Fall is one of the best times to get outside and enjoy the Canadian landscape. With all the brightly coloured leaves and the diversity of panoramas, why not hit the road and admire the beauty of our country?
Below are 7 roads you can take to enjoy and discover some of the most amazing scenic views in Canada. We’ve paired each ride, with a SUV, perfect in their versatility and fuel-efficiency.
Newfoundland: Viking Trail
Norris Point, Viking Trail, Newfoundland,
Featured photo above by: Helen Karrandjas Moore
The Viking Trail is one of the most majestic roads in Newfoundland. With kilometers of ancient rocky coastlines, impressive wildlife (including whales and seals), and the most important iceberg concentration in Newfoundland, this road is worth the drive. Plus, it crosses two World Heritage sites, L’Anse aux Meadows and Gros Morne National Park.
Our recommended ride: the Ford Escape with panoramic view roof. It’s ideal to help every passenger admire the variety of birds and to enjoy the engaging ride.
New Brunswick: Fundy Coastal Drive
Fundy National Park, photo by: Andrea Schaffer
A true wonder of New Brunswick, the Fundy Coastal Drive gives you a chance to see tides move over 16 metres from high to low, among the highest in the world. The landscapes are breathtaking, mixing impressive rocks, whales, lighthouses and beautiful beaches. You can also stop by St. Stephen, for a little sugar rush at the oldest independent candy maker in Canada, the Ganong family.
Our recommended ride: the Ford Flex with its great cargo volume. When you decide to stop in at the oldest candy maker in Canada, having 80.7 square feet of cargo space will definitely come in handy!
Nova Scotia: Cabot Trail
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Photo by: Andrea Schaffer
Driving along the Cabot Trail is like being in Scotland. With its verdant landscape mixing sea and mountain, it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular scenic drives in Canada. For those with plenty of time, there are numerous scenic lookout points to enjoy the magnificent scenery and picturesque Acadian villages.
Our recommended ride: the Ford Explorer with brake assist. When driving in a national park full of wildlife, knowing this your brakes are ready before you are is handy when critters appear on the road!
Quebec: St. Lawrence Route
Paysage de Charlevoix, Photo by: davender
Overlooking the bucolic river, the St-Lawrence Route links La Malbaie and Baie-Saint-Paul villages. The St. Lawrence Route gives you the chance to discover one of the most popular tourist regions in Quebec.
Our recommended ride: Ford Edge with Adaptive Cruise Control. Perfect for a long ride, it will safely adjust your speed to any car that appears in front of you, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the scene around you instead of the cruise control settings. That’s sweet, don’t you think?
Ontario: the Highway 60 Corridor to Algonquin Park
Algonquin Park – Brent – Cedar Lake, Photo by: Sorin Nechita
Moose fans, the Highway 60 Corridor to Algonquin Park is for you! This road runs along the south part of the park, which is known for its high number of moose sightings.
Our recommended ride: the Ford Flex with Advance Trac and RSC, which offers a better grip with the road, and that means better control. This option is particularly useful when encountering moose!
Alberta: Icefield Parkway
Icefield Parkway Mountain Reflection, Photo by: Dave Bezaire & Susi Havens-Bezaire
If you want to dive straight into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Icefield Parkway is the road for you. On top of giving you the chance to discover some of the most breathtaking scenery the mountains have to offer, you can also admire the cornucopia of waterfalls and pristine clear lakes created when the last ice age ended.
Our reommended ride: the Ford Escape with its 2L EcoBoost engine. This gives you an impressive 240 HP and fuel efficiency of 6.9L/100Km, both of which you will appreciate while driving in the Rockies!
British Columbia: Sea-to-Sky Highway Route
Sea to Sky Highway, Photo by: pat_ong
The Sea-to-Sky Highway truly deserves its name. It starts in the Strait of Georgia and ends in the larger-than-life Whistler Mountain. While hugging the coast of Howe Bay, you will experience a spectacular view made of mountains and sea and, last but not least, the third-largest waterfall in the province.
Our recommended ride: Ford Edge, with its navigation system, allows you to plan your trips quickly and find the right directions to key tourist sites, all without the usual headaches.
Do you have a favourite scenic drive that didn’t make the list? If so, share it with us in the comments!