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Air Flight vs Road Trip: Which Option is Best for Exploring Canada?
Canada is a vast and diverse country, known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and rich cultural heritage. When planning a trip to Canada, one of the first decisions you’ll need to make is how you want to get around. Should you opt for air travel or embark on an epic road trip? In this article, we will compare the pros and cons of air flight and road trips in Canada, helping you decide which option is best for exploring this beautiful country.
Convenience and Speed
When it comes to convenience and speed, air travel undoubtedly takes the lead. Canada has a well-developed network of airports that connect major cities and towns across the country. Flying allows you to cover long distances in a fraction of the time it would take by road. If you have limited time or want to visit multiple destinations in a short period, air flight is the way to go.
However, it’s important to note that airports are usually located outside city centers, which means additional travel time from the airport to your final destination. Moreover, there are security check-ins and potential delays that can disrupt your plans. If you have a tight schedule or prefer a hassle-free experience, air travel offers convenience and speed.
Scenic Routes and Flexibility
While air travel offers efficiency, hitting the road on a Canadian road trip provides unparalleled opportunities for experiencing the country’s natural beauty up close. Canada boasts some of the most scenic routes in the world, including the Icefields Parkway in Alberta and Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
A road trip allows you to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations at your own pace. You can stop whenever something catches your eye – whether it’s a picturesque lake or an enchanting small town – giving you flexibility that air travel simply cannot provide. Road trips also offer unique opportunities for spontaneous adventures and detours along the way, making them perfect for travelers who value freedom and exploration.
Cost is a crucial factor to consider when deciding between air travel and road trips in Canada. Airfare can be expensive, especially during peak travel seasons. However, if you book your flights well in advance or take advantage of promotional deals, you may find affordable options. Additionally, flying saves you the cost of fuel, tolls, and vehicle maintenance that come with road trips.
On the other hand, road trips can provide cost savings if you are traveling with a group or planning to visit multiple destinations within a specific region. Renting a car may be more economical than purchasing individual plane tickets for each leg of your journey. Moreover, road trips give you the flexibility to choose accommodations that suit your budget – whether it’s camping at national parks or staying at budget-friendly motels.
Cultural Immersion and Local Experiences
One of the most significant advantages of embarking on a road trip in Canada is the opportunity for cultural immersion and local experiences. As you drive through different provinces and territories, you’ll encounter diverse communities with their own distinct traditions and cuisines.
Road trips offer chances to interact with locals, explore hidden gems, and discover authentic Canadian experiences that may not be accessible through air travel alone. Whether it’s attending a local festival or trying regional delicacies at roadside diners, hitting the open road allows for deeper connections with Canada’s people and places.
Ultimately, choosing between air flight and road trip depends on various factors such as time constraints, budget considerations, desire for flexibility or convenience, and preference for cultural immersion versus speed. Both options have their own advantages when it comes to exploring Canada. Consider your priorities and plan accordingly to make the most out of your Canadian adventure – whether soaring through the skies or cruising along scenic highways awaits you.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Where are the Best Motorcycle Rides in Canada?
Report based on a full-year of 2019's data of the Best Motorcycle Roads in Canada
To produce this listing, we looked back at all of the 2019 motorcycle riding season’s data gathered at the MotorcycleRoads.com (McR) web site. The data comes from the literally millions and millions of web site page views shown on McR over the course of 2019 to various motorcycle riders who come to the site (over 1 million riders visit motorcycle roads annually). If you would like to know how the motorcycle ride popularity ratings are calculated, see Note 1 at the bottom of this article.
At the time of publication of this article, Canada currently has 43 registered motorcycle rides on McR and each year this number increases as riders contribute more of their favorite motorcycle rides in Canada to the collection.
For a complete listing of registered motorcycle roads in Canada per province refer to the below bar chart:
Summary of the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Canada:
When we move past the discussion of the number of registered motorcycle roads for each Canadian province and on to the discussion of the best motorcycle roads in Canada, we see that three provinces host the top five motorcycle rides in Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. The distribution of the Top 5 motorcycle rides in Canada is shown in the graphic below where you will see one of the rides is in New Brunswick, one is in Nova Scotia, and three are in British Columbia.
So, with all that Canadian motorcycle road summary information behind us, let’s get right into the description of the Top 5 motorcycle rides in Canada and string out a little more suspense by starting the list in reverse at the #5 ranked motorcycle ride in Canada and working our way to #1 ride in Canada:
#5 The Old Island Highway (British Columbia, Canada)
From the north end of Nanaimo, head north on Hwy 19 to the end of Nanoose Bay. (Approx. 8 miles). Turn right at the Petro Canada gas station on to NW Bay Rd. This road will end up at the south tip of Parksville, where you turn right on to the Island Hwy. (aka The Old Island Highway). From here, it's approximately 48 miles to Courtney. When you reach Parksville, you enter the tourist strip of the mid island road, but it doesn't last long, only a few miles. As you continue north you'll reach the beach side community of Qualicum Beach, which again is geared for tourists however it only lasts for a couple of miles. Fortunately, it's all along the side of the ocean. From here scenery varies for the entire route to Courtney as you meander through stretches of forest, along beaches, small communities, rural farms and residential areas. Parksville and Qualicum have the largest number of amenities, particularly resorts or hotels, restaurants, shopping malls etc. If you want to lengthen your trip by about 7 beautiful miles, then turn right on to Powder Point Rd, which is only 1 mile from the start of your trip. When you turn on to NW Bay Rd., Powder Point Rd changes its name to Fairwinds Dr, then to Dolphin Dr, and finally to Stewart Rd, before it connects with NW Bay Rd. again, but it's a continuous loop so it's easy to navigate. This stretch has gentle curves to begin with but once it turns into Dolphin Dr, you'll be navigating some very tight blind corners though a beautiful residential area.
#4 Great Days Run (New Brunswick, Canada)
Start off in Sussex, NB which is a picturesque and friendly town in our Southern section. Take Highway 1 East for about 15 km until you reach Exit 211. There, turn onto Route 114 and head for Fundy National Park on the Bay of Fundy. This 44 km stretch of relatively good road winds through forest and passes lovely rivers and creeks. The portion through the Park is just lovely, and the road improves, too. Watch the steep hill and sharp turns as you descend into the charming village of Alma. Stop there for the "best seafood chowder in the world" at the Harbour View Restaurant and General Store. Remain on 114 as you motor through Riverside-Albert and Hillsborough which are nice towns and fairly well-serviced. You will enjoy great views of the Bay of Fundy on the first leg of this journey. You can also go onto Route 915 for the first past of the trip; it is less well-maintained but a fun ride also. Not to be missed are the Hopewell Rocks just before Hopewell Cape. Pass through Riverview on your way to your end-point in Moncton where you will find everything that a city offers, including good motels, seafood and great nightlife.
#3 Duffy Lake Route (British Columbia, Canada)
Start on Highway 99 in West Vancouver, BC heading north to Squamish, Whistler (Sea To Sky Highway, Pemberton to Lilloet (Duffy Lake Road). Cross the bridge out of Lilloet then head south on Highway 12 to Lytton. At Lytton head south through the Fraser Canyon on Highway 1. Just before Hope turn west on Highway 7 following the north shore of the Fraser River. All the way into Vancouver. The traffic starts to build up past Mission so if you want to slab back to the city cross the bridge at Abbottsford to Highway 1 west. This route takes you through the most spectacular scenery in the world. The first part takes you along the fjord of Howe Sound with mountains and ocean views that change with each curve. Whistler is a world class resort that you can easily spend a couple of days. After Pemberton it is pure wilderness through the snow-capped mountains. The twisties are so great you can't decide whether to challenge your skills or slow down and enjoy the scenery. After Lilloet you leave the lush west coast forests and enter the desert valleys of the Fraser Canyon. Again more twisties with snow capped mountains. At Hope you enter back into the lush forests. Easy ride back into the city.
#2 Crowsnest Trail + Southernmost Portion of Crowsnest Highway (British Columbia, Canada)
Leaving Hope, BC, Canada, not far east of Vancouver, head east on Highway 3 (Crownest Trail) to Osoyoos, and continue on to Christina Lake. Mountain highways sweep from small town to small town. You'll have a lot of roadside turnout to stop to take a break while admiring the view. Take in incredible mountain views, forests, and desert during this trip, including some great little towns and even oddities like the very strange Spotted Lake, right before Osoyoos. Being a mountain highway, you're going to have a few bumps in the road, but it's nothing that you'll remotely be concerned about. Instead, enjoy the fact that you'll rarely be vertical during large portions of this trip, taking in sections that range from long, sweeping curves to quick, twisty switchbacks. This highway is paved and contains some of the best twisties in Canada, as you ride a roller coaster, alternating between climbing a mountain highway to cruising across high plains and then descending into gorgeous valleys. You cross bridges with great views and follow cool clear rivers!
