Calling all Lykkers and nature enthusiasts! Prepare to be enchanted by Canada's spellbinding landscapes, where majestic mountains stand tall and vibrant pine trees dance in the breeze, painting a picture-perfect scene at every turn.

With our insider tips and tricks, your self-drive tour in Canada is bound to be an unforgettable odyssey. So pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime!


Popular Road Trips Routes in Canada

Nanaimo to Tofino, British Columbia

Rugged coastline and old-growth forests – (128 miles)

Situated on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, this scenic route spans 207 kilometers (128 miles). While the drive typically clocks in at around 3 hours, it's advisable to allocate a few extra hours to fully appreciate the abundant natural beauty along the way.

To reach Nanaimo from Vancouver, head to Horseshoe Bay terminal and catch the ferry to Departure Bay in Nanaimo. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, with costs starting from $49 for a car and driver, depending on booking options.

Vancouver Island

Along the route, make sure to stop and see these highlights:

Coombs: Explore the charming Old Country Market.

Cathedral Grove in MacMillon Provincial Park: Marvel at the towering Douglas Fir trees, the largest on earth, accessible via various walking paths.

Pets: Dogs allowed

Open Hours: 24 hours

Admission: Free

Official site:

Port Alberni: A fantastic spot for on-foot exploration, kayaking, or boating adventures.

Pacific Rim Highway: Prepare to be dazzled by the awe-inspiring views, akin to the one depicted above.

Wally Creek: Don't pass up the opportunity to witness its breathtaking vistas and capture some memorable photos.

Ucluelet: Discover this lively town boasting eclectic shops, pristine beaches, and delectable dining options.

Tofino:Your final destination awaits—make sure to soak up the sun and surf at its beautiful beaches.

EPIC VANCOUVER ISLAND ROADTRIP | Tofino, Nanaimo, Cowichan Bay + Stunning Nature!

Video by Alina Mcleod

Sea to Sky Highway

Dramatic coastal drive and rainforests – 95 miles

The Sea to Sky Highway offers a breathtaking and picturesque journey, tracing the coastline with its dramatic twists and turns, nestled closely among the trees and offering unparalleled proximity to the water, leaving you utterly spellbound.

Beginning in Vancouver and stretching northward towards Pemberton and Whistler, this route takes you along the shores of Howe Sound at sea level before gradually ascending into the majestic Coast Mountains and through ancient rainforests en route to Whistler and beyond.

Howe Sound

Along the way, be sure to see:

Vancouver city and surrounds

Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver

Shannon Falls: the third-highest waterfall in British Columbia

Squamish – a small town that’s a good launching point for hikes around the area and a good place to stay overnight, if you’re making this a 2-day drive. Book on

Executive Suites Hotel & Resort, Squamish

Address: 40900 Tantalus Rd, Squamish, BC V8B 0R3, Canada

Contact Number:+1 604 815 0048

Check-in time: 4:00 PM; Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Whistler:see all the amazing things to do in Whistler in the summer

Preparation Basics

1. With a well-crafted itinerary in hand, there are several fundamental yet crucial aspects to consider before setting off on your road trip.

2. First and foremost, ensure that your insurance—both car and health—provides comprehensive coverage for any possible scenarios you may encounter while traversing the vast Canadian wilderness.

3. If your driver's license is not in English, it's imperative to obtain an international driver's permit. Apply here: The price comes with a high-quality leather cover booklet & QR code technology card. For one year, it is about USD 34.99.

However, for US drivers, this requirement does not apply. And don't forget to pack your driver's license (yes, we've overlooked this detail before)!

4. Be sure to equip yourself with a reliable GPS device (Bouncie GPS Car Tracker, LandAirSea 54 GPS Tracker) and familiarize yourself with your route and estimated travel times.

Above all, driving through Canada immerses you in a serene and almost meditative journey. The pristine air quality of the northern territories is like a breath of fresh air for your soul, leaving you feeling revitalized and ready to conquer the world upon your return.

Rest assured, no matter how well-prepared you are, this journey promises to be unforgettable and enriching. So get ready for an adventure that will stay with you for a lifetime!