Whether a road trip across Canada is an adventure you have been dreaming about or are already starting to plan, we are here to help!

As a proud Canadian company, we’re sharing our best road trip routes from the west coast to east coast, helpful tips to make the most of your holiday, and essential vocabulary to get you by. From west to east, north to south, the 10-million square kilometre landmass known as Canada contains a veritable wealth of culture, history and natural majesty that will seduce any intrepid explorer who sets out on four wheels intent on discovering its secrets. If you are just such an explorer, this is your lucky day! Shore up to your great Canadian adventure hungry, curious and with a full tank of gas … there’s so much more than meets the eye!

Know before you go

  • For up to date information concerning tourism in Canada, rules and regulations, as well as helpful tips and information, visit Destination Canada.
  • Consider pre-purchasing a 12-month Canada Parks pass to access all 80 national parks so you don’t have to worry about it while on the road. You can also buy day passes for specific parks if your route is more set.
  • Planning on camping? While there are many excellent private campgrounds to be found, there’s something special about the national and provincial sites. They do fill up really quickly, however, so make plans early. Reserve at Parks Canada here or BC Parks here
  • To avoid disappointment and time spent driving, check parks and destinations websites regularly for updates about opening/closing times. Many places change their hours seasonally.
  • Be sure to keep fresh socks, your hiking shoes, a light jacket and water bottle in a small backpack in your trunk. There will be so many places along your route to spontaneously stop with trails and lookouts that you wouldn’t want to miss just because you don’t have the proper clothing at the ready.
  • Be open to the locals’ recommendations! The best part of road trips is that you are in control of your itinerary. When you make a pit stop, don’t be afraid to ask the gas station clerk, your server at breakfast, the hotel concierge, or anyone else you encounter where they would go if they had a day to drive somewhere. This is where you can truly get off the beaten path and uncover the infinite hidden gems in this vast and great country.
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Exploring Penticton road trip British Columbia Canada
For current, helpful information concerning tourism please visit Destination BC.

What is the best road trip route across Vancouver Island?

Let’s start with our hometown of Victoria — it’s beautiful, eclectic and has endless charms to keep any visitor (or local) captivated. We’ve already published our favourite travel tips here, so keep this link handy if the capital city is on your agenda. From Victoria, travel north on the Trans-Canada highway, stopping in Cow Bay to pick up some of the island’s best bread and authentic pretzels or to cool off with some artisan ice cream. Foodies must make the pilgrimage to the Cowichan Valley, replete with farm-fresh produce, cheese-makers, lavender farms, wineries, cideries and breweries. Next awaiting exploration are the murals of Chemainus, beaches of Parksville and the goats on the roof in Coombs. Take the Pacific Rim Highway/BC-4 to the magical beaches of Tofino, the surfing capital of Canada, making sure to spend time in up-and-coming neighbouring town Ucluelet (affectionately called “Ukee” by the locals). Looping back, grab some sustenance in Port Alberni before continuing up to experience the wild and wonderful northern island, truly a world unto itself.

Exploring Vancouver island and Victoria British Columbia road trip
Exploring Vancouver island and Victoria British Columbia road trip

What are the best places to explore on the mainland of British Columbia?

Vancouver is a city without compare: surrounded by several mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean, the urban vibe is both energetic and laidback, and no road trip to BC is complete without a few days soaking up the cool that is Terminal City. It’s also the gateway to endless road trip options. Heading north, take the Sea to Sky Highway towards Whistler for breathtaking vistas and serious rock-climbing adventures. South from Vancouver on the #1 Trans-Canada Highway takes you through the Fraser Valley, known for its agricultural communities and stunning scenery. Water babies should check out Pitt Lake for a swim or Harrison Hot Springs for a soak. At Hope, stretch your legs with an incredible canyon view, then decide whether to take the #3 Crowsnest Highway south towards the mountainous Kootenays or the #5 Coquihalla Highway north towards the sunny Okanagan.

Exploring Vancouver British Columbia road trip

What is the best road trip route through the Okanagan & Kootenays?

Make your first stop Merritt to gas up and head straight into town for bannock doughnuts from Indigenous bakery Kekuli Cafe. Country music lovers will be on board for discovering the handprints, signatures and murals of famous performers with the Merritt Walk of Stars and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Taking Highway 97C, you will arrive in Kelowna, the start of your Okanagan adventure. With its vast array of wineries, farms and lakes, it would be perfectly acceptable to hunker down here for a while (or for life, as many do once falling under its spell). Day trip up and down Okanagan Lake, from Peachland to Penticton and everywhere in between, visiting vineyards, orchards and beaches to your heart’s content. Head north through Vernon, stopping at O’Keefe Ranch for some settler history or beautiful Kalamalka Lake for a swim, get back on the #1 Trans-Canada Highway and make the chill mountain town of Revelstoke your next destination before you trek into the Rockies and beyond. 

