Regardless of the season, it’s never to soon to think about your next epic road trip. Whether you’re driving across the province, the country, or the continent, there’s a seemingly endless amount of places to go and things to see on the open road. To help inspire you when you’re checking out your road map, we’ve asked our experts about their favourite road trip destinations. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or an adventure that can last all summer long, this list offers something for everybody.
TIRECRAFT ’s Favourite Canadian Road Trips
Trip: The Sea to Sky Highway
Location: Vancouver to Whistler, British Columbia
This road trip takes you from Vancouver to Whistler, British Columbia. Throughout this approximately 2-hour drive along BC Highway 99, you’ll have a continuous view of breathtaking mountain ranges and beautiful coastline. Every turn is rich with history—most of which is expanded upon at conveniently displayed at information kiosks situated along the drive.
Trip: The River Valley Scenic Drive
Location: Edmunston to Sussex, New Bruswick
New Brunswick is well known for road trips, and the River Valley Scenic Drive may be the most popular. This road trip follows the St. John River for over 400km, showcasing rural New Brunswick’s renowned covered bridges, as well as the beautiful old town of Fredericton.
Trip: The Cabot Trail
Location: The Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia
Arguably Canada’s most well-known road trip destination, The Cabot Trail showcases the year-round beauty of Cape Breton’s absolutely stunning northern coastline. Along the way, you’ll take in the highlands, beautiful beaches, and—if you’re lucky—stop in for an old-fashioned Caped Breton ceilidh.
Trip: The Manitoba Prairies
Location: Brandon to the Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba
Taking in the wide open space of the prairies is an absolute must for any road tripper. In particular, driving from Brandon, Manitoba to the Spruce Woods Provincial Park is full of spectacular views and interesting stops—including the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, which offers a one-of-a-kind glimpse at our past.
Trip: The Viking Trail
Location: Deer Lake to St. Anthony, Newfoundland
Discover the history of the Vikings in North America on the Viking Trail. Throughout this road trip, you’ll visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, learn the story of the Vikings at interpretation centres and exhibits, and see the tallest lighthouse in Atlantic Canada.
Trip: The Cowboy Trail
Location: Mayerthorpe to Cardston, Alberta
Take a trip through cowboy country on Alberta’s Cowboy Trail! Running from Lethbridge to the Edmonton, the Cowboy Trail avoids major highways. Instead it provides a unique glimpse into Canada’s Wild West. From national parks, to roadside diners, to horseback riding and more, the Cowboy Trail has something for everyone.
Trip: Percé To Montreal, Quebec
This journey through La Belle Province begins at Percé Rock—one of the Quebec’s most unique landmarks—and traces the journey of early settles up the Saint Laurence River. Along the way, you’ll enjoy stops in historical churches, museums, and regions, before arriving in Montreal to experience modern Quebec culture!
Trip: Toronto to Stratford
A short drive, Toronto to Straford is the perfect road trip to start your weekend getaway. Once you arrive in Stratford, you’re close to world-class restaurants and scenic river drives. Perhaps best of all—depending on when you arrive in the summer—you’ll also have the opportunity to catch a play at the legendary Stratford Theatre Festival
As an Added Bonus, Here are our Four Favourite International Road Trips!
Trip: Historic Route 66
Location: Chicago, Illinois to Santa Monica, California
The iconic Route 66 takes you down a historic highway from Chicago, Illinois all the way to Santa Monica, California. Often referred to as The Main Street of America, Historic Route 66 takes you across the country, allowing you to take in everything from kitschy diners and motels, to iconic landmarks like The Cadillac Ranch. Historic Route 66 is arguably the most famous road trip destination in the world, and when you drive it, you’ll understand why.
Trip: The Beaches of Basque
Location: Bilbao, Spain to Bordeaux, France
A road trip along the Basque coastline will provide surfers and beach lovers with memories to last a lifetime. In addition to beaches, the charming Basque coast is lined with colourful restaurants for dining experiences you will never forget.
Transfagarasan Mountain Road
Location: Pitesti to Arpasu de Jos, Romania
Once declared the Best Road in the World by Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson, Romania’s Transfagarasan Mountain Road has to be seen to be believed. Long and winding, this road offers views you will never forget as you drive toward the beautiful castles of Sibu, Brasov and Sighisoara. Definitely off the beaten path, this road trip destination may not be the first one you think of, but after you experience it, it’s impossible to forget.
Trip: The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway
Location: Price, Utah to Grand Junction, Colorado
Experience 150 million years of history on the Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway. This road trip takes you through Utah and Colorado’s rugged red-rock canyons, where you’ll see amazing rock formations and stunning high-plains terrain. Along the way, be sure to stop at the Wall of Bones at the Dinosaur National Monument’s Quarry Exhibit Hall, where you’ll see nearly 2,000 dinosaur bones embedded in the face of a cliff.
Make TIRECRAFT the First Stop on Any Road Trip
Whether you’re exploring your home province, gearing up for the journey of a lifetime down Route 66, or driving the back roads looking for an adventure of your very own, make sure you’ve got the best tires for your vehicle first. When you stop into your local TIRECRAFT , we can schedule routine maintenance, change your tires, and more—all to ensure that your vehicle is ready to hit the open road! For more tips and tricks on how to get your vehicle ready for any drive, or for answers to any questions you may have, stop in and speak to one of our experts today!
Until then, we’ll see you on the open road!Back