#1 Cabot Trail (Nova Scotia, Canada)
The Cabot Trail is nearly a full loop in Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island. I added a section of road (the Trans-Canadian Hwy (105)) that makes it a full loop. One suggested way you could do this loop would be to start at Buckwheat Corner. From Buckwheat corner you get on to the Cabot Trail and start out by going west but just stay on it as takes you west over to Margaree and then loops you north up to Pleasant Bay and then east west on Cabot Trail to Nelis Harbour and finally south back down to St. Anne's all on the Cabot Trail. From Saint Ann's, you should head south on the Trans-Canadian Hwy (105) to Buckwheat Corner and you've completed your loop. A nice town to see and spend the night is Baddeck (ba-DECK) which is just a bit east of the start of the route (start of the route being at Buckwheat Corner). It will take a little over an hour from the Causeway to Baddeck and the next morning it's about a 20 minute ride to the start of the Cabot Trail. It will take you from 3 hrs to, well, several days to cover the distance to Margaree Harbour - it's that beautiful. After Margaree Harbour there are several routes back to the causeway-take your pick. This highway is carved out of mountains and is never far from the ocean. The mountains are not like the Rockies but perhaps similar to the Appalachians, approx. 500 meters high and heavily forested. It is a famous road and is easily researched on the internet. Lots of pictures and travel info there.
These two routes are fairly new entries to our database, and therefore did not make our algorithm cut. They are, however highly rated, and cannot be excluded in any discussion of Canada’s top motorcycle roads.
Icefields Parkway (Alberta, Canada)
Take Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 west out of Banff. Continue on AB-93 north to Jasper National Park. This ride takes you through the heart of the Canadian Rockies past teal glacial lakes. Some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in North America! Good quality pavement all the way through.
The Pacific Rim Highway - Hwy 4 (British Columbia, Canada)
The eastern end of this highway is located 45 kms north of Nanaimo in Qualicum Beach, at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Hwy 4. The western terminus is located in Tofino. This gorgeous route twists and turns through mountains, rivers and valleys. At the western end is the Long Beach Unit of The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada, which offers many hiking trails through rainforests and beaches. The majority of Highway 4's length is composed of a two-lane configuration. The pavement is in good condition. Many sweeping curves, but nothing too technical.
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Note 1: All facts and figures below were gathered during early Jan 2019 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.
Note 2: How were these popularity ratings calculated? A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors. Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most. But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments. For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.
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Canada is a beautiful and diverse country with endless possibilities for motorcycle riders. Whether you are looking for scenic routes that take you through picturesque landscapes, or challenging routes that test your skills and endurance, Canada has something to offer for every rider.
From the rugged wilderness of the Dempster Highway in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, to the scenic Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, or the challenging Trans-Labrador Highway in Newfoundland and Labrador, you can find routes that will take you through breathtaking scenery, while testing your riding abilities.
Whether you are an experienced rider looking for a new challenge or a beginner looking to explore the beauty of Canada, there's a motorcycle route that's perfect for you.
Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Safety should always be a top priority when planning a motorcycle trip. Riders should always wear appropriate gear, including a helmet, gloves, and protective clothing.
It's important to check for potential hazards, such as wildlife and adverse weather conditions before heading out. Your motorcycle should also be in good working condition, and don't forget to pack some tools, spare parts and a travel first aid kit.
Prepare for Your Ride - Always Check Road Conditions
It's important to note that the difficulty level of these routes can fluctuate depending on various factors such as the season, weather, and road conditions. Before planning a trip, it's crucial to check the current road conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride. Unpredictable weather and poor road conditions can greatly impact the level of difficulty of these routes.
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A Day Trip or Weekender for All Riders
The thousand islands parkway, ontario.
For those seeking a scenic and enjoyable motorcycle route, the Thousand Islands Parkway in Ontario is a must-ride. This route, spanning approximately 80 km along the St. Lawrence River, offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, and diverse wildlife.
Whether taking a day trip or weekend getaway, the Thousand Islands Parkway is a great way to explore the unique charm of the Thousand Islands region.
Along the way, you can discover the many small islands that make up the Thousand Islands region, each with its own distinct natural beauty and historical significance. There's also the possibility of encountering wildlife such as deer, foxes, and eagles which adds to the enjoyment of ride.
The road is well-paved and well-maintained, making it suitable for riders of all skill levels. There's a lot to see and explore, so be sure to make multiple stops along the way to fully immerse yourself and fully appreciate the beauty of this region.
Popular stops include:
Rockport Boat Line
1000 Islands National Park
Boldt Castle : Located on Heart Island, the castle is a historic landmark that was built by George Boldt in the early 1900s as a summer home for his family. The castle is open to the public and offers tours of the main building, the yacht house, and the power house.
Gananoque : This charming town is known as the "Gateway to the Thousand Islands" and it's a popular stop for visitors to the region. The town offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and accommodations.
Rockport : This small village is located on the St. Lawrence River and it's known for its scenic waterfront and parks. Visitors can take a stroll along the waterfront, visit the local marina, or take a boat tour of the Thousand Islands.
Thousand Islands National Park : The park is located on several of the small islands in the Thousand Islands region and it's a great place to hike, camp, and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Visitors can take a boat tour of the park to explore its many islands, coves, and bays.
Ivy Lea : it is a small village located at the northern end of the Thousand Islands Parkway, it's a great place to stop and take in the views of the St. Lawrence River, and it's also home to several marinas, boat rentals, and parks.
Scenic Motorcycle Routes in Canada
The okanagan valley, british columbia.
The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is a motorcycle rider's paradise. This scenic route takes you through the heart of the Okanagan region, offering unparalleled views of lakes, mountains, and vineyards. The route starts in the city of Kelowna and takes you through the towns of Vernon and Penticton, ending in the beautiful town of Osoyoos. The roads are well-paved and well-maintained, making it suitable for riders of all skill levels.
As you embark on this journey, you'll be treated to some of the most spectacular views in Canada. Imagine cruising along the shore of Okanagan Lake, with the crystal-clear water to your left and the rugged mountains to your right. The Okanagan Valley offers a unique blend of natural beauty and culture, with scenic highlights such as the Myra Canyon Trestles, the beautiful vineyards of the Naramata Bench and the picturesque town of Osoyoos. Along the way, you can also stop at one of the many wineries and sample some of the best wines the region has to offer.
If you're a motorcycle rider looking for a scenic and enjoyable route, the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia is an absolute must-ride. This route combines natural beauty, culture, and wine in a perfect blend that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a desire to come back for more.
The Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec
The Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec is a motorcycle rider's dream come true. This scenic route takes you through the heart of the Gaspe region, offering unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged coastline, and picturesque villages. The route starts in the city of Matane and takes you through the towns of Gaspé, Percé, and New Richmond, ending in the charming town of Carleton-sur-Mer. The roads are well-paved and well-maintained, making it suitable for riders of all skill levels.
As you embark on this journey, you'll be treated to some of the most spectacular views in Canada. Imagine cruising along the rugged coastline of the Gaspe Peninsula, with the Atlantic Ocean to your left and the lush forests to your right. The Gaspe region offers a unique blend of natural beauty and culture, with scenic highlights such as the Forillon National Park, the picturesque village of Percé, known for its iconic Percé Rock and the beautiful Baie des Chaleurs. Along the way, you'll also discover charming villages such as New Richmond, known for its rich maritime heritage and Carleton-sur-Mer, known for its beautiful beaches and outdoor recreational opportunities.
If you're a motorcycle rider looking for a scenic and enjoyable route, the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec is an absolute must-ride. This route combines natural beauty, culture, and coastal charm in a perfect blend that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a desire to come back for more.
Challenging Motorcycle Routes in Canada
For motorcycle riders looking for a more challenging and adventurous experience, Canada offers a variety of routes that will test your skills and endurance. These challenging routes take you through rugged wilderness, steep grades, and rough terrain, offering a unique and thrilling riding experience.
The Viking Trail, Newfoundland
The Viking Trail in Newfoundland is a challenging motorcycle route that takes you through some of the most rugged and remote landscapes in Canada. The route starts in the town of Deer Lake and ends at L'Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is approximately 480 km long.
The Viking Trail is a true test of a rider's skill and endurance. The route includes steep grades, winding roads, and rough terrain, making it a challenge for even the most experienced riders. The route also includes a stretch of gravel road that can be challenging in bad weather conditions. Along the way, riders will be able to take in the natural beauty of the region, with views of the ocean, mountains and forests, but also will be able to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the province.
The Viking Trail is not a destination for riders looking for a leisurely ride, but for those who want to experience the true wilderness and want to challenge themselves. It's also worth noting that the weather in this region can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and snowfall making it even more challenging.
The Yellowhead Highway, British Columbia and Alberta
The Yellowhead Highway is a challenging motorcycle route that spans through British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The route starts in the city of Prince Rupert, British Columbia and ends in the city of Yellowhead, Alberta. It is approximately 1,770 km long.
