Canada Car Hire Holidays
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Hire a car for a taste of freedom
Hiring a car is one of the best ways to explore Canada. Places like the Rockies and the Maritimes are perfect for road-trips. The country is made for driving, and there's so much to see! I found it easy as the roads in Canada are wide and quiet.
How to book car hire in Canada
3 easy steps to book
Book online or call us
You can book your car for your car hire holiday in Canada online by using the search panel at the top of the page. Just put in your dates and pick-up city and you can choose the perfect car to suit you from Avis' many options whether you want to enjoy a solo road trip or embark on one of our Canada self-drive tours. You can also call our experts to book and we will advise you on the right car, level of insurance and pick-up depot. Want to return your car to a different location? You can do that no problem online or over the phone.
Step 1 - Choose your car
We'll help you figure out your journey, including the best place to pick up and drop off your hire car. Tell us how many people are travelling, how long you're driving each day and how many drivers there are. We can then help you pick the right car for size, comfort and enjoyment. For example, long drives on scenic highways are best for 4x4. It'll be quiet, comfortable and you'll get great views from high up!
Step 2 - Choose Insurance
Does zero excess with no taxes or airport surcharges sound good? Book your insurance in advance and there'll be nothing to pay when you pick up your car. All our cars come with Fully Inclusive insurance which gives you unlimited mileage*, loss damage waiver and up to $1m third party liability cover. Upgrade to Super Fully Inclusive for an additional driver or Enhanced Super Fully Inclusive for 3 additional drivers and a tank of fuel. *Call us for T&Cs.
Step 3 - Hit the road!
Once you've arrived in Canada and it's time to collect your hire car and any extras you've booked (like car seats or GPS) simply head to your pre-booked depot. Everything will be ready and waiting for you to start your journey. Before you set off, the helpful team at Avis will be on hand to give a demonstration and talk you through everything.
Our quality Canada car hire partner
Why we use Avis
Our car hire partner, Avis, is renowned for service and quality. Avis delivers an amazing experience from pick up to drop off at dozens of locations all across one of the largest countries on your self-drive Canada holidays. Avis hire cars are impeccably maintained, deliver superior comfort, and offer full support should you encounter any challenges. Just knowing you're in excellent hands makes all the difference to your holiday, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
Which hire cars does Avis offer?
There are 8 different Avis hire cars to choose from, ranging from the smallest Compact car to the largest Premium SUV. The smaller cars are great for city-hopping and parking, and the SUVs are perfect for mountain roads. For peace of mind, choose a 4x4, and the higher vantage point from the larger cars means you get even better views. We're happy to help advise you on the right car for your journey, number of passengers, and amount of luggage.
Why you should hire a car with us
Benefits of hiring a car with us
• No hidden charges
• Widest selection of hire cars, 4x4s and minivans
• Convenient depot locations in downtown cities and at Canada's airports
• A wide selection of one-way drop off routes, with many of them being free
• You can pre-book your GPS navigation, so you'll never worry about getting lost
Our East Coast free one-way drops
If you'd like to pick up your hire car in one destination and drop it off in another, we've got tons of popular locations where you can do that for free. In Eastern Canada, our popular free routes include: Montréal to Québec City, Montréal to Toronto, Montréal to Ottawa, Ottawa to Montréal, Ottawa to Québec City, Ottawa to Toronto, Québec City to Montréal, Toronto to Montréal and Toronto to Ottawa.
Our West Coast free one-way drops
One of the best ways to see the Rockies is to drive from mountains to coast. Luckily, we've got lots of free one-way routes in the West. Our most popular routes include: Banff to Calgary, Banff to Edmonton, Calgary to Banff, Calgary to Edmonton, Calgary to Jasper, Edmonton to Jasper, Kelowna to Vancouver, Vancouver to Kelowna, Vancouver to Banff, Vancouver to Calgary, Vancouver to Jasper and Vancouver to Victoria.
Plan your road trip
Turn your car hire into a road trip
Canada isn't made for staying in one place. It's made for touring. Team your Canada car rental with flights and hotels and you've got the start of a fantastic Canada self-drive holiday or fly-drive holiday.
