Travel

Scenic drives

Sublime highways

CYNTHIA REYNOLDS April 12 2004
Travel

Scenic drives

Sublime highways

CYNTHIA REYNOLDS April 12 2004

Scenic drives

Sublime highways

CYNTHIA REYNOLDS

Cabot Trail, N.S. Winding roads etched in the mountainsides of Cape Breton’s northern shore. Watch for bald eagles soaring above the blue waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Icefields Parkway, Alta. The main route through Banff and Jasper national parks. Elk, moose, black bear; canyons, rivers, mountains. A must for the things-to-do-before-l-die list.

Dempster Highway, the Territories From Dawson City to Inuvik, it’s adventurous, it’s rugged, it’s caribou on the tundra. Best time to go is late August, when the leaves are changing colour.

Sea-to-Sky Highway, B.C. Highway 99 begins on the Pacific’s edge and climbs high into the Coast Mountains, past towering cliffs and emerald forests, toward picture-perfect Whistler.

North Shore of Lake Superior, Ont. From Thunder Bay to a place called Schreiber. Rocky cliffs, gushing rivers, and forests bursting with pine, maple and spruce.

Niagara Parkway, Ont. From Niagara-on-the-Lake to Fort Erievineyards, cherry orchards, plus roadside fruit stands and rustic farmhouses; it’s a south of France kind of drive.

Cypress Hills, Sask. Head south from Maple Creek to this interprovincial park where the Cypress Hills, which are shared with Alberta, can jut 600 m out of the plains; forests of pine and white spruce surround.

South Shore, N.S. Toward Lunenburg, past Peggys Cove and through Chester—the southern shore of Nova Scotia is stunning, with gorgeous views of the Atlantic.

Viking Trail, Nfld. Up the west shore through Gros Morne National Park-rugged and raw, icebergs and humpback whales.

St. Lawrence Rîver/Gaspé Peninsula, Que. View Montmorency Falls, the apples and wine country of île d’Orléans, and the spectacular Charlevoix region. Then tour the peninsula, up to Percé through a serene mix of sea, mountains and fishing coves.