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Highway Itineraries & Segments

Want to Plan your Cross-Canada Road Trip?

Here are all the things to see and do on your road trip, coast-to-coast, or a shorter stretch… Pick your starting point (or western-most point) and  your end-point (or eastern-most point) and click on each segment for the details, description, elevation chart, and map. The table below shows length of the segment to plan driving time, breaks, meals, and overnight stops. and you can always refer back to our Large scale route map.

Learn about / plan the towns and cities along each segment. Find out about Canada’s exciting history.

Bookmark this page (or add to your smartphone’s Home Screen) for fast access.

TCH Itineraries-Trip planning details
Animal Bridges along the Trans Canada Highway in Banff National Park

Animal Bridges along the Trans Canada Highway in Banff National Park

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, you can drive further (and see more) in summer driving with 12-14 hours of daylight, than in winters driving during just 6 hours of daylight. And in the winter, also allow for slower driving during poor visibility in snowstorms, or driving stopped for mountain avalanche control  (watch our homepage or our Facebook page for weather bulletins). Of course, in summer there may be delays or detours because of construction.

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.

Each Trans Canada Highway Itinerary Segment Page’s Information

Here’s what sets TransCanadaHighway.com apart from all the others. Here are 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….
  • Clickable links to town and city pages for even more detailed info, history, and attractions for that town.
  • Overview Zoom-able Google map for each segment
  • Elevation chart for each segment, for cycle-touring across Canada.
  • Tabular listing of all highways, rivers, lakes, streets, roads, and attractions you pass on your drive for useful and interesting information.

 

View of Trans-Canada #1 approach to Rockies from Calgary

NOTE

Provincial overviews of the Yellowhead Highway travel east to west, but the Itinerary descriptions and details go from west to east

Main Trans Canada Highway Route

Here are the segments, by province, from West to East:

Victoria to Nanaimo (A) 142 km
Victoria via Sidney-Tsawwassen Ferry to Surrey/Langley (A) 71 km
(A) West Vancouver to Hope 171 km
Hope to Kamloops (on the #1) 196 km
Hope to Kamloops (Coquihalla) 204 km
Kamloops to Revelstoke 219 km
Revelstoke, BC to Lake Louise, AB 228 km
Detour: Golden-Radium-Castle Jct 2o0 km
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

Quebec on #40, #20, #185

Montreal and Quebec City-Levis 246 km
Montreal South Bypass (AR30 toll) 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
(4,860 mi.)

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.

Some Frequently Asked Questions about the Trans Canada Highway:

Where does Trans Canada Highway start and end?

The highway extends west-east between the Pacific and Atlantic coasts across the breadth of Canada  for 7,821 km (4,860 miles), between Victoria (on Vancouver Island in  British Columbia) and St. John’s ( in Newfoundland and Labrador). See full details of the itinerary on this Itineraries page.

How long does it take to drive the Trans Canada Highway?

This route covers 7,821 km (4,860 miles) and would take at least 100 hours of pure driving time, including stops for refiling your gasoline, but not including ferries and ferry wait times. (In the west, you might have a 1 or 2 hour ferry ride to Vancouver Island and and up to 3 hour wait, and in the Maritimes, you might have a 5 to 10 hour ferry ride to Newfoundland with an up to 12 hour wait). If you add overnight stops and do some sightseeing,  and drive an average of 400 km (250 miles) on per day, the drive across Canada will take about 3 weeks.

Is the 401 part of the Trans Canada Highway?

Highway 401 extends for 828 kilometres (514 mi) from Windsor (connecting to Detroit, Michigan) in the west to the Ontario–Quebec border in the east (connecting to Montreal, Quebec) and runs through Toronto, Ontario.  The 401 is also known as the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway, but is NOT PART of the Trans Canada Highway.  The TransCanadaHighway.com web site features a “detour” from the TransCanada Main Route to Toronto.
The Southern Route through Ontario extends from Ottawa via Highway 7 west to Peterborough, northwest via Highway 11 through Orillia, and then north on Highway 400 though Parry Sound to Sudbury. This southern route at Peterborough is 100 km from Toronto’s municipal boundary and 140 km from its downtown center.