Vue d'ensemble

Welcome to the great Canadian road trip where you’ll travel across Canada, from one coast to the other, along the Trans Canada Highway. Beginning in Halifax, this three-week journey will take you to some of Canada’s favourite cities and most celebrated small towns. From the Maritimes to the prairies, experience and celebrate the diverse Canadian landscape and world-renowned hospitality with CanaDream.
Duration
21 DAYS
Distance
5860km / 3641mi
Region
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Route - 5860 km / 3641 mi

Day Agence Distance Duration
01 Halifax, NS to Fredericton, NB 436 km / 271 mi Approx. 4 hours 10 minutes
02 Fredericton, NB to Quebec City, QC 591 km / 367 mi Approx. 5 hours 45 minutes
03 Quebec City, QC to Montreal, QC 256 km / 159 mi Approx. 3 hours 10 minutes
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05 Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON 198 km / 123 mi Approx. 2 hour 10 minutes
06 Ottawa, ON to Mattawa, ON 296 km / 184 mi Approx. 3 hours 10 minutes
07 Mattawa, ON to Sault Ste. Marie, ON 497 km / 309 mi Approx. 5 hour 35 minutes
08 Sault Ste. Marie, ON to Marathon, ON 411 km / 255 mi Approx. 4 hours 25 minutes
09 Marathon, ON to Ignance, ON 527 km / 327 mi Approx. 5 hours 40 minutes
10 Ignance, ON to Kenora, ON 243 km / 151 mi Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
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12 Kenora, ON to Winnipeg, MB 209 km / 130 mi Approx. 2 hours 25 minutes
13 Winnipeg, MB to Regina, SK 573 km / 356 mi Approx. 5 hours 50 minutes
14 Regina, SK to Medicine Hat, AB 467 km / 290 mi Approx. 4 hours 31 minutes
15 Medicine Hat, AB to Calgary, AB 295 km / 183 mi Approx. 3 hours
16 Calgary, AB to Banff, AB 127 km / 79 mi Approx. 1 hour 25 minutes
17 Banff, AB to Lake Louise, AB 57 km / 35 mi Approx. 40 minutes
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19 Lake Louise, AB to Kamloops, BC 428 km / 266 mi Approx. 5 hours 10 minutes
20 Kamloops, BC to Vancouver, BC 358 km / 222 mi Approx. 3 hours 45 minutes
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Trip Details

We know it’ll be hard to leave the vibrant port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia – but you have quite the adventure ahead of you and lots to see.

Your first stop is Fredericton, New Brunswick. Visit the historic Garrison District, located right downtown. Or visit a craft brewery, as Fredericton is home to the highest concentration of craft breweries in all of the Maritimes. If you desire some exercise, walk or hop on a bike and take advantage of the trails along the Saint John River. There’s over 90 km to explore and discover.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Shubenacadie River Runners
  • Atlantic Superstore
  • Inn on the Lake
  • Travelodge Suites Dartmouth
  • Ambassatours Gray Line – Harbour Hopper Tours
  • Kings Landing Historic Settlement

Driving north in New Brunswick you’re on your way to the Province of Quebec, landing in Quebec City. Located on the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is romantic, charismatic and truly charming piece of Canada. Stroll the walkable, cobblestone streets of Old Québec, the only walled city north of Mexico. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering an incredible array of art, food and architecture.

Be sure to check out our CanaDream App to find places to stay so you can receive discounted rates through our partners across Canada.

If you’re travelling in February, plan ahead and take part in Carnival de Quebec. Known simply as Carnival in both English and French, ithis s a pre-Lenten festival held every year. From a masquerade ball, to snow sculpture events and incredible maple syrup treats, visitors from all over the world attend to take part in the celebration.

CanaDream Club Partners:

  • Go Helico
  • Croisieres AML
  • Domaine de la Chute
  • Camping Transit
  • Traditional Huron Site
  • Montmorency Falls History
  • Croisieres AML
  • Mont-Sainte-Anne: Golf Le Grand Vallon
  • Mont-Sainte-Anne: Hiking and Mountain Biking
  • Mont-Sainte-Anne: RV Site and Skiing
  • Stoneham Mountain Resort
  • Camping Jacques Cartier National Park
  • Camping du Quai
  • Camping du Lac Témiscouata National Park

From one great city to the next, today you’ll arrive in Montreal. You can’t go wrong taking a food tour of Quebec’s largest city. If eating your way through Montreal’s famous smoked meat and poutine isn’t your thing, why not hike up Mont-Royal and getting a bird’s eye view of the city? Old Montreal is a must-visit - be sure to take a stroll along Saint-Paul Street.

Consider spending the night at Parc National des îles-de-boucherville, just 20 minutes north of the city centre. We also have lots of connections through our CanaDream App so be sure to download it and take advantage of savings on your trip.

