5 Canadian Drives You Need to Take

Rattlesnake Pass between Asotin, WA and Enterprise, OR.  Not a Canadian drive, but a superb sportscar/motorcycle road nonetheless

Rattlesnake Pass between Asotin, WA and Enterprise, OR. Not a Canadian drive, but a superb sportscar/motorcycle road nonetheless

Here is Postmedia News writer Paul Choi’s recommendations for the best Canadian drives is the classic list.

His picks?

  1. The Cabot Trail, NS
  2. Sea-to-Sky Highway, BC
  3. Icefields Parkway, AB
  4. Confederation Bridge, NB to PEI
  5. Yonge Street, Toronto

With the exception of Yonge Street (known as the longest street in the world, according to the Guiness Book of Records), Recommendations Nos. 1-4 are pretty standard.  Yonge Street is a somewhat controversial choice; it’s certainly not scenic as the other drives are.

What do you think??  Read Choi’s full article here.

From Western Canada, I would add:

  • The Cowboy Trail, Alberta Hwy 22 which parallels the Rockies and heads south through southern Alberta’s picturesque cattle country
  • BC’s Hwy 3A along Kootenay Lake from Creston to the Crawford Bay (free) ferry
  • BC’s Hwy 6 running from Vernon to the Needles (free) ferry
  • BC’s Hwy 99 from ski resort Whistler to Lillooet

While the Cowboy Trail is an easy drive that can be enjoyed behind the wheel of a minivan, the three BC road’s I’ve recommended are best appreciated from behind the wheel of a world class sportscar like a Mazda MX-5 or, if you’ve got the dosh, a Porsche Boxster GTS (both on a sunny, warm, summer day with the top down, of course) or aboard a sharp-handling motorcycle like a 2014 BMW R1200RT.  :)

What are your favourite sportscar or motorcycle roads?  Post your comment.

 

 

3 Comments

  1. claus littmann says:

    done: cabot trail,icefield parkway,hwy 3a, hwy 6, hwy 22 of the list, using either the boxster or the bike. hwy3a/6 are really hard on the inside front tires, and afterwards Loretta said, find a road that has less corners…

  2. Bighopper says:

    I would add New Denver to Kaslo via the Kaslo Pass, hwy31A :-)

    • ty says:

      Absolutely. I agree. That section of highway is one of the best motorcycling/sports car roads in Canada, and one of my favourites.

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