The Yellowhead Highway is a true test of a rider's skill and endurance. The route includes steep grades, winding roads and rough terrain, making it a challenge for even the most experienced riders. Along the way, riders will be able to take in the natural beauty of the region, with views of mountains, rivers and forests, but also will be able to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the province.
The Yellowhead Highway is not a destination for riders looking for a leisurely ride, but for those who want to experience the true wilderness and want to challenge themselves. It's also worth noting that the weather in this region can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and snowfall making it even more challenging. The road conditions can also vary, with some sections of the route being well-paved and well-maintained, while others may have gravel and mud, making it a challenging ride.
The Yellowhead Highway is a motorcycle route that runs through British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The route starts in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and ends in Jasper, Alberta, and it's approximately 1,800 km long. The Yellowhead Highway is known for its challenging terrain, with steep grades and winding roads, making it a popular route for experienced riders.
The Yellowhead Highway takes riders through some of the most beautiful and rugged landscapes in Canada, including the Coast Mountains, the Cariboo Mountains, and the Rocky Mountains. Scenic highlights of the route include the towering peaks of Mount Robson, the lush forests of the Bulkley Valley, and the beautiful lakes of the Cariboo region. Along the way, riders will also discover historic towns such as Valemount, Blue River, and Jasper, each with its own unique character and charm.
The Yellowhead Highway is a challenging route that requires a high level of skill and preparation. Riders must be prepared for unpredictable weather, steep grades, and winding roads. Services and amenities along the route can be limited, making it necessary for riders to be self-sufficient.
The level of difficulty for the Yellowhead Highway can be rated as a 4 out of 5, this route is not recommended for riders with little experience and it's only suitable for experienced and adventurous riders who are prepared to face the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather and limited services.
The Top of the World Highway, Yukon and Alaska
The Top of the World Highway is a challenging motorcycle route that spans through the Yukon and Alaska, Canada. The route starts in the city of Dawson City, Yukon and ends in the city of Tok, Alaska. It is approximately 370 km long. The Top of the World Highway is not a destination for riders looking for a leisurely ride, but for those who want to experience the true wilderness and want to challenge themselves.
The Top of the World Highway is a true test of a rider's skill and endurance. The route includes steep grades, winding roads, and rough terrain, making it a challenge for even the most experienced riders. Along the way, riders will be able to take in the natural beauty of the region, with views of mountains, rivers, and forests, but also will be able to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of the province.
The weather in this region can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and snowfall making it even more challenging. The road conditions can also vary. Some sections of the route are well-paved and well-maintained, while others are gravel and mud, making it a challenging ride.
Additionally, the remote location of this ride means that there may be limited services, so it's important for riders to be prepared for any eventuality.
Scenic and Challenging Motorcycle Routes in Canada
For motorcycle riders looking for a combination of scenic beauty and a challenging riding experience, Canada offers a variety of routes that will test your skills and endurance while also providing stunning views. These routes take you through rugged wilderness, steep grades, and rough terrain, offering a unique and thrilling riding experience. From the majestic mountains of the Canadian Rockies to the rugged coastline of the Gaspe Peninsula, these routes offer a perfect blend of natural beauty and adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is a motorcycle route that offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty and challenging riding experience. Spanning 298 km, this route takes you on a journey through the heart of Cape Breton Island, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, forests, and mountains.
Starting and ending in the quaint town of Baddeck, the trail loops through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, where the Atlantic Ocean, forests, and mountains converge to create a breathtaking landscape. The well-paved and well-maintained roads make it an ideal route for riders of all levels.
The Cabot Trail offers a perfect blend of scenic beauty and cultural heritage. Scenic highlights of the Cabot Trail include the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs of Cape Smokey and the stunning vistas from the Skyline Trail. Along the way, riders can also enjoy the natural beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands, such as the lush forests, sparkling lakes, and cascading waterfalls. The route is also rich in cultural heritage, with many historic sites and small fishing villages to explore. If you're looking for a scenic and enjoyable route, the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia is an absolute must-ride.
Level of Difficulty
While the Cabot Trail offers an enjoyable riding experience, it does come with some level of difficulty. The level of difficulty for the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia can be rated as a 2 out of 5.
While the route includes steep grades and winding roads, it is well-paved and well-maintained, making it suitable for riders of all skill levels. The weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and fog making it challenging, but it is not considered an extremely challenging route. The route includes steep grades and winding roads, and the weather can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and fog making it challenging. The route also includes some gravel sections that are challenging in bad weather conditions.
Additionally, the route also includes some gravel sections that can be challenging in bad weather conditions, however, it is a scenic and enjoyable route and the level of difficulty is low.
Overall, the Cabot Trail is a must-ride for anyone looking for a scenic and challenging motorcycle route in Canada.
The Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Embark on a journey through the heart of the Canadian Rockies with the Icefields Parkway motorcycle route. Spanning 232 km, this route takes riders from Lake Louise to Jasper, offering unparalleled views of glaciers, lakes, and mountain ranges. Known as one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the well-paved and well-maintained road is suitable for riders of all skill levels.
Experience the stunning views of glaciers like the Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, and take in the natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies, including the crystal-clear waters of Peyto Lake, the rugged peaks of Mount Temple, and the picturesque valleys of Bow River. The route also takes you through the Columbia Icefield where you can take a tour on an Ice Explorer and stand on the surface of a glacier.
While the route offers an enjoyable riding experience, it does come with some level of difficulty. The route includes steep grades, winding roads and unpredictable weather, heavy rain and fog. Additionally, the route also includes some gravel sections that can be challenging in bad weather conditions. Overall, the level of difficulty for the Icefields Parkway can be rated as a 3 out of 5. A must-ride for anyone looking for a scenic and enjoyable motorcycle route in Canada.
The Sea-to-Sky Highway, British Columbia
Experience the diverse beauty of British Columbia on two wheels with the Sea-to-Sky Highway motorcycle route. Spanning from Vancouver to Whistler, this route offers a unique blend of coastal and mountain views, with scenic highlights such as the Shannon Falls, the Stawamus Chief, and the Sea to Sky Gondola. Along the way, you'll also discover quaint towns like Squamish known for its outdoor recreational opportunities and the beautiful alpine village of Whistler, known for its world-class skiing and outdoor activities.
As you ride along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, you'll be greeted by some of the most spectacular views in Canada, with the Pacific Ocean to your left and the rugged mountains to your right. This route is suitable for riders of all skill levels, with well-paved and well-maintained roads, making it an enjoyable and memorable ride.
The Sea-to-Sky Highway offers a good balance of scenic beauty and challenging parts. The route includes steep grades, winding roads and unpredictable weather, heavy rain and fog, making it a little bit challenging. Overall, the level of difficulty for the Sea-to-Sky Highway can be rated as a 2 out of 5, making it an absolute must-ride for any motorcycle rider looking for a scenic and enjoyable route.
The Trans-Labrador Highway, Newfoundland and Labrador
Embark on a journey through some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Canada with the Trans-Labrador Highway motorcycle route. Spanning approximately 1,100 km, this route takes riders from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Labrador City, testing the skill and endurance of even the most experienced riders.
The Trans-Labrador Highway is a true test of a rider's mettle, with rough gravel and mud roads, steep grades, narrow and winding roads, and the possibility of encountering wildlife. The weather conditions can also be unpredictable, with heavy rain, snow and fog making the ride even more challenging. Services and amenities are limited, making it necessary for riders to be self-sufficient. This route is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are looking for a true wilderness adventure and want to challenge themselves.
Scenic highlights on the Trans-Labrador Highway may be limited due to the ruggedness of the terrain and unpredictable weather but the route offers a true wilderness experience. The views of the remote forests, lakes, and rivers can be breathtaking.
The level of difficulty for the Trans-Labrador Highway can be rated as a 4 out of 5. It's a challenging route that is not recommended for riders with little experience and it's only suitable for experienced and adventurous riders who are prepared to face the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather and limited services.
The Dempster Highway, Yukon and Northwest Territories
The Dempster Highway in the Yukon and Northwest Territories is a challenging motorcycle route that takes you through some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in Canada. The route starts in the city of Dawson City, Yukon and ends at Inuvik, Northwest Territories. The road is unpaved and often rough, making it suitable only for experienced riders.
The Dempster Highway is 740 km long and takes you through the Arctic Circle, offering spectacular views of mountains, tundra, and glaciers. However, this route is not for the faint of heart, as it poses many challenges. The road is unpaved and often rough, with gravel and mud, making it a challenge for even the most experienced riders. The route also includes steep grades and rough terrain, as well as the possibility of encountering wildlife. The Dempster Highway is a true test of a rider's skill and endurance. It's also important to note that the weather in this region can be unpredictable, with heavy rain and snowfall making it even more challenging.
