Whether it is potholes, traffic congestion, or deteriorated pavement, many of Canada’s highways are in serious need of improvement.
Located in the northern part of the continent of North America, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. Canada's mountains are a memorable experience, studded with glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves. Mountains can be found all over British Columbia while those in Alberta are mainly concentrated on the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies.
Coquihalla Highway is an extreme freeway located in southern British Columbia, Canada. It’s part of the Highway 5 and is around 200km long. It’s one of the worst roads in all of North America in winters. There were 32 fatal crashes between 2004 and 2013 (according to ICBC). In spring, summer or fall, it's a breeze, but in winter there are at least 400-500 accidents and plenty of fatalities.
Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road (also called Denison's Road) is an ice road located in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut in Northern Canada. The road –named after the first and the last lakes on the ice road– has a length of 600km (400mi) and was built for first time in 1982.
Highwood Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.206m (7,238ft) above the sea level. Located in Alberta, it’s the highest paved pass in Canada. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes.
Alberta Provincial Highway No. 40 is a highway located in western Alberta, Canada. The road has a length of 734 km (456 mi) and links Coleman in the municipality of Crowsnest Pass northward to Grande Prairie. This south-north highway where you'll be traveling the Highwood Pass, the highest elevation of any highway in the country (7310 ft) is also named Kananaskis Trail in Kananaskis Improvement District and Bighorn Highway in the M.D. of Bighorn No. 8.
The Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road was an ice road that connected the Northwest Territories communities of Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk in Canada, using the frozen Mackenzie River delta channels and the frozen Arctic Ocean. During the summer, Tuk was only accessible by boat and plane, but every winter, as soon as the weather is cold enough, crews started building the ice road. The road closed permanently on 29 April 2017 at the end of the 2016-2017 winter season.
Railroad Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.385m (4,544ft) above the sea level, located in the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains in southwestern British Columbia, Canada.
Located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada, situated in the country's Atlantic region, the Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH) is a highway with a length of 774.66 mi (1,246.69 km). Most of the road is a well-packed asphalt/gravel surface. Along the route drivers will experience sharp curves, winding road, narrow bridges and steep grades. Drive with care, caution and control.
The Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. The road runs from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to Jasper in Jasper National Park. It’s one of the most beautiful journeys on the planet. It’s rated as one of the top drives in the world, going through big mountains, glaciers, deep blue lakes, numerous hikes. It has it all. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.
Riverhurst Crossing is an ice road constructed each year at Riverhurst and allowing vehicles to cross Lake Diefenbaker, a reservoir and bifurcation lake in Southern Saskatchewan, Canada. The speed limit is 50 km/h, and the maximum load is 10.000 Lbs.
Heckman Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.524m (5.000ft) above the sea level located in the Rainbow Range of west-central British Columbia, in Canada. The pass is traversed by Highway 20. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the country, with grades of up to 18%, no guard rails, and sheer drop-offs of many hundreds of feet. Don’t stuff your belly too much. Eventually, you might feel vomiting temptations while climbing circuitous roads at higher altitudes.
The Dempster Highway is a very scenic gravel highway across miles of desolate Arctic landscape, in Canada. It’s the only all-weather road to cross the Arctic Circle. It's incredibly beautiful, somewhat dangerous and perhaps something you get to see only once (if that) in your life. If your ideal road trip involves getting way off the beaten track then this is the drive for you.
Coquihalla pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.244m (4,081ft) above the sea level, located in the Canadian Cascades, in British Columbia,Canada. The pass is traversed by the spectacular Coquihalla Highway.
The Bella Coola Road (officially known as Highway 20) is a 282 miles (451 km) road located in British Columbia, Canada. Bella Coola Road links the community of Bella Coola and the city of Williams Lake. The road also links the Central Coast with the Central Interior as it crosses the Coast Mountains and the Chilcotin Plateau.
Route de l'Île d'Anticosti is a 204km long gravel road located in the Anticosti Island, an island in Quebec, Canada, at the outlet of the Saint Lawrence River into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The route links Port-Menier, a small fishing town located on the western end of the island, part of the L'Île-d'Anticosti municipality, with the eastern shore.
The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada, is one of the most scenic drives in the world. This scenic roadway is located in northern Victoria County and Inverness County on Cape Breton Island, in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. The Cabot Trail is more than a magnificent world-renowned drive – it is an experience… One to delight in…one to be savoured.
The Trans-Taiga Road is an extremely remote wilderness road located in northern Quebec, Canada, with a length of 582 kilometres (362 mi) to Centrale Brisay and 84 kilometres (52 mi) along the Caniapiscau Reservoir. All this road is unpaved. At the far end you will be 745 km from the nearest town! This is the farthest you can get from a town on a road anywhere in North America! It’s the northernmost continuous road in Eastern North America.
The Dettah ice road is located in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, Canada. This ice road, with a length of 6.5 km (4.0 mi), connects Yellowknife and the small community of Dettah in the winter.
Smith Dorrien Trail is a very scenic drive located in Kananaskis, Alberta, in Canada. It’s a gravel road which travels through the heart of the scenic Smith-Dorrien Valley. The highest point of the road is the Smith-Dorrien Pass, at 1.905m (6,250ft) above the sea level. It's one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
Constructed during World War II, the Alaska Highway with a length of 2,174km (1,523 mile) is world renown and is a smooth, scenic route into the North which stretches from Watson Lake near the British Columbia border to Beaver Creek at the Alaska border.
Fort Chipewyan Winter Road (also known as Alberta's Winter Road) is an ice road located in Alberta in western Canada. The road begins in the middle of December and every year, by the end of March, it disappears.
Yoho Valley Road is a 13.7-kilometre road. It’s located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia. The road is closed from October to June.