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Canada: outdoor adventures

Associations that come to many people’s minds, when they think about Canada are: the Niagara Falls, hockey, Ryan Gosling, and Céline Dion. However, Canada has much more to offer for travellers who are thirsty for adventure, outdoor activities, and cosmopolitan ambiance.

Check out its mesmerising cities, delve deeper into the topic of Canadian culture and history, and admire some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The second largest country in the world, Canada is full of surprises that are waiting to be discovered. 

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Epic Gold Rush Road Trip Epic Gold Rush Road Trip

Epic Gold Rush Road Trip

North America - United States
7,321 km 74 km/h 30 days roadtrip
Cabot Trail Road Trip Cabot Trail Road Trip

Cabot Trail Road Trip

North America - Canada
300 km 67 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Icefields Parkway Road Trip Icefields Parkway Road Trip

Icefields Parkway Road Trip

North America - Canada
318 km 61 km/h 1 days scenic
Prince Edward Island Road Trip Prince Edward Island Road Trip

Prince Edward Island Road Trip

North America - Canada
831 km 64 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Newfoundland Viking Road Trip Newfoundland Viking Road Trip

Newfoundland Viking Road Trip

North America - Canada
435 km 83 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Trans Canada Highway Road Trip Trans Canada Highway Road Trip

Trans Canada Highway Road Trip

North America - Canada
7,395 km 89 km/h 28 days roadtrip
The Last Wild Road Trip The Last Wild Road Trip

The Last Wild Road Trip

North America - United States
10,584 km 76 km/h 40 days roadtrip
British Columbia Rockies Road Trip British Columbia Rockies Road Trip

British Columbia Rockies Road Trip

North America - Canada
187 km 43 km/h 2 days scenic
Top of the World Road Trip Top of the World Road Trip

Top of the World Road Trip

North America - Canada
1,095 km 72 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Haida Gwaii Scenic Drive Haida Gwaii Scenic Drive

Haida Gwaii Scenic Drive

North America - Canada
127 km 67 km/h 1 days scenic
Kootenays Road Trip Kootenays Road Trip

Kootenays Road Trip

North America - Canada
897 km 71 km/h 4 days roadtrip
Old Canada Road Trip Old Canada Road Trip

Old Canada Road Trip

North America - United States
261 km 70 km/h 1 days scenic
Maine Road Trip Maine Road Trip

Maine Road Trip

North America - United States
1,750 km 67 km/h 18 days roadtrip
Desert to the Rockies Road Trip Desert to the Rockies Road Trip

Desert to the Rockies Road Trip

North America - United States
3,201 km 83 km/h 12 days roadtrip
Great Northern US 2 Road Trip Great Northern US 2 Road Trip

Great Northern US 2 Road Trip

North America - United States
5,209 km 70 km/h 21 days roadtrip
Dempster Highway Road Trip Dempster Highway Road Trip

Dempster Highway Road Trip

North America - Canada
774 km 39 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Okanagan Valley Road Trip Okanagan Valley Road Trip

Okanagan Valley Road Trip

North America - Canada
438 km 67 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Vancouver Island Road Trip Vancouver Island Road Trip

Vancouver Island Road Trip

North America - Canada
824 km 73 km/h 5 days roadtrip
Nanaimo to Tofino Panoramic Road Nanaimo to Tofino Panoramic Road

Nanaimo to Tofino Panoramic Road

North America - Canada
204 km 67 km/h 1 days scenic
Gaspe Peninsula Road Trip Gaspe Peninsula Road Trip

Gaspe Peninsula Road Trip

North America - Canada
2,222 km 71 km/h 10 days roadtrip
Georgian Bay Road Trip Georgian Bay Road Trip

Georgian Bay Road Trip

North America - Canada
1,809 km 121 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Canada Road Trip Canada Road Trip

Canada Road Trip

North America - Canada
11,130 km 90 km/h 34 days roadtrip
Sea to Sky Highway Road Trip Sea to Sky Highway Road Trip

Sea to Sky Highway Road Trip

North America - Canada
146 km 79 km/h 2 days scenic
Fraser Valley Road Trip Fraser Valley Road Trip

Fraser Valley Road Trip

North America - Canada
165 km 65 km/h 2 days roadtrip
Sunshine Coast Road Trip Sunshine Coast Road Trip

Sunshine Coast Road Trip

North America - Canada
328 km 40 km/h 2 days roadtrip
South Vancouver Island Road Trip South Vancouver Island Road Trip

South Vancouver Island Road Trip

North America - Canada
286 km 45 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Kootenay N.P. Panorama Route Kootenay N.P. Panorama Route

Kootenay N.P. Panorama Route

North America - Canada
105 km 78 km/h 1 days scenic
Klondike Road Trip Klondike Road Trip

Klondike Road Trip

North America - Canada
708 km 74 km/h 2 days scenic
Lake Superior Shores Road Trip Lake Superior Shores Road Trip

Lake Superior Shores Road Trip

North America - Canada
1,002 km 89 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Okanagan Wine Trip Okanagan Wine Trip

Okanagan Wine Trip

North America - Canada
37 km 45 km/h 2 days scenic
Alberta Classic Road Trip Alberta Classic Road Trip

Alberta Classic Road Trip

North America - Canada
1,016 km 90 km/h 4 days roadtrip
Silver Mines Scenic Drive Silver Mines Scenic Drive

Silver Mines Scenic Drive

North America - Canada
110 km 54 km/h 1 days scenic
Niagara Peninsula Panorama Route Niagara Peninsula Panorama Route