Renowned for its artistic vibe and world-class skiing, this BC region is ripe for exploration. If you’ve travelled from Hope along the Crowsnest (with a break in Osoyoos to visit the incredible Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre), the Alpine Taxidermy & Wildlife Museum in Grand Forks is a curious and fascinating pit stop that will certainly give you something to talk about when you get back in the car. Named the Sculpture Capital of Canada, it would be remiss not to check out Castlegar’s annual Sculpture Walk, followed by a snack break at Lion’s Head Pub. Nelson, the largest (and arguably the prettiest) town in the region, is a gourmand’s must-visit, with tantalizing offerings from coffee roasters to breweries to cantinas to local fine dining. Next stop: Kootenay Lake, a veritable glacier-fed playground for all things water. From Cranbrook, head north to soak up the natural hot springs at Fairmont and Radium before heading into the national parks in the Rockies. 

Exploring Kelowna road trip British Columbia Canada
Exploring Penticton road trip British Columbia Canada

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Mt. Washington | Tofino | Ucluelet | Victoria

Kamloops | Kelowna | Osoyoos | Penticton | Revelstoke | Shuswap Lake | Vancouver | Vernon | Whistler

Exploring Penticton road trip British Columbia Canada
For current, helpful information concerning tourism please visit Travel Alberta.

What is the best road trip route through Alberta?

It would be hard to argue that the Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper isn’t hands-down one of the best road trips in the country. With awe-inspiring scenery around every bend, you’ll be making multiple pit stops along the way just to pinch yourself. We recommend kicking the journey off in Canmore, with a hike through Grotto Canyon and a swim in Quarry Lake, then falling asleep under the stars surrounded by the famous Three Sisters. Enter Banff, in Canada’s first national park, and immediately head for the Banff Gondola that will sweep you up to the top of Sulphur Mountain for incredible views. When it’s open, the Banff Upper Hot Springs is a treat beyond compare. Back in town, get your culture fix at the excellent Whyte Museum. You cannot go wrong with lunch at Park Distillery — a fantastic BBQ-style menu with vegan and gluten-free options, even in beer! Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of house-made spirits to take with you. If the day is sunny and bright and nothing sounds better than pre-dinner drinks and tacos on a rooftop patio surrounded by mountains, then El Patio has your back. Romantic diners should check out The Bison for farm-fresh, modern food and wine. When it’s time to leave the town of Banff, take the Trans-Canada north to Lake Louise, one of the country’s most iconic waterways. It wouldn’t be a true Canadian experience if you didn’t paddle out in a canoe; rentals can be found at Fairmont Château Lake Louise or the Banff Canoe Club. Next hop onto the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) towards Jasper. Pit stops not to miss include Peyto Lake, Mistaya Canyon, Weeping Wall on Cirrus Mountain, Tangle Creek Falls, Sunwapta Falls, and Athabasca Falls. A 3-4 hour hike to Wilcox Pass will pay off in scenic dividends, and a guided tour atop the Athabasca Glacier is a life-changing experience. When you reach Jasper, a flight up the Skytram will take you to new heights, the final jewel in the crown that is your mountain-rich road trip.

Proposal in Banff, Canada on a canoe in the lake
Friends trip in Banff, Canada

What are the best things to do while exploring Calgary?

If you’ve grown weary of mountains and are looking for exactly the opposite, Alberta’s Badlands will do the trick. Calgary (or Cow-town, as it’s often affectionately called) is the perfect starting point. If you have kids with you, the Calgary Zoo is always a popular choice, and if you arrive in July, the world-famous Stampede is a must-see. Take a picnic to Bowness Park, and then explore the quaint neighbourhoods of Inglewood and Kensington for charming indie shops and restaurants. Calgary takes its food seriously, from fine dining to food trucks, modern bistro to cocktail bars. The city will keep you busy for as long as you let it, but when you’re ready to head out on the road, make your first stop Horseshoe Canyon to see gorgeous layers of colour built up through the millennia. Next up is Drumheller, where it is mandatory to take a photo with the World’s Largest Dinosaur before visiting the Royal Tyrrell Museum, which serves up deep knowledge about the huge beasts that once ruled this area. Next stop is exploring the hoodoos, those incredible sandstone formations unique to the Badlands. On your way to Dinosaur Provincial Park for incredible hiking, stop at the Atlas Coal Mine National Historical Site and then in the hamlet of Dorothy (considered a ghost town although a handful of people still live here) to get a glimpse of early coal-mining and pioneering life. Continue south to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to see the 10,000-year-old petroglyphs and pictographs, bearing witness to the once-sacred area of the Áísínai’pi people. Stop in the tiny town of Milk River not only for fuel (and cupcakes), but to see more other-worldly hoodoos and geography.

