Fly Drive Canada Holidays
A dream drive on Canada's open roads
Driving in Canada is so easy. The country is built for road trips! Canada self drive holidays or a fly drive takes care of your return flights, your car hire and your hotels each night for a really fab holiday. I loved the freedom to pull up anywhere and stop as long as I liked.
3 easy steps to book
Step 1 - Where and what to see
Self drive Canada holidays include return flights from the UK to Canada, car hire for the length of your holiday and hotels booked each night of your stay. You can browse the Canada self drive tours on our website or speak to our experts. Tailor-making your fly drive Canada holiday will give you the most flexibility to choose exactly where you want to stay, plus we'll plan your itinerary to take in the sights you're desperate to see. Whether it is the Niagara Falls, Vancouver Island, the incredible wildlife in our national parks or exploring Eastern Canada, we'll organise a trip you'll never forget!
Step 2 - Tailoring your choices
When you call our experts to book, we can tailor your tour to suit you. Speak with us and we'll help you figure out driving distances and pick the perfect car and stop-offs for your trip. If your driving tour is designed from scratch, we'll help you choose your ideal hotels and the right-sized car from our partner, Avis. If you've chosen a pre-packaged holiday, you can upgrade your packaged hotels for extra luxury over the phone.
Step 3 - All the extras
Your fly drive isn't about the driving, of course. It's about what you'll see along the way. Driving at your own pace gives you the freedom to stop where you please and linger a little longer in the places that steal your heart. You'll have all the time in the world for unforgettable excursions to really make the most of your holiday. From floatplane rides to helicopter sightseeing, kayaking to whale watching, we'll book it for you. Just give us a call to add on some excursions.
Ready to book? Call our experts to get started.
East or West?
Driving in Western Canada
Western Canada has some of the most iconic scenery in the whole country. It's here that you'll find the Canadian Rocky Mountains. They run through Banff and Jasper National Parks in the province of Alberta, and down into the province of British Columbia in areas like Revelstoke and Yoho National Park. Western Canada is also home to Whistler in the Coast Mountains and Vancouver on the Pacific Coast.
Driving in Eastern Canada
Eastern Canada is the portion of Canada which sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It covers some incredibly varied regions, from the province of Ontario on the shores of one of America's Great Lakes to the Maritime Provinces like Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Eastern Canada is home to the country's largest city, Toronto, as well as its capital, Ottawa. The most famous attraction here is the Niagara Falls.
How to drive in Canada
Watch out for incredible wildlife
Generally, driving in Canada is stress-free and the roads are excellent. But like anywhere else, you’ll sometimes experience traffic and congestion (though we usually don't mind when it’s a “bear-jam”.) Just remember that although it's a treat to see wildlife crossing the road, those bears, deer, elk and moose are wild animals. Don’t get too close when you stop for a snap, keep an eye out for warning signs and drive slowly through wildlife crossing areas to avoid dangerous collisions.
Speed limits and fuel stops
Speed limits vary by province, so keep a keen eye on road signs. They are usually 100km/h for motorways and 50km/h for built-up areas. Don’t be tempted to speed on those sublime roads; you’ll miss the best bits and could get points and a fine. Even major, well-travelled highways could sometimes have 60 miles between petrol stations. A good habit is to top up the tank whenever it falls to half full.
Driving in winter
Some parts of Canada experience hazardous driving conditions in winter. In isolated places, keep your phone charged up and save local emergency numbers. In cold weather, it’s best to keep warm clothes, boots, snacks and drinks in the car, just in case. Make sure you find out whether you need winter tyres or snow chains where you're headed and we can help you add these to your booking.
Our top tips
• Remember that the speed limits are in kilometres, not miles.
• Get full insurance – it’s worth getting the best cover you can.
• Remember the drivers behind you when you slow down to watch wildlife! We don't want any shunts here.
• You need a National Parks Pass to drive through any national park areas. You can buy one at a ranger station when entering a national park which then fixes to your rear-view mirror.
Choose your ride
Our Avis car hire
We work with Avis because making sure that you have a safe, reliable and comfortable hire car is our top priority. From a quick and easy key pick up right through to that new car smell when you climb in, we know how important your car is to your driving holiday. Avis is renowned for its service, with pick up and drop off locations all across Canada teamed with superior customer care.
Small and medium-sized cars
If you're city-hopping, on a budget or just don't fancy driving a tank, Avis has a range of smaller cars which could be perfect for you. Their Compact and Intermediate cars are perfect for couples, a few friends or small familes. Their Fullsize models offer a bit more boot space, plus a more spacious back seat if you are travelling with 4 adults. Avis' Luxury cars are perfect if comfort is a priority but you don't fancy an SUV.
