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.

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.

Forks Of The Credit Road, a rolling scenic drive

Forks Of The Credit Road, a rolling scenic drive

Forks Of The Credit Road is a very scenic curvy drive located in Caledon, in the Regional Municipality of Peel in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada.

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.

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. 

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.

Alberta Highway 40

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

Alberta Provincial Highway No. 40 is the name of a very scenic drive through western Alberta, in Canada. Many segments of the trip include a mix of paved and gravel sections.

Highwood Pass

Highwood Pass, the highest paved road 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.

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.

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, in the country's Atlantic region, the Trans-Labrador Highway (TLH) is the name of a very scenic drive. Most of the road features 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.

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.

Yoho Valley Road

Yoho Valley Road, a Canadian steep, narrow road with intense hairpin turns

Yoho Valley Road is a very scenic journey located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains along the western slope of the Continental Divide in southeastern British Columbia. It’s closed from October to June.

Bella Coola Road

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

Bella Coola Road is the name of a very exciting yet scenic drive located in British Columbia, Canada. The road links the community of Bella Coola and the city of Williams Lake.

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.

The Screaming Tunnel

The Canadian Screaming Tunnel: a Top Haunted Road

Located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, in Canada, the legend says that if you stand in the center of this tunnel running underneath what once was the Grand Trunk Railway lines, and light a match, the match will go out. You will then hear the screams of the dying girl. It's one of the Top Haunted Roads in the world.

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

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.

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.

Icefields Parkway

Driving the Icefields Parkway in the Canadian Rockies

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the world, running through big mountains, glaciers and deep blue lakes.

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.

Fundy Coast Drive

Fundy Coast Drive, a scenic journey in Canada

New Brunswick's Fundy Coast Drive (or Fundy Coast Drive) is a scenic drive stretching along the entire southern shore of New Brunswick, in Canada.

Dempster Highway

Dempster Highway, a Top Canadian Drive to the Arctic

Dempster Highway is a very scenic unpaved road 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.

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road

Tuktoyaktuk Winter Road closed permanently on April 2017

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.

Cabot Trail

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

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.

Heckman Pass

Heckman Pass: grades of 18%, no guardrails 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 west-central British Columbia, in Canada. The pass is traversed by the challenging Highway 20. It’s one of the most scenic drives in the country, with grades of up to 18%, no guardrails, and sheer drop-offs of many hundreds of feet.

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.

Sea to Sky highway

Sea to Sky Highway, a picturesque cliffside road in BC

Sea to Sky Highway is a picturesque cliffside roadway offering access to the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia, Canada. It’s one of the world's most spectacular seaside drives and is a veritable invitation for a road trip.

Trans-Taiga Road

Trans-Taiga Road: a very remote journey in Canada

Trans-Taiga Road is the name of an extremely remote road located in northern Quebec, in 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.

Thousand Islands Parkway

The scenic Thousand Islands Parkway in Canada

The Thousand Islands Parkway is a very scenic drive located in the Canadian province of Ontario, running parallel to the St. Lawrence River.

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