The level of difficulty for the Dempster Highway can be rated as a 5 out of 5. The route is not recommended for riders with little experience, and it's only suitable for experienced and adventurous riders who are prepared to face the rugged terrain, unpredictable weather and limited services.
The freedom and adventure of riding a motorcycle allows you to truly experience the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this great country. Whether you're looking for a scenic ride or a challenging adventure, Canada offers a wide variety of motorcycle routes to suit different tastes and skill levels.
From the scenic routes like the Cabot Trail and the Icefields Parkway to the challenging routes like the Dempster Highway and the Trans-Labrador Highway, there's something for everyone. Scenic and challenging routes like the Sea-to-Sky Highway and the Top of the World Highway offer a perfect blend of natural beauty and adventure.
Reputable sources for motorcycle routes in Canada, such as travel guides, government websites, and motorcycle magazines. Include information from local motorcycle clubs, tour operators, and riders who have experience with these routes.
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Nathan Taylor is an avid motorbike rider and has been riding since his early teens. He enjoys spending most of his spare time combining riding his motorcycle with hiking and exploring new places. Author Web Link
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The Ultimate Canada Motorcycle Route
Welcome to the Ultimate Canada Motorcycle Route guide! This ride report details one of the absolute best rides in Canada. It’s got it all from bears to mountains, amazing people and out of this world scenery. It’s one of the best places on earth to go on a motorcycle tour.
The Best Motorcycle Route in Canada
Wild west canada.
This route is in the West of Canada. My girlfriend and I rode this route years ago and fell in love with the place.
It took us 14 days and around 1,600 miles. We rode two-up and took our time. It’s a comfortable 9-day trip with one rest day in the middle if you haven’t got the full two weeks. But you will most likely want at least one extra day either side for picking up and dropping off your bike if you’re renting.
What makes this route special is that it takes on BC and Alberta, along the Gold Rush Trail, to hot springs, waterfalls, Banff, Lake Louise, the boiling hot desert region of Kamloops, the highest mountain in the Rockies and the epic Icefields Parkway route with its overhanging glaciers – the Icefields Parkway are the one thing you cannot miss on your Canada motorcycle tour.
For more info on what this ride was like for us, check out this story…
READ MORE: A Canadian Rockies Motorcycle Adventure
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Day by day route
Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler 100 miles Stanley Park, Lion’s Gate Bridge, Highway 99, Sea to Sky Highway to the world-famous ski resort town of Whistler
Day 2: Whistler to Kelowna 260 miles Pemberton, into the mountains, Coast Range Mountains, cowboy country past cattle ranches to Kelowna.
Day 3: Kelowna to Ainsworth Hot Springs 230 miles The route changes from hills to mountains. You’ll ride through the Kootenay Mountain region, famous for ski resorts, breweries and the hot springs of Ainsworth.
Day 4: Ainsworth Hot Springs to Revelstoke 135 miles Brilliant roads that flit between tarmac and little ferry crossings over turquoise blue lakes. There are plenty of hidden gems and off-piste routes here, so take a little extra time to dig them out.
Day 5: Revelstoke to Banff 205 miles Storied Kicking Horse Pass, narrow valleys and plenty of switchbacks.
Day 6: Rest Day in Banff
Day 7: Banff to Mount Robson 235 miles This one’s special. Today is the Icefields Parkway and one of the best roads in the world. Mount Robson is the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies are the riding around that area is very cool. You’ll probably see the most wildlife of your trip on this stretch too.
Day 8: Mount Robson to Kamloops 230 miles Follow the Thompson River and the Canadian National Railway Line. Kamloops is the wild west part of BC. It was 42C when we arrived. It’s an arid desert region.
Day 9: Kamloops to Vancouver 280 miles Follow the 1800’s Gold Rush Trail through Fraser River Canyon from Cache Creek to Hope and stop off at Hell’s Gate Canyon, jump onto the Trans Canada Highway before arriving back in Vancouver.
How to rent a motorcycle
Motorcycle rental in Canada is very straightforward. We have a dedicated guide to help you rent a bike there packed with info on the best time to visit, prices, what you’ll need etc.
You can also check out our recommended rental and tour companies finder for more companies in Canada.
For our trip in Canada, we personally used vancouver.cyclebc.ca
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How to take a foreign motorcycle
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We have a Can–am Spyder and would like to take this ultimate Canada tour this summer. We live in the Niagara Falls area. Can you send us some maps or can we download maps? Is there fuel stops we can make, b/c I don’t think we could make it on a tank for one day. We would have to tank up somewhere down route. Also can you send us accommodations web site? Thanks. Hearing from you.
Hi John, thanks for your comment. That’s great to hear you’re looking to ride this route in Canada. We’re from the UK and have only ridden on the western side of Canada and haven’t done the route you’re asking about from east to west. However, I can still help you with this! All of the questions you’re asking can be answered easily with one free mobile phone app called iOverlander. And also download Maps.Me too. I have written an article explaining how these two apps work here: https://www.madornomad.com/travel-apps/ You download iOverlander and then zoom in on your route, it will show you hundreds and hundreds of Points of Interest along the way including mechanic shops, hotels, petrol stations, places to see, hotels and much more. All of these way points are added by fellow travellers with coordinates and information. Once you click it, you will see the option to View in Mapping App which is where you can open the location in Maps.Me (which is a free map app for directions) and then plot your route there. I have checked it for Canada and there are hotels, petrol stations etc all along your route. Just keep zooming in and they will all show up. I hope this helps and if you need any more info, then please get in touch or email. All the best and I hope you have an amazing trip! Andy
Thanks buddy. We will look into this information. Have a great day and travel and stay safe. 🧳🏍
Hi John, no problem at all, hope it helps and as I said just give us a shout if you need anything else! Cheers, Andy
Nice trip, however there are a couple of errors in your copy.
The Icefields Parkway is in the province of Alberta, not BC. Highway 93. Epic ride when it’s not busy. Or snowing. And it can snow there in July.
The Rockies are only along the Alberta-BC border from Grande Cache to Montana. Your ride also took you through the Cariboo, Purcell, Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges. All worthy of exploring.
Hi Darren, thanks for your comment, I had to read through the article a few times to find where it said the IFP was in BC because at the beginning of the article it says this is a BC and Alberta guide. But! I found it and corrected it, so thanks for pointing that out! 🙂 And thanks for noting the additional mountain ranges, i’m sure some readers who are planning longer trips there will find that helpful to look into. Cheers, Andy
What kind of license do you need to need to drive a motorcycle along this route? Would a foreign motorcycle license work?
Hi Agustin, You will need a full licence to ride whichever size motorcycle or vehicle you would like to rent. Some rental companies may ask for an International Driver’s Permit – but this depends on where you’re from. My advice would be to contact the rental or tour company you’re thinking of hiring from and ask them exactly what they require. Cheers and all the best! Andy
I’m planning a trip from Utah with 3 other riders in July. How far in advance should we make hotel reservations, realistically, on this route. We typically ride until we’re tired 6-8 hours a day with breaks every 100 miles and look to find hotels the same day preferably in semi-remote towns. Could you give me an idea of how much availability for rooms there is, please. Thank you
Hi Roger, Good question. Things have changed a lot since Covid, so it’s very hard to tell how much availability there is nowadays or if you need to book in advance. The best advice I can give is to pick like 6 or 7 hotels/ motels or guest houses spread out along your planned route and just give them a call or email and ask directly what availability is like in July. You’ll then get an accurate and up-to-date idea from the people in the know. Sorry I can’t be of more help here. Best of luck with your trip, I’m sure you’ll have an awesome time! All the best, Andy
Thanks for the post. I can’t wait to ride this! Are all of the roads paved on this route?
Hi Mike, thanks for your comment. Looks like Roger posted below in reply to you. Yes, you can do all of this route paved. There are off-road options, but you don’t need to take them at all – only if you fancy it. Cheers, Andy
I went up through Montana, Road to the Sun and stayed in the Rockies in Canada and Washington, Idaho, Utah. All roads were paved and in great shape. I checked on google earth to make sure they were paved. I chose to go from Barriere to Revelstoke on a dirt road that was very compacted and well maintained. No worries about the roads. 😎
That’s awesome! Sounds like you had an absolutely brilliant trip! Thanks for the report 😀 Cheers, Andy
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Six great motorcycle roads in Canada
In part 2 of Wayne Hamm's Canadian Goldwing Adventure series, he shares six of the most memorable motorcycle routes
by Wayne Hamm — August 11, 2020
Wayne Hamm took the roads less travelled while crossing Canada on his GoldWing in June 2014. — Wayne Hamm photo
I’m still shaking my head in amazement; 18,000 kilometres, all the planning and it’s over. It is difficult to describe in just a few short pages the beauty of Canada and to express my enjoyment on so many different levels, on so many different roads.
