According to Science this is the Ultimate Canadian Road Trip

In March 2015, Dr. Randal Olson, A Computer Science & Engineering Ph.D. at Michigan State University organized what he called “the absolute US road trip”, thanks to a fancy formula he came up with. HuffPo Canada felt shafted, and asked if he could use said formula the true North. Being a man of science he obliged, and came up with this. A 16,226 km road trip across Canada that would take approximately 32 days to complete, assuming you stick to 6 hours of driving each day.

Photo by Dr. Randal Olson
As you can imagine, if you plan on stopping to tour certain areas, expect that time to increase. While Nunavut may not have been included (lack of road access to that part of Canada) I think this road trip hits just about everything you could possibly ask for in a tour of Canada. Great work Randy!

Road Trip Stops Include:

British Columbia

  • Stanley Park
  • Haida Gwaii (ferry from Prince Rupert)


  • Lake Louise in Banff National Park
  • Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park


  • Fort Battleford
  • Wanuskewin Heritage Park


  • Riding Mountain National Park
  • Riel House


  • Dawson Historic Complex
  • Kluane National Park

Northwest Territories

  • Kittigazuit Archaeological Sites
  • Wood Buffalo National Park


  • Niagara Falls
  • Parliament Buildings
  • Pukaskwa National Park


  • Old Montreal
  • Parc national de l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé

New Brunswick

  • Hartland covered bridge
  • Hopewell Rocks

Nova Scotia

  • Cabot Trail
  • Peggy’s Cove


  • Cavendish and Green Gables
  • Province House

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Signal Hill
  • Gros Morne National Park
What do you think? Did Randy miss anything? Comment below!

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