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Banff | Calgary | Drumheller | Edmonton | Lake Louise

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For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Tourism Saskatchewan.

What is the best road trip route through Saskatchewan?

While this large, landlocked province doesn’t boast the same towering mountains as western Canada, the rolling plains of rippling grass in the wind under endless skies of Canada’s sunniest province certainly holds its own enchantment. As you continue on your journey, remember that gas stations are few and far between so fill up your tank whenever possible and stock up on snacks. Start by exploring the interprovincial Cypress Hills Park, where you’ll find beautiful hikes for all ages and options for camping overnight. Take a quick detour north to roll down the sprawling dunes of the Great Sandhills. On your way to Grasslands National Park, be sure to make a pit stop to see a rare, nearly-complete T-Rex skeleton. Once at the park, look out for wildlife such as the only remaining black-tailed prairie dog colonies in Canada and even bison! Be sure to stay the night, as little light pollution leads to incredible stargazing here. Find a touch of Europe heading north to charming Gravelbourg to see the stunning Our Lady of the Assumption Co-Cathedral and grab a bite at Cafe de Paris. Say a friendly hello to the world’s largest moose statue on your way to the capital city of Regina. While you’re there, take a step back in time at Stone Hall Castle, wander the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, or relax around Wascana Lake and park. Finally, journey to the middle of the province to the heart of Canada’s prairies – the vibrant city of Saskatoon. The NY Times named it one of the top 20 hottest travel destinations for 2018, and adventurous travellers will be rewarded with innovative farm-to-table cuisine, stunning modern art collections, and breathtaking natural beauty. Meet our local Flytographer, Katee in Saskatoon for a photo shoot and get her best local tips!

Mother daughter trip in Saskatoon Canada
Mother daughter trip in Saskatoon Canada
Mother daughter trip in Saskatoon Canada
For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Travel Manitoba.

What are the best places to explore in Manitoba?

Manitoba is another sprawling province with rolling prairies and a stunning natural landscape. Start in Brandon, a small university town known for its once-booming railroad hub before heading north to the seemingly boundless Riding Mountain National Park with trail and beach access, and keep your eye out for common Canadian wildlife: black bears, bison, moose, elk, deer, and wolves. There’s plenty to explore, but don’t miss one of the Great Lakes Cultural Camps, which are guided half-day adventures led by a cultural interpreter who will educate you about the First Nations people and history in this area. Stop by two gorgeous Ukrainian churches nestled in Sandy Lake. If you’re up for a detour, head south towards the USA to explore Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, but our favourite spot is the International Peace Garden on the border, which is a beautiful floral installation celebrating the generations of friendship shared between the two countries. Finally, head east towards the bustling city of Winnipeg (or “The Peg” for short). You’ll enjoy stretching your legs with its very walkable downtown area, and we recommend wandering around the trendy Exchange District, where you’ll quickly see why it’s considered a national historic site of Canada. Sip on local beers at the community open-air patio, Bijou Patio. To explore all Winnipeg has to offer, rent bikes to ride the Central Winnipeg Bike Loop. This 10-kilometre loop connects bike routes in seven central Winnipeg neighbourhoods. Before you leave, definitely make time for a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is also an iconic part of the Winnipeg skyline.

Family trip in Winnipeg
Family trip in Winnipeg

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Mother daughter trip in Saskatoon Canada
For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Ontario Travel.

What is the best road trip route through Ontario?