If you'd like to do one of Canada's classic road trips, for example driving the Rockies, then we can help. We've got pre-packaged fly-drive holidays in Canada which include the best hotels and a personalised Road Book to see the sights. We can also tailor-make your dream driving holiday.
East Coast Fly Drives
Canada's East Coast borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. Here you'll find some of the most famous cities in Canada, like iconic Toronto, the capital Ottawa, and the French-speaking Montreal and Quebec City. You'll also find the Atlantic Canada provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island. Perfect for city-hopping and charming coastlines.
West Coast Fly Drives
Canada's West is made up of the prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, the Pacific Coast province of British Columbia, and the Northwest province of Yukon, which borders Alaska. This region is Canada is world-famous for its spectacular scenery. You'll find the Rocky Mountains here, the temperate rainforest and the wine growing regions. Big destinations here include Calgary, Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper.
The best stop-offs
Add hotels to your car hire
You can book your car hire and hotels at the same time. Just add hotels onto your booking and you can explore Canada's highlights without worrying about where to spend each night. We have fantastic hotels in Canada's best cities and mountain towns, from modern luxury to wilderness lodges. We're happy to help you find the perfect hotels to suit your driving route, so please just ask.
Tailor hotels on your fly drive
If you'd like to take the hassle out of booking a road trip, we can help you find the perfect, carefully curated package that includes flights, car hire, hotels and a suggested driving route. Even if you've chosen one of our packages, you can still personalise and tailor the tour to suit you. Just give us a call and we can talk you through the different hotel upgrades available.
Our favourite Canada driving routes
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Canada has some absolutely epic driving routes - it's the perfect excuse to hire a car and get out on the open road.
Roads built for driving
Watch our videos for an insider's view of road-tripping Canada
Your car hire in Canada
Want to know the best way to explore on your holiday? Hire a car in Canada. With your own wheels, you’ll have the flexibility to travel further and the freedom to discover Canada’s hidden gems. The country has nearly 260,000 miles of road – and trust us, these roads were built for driving.
With our cheap car hire in Canada, you not only get a great deal, but you also get to cruise along some of the most iconic driving routes in the world. The Cabot Trail hugs the cliffs of Nova Scotia’s windswept coastline, and Alberta’s Icefields Parkway soars past mountain peaks and glaciers between Banff and Jasper.
Renting a car for your Canada holiday gives you the freedom to visit Canada’s amazing attractions at your own pace. For example, on a Toronto holiday, you can collect your car hire in Toronto, and set off to visit the beautiful Niagara Falls in just 80-minutes. Over on Canada’s West Coast, the rugged wilderness of Alaska is a short drive away from the province of Yukon along Canada’s Alaskan Highway.
When you book your car rental in Canada through Canadian Affair, you enjoy all the perks as well as unique and helpful travel advice. We offer free one-way car rental on lots of routes in Canada, which is perfect for an epic road trip (our tip: try the Pacific to the Rockies). All our hire cars come with fully inclusive insurance to keep you covered and offer peace of mind.
We only work with the most reputable car hire suppliers, like Avis, so you know you’re booking a quality rental car for your Canada holiday. Plus, you can pick up or drop off your car in a range of convenient locations, from airports like Calgary and Vancouver to downtown Toronto and Montréal, and we can book your Canada flights from any of these airports.
Hire a car by itself or add on a flight and a Canada hotel to turn your trip into an unforgettable experience. Just give us a call and we will happily arrange your car hire in Canada.
Essential tips for driving in Canada
Follow these car hire pointers for a smooth ride during your holiday.
Remember that you need to be aged 21 or over and hold a valid driving license in English or French or an International Driving Permit to hire a car in Canada. Most hire car companies also request a credit card to secure the booking, so make sure you take yours with you on holiday.
Don’t forget that in Canada, you drive on the right-hand side of the road!
Remember you must buy a National Parks Pass from a ranger station to drive through any of the parks.
Speed limits are usually 100kmph for highways and 50kmph for towns, but different provinces vary.
Keep your tank half-full as even major highways can sometimes have 60km between petrol stations
Driving in British Columbia isn’t complete without a ferry trip. Popular sailings link Vancouver with Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island. You can also sail up to the Sunshine Coast, to the Southern Gulf Islands or overnight to Prince Rupert. Book in advance and get ready to island-hop!