Best Scenic Driving Trails in Canada

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on Icefields Parkway Trail
19 days ago

Wow! Gorgeous!!

on Strathcona Provincial Par...
28 days ago

scenic driving

Great drive. So much to see on Vancouver island. Love it even on a rainy day

on Englishman River Falls Pr...
1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful touristy spot

on Wood Bison Trail #11
2 months ago

hiking

on Icefields Parkway Trail
5 months ago

scenic driving

Alberta’s Icefields Parkway (Highway 93 North) is a world-class not to miss experience and one of Canada's national treasures. We traveled from Banff National Park through the heart of this Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, passing crystal blue turquoise mountain lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and broad sweeping valleys. The parkway links Lake Louise with Jasper and you should expect to spend a minimum of three hours each way. One of the most beautiful journeys on the planet, this double-lane highway follows along the Continental Divide between towering rocky mountain peaks, and you might see big horn sheep, deer, black bears, and coyotes along the route. We saw a black bear run across the road in front of us. We also stopped at jaw-dropping Peyto Lake, where a short walk takes you to breath-taking views. At the Columbia Icefields just inside Jasper National Park is the Athabasca Glacier, where we walked on the glacier upwind against a driving, freezing sleet. You can also take a tour using a big snow cat further up onto the glacier and can purchase tickets at the visitor center. The Parkway is something you just can’t pass up if you visit Banff and the road is open. Enjoy!

on Englishman River Falls Pr...
6 months ago

It was an easy trail and a good way to spend a few hours

on Wood Bison Trail #11
7 months ago

hiking

Nice place if you avoid the campers. Not easy stroll. Though there are some swampy crossing with only sticks and logs as your bridge. Don't be fooled by what may look like solid ground neat the end of those logs... I was, but luckily my hikers are waterproof lol.

If you go in spring, be prepared for lots of mud.

And while in the park, we did see a few bison.

My only beef is with smokers.. We picked up so many cigarette bugs on the tail.

on Englishman River Falls Pr...
8 months ago

Great just go there it's a good few hours to be outside

on Wood Bison Trail #11
9 months ago

Hiked this trail numerous times there are some soggy areas. Well maintained lots of wildlife to see if you are light on your feet. Give yourself 5 hours

on Whiteshell River Bridge T...
11 months ago

birding

Beautiful trail on the Canadian Shield. We saw a party of bluejays, many other birds as well. Views we gorgeous, trees have started changing to fall colours.

on Vermillion Lake Trail
1 year ago

birding

The road passes by a series of small, calm, shallow lakes with multiple pull offs with benches that provided a perfect spot for a peaceful Sunday picnic lunch for my wife and me. We watched a pair of common loons swimming and diving while a rain shower came over the mountain peaks and made it's way up the valley toward us. We were very blessed by the time to contemplate the beautiful Rocky Mountain vistas and highly recommend this road.

on Vermillion Lake Trail
1 year ago

birding

Road goes by a series of small, shallow, calm, marsh like lakes with multiple pull offs with benches to sit and contemplate the beautiful mountain vistas. It was a great place for a peaceful Sunday picnic lunch for my wife and me. Great wildflower and birding spot. We watched a pair of common loons swimming and diving while a rain shower came over the peaks and moved our way up the valley. We were very blessed by the experience and highly recommend this spot.

on Wood Bison Trail #11
1 year ago

hiking

This has got to be one of the worst hikes I have ever done in Alberta. Not only were the mosquito hulk size the trail was flat boring and the heat of the day put a damper on all hiking party members. It took us a hour and fifteen minutes at fast pace walk/run to complete this. I would not waste the money or time to come out here, unless you have a full bug suit on (mossy spray did not keep them away).

on California Road Trail
1 year ago

off road driving

The California Road Trail is a nice drive in the country. Some sites say you need 12” clearance on your vehicle to navigate the trail. That’s an exaggeration. You could drive the trail in a stock SUV without any problem and didn’t encounter any sections where anything but a low-rider would get stuck.

The road has quite a few houses on it near the southern end. What surprised me were how many homes / cottages were so far into the road without apparent signs of electricity (not even solar panels). There are a couple of pretty big farms about ½ way up that look like they are completely off the grid.

I’ll give the road another try sometime after the snow falls to see how far up it’s maintained in winter. I can see how some of it might be a mess come spring thaw, but it must be beautiful in the summer and spectacular in the fall.

Although I listed the “Activity” as Off Road Driving, it really should read “Back” road driving.

on Dempster Highway
1 year ago

hiking

This is what we would call a gravel road. I have not driven the entire length but have driven from the intersection south of Dawson, YT (Klondike Highway) into the Tombstone Territorial Park. The scenery is beautiful, especially as you get closer to the park. There are several trails within the park that are worth hiking. In order to get up close to some of the more spectacular peaks, it will take an overnight backpacking effort which requires a back country permit available at the Park Interpretive Center. Be aware that there are no gas or other facilities from the intersection of the Klondike Highway into the park.

on Wood Bison Trail #11
2 years ago

Keep in mind I had just spent a week in Yellowstone/Grand Teton, so I was feeling rather spoiled. That being said, this was a pretty flat and boring trail through the trees so not many views. Mosquitoes were horrible to the point where i started jogging on the trail just to avoid being eaten alive. Stumbled on a dozing Wood Bison, so that was pretty cool, but other than that, not much to write home about