It had been mid-June and I had been excited to head to Vancouver Island, B.C., to visit my daughter, our newest grandbaby and my son-in-law. To change it up, rather than just head west from Edmonton, Alberta, I rode south to the Crowsnest Pass, then westerly through Sparwood and Fernie, British Columbia, with a stop to see the folks with RidersWest in Cranbrook.
The trip westerly through the mountain passes was, at times, breathtaking. The descent through the twisties into the valley floor below to Osoyoos—with Lake Osoyoos and its orchards and wineries—was certainly memorable. Reportedly, Osoyoos is the only desert in Canada.
Westerly, after Osoyoos and back into the mountain passes again, I saw the temperature plummet from 10 C to 4 C. At one place, a large tree had fallen and was blocking both eastbound lanes. The lakes were still ice-covered, and I was treated to fresh falling snow.
After I left the mountains, though, the ride was summer all the way to the Vancouver Island Ferry at Tsawwassen, B.C.
The following are six of the most memorable routes I travelled. They are listed in the order they unfolded during my adventure, not in order of preference.
1. Pacific Rim Highway (B.C. Highway 4), Vancouver Island
To coin a phrase used by the locals on Vancouver Island, my son-in-law, Kirby (who I had picked up in Victoria), and I headed “up Island” towards Nanaimo. Our goal was Tofino, well-known for camping, surfing and many other outdoor activities.
B.C. Highway 4, west of Port Alberni, is known as the Pacific Rim Highway. This section became more interesting the further west we rode. It was full of twisties, blind corners, climbs and descents, and the forests towered over us and often blocked out the sun.
Tofino, B.C., was Wayne Hamm’s most westerly destination. He got this photo while hiking near Chesterman Beach in Tofino. — Wayne Hamm photo
The ride through Sutton Pass was notable and it gave us a quick peak at a snow-covered mountaintop. When we neared the junction for Ucluelet and Tofino, we could smell and taste the salty air off the ocean. There was more than ample camping and numerous wooded walking trails there, allowing us to explore the beaches. I later learned, while at a food truck in Tofino, that the huge trees towering over us were Douglas firs.
We doubled back to Vancouver on Highway 4, and again the ride was a treat.
2. The Sea-to-Sky Highway (B.C. Highway 99)
The ferry ride from Nanaimo to mainland B.C. was very scenic and relaxing. After the ferry docked in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, and within mere minutes and without traffic hassles, I went north on the Sea-to-Sky Highway—aptly named due to its climbs, descents and ocean and mountain views.
There were snow-covered peaks when I was there, and in some ditches, mounds of leftover snow from winter slides. The road snakes through Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and then through semi-arid Lillooet.
Between Pemberton and Lillooet, the road is at its best. The twisties, descents and 20-kilometre per hour hairpins were welcomed. You know you are on a road made for motorcycles when there is an abundance of brake check pullouts, runaway lanes and the smell of burned brakes in the air!
3. Alberta Highway 55 to Kenora, Ontario, via Saskatchewan Highway 106 and Manitoba highways 39, 6, 68, 9 and 44
(This route included a portion of the Northern Woods and Water Route, and it allowed me to enjoy northern Saskatchewan and northern Manitoba.)
My goal for this trip was to ride the roads less travelled whenever possible. I headed northeast from Edmonton towards Cold Lake, Alberta, where I would connect with Highway 55. It didn’t take long to escape the hurried and frustrating stop-and-go traffic. The scenery initially was prairie-like with the sweet smell and eye-catching yellow of early canola crops and the smell of fresh-cut grass that I suspected was drying hay.
As I neared Cold Lake, the scenery became more forest-like. From Cold Lake, I headed south on Highway 28, reconnected with Highway 55 and headed east along what is known as the Northern Woods and Water Route. At that point, the tailgaters were gone, the road was practically deserted and I was able to sit back, enjoy the scenery and cruise well below the posted speed, all the while smiling out loud.
If you travel this route, you will likely find yourself relaxed and, like me, alone in your thoughts with a realization of what is really important. Eventually, I turned off Highway 55 and headed north along Saskatchewan Highway 106. Along the way, I made note of a sign at Smeaton, Saskatchewan, that stated "Where the North Begins." Here, I was treated to the sight of many lakes, a high water table with its enjoyable smells and lots of wildlife (including deer, bear, geese and turkey vultures). Then, like the flick of a switch, there was a transition from the lushness of the water and forests to rock and mining near Flin Flon, Manitoba.
From Flin Flon, I headed east on Manitoba Highway 39 towards Ponton, then turned south on Highway 6 and went through Grand Rapids, passing by Lake Winnipeg and eventually reaching Gimli. The Gimli Glider of many years ago is worth a Google search.
I escaped the Winnipeg traffic by heading east on Highway 44 through a delightful road full of twisties and lake views. I passed through West Hawk Lake and Falcon Lake before I entered Ontario just west of Kenora.
There are important factors to consider if you choose to ride this route. One is to be sure your ride is well maintained and you have gear for all conditions. The fuel stops and accommodations are sparse, and there are sections of gravel. I dodged the gravel merely by researching the route—so do your homework. (Thank you to Riverside Honda & Ski-Doo in St. Albert, Alberta, for tweaking my baby and even giving her a bath before I embarked.)
4. Ontario Highway 11 to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, via Quebec Highway 117 and Quebec Highway 158
(East of Thunder Bay, Ontario, I took Ontario Highway 11 at Nipigon and continued east to Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Entering Quebec east of Kirkland Lake on Quebec Highway 117, I continued southeast on Quebec Highway 117 until St. Jerome, Quebec. To avoid the rigours of the Montreal traffic, I headed east on Quebec Highway 158 and crossed the St. Lawrence River at Trois-Rivieres.)
My idea of motorcycling is to not compete with countless cars and trucks on some multi-lane highway. Ontario and Quebec are huge provinces with major centres, such as Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. I managed to avoid all the stresses and dangers of fast-moving heavy city traffic by taking the above route.
The Toburn Gold Mine at the east entrance of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, pays tribute to the town’s mining history. — Wayne Hamm photo
As I neared Kirkland Lake and entered Quebec, I was intrigued as I passed by several active gold mines. The ride southeast in Quebec on Highway 117 was very relaxing and enjoyable, and traffic was sparse. East of Val-d’or, I passed through a vast wilderness with countless lakes and dozens of primitive tent sites in one of which I pitched a tent for the night.
I travelled through several quaint communities, such as Louvicourt, Mont-Laurier, and Mont-Tremblant. Mont-Tremblant is a popular ski resort in the Laurentian Mountains and reportedly hosts even the rich and famous from Hollywood. Its idle ski lifts could be seen off in the distance as I passed. The ride across the vast St. Lawrence River at Trois-Rivieres was a breeze.
5. The Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge is of special interest to me. It spans the Northumberland Strait and links my home province of Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick. At 12.9 kilometres long, it is reportedly the longest bridge in the world crossing over ice-covered waters. Also called the “Fixed Link” by some, the bridge curves and arches upward and is truly a marvel to see.
The Confederation Bridge links Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick. This photo was taken from the New Brunswick side. — Wayne Hamm photo
The beauty seems even more pronounced from the seat of a motorcycle. The smell of the salt air, view of P.E.I., and the local fishing boats were inspiring.
Victoria Park is a waterfront park in the city of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. This photo was taken at low tide at Victoria Park. — Wayne Hamm photo
6. Twillingate, Newfoundland, via Highway 320 and Highway 330
(From the town of Gambo, Newfoundland, I followed Highway 320 north and headed northwest on Highway 330 and rode towards Musgrave Harbour. Then I went towards Gander Bay and continued northwest towards Twillingate, Newfoundland.)
This ride hugged the coastline and passed by many quaint fishing villages, with endless views of the Atlantic Ocean, and traffic was almost non-existent. We tented near Musgrave Harbour within spitting distance of the ocean, and the sounds of the waves lapping at the shoreline lulled us to sleep. As we neared Twillingate, which is known as the Iceberg Capital of the World, we noted eye-catching signage to places such as Herring Neck and Crow Head.
Twillingate itself is a small island and did not disappoint us. We watched several icebergs that were close enough to us that we could hear them crackling and falling apart.
The coastline of Newfoundland is beautiful. Here is a lighthouse at Cape Spear. — Wayne Hamm photo
This brief writing highlighting Twillingate cannot begin to portray the beauty and the sightseeing opportunities available on The Island of Newfoundland. There are likely hundreds, perhaps thousands, of roads that hug its beautiful coastline.
Twillingate, Newfoundland, is known as the Iceberg Capital of the World, and rightly so. — Wayne Hamm photo
She was the boss
Stay tuned for a wrap-up of this adventure. It was life-changing, but it wasn’t all perfect. Mother Nature had her way with us on several occasions!
Editor's note: You can also read about the people Wayne Hamm met along the way in part 1 of this series, Crossing Canada and Meeting New People Enroute . And for an explanation of why Hamm embarked on this cross-Canada trip, read From Shore to Shore With A Message In A Bottle .
