9 of Canada’s Most Scenic Highway Routes

With a country as large as Canada, it’s sometimes a necessity to do some of your sightseeing as you’re travelling. One of the best ways to see some amazing scenery is by car and these are some of the most scenic routes to take.

1. Yellowhead Highway, Manitoba

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Canada’s Highway 16 is well known as the Yellowhead Highway and it takes drivers past some of the prettiest towns in the prairies, such as Neepawa. Close to Neepawa you’ll hit Highway 10. If you head north on this road you’ll travel through Riding Mountain National Park on the way to the town’s of Dauphin and Inglis, where you’ll be greeted by some historic grain elevators.

2. Top of the World Highway, Yukon

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This famous unpaved road travels from Dawson City in the Yukon all the way to Alaska. The highway is open only in the summers. However, the views are spectacular as it runs along the top of some of the continent’s most majestic mountains.

3. Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan

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When driving down the Trans-Canada Highway in the prairie province of Saskatchewan, you may want to turn slightly north to the small, beautiful community of Qu’Appelle. The area is filled with golden wheat fields, a gorgeous valley, several lakes, coulees, and groves of trees. It’s an ideal recreational getaway that’s just 45 minutes from the city of Regina.

4. Route de fleuve, Quebec

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Canada’s Highway 362 runs from La Malbaie to Baie-Saint-Paul and wanders through the picturesque Charlevoix villages. It also takes you over some scenic mountains that reach down to the St. Lawrence seaway. The drive is known as the St. Lawrence Route and parts of it were created by a meteorite millions of years ago.

5. The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

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One of the most scenic parts of Canada is Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, which features beautiful ocean bluffs and beech forests. The Cabot Trail offers some charming fishing ports, craft shops, and road stops where you can get some breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s also a good chance you’ll spot some moose and whales on your travels.

6. The Icefields Parkway, Alberta

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Highway 93 is easily one of the most scenic highways in North America. It weaves its way through Jasper and Banff National Parks as well as about 100 glaciers and dozens of clear blue lakes. You can also cycle the route and climb up the Athabasca Glacier. There are plenty of hostels along the way for cyclists.

7. The Viking Trail, Newfoundland

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When the Vikings landed here about a thousand years ago they found this part of Canada, like much of the rest of it, was inhabited by native North Americans. The trail takes about a week to explore and offers some of eastern Canada’s most popular sites.

The land was later home to Basque whalers in the 16th century and also houses a couple of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site and Gros Morne National Park.

8. Heritage Discovery Circle Route, British Columbia

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This adventurous road trip is about 1500 miles in length and kicks off in the wonderful city of Vancouver. It then windsits way north to 100 Mile House, and then over to Barkverville, which was an historic town during the gold rush. The next stop is Prince Rupert. Here you’ll find the Khutzeymateen, which is the country’s first sanctuary for grizzly bears. You can also catch a scenic ferry trip over to Queen Charlotte Islands.

9. The Dempster Highway, Yukon

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Canada’s Yukon is also home to the Dempster Highway. It’s basically a loose gravel road which just happens to cross the Continental Divide a total of three times. It also touches the Arctic Circle and twofantastic mountain ranges. You can begin the adventure in Dawson City and then travel close to 500 miles to the northeast to Inuvik, North West Territories, which will feel like you’ve reached the end of the earth.

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