DETOURS

Exit the Tran­sCanada High­way to dis­cover 3 more off-the-beaten-path driv­ing ad­ven­tures.

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HIT THE BAD­LANDS

It would be al­most sac­ri­le­gious to do a road trip across the Cana­dian prairies with­out stop­ping to see the world’s largest moose/Easter egg/ di­nosaur, etc. So be­fore you head up the Di­nosaur Trail north­west of Drumheller, Alta., you need to check out the view from the city’s 25-me­tre-tall T. Rex. Next stop: must­see dino mecca the Royal Tyrrell Mu­seum, where new ex­hibits just opened this spring. Then go north to Horsethief Canyon, where cow­boys once hid their stolen horses among the dis­tinc­tive hoodoos. Con­tinue across the Red Deer River via the Ble­riot ferry be­fore you loop back down the North Di­nosaur Trail on the other side of the river. On the way back to Drumheller, stop at the Orkney Viewpoint—prefer­ably around sunset—for a stel­lar view of the Bad­lands’ red-rock cliffs. To­tal mileage: 50 kilo­me­tres.

GET ELEC­TRIC

New elec­tric-car-charg­ing sta­tions are pop­ping up ev­ery day. So why not book a Nis­san Leaf through Van­cou­ver-based car-shar­ing ser­vice Modo and head for the Okana­gan Val­ley, one of B.C.’s dens­est charg­ing zones? It will take some se­ri­ous plan­ning since the car’s charge range is small, but the PlugShare app will help you choose charg­ing sta­tions, which are lo­cated ev­ery­where from pro­vin­cial parks to winer­ies. To­tal mileage: 1,046 kilo­me­tres round-trip from Van­cou­ver to Kelowna (via Osoy­oos).

GO NORTH

For the first time, Cana­di­ans will soon be able to drive all the way to the Arc­tic coast in sum­mer. The miss­ing link to an ice-road-free trip is a new 120-kilo­me­tre-long allsea­son road that will con­nect Inu­vik to Tuk­toy­ak­tuk, which sits on the coast of the Beau­fort Sea in the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries. The road is ex­pected to be fin­ished in the fall of 2017—giv­ing ad­ven­tur­ous trav­ellers who want to go be­yond the al­ready leg­endary Demp­ster High­way an even far­ther-flung way to cel­e­brate Canada’s 150th birth­day next year. To­tal mileage: 7,180 kilo­me­tres round-trip from Calgary to Tuk­toy­ak­tuk.

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