Wayne Hamm found this small private car museum while riding through the Codroy Valley in the southwestern part of Newfoundland. — Wayne Hamm photo
Sammi Lynn Clayton, motocross and single-track dirt biker and snow biker in Vernon, B.C., was introduced to powersports by her enthusiastic son
Kevin Chow, motorcycle dealership marketing consultant, advises other ambitious riders to travel the world on two wheels as he has been doing
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Motorcycle Rides You Should Try In Canada
Canada is the world’s second-largest country with a landmass of 9.1 million square kilometers. This country is located in North America and attracts millions of tourists every year. If you are a fan of coastlines, you will also come across the longest coastline in the world as it shares its borders with three oceans; the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific.
Ride Lake Superior
Everyone who wants to take a bike ride through Canada should include this route in their bucket list. Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake, and riding along it allows you to interact with nature at its best. The route is perfectly done and can accommodate different riding styles. The hotels along this route have parking spots for motorcycles, making it easy to catch your breath or have a quick bite. It is the best ride if you are looking for a long ride and something memorable.
Ice Fields Parkways/ Bow Valley
This ride along the Alberta’s Rocky Mountains is one of the destinations you cannot afford to miss. The 400km ride wades through stunning vistas, waterfalls, mountain views, the amazing Columbia Ice fields, and glacial lakes. You will also ride through the popular mountain towns of Lake-Louise, Jasper, and Banff.
The Cabot Trail-Nova Scotia
Ride the Edge
The ride is scenic, and the roads are in their best shape. The towns along this ride are friendly to tourists as they have all the foods you can dream about. You will come across Ontario’s cottage country, where McMansions are the dominant buildings that cover the lakeshores. You can use two routes; the Small Loop and Big Loop if you are coming from Vermont, New York State, Ohio, or the Golden Horseshoe.
The Haines Highway
It is the perfect ride for those who like to wade through a wild route. The 240km stretch follows the ancient routes used by the prospectors of the Klondike Gold Rush and Chilkat Tlingit traders. Expect to come across grand views of alpine tundra, coastal forests, and glaciated mountains as you ride through this route.
The Kananaskis Trail Alberta
It is one of the best trails if you want something scenic just outside the city of Calgary. The area is snowy during the winter months, which makes it unfit for riding. You will come across the Rocky Mountains, the Peter Lougheed provincial park, and the Kananaskis Range as you ride through this trail. You will also enjoy the views of crystal clear rivers, the emerald green lakes, wildlife, and snow-capped peaks.
The Confederation Bridge
The Sea-to-Sky Highway
The ride is characterized by descents, climbs, and mountain and ocean views, which explains its name. Snow-covered peaks characterize the winter months. The ride will take you through Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, and Lillooet. You will come across runway lanes and brake check pullouts as you ride through this amazing route.
The Pacific Rim Highway
The adventurous will enjoy blind corners, twistiness, beautiful forests, descents, and climbs. You can feel the breeze of the ocean from the Ucluelet and Tofino junction. You can explore the beach or even enjoy various camping grounds on this route.
We have not covered every motorcycle stretch in Canada, but the above are some of the best. You can stopover in various hotels, spin a few slots in a kaszino or, even go on a shopping spree as you cool down after a good ride. Familiarize yourself with the riding rules in this country to ensure that you are on the good side of the law.
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Top 30 motorcycle roads In Ontario
Ontario is a vast province of well-paved, scenic roads. After years of searching and riding, we've compiled what we think are 30 of the best roads for motorcycle touring.
These roads are chosen because they have some truly outstanding element, or combination thereof. They have been ranked based on the following five criteria:
- Scenery : Are there spectacular views, or prime examples of iconic, breathtaking scenery?
- Road quality : What kind of condition is the road in? What is the surface treatment? Is the surface generally free of debris, potholes, frost heaves, tar strips and/or sand and gravel?
- Technical quality : Does the road have the kind of curves that make a rider come alive? Are there elevation changes that make us feel like we're hitting the drop on a roller-coaster? Or is it straight and flat?
- Crowds : Is the road high traffic, or the quietest country backroad? Is it mostly cottagers or is it a transport corridor?
- The intangibles : Does it have some undefinable feature, something that doesn't fall into the other four categories, but makes the route a must-see riding destination?
Here are the top 30 motorcycle rides in Ontario
Centennial lake road/highway 508.
If you don't know, then now you know. In easy contention for the best road in the province, the pavement isn't new or perfect, but it's OK, and you won't even notice. Long rock cuts, elevation changes and unending twisties. Region : Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
Highway 64 from Sturgeon Falls to Marten River
There are few roads that are so perfectly balanced in scenery, road quality and entertainment value, that we really wish Highway 64 went on for a lot longer than it does. Tiny cottages on quiet lakes, tonnes of twisties, and a healthy dose of aesthetically pleasing rocks, lakes and trees. Ride it. Region : Northeastern Ontario
Winding around Lake Rosseau, this road is in a dead heat with Highway 129, and County Road 12 for pure scenic wonder. A cliff on one side, and a lake on the other, and no straight lines. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
County Road 56/Northey's Bay Road
Duuuuuuude. Dude. DUDE. So good. Just do it. Fresh pavement in parts, you'll never get out of third. Some of you will never get out of second. Region : Kawarthas and Northumberland
Highway 129 from Thessalon to Chapleau
One of my favourite roads in the province. Starts in the south with crazy long sweepers, and then gets into a very tight series of ups and downs and side to sides reminiscent of the Tail of the Dragon (same highway number even!) Region : Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma
Highway 507/Buckhorn Road
Probably one of the best known riding roads in the province, which can be a problem too. Best to enjoy this road during the week. Region : Kawarthas and Northumberland
Lakeshore Road/County Road 42
Riding right on the waterfront, this road takes you to what is probably one of the finest beaches in Ontario, Turkey Point. Region : Southwestern Ontario
Grey Road 1
Curving around the turquoise waters of Georgian Bay, this long sweeper makes up for all the straight and flat going on around it. Region : Bruce, Grey & Simcoe
Trans Canada Highway 17 from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie
Probably the most continuously epic scenery in all of Ontario. The mountains and valleys around Marathon are the perfect sunset ride, and the ride from Wawa to Sault Ste. Marie beats anything in the province for sheer scenic awe. And it's not straight and flat, either. Region : Northwest Ontario and Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma
Highway 556 to Searchmont
So good. Twisty - a bit more than your average cruising road, but not a pure sport road. More than a few tar strips make it a little sketchy in spots, but the elevation changes and cliffs that frame much of the ride make up for it. Don't make the trek all the way to Ranger Lake though. Things get a bit rough after the turnoff for Searchmont. Region : Sault Ste. Marie & Algoma
Highway 66 from Matachewan
Fresh blacktop, and basically a paved logging road. This road makes no sense in the best way possible. Look out for moose around dusk! Region : Northeastern Ontario
Highway 71, South of Kenora
A little straight and flat in the south, but delightfully winding in the north. A perfect cruiser road. Region : Northwest Ontario
Highway 599 to Pickle Lake
Not for road quality, but mainly for the fact that this is as far north as you can go on paved surfaces in Ontario. Region : Northwest Ontario
Trans Canada Highway 11 From Nipigon to Greenstone
Enclosed in the embrace of the billion-year-old Pijitawabik Palisades, it's hard to deny the majesty of this road. Following the shores of Lake Helen, with the picturesque mission church right at the start of the ride (and cheap gas on the reserve!), this is hard to beat for scenic value. Region : Northwest Ontario
Fresh pavement, massive sweepers, picturesque lakes, rock cuts, and old growth trees make this a stunner. Now, we know that this description could fit with about 75% of the roads in Ontario, but this one stands out. Maybe it's just how well everything fits together here. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
Highway 520 From Burk's Falls to the Bunny Trail
Sweepers change into switchbacks, change into...well, a bunny trail that hops and bounds in every direction. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
A pure, easy cruising, cottage country road. You might want to avoid the part closer to the 400 on weekends if you like your roads wide open. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound and Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
Highway 637 to Killarney
Pavement quality might not be the best, but the scenery is impeccable, with rose coloured quartzite rock cuts and big ole' lakes popping in here and there. It's not super technical but the scenic payoffs at Lake George and Killarney are stellar. Region : Northeastern Ontario
A perfect cruising road that's not too technical, but not straight and flat. It's a simple northern road, done nicely. The bridge at the narrows is just right, and the small valleys offer views of majestic northern forests. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
Mortimer Point Road
A quiet cottage country back road just north of Bala, this short stretch of asphalt was clearly built with no concern for the shortest point between A and B. The sweeper that pulls you down into Lake Muskoka, before sling-shotting out the other side, is good for your soul. Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
Southwood Road/County Road 13
Probably best known for being the most enjoyable escape route from Highway 400, Southwood is probably the closest thing to a proper motorcycle road within a day's ride of the GTA. (Forks of the Credit, sorry about those speed bumps, noise laws and crowds.) Region : Algonquin, Muskoka & Parry Sound
County Road 4/Essonville Line
Some tight winding curves up, around, and eventually through a small mountain give way to a high view of the road ahead. Pavement is OK, but the ride is tops. Region : Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
OK, it's a bit crowded in summer, but not without good cause. This is good asphalt, with great views, and pretty as all heck. Oh, and there's also Niagara Falls. Region: Niagara Region
Riding out of Barry's Bay, you've got so many choices for some of the best twisties in the province, but this is likely the most popular for its sheer length. You'll swear it's not Ontario (if you're one of those unfortunate souls who thinks there's nowhere to ride in Ontario.) Region : Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
County Road 36/Bollingbroke Road
A rock and roller, with a wooden railway bridge half-way through. Region : Southeastern Ontario
Fresh pavement, lots of elevation changes, and some great scenic lookouts make this a winner, especially since it's one of the few big north-south roads in the area. Region : Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
County Road 12
A cliff and a lake with a road sandwiched in between. Might be the only road in Ontario with three hairpin turns on it. Region : Southeastern Ontario
Long Sault Parkway
This is pure cruising territory. Formed when they flooded the St. Lawrence, this fresh pavement looks out over the river throughout the whole ride. Region : Southeastern Ontario
Old Barry's Bay Road
Another mind-bender, short and sweet. I'm not sure what's going on in Combermere, but they can't make a straight road within 50k of that place. Region : Haliburton Highlands to the Ottawa Valley
1000 Islands Parkway
Possibly the most decadent ride in the province, it's pretty straight, with only a few elevation changes, but it looks out over some pretty opulent scenery. Some of the most improbable cottages sit on islands in this channel. Region : Southeastern Ontario
Honourable Mention: Highway 2
Forget the fact that this road used to be the main thoroughfare for Southern Ontario, it's a scenic alternative to the busy Highway 401. And who cares if it's straight? It takes you through nice towns and sometimes you can see the lake.
