Vue d'ensemble

What a drive! From Montreal to Vancouver, this is a great Canadian road trip packed with stops along the Trans Canada Highway - offering you the ultimate cross-country road trip. We’ve put together a three-week journey to take you from the province of Quebec right through to British Columbia’s west coast. Celebrate small towns, big cities and all Canada has to offer through food, people and sights to see.
Duration
21 DAYS
Distance
5860km / 3641mi
Region
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan

Route - 5860 km / 3641 mi

Day Agence Distance Duration
01 Montreal to Mattawa 494 km / 307 mi Approx. 5 hours 40 minutes
02 Mattawa to Sault Ste. Marie 497 km / 309 mi Approx. 5 hours 35 minutes
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04 Sault Ste. Marie to Marathon 411 km / 255 mi Approx. 4 hours 25 minutes
05 Marathon to Ignance 527 km / 327 mi Approx. 5 hours 40 minutes
06 Ignance to Kenora 243 km / 151 mi Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes
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08 Kenora to Winnipeg 209 km / 130 mi Approx. 2 hours 25 minutes
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10 Winnipeg to Regina 573 km / 356 mi Approx. 5 hours 50 minutes
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12 Regina to Medicine Hat 467 km / 290 mi Approx. 4 hours 31 minutes
13 Medicine Hat to Calgary 295 km / 183 mi Approx. 3 hours
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15 Calgary to Banff 127 km / 79 mi Approx. 1 hour 25 minutes
16 Banff to Lake Louise 57 km / 35 mi Approx. 40 minutes
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18 Lake Louise to Kamloops 428 km / 266 mi Approx. 5 hours 10 minutes
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20 Kamloops to Vancouver 232 km / 144 mi Approx. 3 hours 45 minutes
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Trip Details

Today you’ll leave Montreal and head to Mattawa, Ontario - a town that sits at the junction of the Ottawa and the Mattawa rivers. If you have an extra day or two, spend some time exploring Old Montreal, a gem tucked away within the gorgeous city of Montreal. Along your drive today you’ll pass through Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Take advantage of this stop by dropping in for lunch, visiting Parliament Hill or checking out the Rideau Canal. Getting back on the highway, you’re about a three-hour drive from your final destination today - Mattawa, Ontario.

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

On the shore of one of the Great Lakes Lake Superior, and just along St. Marys River is the town 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 nearby camping.

CanaDream Club Partners:

  • Almenara en el Rio, Marina & Campground
  • Sault Ste. Marie KOA
  • Glenview Cottages and Campground

Today you’re travelling to the north shore of Lake Superior, landing in Marathon. It’s rumored that 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 frontier.


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 gorgeous part of the province.

CanaDream  Club Partners:
  • Anicinabe RV Park Campground

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 to taste 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 Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede to see if there will be any events happening while you’re in town - perhaps 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 some refer to 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 continuing 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 scope 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
From the city centre of Calgary you can see the soaring Rocky Mountains. Today you’ll head west, driving right into the handsome mountains of Banff.
Along the way, stop in Canmore for a coffee break or stop to snap some photos of the breathtaking mountain views. You’re entering bear country, so be aware and keep your distance if you spot one of these magical mammals on your journey.

Banff plays hosts to international guests year round. It’s town centre is easily walkable, offering lots of shopping and dinning options. Banff is also a place of play – whatever your adventure – ski, hike, bike, canoe – there’s endless opportunities to discover and be in your joy here. Check out our various partners on the CanaDream app to take advantage of experiences and discounts.

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
Since the drive from Banff to Lake Louise is short, consider taking the scenic route by travelling along the Bow Valley Parkway. Stop and take advantage of the hiking trails or simply pull over and have a picnic – Muleshoe is a great spot for this. Another important stop along this way is Johnston Canyon. Ancient limestone cliffs meet breath-taking waterfalls. Also on this route is Castle Lookout, beneath Castle Mountain, and Storm Mountain Lookout, above the Bow River.

You’ll arrive in Lake Louise. The lake itself is an incredible emerald colour – no visit is the same, with the lake gifting you a new magical colour every time.

CanaDream Club Partners:
  • Beyond Banff Tours

Travelling through the mountains and arriving in the Okanagan Badlands, 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 discounts along the way.

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 a welcomed relax 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

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