CanaDream Club Partners:

  • Camping Plaisance National Park
  • Camping Lac Lafontaine-Parkbridge
  • IGA Extra Famille Girard St. Janvier
  • Metro Plus Blainville
  • Le Bateau Mouche
  • 2 Partners
  • Croisieres AML
  • Sandman Montreal-Longueuil
  • Camping Iles-de-Boucherville Parc National
  • Camping Allouette
  • Camping Lac du Repos Resort
  • Camping Caravelle RV Resort
  • L’Estrival Cottage & RV Resort
  • Domaine de Érables Cottage & RV Resort
  • Camping Plaisance National Park
Welcome to the capital of Canada, Ottawa!

In the centre of Ottawa is Parliament Hill, an impressive grand Victorian building. Visit the National Gallery of Canada or head to ByWard Market for specialty foods like Canadian cheese and the oh-so-famous Canadian maple syrup. The Rideau Canal is another must-see – whether winter or summer, there’s always something going on here. And, if you have an extra day to spare, consider going to Gatineau Park and camping there for the night - it’s just outside the city and across the border in Quebec.  Staying Ontario side, the Wesley Clover Parks Campground in Nepean may also be a good choice.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Wesley Clover Parks Campground
  • Canadian War Museum
  • Haunted Walks Inc.
  • National Gallery of Canada
  • Canadian Museum of History
  • Camping Oka National Park
  • Camping Choisy
Mattawa is the place where travellers from all over the world call home for sometimes just a night – and other times for weeks on end. Known to host voyagers for centuries, you’ll find plenty of hospitality, home-cooked food and local secrets for your journey ahead. Check out our CanaDream app for nearby camping.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • OWL Rafting on the Ottawa River
  • Booth Landing Camping

On the shore of the Great Lake Superior, and just along St. Marys River, is the city of Sault Ste. Marie. Home to world-class fishing and original Group of 7 paintings at the Art Gallery of Algoma, there’s a diverse offering of things to do and see here. Get up early and fit in a round of golf or take advantage of the walking trails before hitting the road again. Check out our CanaDream app for near-by camping.

If you're travelling during 'train' season (mid June to mid October), make sure you book a seat on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train. This one-day wilderness excursion will transport you 114 miles north of the "Soo" into the heart of the Canadian Wilderness.


CanaDream Club Partners:

  • Almenara en el Rio, Marina & Campground
  • Sault Ste. Marie KOA
  • Terrain de camping et maisonnettes de Glenview
Today you’re travelling to the north shore of Lake Superior, landing in Marathon. It’s rumored the best place to capture a panoramic view of Lake Superior is from Hawk’s Ridge. The area offers four-season activities, so no matter the time of year you’re stopping in here, there’s sure to be something for you to do after a day on the road. Hiking, walking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are just a few of the outdoor activities that keep the locals busy year-round.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Wawa RV Resort and Campground
You’re on the move again and now entering northwestern Ontario, arriving in the town of Ignance. According to locals, a must visit while you’re here is the White Otter Castle located on White Otter Lake. It’s a three-story castle built at the turn of the century by an eccentric hermit named James Alexander “Jimmy” McQuat. He lived off the land and built his dream home – being recognized as a Canadian frontiersman.  There is no road access to the castle. Check with local operators for access information.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Wolf River Campground
  • Happy Land Park
Take some time off and enjoy Kenora – Ontario’s destination for boating on the incredible Lake of the Woods where there are 14,542 islands to explore. From craft brewery tours to yoga classes, farmer’s markets to having a shoreline fish-fry, you won’t be shy for things to do and places to relax in this wonderful part of the province.
Leaving the province of Ontario today, you’ll head into the prairies with your first stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Visit The Forks, a historic shopping and dining area, or take a west-end walking tour - tasting your way through this neighbourhood while taking in murals and scoping out the latest artist creations. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint, an incredible building that produces coins for over 70 countries, or one of Winnipeg’s museums.  Include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (find out how to save on your visit here through our CanaDream Club App) or the Manitoba Museum.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Rock Garden Campground
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Welcome to the capital city of Saskatchewan, Regina. Visit historic churches, take a walking tour or have a picnic in Wascana Park – this small prairie city has a variety of unique neighbourhoods to visit. Take advantage of the Regina Farmers’ Market and stock up your cooler or spend some your evening on the Dewdney Strip where you can eat, drink and take in local live music after a day on the road.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Government House Museum – National Historic Site
  • RCMP Heritage Centre 
Along the South Saskatchewan River in the southeast of Alberta is Medicine Hat. Check in with the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede to see if there will be any events happening while you’re in town. There may be an opportunity to take in the rodeo, a farmer’s market or free entertainment the organization offers in the summer. Just southeast of Medicine Hat is Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – worth a detour if you have the time to spare.
Welcome to Calgary, the city known by some as Cowtown and home to the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede. With the Rocky Mountains just a stone's throw away, Calgary is the last prairie stop before you head further west on your Canadian tour. Eat your way through what’s known as 17th Ave., take in a hockey game with the local Calgary Flames or visit the Calgary Tower and get a bird’s eye view of the city and mountains.