Home of the Great Lakes, the Niagara Region and Cottage Country, the province of Ontario has a lot to offer the roadtripper. Stretching 415,000 square miles, we recommend packing extra snacks for your drive! From Manitoba, start your Ontario journey in Thunder Bay; sitting on the edge of Lake Superior, it offers access to beautiful views like the Sleeping Giant and nearby Ouimet Canyon with a dramatic 150-metre wide gorge and sheer cliff faces that offer jaw-dropping views. Drive along the shores of Lake Superior to make your way down to the largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin Island. This island offers everything from Indigenous guided hikes with the Great Spirit Circle Trail to a stunning art gallery, with plenty of beautiful views topped with small-town charm. From the southern end of Manitoulin, it’s just a quick ferry to the tiny town of Tobermory located on the Bruce Peninsula. Visiting The Grotto, a sea cave with Caribbean-blue waters, and Flowerpot Island, home to Fathom Five National Marine Park and the unique rock formations that give the island its name, are the top activities here. From there, you’re just a quick drive into Toronto, Canada’s largest city, where the activities available are as diverse as the population. Those who prefer to be outdoors will love the Scarborough Bluffs and wandering High Park, and art aficionados will love the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA Toronto). Wherever your interests lie, everyone can agree that tasty food is a must. Sample your way through St. Lawrence Market or keep it simple (yet delicious) with no-frills tacos that speak for themselves at Seven Lives Tacos y Mariscos, and wash down your meal with brews from the always-bustling Mill Street Brewery.

Family trip to Toronto Canada
Family trip to Toronto Canada

What are the places to explore in the Niagara Region?

A visit to Ontario isn’t complete without a visit to the famous Niagara Falls. Take a boat to cruise up close and personal with the falls (no joke, be sure to bring a poncho!), or catch a view from the sky from a helicopter tour. If you want a unique view with no boats or helicopters required, opt for Journey Behind the Falls. Other easy day trips from Toronto include visiting Prince Edward County, Niagara-on-the-Lake, the waterfalls in Hamilton, and the Waterloo Region. If you are looking for a beautiful hike in the area, check out the regional Bruce Trail. It has over 890 kilometres of trails and stretches from Niagara River to the tip of Tobermory. 

Finish your time in Ontario with a day in the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, on the banks of the Ottawa River. No trip would be complete without a scrumptious and iconic treat from BeaverTails from Byward Market. Stroll the National Gallery of Canada or a free guided tour of the Parliament buildings, and be sure to check out Rideau Canal, a Unesco World Heritage site.

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Blue Mountain | Niagara Region | Ottawa | Toronto

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For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Bonjour Québec.

What is the best road trip route through Québec? 

North America’s largest concentration of historic buildings means Montreal is a photographer’s paradise around every corner, and although it’s a small area, it’s packed with vibrant culture. Four of the most iconic neighbourhoods worth a wander are the Plateau, Mile End, Little Italy and Old Port (the city’s popular historic district), and we recommend taking a mural art tour to discover the street art adorning Boulevard Saint-Laurent. Grab a coffee at the unique Crew Collective & Café before exploring a few of the wonderful museums and galleries such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts), the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History and The Musée d’art Contemporain. Finish off a pleasant evening at one of the city’s jazz clubs at night for dinner and drinks. 

While many people make the drive from charming Montreal to beautiful Québec City without many stops, there’s so much to be enjoyed in the countryside between the two cities. If you’re feeling up to a beautiful detour, head north to beautiful Mt. Tremblant, a chic, winter sports lover’s paradise. Just east of the city lies Québec’s wine, maple, and apple country, which will enchant every one of your senses. In fact, you can easily follow the Cider Route to sample your way through this area. Cheers! As you make your way into the Eastern Townships region, you’re met with rolling farmland, sparkling lakes and room to roam. Parc National du Mont-Orford offers hiking, as well as winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook is famous for having one of the world’s largest suspension bridges well-worth the view, and Parc National du Mont-Mégantic in the heart of the world’s first International Dark Sky Reserve for the ultimate stargazing experience. If you’re travelling in early spring, be sure to drive through Beauce when the region comes alive with festivities and sweet treats as the home to 20% of the world’s maple syrup production. This is the spot to, quite literally, get a taste of Canada!

Exploring Montreal in Canada
Exploring Montreal in Canada
Exploring Montreal in Canada

What are the best recommendations for Québec City?

Arriving in Quebéc City is like stepping into a storybook, where the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is the dominating centrepiece of the town. Explore cobblestoned streets and European charm, and as one of the oldest cities in North America, there is no shortage of history and culture. During the winter months, glide through town on a giant toboggan snow slide or during the summer, enjoy the musical Festival d’été de Québec that takes over the city. Enjoy a French-Canadian local food tour for a true taste of the region, and you’ll find the best views of the city at The Capital Observatory. Most importantly, pencil in time to just get lost: wander the streets and local shops and warm up with coffee along the way. Finally, continue north to La Malbaie for a first class style whale watching tour, and enjoy a scenic drive to the tucked away town of St-Anne-Des-Monts, where you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a watercolour painting in Parc national du Bic.

