How many segments can you drive in a day?
Depending on how long you want to drive each day, which can be influenced, how much site-seeing you are doing, if you are driving with kids, or the weather and quality of roads, or the hours of sunlight at different times of the year.
For example, if driving across the Prairies, in the summer plan for 12-14 hours of daylight, and in the winters plan on 6 hours of daylight, but allow for slower driving if there’s a snowstorm (watch our homepage for weather bulletins).
The itineraries listed here are from 150 km to 250 km (taking approximately 2 hours of driving time).
You can choose 1-4 segments per driving day to suit your preferred pace. The itineraries are designed like bus schedules, with both eastbound and westbound distances on the same page,
so you only need one set to the trip there and back.
Here are some key features of our itineraries (see list below):
- Details on over 3500 points along the highway
- Segment overviews: what not to miss, what’s interesting re. history, geology and nature. Especially between towns….
- Overview Zoom-able Google map for each segment
- Elevation chart for each segment, for cycle-touring across Canada.
- Every exit/point has a zoomed-in pop-up Google map, to better plan your trip & exits
Here are the segments, by province, from West to East:
|Lake Louise to Calgary||180 km|
|Calgary to Medicine Hat||284 km|
|Medicine Hat to Swift Current, SK||223 km|
|Swift Current to Regina||235 km|
|Regina, Saskatchewan to Brandon, Manitoba||363 km|
|Brandon to Winnipeg||219 km|
|Winnipeg, Manitoba to Kenora, Ontario||207 km|
See note below for getting to & from Toronto from the Trans-Canada Highway
|Kenora to Ignace||246 km|
|Ignace to Thunder Bay||247 km|
|Thunder Bay to Marathon||299 km|
|Marathon to Wawa||180 km|
|Wawa to Sault Ste Marie||224 km|
|Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury||301 km|
|Sudbury to Mattawa||190 km|
|Mattawa to Ottawa||307 km|
|Ottawa to Montreal||186 km|
|Montreal and Quebec City-Levis||246 km|
|Quebec City-Levis and Riviere du Loup||201 km|
|Riviere du Loup, Quebec and Grand Falls, New Brunswick||184 km|
|Grand Falls to Fredericton||214 km|
|Fredericton to Moncton (B)||187 km|
|(B) Moncton, NB to Charlottetown||168 km|
|Charlottetown to New Glasgow, NS (C)||84 km|
|Moncton, New Brunswick and Truro, Nova Scotia||155 km|
|Truro to New Glasgow (C)||56 km|
|(C) New Glasgow to North Sydney(D)||255 km|
|(D) Port-aux-Basques to Corner Brook||220 km|
|Corner Brook to Grand Falls – Windsor (C)||270 km|
|Grand Falls-Windsor to Clarenville||236 km|
|Clarenville to Whitbourne||97 km|
|(D) Argentia to Whitbourne||45 km|
|Whitbourne to St John’s||100 km|
|Total Length||7,821 km|
NOTE: bracketed letters like “(A)” denote special connection links between two routes, often by ferry. Otherwise, you can go up or down the list in either direction for a complete coast-to-coast itinerary.
|Crowsnest Route: Hope to Osoyoos||142 km|
|Crowsnest Route: Osoyoos to Castlegar||249 km|
|Crowsnest Route: Castlegar to Cranbrook||230 km|
|Crowsnest Highway: Cranbrook to Lethbridge||302 km|
|Crowsnest Route: Lethbridge to Medicine Hat||167 km|