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As the world’s second-largest country – with the world’s most extensive coastline – Canada is made for road tripping. It’s easy to head away from the tourist trail in this largely uninhabited country, which is what road trips are all about. Here are the best – and most picturesque – road trips you need to enjoy in the Great White North.
As Canada’s only all-weather road across the Arctic Circle, Travel Yukon calls The Dempster Highway – from Dawson to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories – one of the world’s unique driving routes. It’s extremely isolated, with only one accommodation option along the way in Eagle Plains, but the landscape is unrivaled. Cross the Arctic Circle and visit Tombstone Park, and then take two river ferries into the Northwest Territories. Time your arrival in Inuvik to coincide with the Great Northern Arts Festival, held annually in mid-July.
Located in Ontario, Georgian Bay includes more than 30,000 islands and 1,243mi (2,000km) of shoreline. The Coastal Route, which loops around the Bay from Toronto, features some unique scenery. Some of the best things visitors can do include visiting Bruce Peninsula and its Grotto, Parry Sound (the jewel in the Bay’s crown) and Killarney Provincial Park. And then it’s time to head towards Manitoulin Island and Wasaga Beach, which are the world’s largest freshwater island and the world’s largest freshwater beach, respectively.