4x4 and people carriers
Avis has a range of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) which are comfortable 4x4 vehicles. These offer more space and a more comfortable ride. They're an ideal choice if you're doing long distances or mountain driving as they provide superior comfort and elevated views. Choose from the Midsize SUV, Standard SUV or Premium SUV to suit your group and budget, seating from 5 to 7 adults. A 7-seater Minivan option is perfect for bigger groups or families.
Fabulous places to stay
Fabulous places to stay
We've got hundreds of hand-picked hotels right across Canada, from city-centre locations in places like Toronto and Vancouver to remote lodges in the heart of Canada's wilderness. We work with some big names, from Fourseasons to Fairmont, Hilton to Holiday Inn. If you're tailor-making a fly drive Canada holiday with us, we'll help you find the perfect place to stay enroute. Pre-packaged fly drives can be upgraded from Standard to Superior to Deluxe, for a more luxurious set of hotels.
Ferries and excursions
Add your excursions
The most important part of your road trip isn't the driving, it's what you see along the way. The excursions you book will make a great holiday incredible. We've got fantastic activities to enjoy at all of Canada's highlights. Our self drive Canada holidays offer a range of activities from city sightseeing and foodie tours in vibrant centres like Toronto and Vancouver to whale watching tours in Québec, ziplining tours in BC and glacier hikes in the Rockies. Tell us your interests and we'll find your perfect match.
Ferries in British Columbia
A fly-drive through BC isn’t complete without hopping on a ferry. The most common routes take you from Vancouver to Victoria or Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, but there are also routes to the Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands and an overnight ferry to Prince Rupert. We’ll book your BC Ferries ticket and can also book extras for you like a cabin or reserved seating. Once aboard, relax and enjoy the views, and keep an eye out for whales!
Choosing the perfect route
We've got road trips to all corners of Canada. Here are some of our favourite drives.
Roads built for driving
See for yourself how easy it is to drive Canada's roads and get a sneak peek at the stunning scenery.
Self drive Canada holidays
Imagine driving across Canada's iconic routes to world-famous attractions you’ve always dreamt of seeing. Imagine pre-booked hotels that are ready to welcome you each night of your holiday in Canada. Imagine your flights come included, and all you need to do is arrive at the airport. With our fly drive Canada holidays, you’ll get all this peace of mind as standard. It is an absolute pleasure to drive the wide-open roads of Canada, where the pace is as relaxed as the meandering rivers you’ll drive beside. You won’t find road rage or the rat race in Canada. What you will find is excellent infrastructure through diverse terrain containing mountain passes, coastal inlets and city suburbs. You’ll find lay-bys at every scenic viewpoint, and people simply slowing down and pulling over to watch the incredible wildlife walk by.
From Halifax in the Maritimes in Eastern Canada to Vancouver on the West Coast, our Canada fly drive holidays take you to spectacular destinations. These carefully packaged Canada self drive tours include your return flights to Canada, car hire, and the best Canadian hotels for your trip, all hand-picked by our holiday experts. Fully inclusive insurance has you covered, with enough mileage to get you comfortably from A to B, whether that’s Calgary to Vancouver or a round trip from Halifax – with plenty of sightseeing detours, of course! Our Canada self drive tours, which are ATOL protected, consist of expertly planned out comprehensive routes that allow you to take in the highlights of this amazing country. From fly drives in the Canadian Rockies to temperate rainforest and windswept coastlines in British Columbia. Book one of our complete self drive packages as you see it or call us today to tailor your own trip. We’ll help you find the best Canadian driving route to take it all in. A self drive holiday really is the perfect way to get started on the Canada road trip of a lifetime!
The Icefields Parkway
This famous mountain pass links Banff with Jasper in Alberta. There is so much to see that it’ll take a full day to drive the distance. Along the way, you’ll pass the impossibly turquoise Peyto Lake, the gushing Athabasca Falls and the impressive Columbia Icefield. The mountain views are unrivalled.
Sea to Sky Highway
This beautiful coastal route in British Columbia links Vancouver and Whistler along the Pacific Coast.
This iconic highway in the Yukon is the only one in Canada which crosses the Arctic Circle.
The Viking Trail
Drive Newfoundland & Labrador’s coast from Gros Morne National Park to the Strait of Belle Island.
Algonquin Park Corridor
This section of Highway 60 in Ontario takes in Algonquin’s forests, rivers, lakes and wildlife.
The Cabot Trail
This famous road encircles Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. The cliff road has the most incredible views across lush, densely forested headland down to the crashing surf at the bottom of the cliffs below. The Atlantic Ocean here seems to stretch impossibly wide, offering sunsets like nowhere else.