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Ride One of These Scenic Motorcycle Routes in Canada
With a landmass of 9 . 1 million square kilometers, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. There is a lot to explore here. With approximately 415 , 000 kilometers of paved road, bikers will find Canada an attractive destination for putting together motorcycle road trip ideas. What makes a motorcycle trip in Canada so special? The answer is simple — breathtaking scenery. From the rugged and grand, Rocky Mountains out west to the beautiful coastline and abundant roads in the east, Canada has several routes of interest for a traveling motorcyclist.
Take in Diverse Landscape When Riding Along the Pacific Rim Highway
The Pacific Rim Highway, also known as Rt. 4 , is one of the best motorcycle routes in British Columbia. In addition to being one of the best routes for a motorcyclist to travel, it is also the longest east-west highway in the province, so be sure to make time. Riders looking to make this trip from Vancouver or other mainland areas will need to take a ferry to Vancouver Island to begin the journey.
Once you arrive, get ready to be amazed by towering mountains, lakes, and even the ocean. This ride is recommended for those with more experience as there are many elevation changes, switchbacks, and hairpin turns that will require precision and the utmost attention. The trip will end in Tofino, a town on Vancouver Island best known for its arts scene, wildlife, surf culture, and laid-back attitude. This route is not a loop, so riders will need to return the same way they came in. Even so, we are quite certain you won’t mind taking a second look at the beautiful scenery anyways.
Enjoy Breathtaking Scenery Along the Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway, otherwise known as Highway 93 , is one of the most scenic motorcycle routes in Canada. The parkway, built in 1940 , stretches 232 kilometers from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to the town of Jasper in Jasper National Park.
Along the way, motorcyclists will get unparalleled views of ancient glaciers, roaring waterfalls, several bodies of water, including Bow Lake, and sweeping valleys. Keep an eye out for elk and black bears as well. This two-lane road will also present some exciting challenges, like hairpin corners, with the most notable being “ Big Bend,” which wraps in a circle below massive peaks. The speed limit on the Icefields Parkway varies between 50 and 90 km/h. With this in mind, the ride can take close to three hours to complete without stopping. Though with so many magnificent views to take in, the trip will likely end up taking longer than that. The best time to take this trip is between June and September for optimal weather and road conditions, as well as prime wildlife viewing opportunities.
Take a Day Trip from Calgary & Ride the Kananaskis Trail
A trip from Calgary to the village of Longview through Kananaskis Country is approximately 315 kilometers round-trip. To get started, go west along the Trans Canada highway from Calgary before heading south on Highway 40 . This route will take riders through Kananaskis before reaching Longview.
Riders will be greeted by emerald green lakes, flowing rivers, and snow-capped mountain peaks. There is also an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities throughout the journey. Besides its peaceful and scenic nature, this trip is also defined by its long sweeping corners that will provide just the right amount of adrenaline. Motorcyclists should keep in mind that the Highwood Pass, a mountain pass in Kananaskis Country, is closed for the winter months and usually re-opens in mid-June.
Ride Along Lake Superior – North America’s Largest Great Lake
When looking for motorcycle routes in Ontario, look no further than riding along Lake Superior — the world’s largest freshwater lake. The entire route stretches an incredible 2 , 080 kilometers, with half of that being in the United States. Starting points for a northern shore journey in Ontario can occur in either Sault Ste. Mare or Thunder Bay. For the best views and overall experience, riders are encouraged to travel along the lake in clockwise navigation.
Motorcyclists will encounter miles of mountains, forests, and beautiful shorelines during this ride. This trip will bring a rider as close to the shoreline as possible while remaining on the pavement. You might even want to take a break by relaxing on the sand or taking a dip into the water. As you progress through the cities of Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, among others, riders can stop to enjoy restaurants, museums, and unique shopping experiences. Needless to say, this is not a trip that you are going to want to rush.
Follow Along Rugged Coastline, Old-Growth Forests & More when Riding the Cabot Trail
Are you looking for scenic motorcycle rides? There’s one that stands out, and it’s located along the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia. From the village of Baddeck, drive north for 20 kilometers along the Trans Canada highway. The trail will start just after the turn-off for the Gaelic College. From here, enjoy a 300 -kilometer loop around the northern tip of Cape Breton Island.
Although the scenery is second to none, the route along the Cabot Trail is also ideal for adventure-seeking riders. Some spots take cliff-edge riding to new heights with plenty of curves along with incredible ocean vistas. Riders will also pass through old-growth forests and around rock walls carved out by glaciers many years ago. The elevation changes will allow for breathtaking ascents and exhilarating descents. To avoid chilly temperatures and snow squalls it is best to plan your ride along the Cabot Trail for July or August.
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Five must-do Canadian rides
Pretty soon, somebody is going to start asking when you want vacation time this summer, so if you’re going to take a bike trip, you’d better get planning. Here are five of our favourites.
Pacific Rim Highway
This is one of the best-known riding routes in BC. It’s a bit of work getting to the start of the route, in Parkland, as you’ve got to take a ferry over from the mainland to Vancouver Island. There are several options to do so, though. The ferry from Horseshoe Bay will drop you nearby at Nanaimo, while the southern ferry to Sidney will allow you to easily access some of Vancouver Island’s other fantastic roads as well. When Editor ‘Arris went out there in 2014 , he thoroughly enjoyed the whole affair.
The Pacific Rim Highway, aka Rt. 4, is BC’s longest east-west highway. It’s one of the most scenic rides in Canada, with mountains, lakes and the ocean. Lots of elevation changes along with switchbacks and hairpin turns mean you’ve got to pay attention, as it’s only a two-lane road, with not much room for error in many places. In some spots, there isn’t even a shoulder. At the end, you land in the small town of Tofino, known for its surf culture, arts scene, marine wildlife, and general laid-back vibe. Bring a rainsuit, as it’s probably going to be wet when you’re there.
Sadly, there’s no way to do a loop out of Tofino — you’ve got to head back the way you came in, but backtracking isn’t such a bad thing when the roads are this good.
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I am sorry but my OCD has gotten the best of me. The sign in the first picture is from the Hantsport hill going downhill toward Wolfville and the Annapolis Valley. I remember well that my youthful top speed runs were done here. Just to the right of the sign in the distance is Blomidon, which is beautiful and incredible to visit. Ride all of the valley and then out to the Balancing Rock past Digby, on to Yarmouth and back up the south shore to Halifax. History, quiet and interesting roads, vineyards, friendly people, amazing food, stunning beaches. If you like rugged ocean scenery and a beautiful farming valley you should go. Close from Ontario and east. Cam
From our 2014 tour.
