The Best Roads In Canada To Drive Manual On


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From coast to coast, Canada’s vast expanse is dotted with a healthy assortment of fantastic roads (although not always in the best conditions). While some offer incredible countryside views, others are less focused on the surroundings and more on the ride itself. With twists, turns and elevation changes, these are the types of routes we like to explore from the driver’s seat, especially in a car like the 2023 Acura Integra with a manual transmission. To create a truly comprehensive list of all of these roads would be a daunting task, but after years on the road testing all shapes and sizes of cars from coast to coast, we’ve compiled a hit list of some of our favorite routes across the country. .

The Cabot Trail — Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Cabot Trail Cape Breton
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Beginning with a particularly legendary route, the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia is by far the most iconic route in Eastern Canada, as it cuts a path along the island’s cliffs . It can be hiked in a single day or split into smaller sections. It will get a little crowded during the summer travel season, but with its many twists and turns, it’s certainly more enjoyable in a three-pedal car.

King Highway 35 — Ontario

King's Highway Ontario
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A slightly less common route for those near Toronto, Ontario’s Highway 35 cuts north from Bowmanville, up through the Kawartha Lakes. The southern section isn’t particularly exciting, but as you head north you’ll soon realize why it’s one of the most interesting driving routes in the province. The stretch from Carnarvon to the small town of Dwight is what really sells it, and there are a few scenic spots to stop for a snack and a stretch along the way.

Duffey Lake Loop – British Columbia

Lake Duffey BC Loop
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The Duffey Lake Loop in British Columbia is one of many awesome driving routes that deserve a spot on this list, and best broken up into a few days. From Vancouver, the route can be done either clockwise via Whistler and Pemberton, or counter-clockwise via Abbotsford and Chilliwack. We tend to prefer the former, as the route starts off with more twists and turns this way, and settles into a calm, straight highway cruise at the end of your day. It’s safely the biggest company on the list, but well worth it if you like a twist-filled road trip.

Gaspésie 132 — Quebec

Gaspésie route 132
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Driving around the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula is the kind of drive we recommend to almost anyone, whether or not you like driving with a manual transmission, but being able to shift gears on your own makes it even more so. more agreable. Highway 132 in Quebec is actually the longest highway in the province, running along the St. Lawrence River from the southwest corner of the province, but the key section of this road is the loop around the peninsula, running from Matane to Precé, and as far as Campbellton.

David Thompson Highway — Alberta

David Thompson Highway Alberta
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Last but not least, the David Thompson Highway is part of the Cowboy Trail, taking drivers from Red Deer and connecting them to Highway 93 – the road that connects Banff and Jasper National Park. There are a number of ways to experience the entrance to Canada’s Rocky Mountains throughout the province, but few offer such a unique driving experience as this particular route.


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