Top 12 most dangerous highways in Canada

Top 12 most dangerous highways in Canada

Whether it is potholes, traffic congestion, or deteriorated pavement, many of Canada’s highways are in serious need of improvement.

Trans-Taiga Road

Trans-Taiga Road: a very remote journey in Canada

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.

Route de l'Île d'Anticosti

Route de l'Île d'Anticosti, an adventure road you will never forget

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.

Coquihalla Highway

Coquihalla Highway, one of the worst roads in winters

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.

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway, one of the Top Canada Drives

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. 

Smith Dorrien Trail

Smith Dorrien Trail, a washboard with potholes drive

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.

Alberta Highway 40

Alberta Highway 40, one of the greatest and wildest drives in Canada

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 (7,310ft) is also named Kananaskis Trail in Kananaskis Improvement District and Bighorn Highway in the M.D. of Bighorn No. 8. 

Alaska Highway

A journey on the legendary Alaska Highway

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.

Kootenay Pass

Kootenay Pass, an awe-inspiring route in Canada

Kootenay Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.775m (5,823ft) above the sea level, located in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. 

Trans-Labrador Highway

Trans-Labrador Highway, one of the world’s most epic and remote road trips

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.

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road, closed permanently on April 2017

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.

Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass, one of the highest roads of Canada

Highwood Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.217m (7,273ft) above the sea level, located in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. It’s said to be the highest paved road in the country.

Bella Coola Road

A drive to Bella Coola, one of BC's most treacherous roads

The Bella Coola Road (part of the Highway 20) is a 282 miles (451 km) long road located in British Columbia, Canada. The road links the community of Bella Coola and the city of Williams Lake.

Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road

Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road, the world’s longest heavy haul ice road

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.

Coquihalla pass

Coquihalla Pass, a chillout in high mountains

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.

Highest roads of Canada

Highest roads of Canada

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.

Dettah Ice Road

Dettah Ice Road, a cool highway in the Northwest Territories

The Dettah ice road is located in the North Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, in 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.

Princeton Summerland Road

Princeton Summerland Road, a drive with superb views

The Princeton Summerland Road is a very scenic drive located in British Columbia, Canada. It’s a good ride with some nice corners and scenery.

Icefields Parkway

Drive along the Canadian Icefields Parkway

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 rated as one of the top drives in the world, going through big mountains, glaciers, deep blue lakes and numerous hikes. It has it all. It's one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Grey Creek pass

Grey Creek Pass is one of the highest roads of Canada

Grey Creek pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.072m (6,800ft) above the sea level located in British Columbia, Canada. It's one of the highest mountain roads of Canada.

Riverhurst Crossing

Riverhurst Crossing, a Canadian ice road

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: grades of 18%, no guard rails, and sheer drop-offs

Heckman Pass: grades of 18%, no guard rails and sheer drop-offs

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. 

Fort Chipewyan Winter Road

Fort Chipewyan Winter Road crosses breathtaking landscapes in Alberta

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.

Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail, one of the most famous coastal drives in Canada

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.

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.