Summer has officially arrived, which means summer vacation is just around the corner. And there’s no better way to spend your vacation in Canada then a good old fashioned road trip. From coast to coast this great nation offers some amazing strips of road that boast breathtaking views and intriguing little postcard towns. There are almost too many to choose from, but here are five of our favourites.

1. Cabot Trail
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

The Cabot Trail is home to some of the most beautiful sights on the entire east coast. A seaside loop around Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, this road trip is guaranteed to bring you picturesque vistas and tiny communities full of brightly coloured houses. The trail is also home to a number of rustic campsites, so if you’re looking to get the most out of our road tripping experience, make sure you bring your tent!

2. Sea to Sky Highway
Squamish to Whistler, B.C.

The entire drive along the winding Sea to Sky highway is just one long view of the mountains on one side and the gorgeous Howe Sound on the other. Known as one of the most beautiful in North America, the highway became known as The Cultural Journey to celebrate the area’s First Nations history in 2010. As you wind your way north between mountains and ocean, make sure you stop at all the scenic lookouts to snap some photos that will make your friend’s jealous.

3. Pelee Island, Lake Erie

If you’re looking for the kind of leisurely road trip where you stop in every small town to explore (and eat), then a trip through southernmost inhabited spot in Canada is a great place to go. Start your day off at a local bakery, then head to the Pelee Island winery for a taste of some great wines. If you want to become one with nature, make sure you get a hike in at Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve — maybe you’ll catch a sight of the endangered and rare Blue Racer snake.

4. Secondary Highway #263

If you’re not from Saskatchewan, this 104 kilometer stretch between Prince Albert and Waskesiu Village will prove that this prairie province it not just flatlands and farms. Combined with the Canam Highway (Highway #2), this road trip is full of the tall birch trees and old forests, which are home to a lot of wildlife you wouldn’t expect to see in the city. Make sure you bring a camera with you and, while you’re at it, pack a swimsuit so you can take a dip in Waskesiu Lake.

5. Icefields Parkway

This 232 kilometer drive takes you through the heart of the Canadian Rockies and should be a rite of passage for every Canadian. The trip runs between two national parks, Banff and Jasper, and will lead you through the Columbia Icefields that were formed thousands of years ago during Great Glaciation period. Visitors can take guided tours across it.