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Canada Self-drives

Canada Self-Drive Holidays


With the longest coastline in the world (by far), the second largest landmass and more lakes than the rest of the world combined, simply put, Canada is big. It will come as no surprise then, that one of the best ways to get to know this friendly giant is on a fly-drive trip over winding mountain passes and along jagged coastlines.

Perhaps follow the 19th century Klondike Gold Rush north to the Yukon where moose, elk and grizzly bears wander frozen mountains and glacial valleys. Continuing Canada’s bid for superlatives, it’s home to the country’s five tallest mountains and the largest sub-Arctic ice fields. An estimated 100,000 prospectors once flocked to its craggy peaks but today its alpine roads lead travellers to scenic hiking trails and wildlife hides. Follow the Top of the World Highway, driving through scenic backcountry, or climb the Haines Highway to windswept Chilkat Pass, an ancient aboriginal route home to convocations of bald eagles.

For stunning coastal drives look no further than the Canadian Maritimes, comprising the country’s peninsular, Atlantic huddle of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Its Lighthouse Route brings travellers to picturesque fishing villages while the Kejimkujik Scenic Drive is a must for national park hiking and remote canoeing. With scenery unchanged since the 17th century, the famed Cabot Trail, widely regarded as one of the most spectacular drives in all of Canada, is much the same as when it greeted the Acadian pioneers.

Canadian road trips also provide great access to its indigenous wildlife population. From Québec, drive out to Saguenay Fjord where finback, minke, beluga and even the mighty blue whale – the world’s largest mammal – can all be spotted. Alternatively, Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim Highway rewards travellers with an abundance of black bears, sea lions and humpback whales.

Our top itineraries for Canada Self-drives

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Vancouver, Whistler and the Rockies‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,695 pp incl. flights

Make the most of Canada’s national-park drama with this superb-value trip that combines impossibly scenic drives with plenty of included excursions. Enjoy everything from glacier walks and hot spring dips to gondola trips into Banff and Jasper’s snow-capped mountains.

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Alberta’s Summer Sensations

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,830 pp incl. flights

This superb summer escape introduces you to the exciting cities of Calgary and Edmonton, followed by a journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular highways. Take in Canada's Rocky Mountains and the charming mountain resorts of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Killer whales

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,555 pp incl. flights

Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse

Atlantic Canada: Unique Properties of the Maritimes

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,495 pp incl. flights

Explore the Canadian Maritimes as you travel through the Atlantic provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.Taste remarkable seafood, discover a unique Acadian culture and drive some of Canada's most spectacular coastlines.

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Top offers for Canada Self-drives

Mountains and lake, Alaska

Yukon & Alaska Summer Explorer

20-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,770 pp incl. flights


Car hire early booking discount – Save up to £130 pp
Book by: 31 March 2020

Inspiring landscapes, rich wildlife and quaint towns and villages are among the attractions on this highly rewarding self-drive tour. Gold rush cities, the awe-inspiring Northern Lights and a chance to learn about the culture of Inuit people are other hightlights.

Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks: Coast, Wine & Mountains

12-day tailor-made journey from £1,995 pp incl. flights


British Airways Sale – Save up to £190 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

This tailor-made adventure will see you explore British Columbia's lesser-known alpine village of Sun Peaks, alongside vineyard tastings in acclaimed wineries, ultra-scenic road trips and visiting fascinating gold-rush towns.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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