Thanks Zac, I now dimly recall reading this excellent story of this beautiful area. The LaHave River ferry is very close to one of my accidents. From Wolfville I ran to this area often, one beautiful summer day in the early 80’s I was on the Lunenburg side of the road going hard toward Bridgetown, as I knew this road well. And, fresh pavement!! Which also meant fresh gravel at the sides, some of which washed on to the road. As I was leaning off the bike in a right hand corner I hit gravel and the bike went down, sliding nicely on my engine guard. When I got up I was on the road and fine, but the bike was in the river, quite a ways out. It had hit the gravel on the river side of the road, stood up and launched way out. A local came over and said “Geez boy, I thought youze was gonna go right into that river, let me get my dory and we’ll get your bike” Dory, long hook and we got it out and up the steep bank (Yamaha Seca 550, and I have no idea how we did that?) Anyway the river was partly salt water there and now I had salt water in everything. Sold the Seca and bought a Kawi GPZ 550. I truly loved both of those bikes and that is still some of the best riding roads and area I have ever done. Shockingly I have been very aware (scared) of gravel wash up ever since. LOL. Cam
Was it fresh chipseal? That’s a major problem here–you either have potholes, or fresh chipseal and loose gravel, in most of the twisties.
One thing we never explored on that trip was the roads in between 101 and 103. I need to go back and check them out, but I suspect they’re not as good as the stuff along the coast.
This was around 1983/84 but I believe it was actual fresh pavement, I know I slid about 300 feet, very smooth. I will save you the time on the connecting roads, boring straight roads through trees, ugly but effective. Only used because I lived in Wolfville and did much of my riding on the south shore. Rather like my present home of Calgary, 500 km of mostly boring paved roads to get to Creston to go north/west or Revelstoke to go north or south. Hence the ownership of a BMW R1200RT, a true gentlemen’s express, the roads are more fun, when proceeding at the ton. I have my KLX for the amazing gravel roads in the foothills and mountains of the eastern slope of the Rockies. If you ever wish to visit I am happy to show you around, I also have a ’98 VFR. Cam
Only roads that cross between that I am familiar with are the 340, which isn’t bad, but isn’t conveniently located, and the 203, AKA the Ohio Road, which was a deathtrap 15 years ago and most likely hasn’t improved. Some of those roads that head north-south between 8, 10 and 12 look quite interesting, but I have never managed to find the time to explore there. And why would you? There’s so much fantastic riding in NS that it’s hard to squander a weekend looking for new stuff.
Every year, I try to add a new piece of NS to my riding inventory, though, and maybe this will be the year I better explore the interior of the south shore area. I have wanted to go “adventure riding” on all the gravel roads around Advocate for a while, though, and Cape Breton/Cape George/Advocate Loop/Little Salmon River Road are always, always calling. I need to take a month off just to ride NS. It’s such an unknown treasure trove of curves.
One big advantage of NS is that there are lots of roads to explore, the disadvantage is that the population is aging and the tax base is shrinking, ie poorly maintained roads. #8, 10, 12, 14 are not compelling to my recollection. There are a group out west that ride and then rate roads (6 rating categories), called Destination Highways. I am not associated with them, the books are pricy, and worth every penny, pick roads according to your riding style and criteria. I have BC, Washington state books, I would like to do this in NS, or maybe you folks at CMG could. Roads rated, places to stay and eat. Baby Boomers love to travel and travel in style. I think the Maritimes in general are missing a big opportunity, esp NS. If/when I retire I would love to take this on, especially going around the province on every road that is closest to the ocean, that would be super cool. Really love it there, people are just so nice and friendly. Cam
There IS a “ride guide” to Nova Scotia, but it’s basically just advertisements for restaurants. I am working on a plan to put together a comprehensive motorcycle guide to the entire region, but I have to find a few people to help me with it, and I’m a busy guy already.
The road to Tofino is ok if you can dodge the summer-Germans-in-camper-vans thing, but there isn’t a lot of Canadian motorcycle season on either side of it and the road itself is either under construction or should be.
If you’re riding Vancouver Island I’d suggest avoiding that whole mess and doing Sooke to Port Renfrew to Lake Cowichan. It’s startlingly empty by comparison, better quality tarmac and even twistier! It’s about 250kms of constant bends. If you’re enjoying yourself it makes for a great out and back ride in a single day. In the middle you’ve got Botanical Beach Park for a nice walk.
I whole heartedly agree with Tim. Great day on the bike. Watch your speed on hwy 14 along the Juan de Fuca straight, there are sudden sharp dips that can throw you or at least give you a sore back… There’s a great pub in Port Renfrew and crazy scenery on your way along to Sooke and Victoria.
We did this daytrip last summer. and we stopped at the pub in Port Renfrew for a burger. GREAT ride!
Hwy 101 from Langdale to Lund. Scenic ferries and twisty. Avoid traffic filled weekends and ride between the ferry traffic race track.
Prince Edward Island, go around the Island along the coast. Newfoundland the Burin Peninsula a must. Also the Avalon Peninsula. and the Northern Peninsula, and then there is the road across Labrador if your brave enough. All great rides and the people are some of the friendless you will ever meat. The Burin is like being in another would.
Some good routes in there. I would replace the pacific rim with the duffy road at the moment due to construction and the traffic issues. If you get on the Pacific Rim at dawn it is quite fun with low traffic and the sun at your back. I’m surprised the icefields parkway didn’t make it. SOme Northern roads should be on a all-Canada list. What about the top of the world highway? It’s half in Canada and fully spectacular! Or the Canol road, or the first 600km of the dempster.
A friend and I rode the Duffy (hwy 99 ) in June 2008. We left Lillooet about 9:30 PM and headed for Whistler and on to Vancouver. We ran out of daylight soon enough but the scenery we did see was spectacular. The road in the dark was interesting, corners posted at 20kph surely they missed painting a period between the 2 and the 0. 2008 was the year the road from Whistler to Vancouver was under construction the entire length was lined with super reflective orange and black cones, I don’t know where they got so many cones. The Duffy Rd. is on my bucket list but I would prefer riding it in the day light.
For locals, route 28 is considered the best. However, watch for the rcmp. They patrol heavily on the weekend.
Yes Parksville to Tofino is a good ride don’t forget the Campbell River to Goldriver road nice and twisty!
Good day! Good effort!!…. but, Hwy 99 from Squamish to Lillooet BC is far superior to Hwy 4(Parksville to Tofino) imho. It changes elevation 3 times from Sea level to 4,183 feet at Cayoosh Pass Summit. The climate changes from West Coast rugged rain-forest to glacial alpine in Whistler, BC, to high desert 3 inches of rain a year in Lillooet BC. Duffey Lake Road is the spectacular scenic riding section from Pemberton BC to Lillooet(native for “little onion”) I rode in BC since 1973, and find the Hwy 4 section from Parksville to Port Alberni a narrow speedway with semi drivers too often cutting corners, and car drivers taking dangerous chances. I recently moved to NS, and was looking for the Cabot Trail article. I hear ccw is the preferred direction. Thanks
Agreed, the Parksville/Tofino route is usually wall-to-wall traffic with few opportunities to pass. Hwy 99 (Duffy Lake) is a much better ride and less traffic. I especially like the Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver triangle route.
Highway 4 out to Tofino is under construction and when I went last fall the corners were awash with gravel, still beautiful but the actual riding is not optimal. Highway 28 from Campbell River to Gold River is much better. Better road conditions, excellent corners, very little traffic. Also done last fall. Highway 40 through Kananaskis is quite beautiful but there are zero meaningful corners, same as Icefields Parkway. Pretty scenery on a profoundly boring road (if you like corners/technical riding). The gravel roads in western Alberta are amazing, bring your dual sport, not your street bike. Take your street bike to the West Kootenays, from Creston north and all the way to Vernon on Highway 6. Quebec the best technical riding I found was Parc National de Mauricie, north of Shawinigan, there is one 10 km stretch of linked corners, truly amazing. Ontario? sorry I fell asleep. Cabot Trail, beautiful but bumpy. Cam
Yes, Campbell River to Gold River is a better than Hwy 4 ride, imo. The ride from Campbell River to Port Hardy is better yet! Wide open, mountainous scenic, and almost zero traffic!
Hi Nigel, that is on my hit list. Up to Port Hardy, pick off Highway 30 out to Port Alice, then ferry to Bella Coola, highway 20 east to Williams Lake, south to highway 24, east to Little Fort, east and north to see Helmcken Falls. Back to Calgary. That would be lots of new roads for me. Southern BC has been 95% covered, pavement only. But it never gets old, best riding in the world. Great roads and scenery, low traffic and enforcement in the remote parts, magic. Icefields parkway is scenic, but zero corners and massive tourist traffic in summer, slow, boring and very dangerous (Rental RV’s!), worth doing once. If you do go, try to go Jasper to Lake Louise as the glaciers mainly face north. It can snow any month of the year so be prepared. Jasper is much nicer than Banff, unless you prefer crowds of tourists. Cam
How about Parksville and not Parkland
Thanks for the catch, Bruce. Fixed and clarified.
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