Be sure to check out our partners with the CanaDream Club app so you can take advantage of deals and places to stay on your stopover here.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Heritage Park Historical Village
  • Calgary River Experience
  • TELUS Spark
  • Calgary Tower
  • Sandman Hotel Calgary
  • Best Western Plus Port O Call
  • Acclaim Hotel Calgary
  • Best Western Premier Freeport Inn & Suites
  • Wyndham Garden Calgary
  • Save-On-Foods Calgary CrossIron Mills
  • Days Inn Calgary North Balzac
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Airdrie
  • Calgary West Campground
  • Wintergreen Golf & Country Club
  • Bow Rivers Edge Campground
  • Save-on-Foods Cochrane
Leaving the city of Calgary, begin your trip by driving through rolling foothills towards the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Before you know it, you’re surrounded by towering mountains and greeted in Canmore by the iconic mountains known as the Three Sisters. Further along the highway, you’ll enter the gates of Banff National Park (where you’ll have to buy a park pass) for your overnight stay in the Park.
Endless adventure awaits you in Banff National Park as well as fine dining, art and museums, entertainment and adventure. Banff just might be the greatest outdoor playground in Canada.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Chiniki Cultural Centre
  • Alpine Helicopter Tours
  • Canmore Cave Tours
  • Canmore River Adventures
  • Alberta Mountain Bike Adventures
  • Canadian Rockies Rafting
  • Beyond Banff Tours
  • White Mountain Adventures
  • Banff Scooter Company
  • Discover Banff Tours
  • Banff Canoe Club
The drive from Banff to Lake Louise is short, but there is much to packed into this scenic drive through the majestic mountains.

Luxury meets adventure in Lake Louise – from relaxing at dining at the Chateau Fairmont Lake Louse to hiking the well-known Lake Agnes Teahouse and other trails. You can occupy your days surrounded by incredible beauty in every direction. And, for a bird’s eye view that doesn’t require leg power, head over to the Lake Louise Gondola to take in the breathtaking views and, if you’re lucky, some wildlife too.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Beyond Banff Tours
Travelling through the mountains and arriving in the badlands of the Thompson Valley, welcome to Kamloops.
Here the north and south Thompson Rivers meet. Skiers and boarders might be interested in checking out Sun Peaks Resort – also a place to mountain bike in the summer. This vibrant community offers year-round adventure and incredible live music and entertainment.

We have loads of CanaDream Club partners along this route so make sure to check our app so you can take advantage of savings available along your route.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Hydra River Guides
  • Wild Water Adventures
  • Golden Municipal Campround
  • Glacier Raft Company
  • Canyon Hot Springs
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Apex Rafting Company
  • Flexpeditions Outdoor Adventures
  • Great Canadian Tours
  • 3 Valley Gap Heritage Tours
  • SkyTrek Adventure Park
  • Crazy Creek Resort
  • Beardale Riverside Camping
  • Family Tree Riverside RV and Camping
  • Waterway Houseboat Vacation Rentals
  • Hidden Valley Campground
  • Pinantan Lake Resort
  • Hitch n Rail Resort
  • Pinegrove Campground
Along your drive today, stop in at Spences Bridge and learn about the slide in 1905 that demolished the town prior to the Goldrush. Today the population is just 138 people. And, if you have an extra day to spare, a visit to Harrison Hot Springs is always some welcome relaxation after a long journey.
If you’re looking to stop and refuel along this leg of the journey, the town of Hope is a great place to do just that before arriving in Vancouver.

Vancouver, British Columbia’s most iconic city, is situated alongside the Pacific Ocean. There’s no limit to what you can see and do here. Since you’ve just travelled across the country, a celebration is most definitely in order. And, if you feel like a bird’s eye view of Canada, head down to Canada Place and watch FlyOver Canada for another perspective.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Brookside Campsite
  • Hells Gate Airtram
  • Othello Tunnels Campground
  • Sasquatch Moon Outdoors
  • Coquihalla Campground
  • Hope Bike and Kayak Rentals
  • Bridal Falls Camperland
  • Harrison River RV Resort
  • Eagle Wind RV Park
  • Pacific Border RV Park
  • Peace Arch RV Park
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Burnaby Cariboo R.V. Park
  • Metropolis at Metrotown
  • Coast Hotels
  • Steveston Seabreeze Adventures
  • Vancouver Whale Watch
  • Quality Hotel Airport
  • Accent Inn Vancouver
  • Sandman Signature Hotel
  • Travelodge Hotel Vancouver
  • Pacific Gateway Hotel at Vancouver
  • Vancouver Trolley Company
  • Landsea Tours & Adventures
  • Off The Eaten Track – Olympic Village Food Tour
  • Off The Eaten Track – Railtown Urban Eats Tour
  • Sandman Vancouver City Centre
  • Vancouver Photowalks
  • WESTCOAST Sightseeing – 24 Hour Hop on Hop Off
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Cycle City Tours and Rentals
  • Vancouver Photowalks Canada Place
  • Harbour Air Seaplanes
  • Harbour Cruises Ltd.
  • Vancouver Photowalks – Stanley Park
  • Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Talaysay Tours
  • Capilano River RV Park
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain