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Canada Top Scenic Drives

Canada has so many regions of spectacular scenery and unique attractions that is is almost a crime to single out just a small selection of scenic drives and label them as "the best".

However, there are some routes that attract more visitors than others which earns them the popular vote, so here is a selection of the scenic drives generally considered to be the most popular in Canada. 

Cape Breton Cabot Trail : Nova Scotia

A route of mountain panoramas, sea views and imposing cliffs. This world-class excursion is a 300km loop through the elevated Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Visit Acadian fishing ports, untouched valley scenery and some of the most picturesque coastline you are ever likely to see.

The Viking Trail: Newfoundland

This is a beautiful drive to the northern tip of Newfoundland and is perfect for the traveller looking to be far from the madding crowd.

This is a wild and solitary part of the world, with views of wind-ravaged coastline and unusual geology. Your trip ends at L'Anse aux Meadows, one of the world's great historic sites.

Icefields Parkway: Alberta

Hwy.93 through the Banff and Jasper National Parks is one of the world's most renowned mountain drives, a must see for anyone visiting this region. Riding the Icefields Parkway is like a trip back in time to the ice ages as it winds past glacier ravaged peaks up to the Columbia Icefields, a sprawling cap of ice, snow and a glacier at the crest of the Rocky Mountains.

Highway 99: British Columbia

Known as the Sea to Sky Highway, this 4-hour drive runs from Vancouver to Lillooet, scene of the historic Fraser River gold-rush. Travel from the imposing coastline past glaciers, forests of pine, a cascading mountaintop waterfall and on through towering glacial mountains at Whistler. The final leg winds through a series of switchbacks, through lovely Cayoosh Creek valley and on to the mountains surrounding Lillooet.

Dempster Highway: Northwest Territories

Ride Canada's most northerly highway, a year-round gravel road across the top of the world that links Dawson City to Inuvik. a native community on the huge Mackenzie River delta. The road traverses the Continental Divide three times, winds across the Arctic Circle, with ferry crossings of the Peel and Mackenzie rivers before ending at Inuvik.

The Navigators' Route: Quebec

This is a drive with never ending views of the majestic St. Lawrence, its islands and the mountains of the North Shore. As you travel this route that flanks the river, you'll be surrounded by three centuries of regional history that evokes the spirits of fishermen, navigators and ship builders. Take the opportunity to stop at Rivière-du-Loup and Rimouski, the two largest cities, as well as the many picturesque villages. A continuation of this drive is to carry on to Gaspésie along a section of highway that is ranked among North America's top scenic drives.

Fundy Coastal Drive: New Brunswick

A dramatic coastal drive that covers 390km between St. Stephen and Sackville along the Bay of Fundy which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Witness the unique phenomenon of the highest tides in the world which reach more than 16m in some places. Explore the local geology that is exposed in the shore's red sandstone and volcanic rock that reveals fossils and signs of life from millions of years ago.

Algonquin Park Corridor: Ontario

Highway 60 takes visitors into the heart of Algonquin Park, one of Canada's most famous parks located in northern Ontario. The park is the site of lakes and forests, hiking trails, a visitor centre and Logging Museum. This is a short drive of approximately an hour. It's a noted wildlife habitat, and a popular site for viewing moose that enjoy the park environment.

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