Niagara Peninsula Panorama Route

North America - Canada
46 km 43 km/h 1 days scenic
Connecticut River Road Trip Connecticut River Road Trip

Connecticut River Road Trip

North America - United States
472 km 59 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Michigan Road Trip Michigan Road Trip

Michigan Road Trip

North America - United States
3,207 km 66 km/h 14 days roadtrip
Lake Superior Panoramic Road Lake Superior Panoramic Road

Lake Superior Panoramic Road

North America - United States
308 km 83 km/h 1 days scenic
Minnesota Road Trip Minnesota Road Trip

Minnesota Road Trip

North America - United States
2,450 km 82 km/h 12 days roadtrip
Selkirk Road Trip Selkirk Road Trip

Selkirk Road Trip

North America - United States
463 km 68 km/h 3 days roadtrip
Lake Erie Road Trip Lake Erie Road Trip

Lake Erie Road Trip

North America - Canada
1,085 km 60 km/h 7 days roadtrip
Southern Saskatchewan Road Trip Southern Saskatchewan Road Trip

Southern Saskatchewan Road Trip

North America - Canada
657 km 86 km/h 2 days roadtrip
North of Saskatoon Scenic Drive North of Saskatoon Scenic Drive

North of Saskatoon Scenic Drive

North America - Canada
418 km 91 km/h 2 days scenic
Algonquin Road Trip Algonquin Road Trip

Algonquin Road Trip

North America - Canada
191 km 68 km/h 2 days scenic

Top highlights in Canada

Canada is a treasure trove of urban jewels and natural pristine gems. Travel to Toronto, located at a stone’s throw away from Lake Ontario, to soak up its lively atmosphere. If you are a fan of art, you shouldn’t miss the Gardiner Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. However, there are also plenty of attractions for the fans of history, architecture, and local landmarks. A couple of steps away, you’ll find Canada’s must-see attraction, Niagara Falls.

For great entertainment venues, you should definitely consider a trip to Vancouver. Located by the Pacific Ocean, it offers a beautiful panorama of the city against the backdrop of a large marina and snow-covered summits. A cherry on top will be a visit in Stanley Park which is a true breath of fresh air away from all the large metropolises of Canada.

Holidaymakers who would like to bond with Mother Nature should travel to the Canadian Rockies. The Banff National Park is a stunning showcase of what Canada holds in store for the fans of outdoor activities. An equally beautiful place to visit is the Jasper National Park, yet its less popular among tourists (which might be an advantage for some). Fishing, canoeing, cycling, or whitewater rafting – what’s your favourite way of spending family holidays?

Slightly less popular, yet equally beautiful, are the Maritime Provinces. Here, you’ll find the fascinating Halifax offering a top-notch starting point for the exploration of the dramatic coastline. In Saint John, you can admire a small harbour studded with plenty of top-notch local restaurants. For a more relaxed and laidback ambiance you can travel to Charlottetown, known and valued for its Victorian architecture, entertainment venues, and charming streets.

Canadian prairies at its best can be found around Winnipeg which is an excellent town to explore Canadian historical landmarks, bars, and cultural spots. It is located at a short drive from another interesting and less popular city of Churchill, from where you’ll have a picturesque view on the Hudson Bay. It’s also a must-see attraction if you would like to try beluga whales watching.

Most important traffic regulations in Canada

Motorists travelling around Canada will be glad to hear that the country follows right-hand traffic, especially those motorists who come from a similar driving environment. Due to the fact that there are vast spaces to cover around Canada, it’s best if you plan ahead with all of the travel details already in your head. The greatest danger on the road is stray animals that can run across the street just in front of your car.

Speed limits depend on the road type as well as driver's experience. Speed limits for most passenger vehicles are 50 km/h (in built-up areas), 100 km/h (on highways), and 100 km/h (on rural highways and freeways).

In Canada, you need to be 16 to get your driver’s licence. However, most car rental companies will require you to be 21 in order to rent a vehicle. Unfortunately, motorists who are between 21 and 24 years of age will be charged a daily fee. It is also required to have a minimum of a third-party insurance.

Don’t be surprised as on-the-spot fines are a normal phenomenon in some provinces. However, in most cases you’ll receive a ticket that has to be paid within a specified period of time. On-the-spot fines concern only really minor offences.

Whenever you are stopped by police officers, you should switch your engine off and remain in your seat. Never try to bribe police officers as it is perceived as a very serious offence.

Some provinces will require you to have your dipped beam on throughout the day. What’s more, don’t be surprised if you come across road signs that are in French.

Canada: required documents and blood alcohol limit

In case of a road check, you'll be asked to show such documents as driver’s licence, insurance documents, and your ID with a photo.

Canada follows very strict regulations concerning drinking and driving. The limit is 0.08%; however, careless behaviour can take you way beyond the limit. Interestingly, some provinces have a lower limit of 0.05%. They also vary in terms of penalties a

Speed camera warning devices are seen as illegal in Canada and you might be required to pay a fine amounting up to $650 in some of the Canadian provinces. 

Toll roads in Canada

Canada offers superb driving conditions; however, there are a number of toll roads. These include: the Ontario Highway 407, the Quebec Autoroute 30, the Cobequid Pass, Ontario Highway 412, and the British Columbia Highway 5, These might be expensive and there are additional costs if you decide to use the automatic pass. Your rental company will receive a bill for you and add it to your credit card charges.

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