self-drive tours through canada

Our Canada roundtrips for self-drivers lead through the most enormous natural areas of the earth. Steppes and forests, mountains and valleys – everything is of unimaginable vastness. In between, mighty streams and whitewater, where bears fish for salmon; above all, the glaciated Rocky Mountains tower over us
Discover the beautiful lighthouses on the Lighthouse Route while traveling along the coast of Nova Scotia; visit the Great Lakes, whose most monumental spectacle is seen in Niagara Falls. Roam the great national parks of Alberta province or head off the coast of British Columbia by boat from Vancouver or Victoria for a whale-watching tour.

Those who travel by rental car on individual routes travel at their own pace. So there is enough time to get to know the country and its people. Especially for outdoor enthusiasts a Canada trip offers numerous activities, from hiking to rafting to grizzly safaris.

We offer customized trips to Canada. What do you want to discover?

Enjoy the sunrise: Bow Lake

Newfoundland

Places of Interest

Travel video

Travelogue

Cape Spear

Canada trip by Birgit

The Newfis are lovely people and there is a culture all of their own.

Canada trip by Jochen Borck

Beautiful hikes and wildlife watching

Wildflowers in Revelstoke National Park

Canada trip by Martina Lies

Impressed by the great nature and the vastness

Practical tips

Entry and exit

Travel Planning

Canada as a travel destination

The West

The western part of Canada is Cordillera determined. The chain mountains extend over more than 14.000 kilometers from the southern tip of South America to Alaska. In Canada, the Cordilleras stretch across 2.000 kilometers long and 500 kilometers wide and consists of two mountain ranges. Rising out of the Pacific Ocean Coast Ranges which rise north of Vancouver form a grandiose fjord landscape. Many Canada trips lead from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. The peninsula is also a part of the coastal mountains.

Further inland the Coast Range replaced by a plateau, a wooded landscape with rivers and lakes. The plateau is bordered on the east by Rocky Mountains surpasses. The grandiose mountain landscape with its glistening peaks and forests is reminiscent of the Bernese Alps – except that the Rockies are lonelier and much higher. The highest mountain in Canada is 5.959 meters of the Mount Logan. It is located in the Elias group in the southwestern Rockies.

Most Western Canada trips start in Vancouver. The city is located on the Pacific Ocean a few kilometers north of the border with the U.S.

The East

In the east of the Rockies begins the endless Prairie. Where once thousands and thousands of cattle grazed, today fields of grain ripple far beyond the horizon.

Canada’s most important river is the over 3.000 kilometers long Saint Lawrence Current. The river rises in the Rockies and flows eastward through countless lakes until it reaches its final destination at Newfoundland flows into the Atlantic Ocean. For centuries, it has served as a waterway between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. Canada is also a country rich in lakes. More than seven percent of its land mass is covered with a total of about two million lakes. 563 lakes are larger than 100 square kilometers. The largest lakes include the Great Bear Lake (31.153 km²), which Great Slave Sea (27.048 km²), the Lake Winnipeg (24.420 km²), the Lake Athabasca (7.850 km²) and the Great Lakes (together about 245.000 km²), through which, with the exception of the Lake Michigan the border to the southern neighboring country runs.

All the way to the east and the estuary of the St. Lorenz Stroms offshore is the island of Newfoundland. On the west side lies the Gros Morne National Park, which, because of its beauty and geological importance, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want to travel to eastern Canada, the best place to start is Toronto, Montreal or Quebec. All these cities are located on the St. Lorenz current.

When is the best time for Canada travel?

Canada is the second largest country in the world. Because of its enormous size, there are no uniform climate. At North polar temperatures prevail, at the coasts the climate is temperate maritime, in the Domestic On the other hand, continental with large temperature differences. It’s coldest east of the Rockies, warmest on the Pacific near Vancouver.

The Winter are long, cold and snowy. The Summer are short. If you don’t want to travel to Canada for skiing, you should plan a time between June and September choose. Only in the north, the pleasant travel time is reduced to months July and August.

If you want to experience the Indian Summer on the East Coast, you should be in the early Fall drive.

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