Exploring Quebec City in Canada
Proposal in Quebec City in Canada
Proposal in Quebec City in Canada
Proposal in Quebec City in Canada

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Montreal | Mt. Tremblant | Quebec City

Proposal in Quebec City in Canada
For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Tourism New Brunswick.

What is the best road trip route through New Brunswick?

Canada’s third smallest province has just about everything the other provinces do…just in a smaller package. The scenic southern coastline along the Bay of Fundy is the most popular area for visitors, but on your way down, be sure to stop in the capital city of Fredericton. Strolling the Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery are popular activities, or simply spend an afternoon soaking in the sunshine during the summer at Odell Park. We recommend spending the evening at the Garrison Night Market before enjoying a hearty dose of maritime hospitality with dinner and drinks at 11th Mile. After a relaxing day in Fredericton, you’ll be ready for adventure as you make your way east from Saint Andrews along the incredibly scenic Bay of Fundy. What makes this area so unique are the dramatically changing tides – the highest tides in the world! In fact, you can even drive to Ministers Island (you read that right!) during low-tide, but make sure you account for enough time to drive back before the waters return. When you’re not driving across the ocean floor, explore the charming, turn-of-the-century town of Saint Andrews, which is designated as a National Historic Site. Stunning architecture makes every street feel like a step back in time, and enjoy local spots like Kingsbrae Garden and the Pendlebury Lighthouse.

Pendlebury Lighthouse in New Brunswick Canada

Make your way to the city of Saint John, whose claim to fame are the jaw-dropping Reversing Falls Rapids — and it’s exactly what it sounds like! During high tide, the waters from the Bay of Fundy rush into the St. John River, causing the river to actually reverse directions. Watch from the glass observation platform extending over the water for a true bird’s eye view of this natural phenomenon. Adventure abounds in this region, with the Reversing Falls being just one feature in the Stonehammer UNESCO Global Geopark. Try zip-lining, rock climbing and kayaking, or simply enjoy a nature walk through Irving Nature Park. Once you’ve worked up an appetite? You’ll find mouthwatering seafood chowder at nearly every restaurant you pass — order a bowl, trust us.

Lace up your adventure shoes and charge your camera batteries as you prepare to explore the Fundy Trail Parkway. With a plethora of beaches, trails and parks to enjoy, this 19-mile drive should take you at least a half-day, and afterwards, your next pit stop is Alma, the gateway to gorgeous Fundy National Park. Glittering waterfalls, towering mountains and pristine campgrounds are what make this park a treasure, and if you’re looking for a unique experience, sleep overnight in a yurt! As you make your way towards Nova Scotia, stop by the iconic and enormous flowerpot formations called The Hopewell Rocks, and depending on the tide, you can view them half-submerged by kayak or wait until low-tide to simply walk right up to them.

Exploring Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick Canada
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For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Tourism Nova Scotia.

What are the best things to do in Nova Scotia?

Starting in the bustling waterfront town of Halifax, enjoy history and views of the city at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site or learn about Canada’s equivalent to New York’s Ellis Island at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Quench your thirst with brews during a brewery tour at Alexander Keith’s Brewery and then finish with a stroll through the immaculate Halifax Public Gardens.

From modern Halifax, meander back in time to Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village that dates back to 1811. If you’re an early riser, get to the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse for sunrise to beat the crowds. Take plenty of photos in one of the prettiest small towns of Canada, Mahone Bay, where the famous three churches sit on the waterfront as the spires reflect into the water, and then drive to the equally picturesque UNESCO site of Lunenburg, where colourful houses are the city’s claim to fame. As you head back towards the Bay of Fundy, there is more tidal fun to be had. Explore the rock formations of Burntcoat Head Park during low tide, or get your heart pumping with river rafting as the powerful tide rushes in. If you prefer a calmer experience on the water, opt for kayaking around the regal Three Sisters.

On the opposite side of the province lies the world-famous Cabot Trail. Known as one of the best scenic, coastal drives in the world, you’ll want to stretch this drive out to at least three to five days to allow for plenty of world-class hikes, breathtaking views, chasing waterfalls, kayaking and the highlight of the drive – the Skyline Trail. (Pro tip: drive counterclockwise for the best driving views.)

Exploring Halifax Nova Scotia Canada Lighthouse
Exploring Halifax Nova Scotia Canada Lighthouse
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For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Tourism PEI.

