, why not take off on a free-spirited road trip across Canada? Whether you’re driving through Prince Edward County or exploring Nova Scotia’s Cabot Trail, there is nothing quite like a getaway just as the leaves change colour. Here’s Real Style’s guide to the top Canadian road trips:

Vancouver to Tofino, British Columbia: Get ready to drive past gorgeous mountains and a stunning skyline on this trip across B.C.’s Pacific Rim Highway. The six-hour drive also takes you through a rainforest on its way to surf haven Tofino, promising plenty of up-close-and-personal opps with local wildlife along the way. Surf’s up!

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia: The Cabot Trail is a striking loop around Cape Breton Island, and a perfect journey to connect you with the natural beauty of the ocean. This roadway will also bring you through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, for a breathtaking peek at mountains, cliffs and canyons.

Icefields Parkway, Banff to Jasper, Alberta: The two-hour drive across the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) takes you from Banff to the Jasper National Parks. With hiking trails, waterfalls and over 100 ancient glaciers along the way, you’ll definitely want to take a rest stop en route for some jaw-dropping nature photography.

Irish Loop Drive, Newfoundland: Get behind the wheel and set off on this short but picturesque drive, which takes you south of St. John’s in a loop before returning to the city. With scenic hills, whale watching and seabirds like puffins along the way, the Irish Loop is sure to be a pretty, worthy sight.

Toronto to Prince Edward County, Ontario: Why not abandon everyday urban life for the weekend and head off on the two-hour drive (from Toronto) to charming Prince Edward County? This southeastern Ontario spot is a fabulous idea for a romantic October road trip, with the promise of wine tastings, chic restaurants, fall foliage and grape harvesting whenever you’re ready to park.

Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia: While it may be known as Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway is definitely a better name for this route. Living up to its famous name, this winding highway from Vancouver to Whistler takes you from sea level to the Coast Mountains, offering views of Howe Sound and a rainforest, for an extra dose of natural beauty.

Montreal to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec: With glorious fall colours everywhere, it’s a perfect time to explore Quebec. The trip from Montreal to Mont-Tremblant is a short drive (approximately an hour and a half) and the gorgeous landscape of Mont-Tremblant at this time of year is worth it.

St. John River Valley, New Brunswick: Fall is an ideal time to explore this peaceful route along New Brunswick’s Scenic Fiddlehead Drive. With the river itself named a Canadian Heritage River, be sure to stop by the Heritage Corridor, see the Bay of Fundy and take a few photos while you’re on the road.

Brandon to Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba: Soak up the scenery of the Prairies as you drive past farms and sprawling valleys on your way to Spruce Woods Provincial Park. About an hour from Brandon on Manitoba’s Highway of Heroes, the park itself is a vision, with sand dunes, lush forests and year-round sightings of wildlife.

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