Car Hire Canada Holidays

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.

Ashley Paton, Canadian Affair Travel Expert

Ashley Paton, Canadian Affair Travel Expert
Scenic view of a lake in Canada

How to book car hire on Canada holidays

3 easy steps to book

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Avis car hire in Canada


Our quality car hire Canada partner

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Benefits of car hire

Benefits of car rental in Canada

Why you should rent a car with us

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Fly drive holidays in Canada

Fly Drives

Plan your road trip

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Hotels in Canada


The best stop-offs

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Our favourite Canada driving routes

As one of the largest countries in the world, Canada has some absolutely epic driving routes - it's the perfect excuse to hire a car and get out on the open road.

The Cabot Trail
The Sea to Sky Highway
The Icefields Parkway
Pacific Rim Highway
Algonquin Park Corridor

Roads built for driving

Watch our videos for an insider's view of road-tripping Canada

Essential tips for driving in Canada

Follow these Canada car rental pointers for a smooth ride during your holiday.

Car hire FAQs and documents


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.

Drive on the right in Canada

Driving right

Don’t forget that in Canada, you drive on the right-hand side of the road!

Driving in Canada's national parks

National parks

Remember you must buy a National Parks Pass from a ranger station to drive through any of the parks.

Speed limits in Canada

Speed limits

Speed limits are usually 100kmph for highways and 50kmph for towns, but different provinces vary.

Empty road in Canada

Fuel stops

Keep your tank half-full as even on major highways it can sometimes be 60km between petrol stations.

British Columbia ferries

BC ferries

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!

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