How to best explore Prince Edward Island:

As Canada’s smallest province, you’ll be doing more exploring than driving as you make your way around the island. Charlottetown is a delightful Maritime city, with a thriving arts and music scene to enjoy in between meals of delicious seafood (we recommend sampling the simple yet mouthwatering fare from Water Prince Corner Shop and Lobster Pound). 

Make your way to North Cape, with a pit stop in Summerside to visit the seafront marketplace at Spinnaker’s Landing for artisan goods and homemade fudge. Learn about Acadian culture through art and free music at the Acadian cultural center, and if you’re not ready to turn back for the day, spend the night in a lighthouse or this cozy bed and breakfast. Be sure to make time to visit the Lennox Island First Nation where the ancestral home of the Mi’kmaq welcomes all visitors who would like to learn about Prince Edward Island’s indigenous people through various cultural engagement experiences. Then, enjoy a day in nature exploring Prince Edward Island National Park by biking, hiking or driving to see the dramatic red cliffs, white sand beaches and unique rock formations.

Follow in the endearing Anne of Green Gable’s fictional footsteps with a visit to Green Gables Heritage Place, where author Lucy Maud Montgomery found inspiration for her treasured children’s books. Finally, a trip to Prince Edward Island wouldn’t be complete without visiting the fishing village of Tyne Valley and slurping fresh oysters harvested traditionally – with wooden tongs in Melpeque Bay – at Valley Pearl Oysters

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Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada
Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada
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For current, helpful information concerning tourism, visit Tourism Newfoundland & Labrador.

What are the best local spots in Newfoundland & Labrador? 

The easternmost province of Canada is otherworldly, with its ancient history alive in the crags and cliffs of this expansive and rugged province where “off the beaten path” takes on new meaning. For those who are truly looking for remote beauty, venture north to the tip to find Torngat Mountains National Park in Labrador. This unspoiled, harsh environment is not for the fainthearted; in fact, Parks Canada recommends that visitors engage the services of a trained Inuit polar bear guard when hiking in the park. 

Prefer to stay a tad further south? Newfoundland has equally beautiful adventures along thousands of kilometres of coastline. Starting in the western region, you’ll want to treat your senses and visit both UNESCO World Heritage sites. The first is Gros Morne National Park where fjords seem to touch the sky, moose and caribou are your fellow travellers, the panoramic view of the gorge of Western Brook Pond is jaw-dropping, and the colourful seaside communities of Lobster Cove, Baker’s Brook and your home-base, Rocky Harbour, are there when you need rest. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is the second historic site, and as the first European settlement of the New World, you’ll find a reconstructed Viking village for a glimpse into Nordic life. Heading into the heart of Newfoundland, the central region is where you’ll put your outdoor gear to good use (and make sure you pack extra socks!). Iceberg Alley is just what it sounds like; towers of ice float regally down the coastline from Greenland, and we recommend booking a boat trip or go sea kayaking. This is the spot where whales love to meet and play in the waters. Prefer to keep your feet on solid ground? Terra Nova National Park offers unparalleled hikes, stargazing and camping galore.

Discover the rich fishing culture of the eastern region as you cruise through quaint fishing communities dotting the Burin Peninsula to the Bonavista Peninsula where John Cabot first arrived in his 1497 New World Voyage. Clarenville is the natural gateway to sweeping coastal views and history of the Discovery Trail, and spend an afternoon in the town of Trinity Bright. Don’t miss the walking tour presented with a comedic, theatre twist called “The New Founde Lande Trinity Pageant.” Hikers will adore the award-winning Skerwink Trail, but wherever you explore, the region’s charm and beauty will enchant you. 

Finally, end your adventure in the Avalon Peninsula. Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is as far east as you can go in North America, so arrive for sunrise and you’ll truly be the first to greet the sun! Vibrant, artsy and historic, the capital of St. John’s is a bustling city. Dive into history at The Rooms, take colourful photos at the Jellybean Row Houses, and sample a flight of beers at Quidi Vidi Brewery. If you care to dine to the nines, make dinner reservations at Raymonds – voted Canada’s Best Restaurant. Looking for a nice place to stop for lunch on the road? Situated in a sleepy fishing village, slow down for a meal at Mallard Cottage.  Last but not least, witness the heritage of Canadian fishing culture colliding with modern, European architecture at Fogo Island Inn – named one of the four corners of the Earth. 

Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada
Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada
Exploring Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada

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Halifax | Charlottetown | St. John’s

 

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