Canada is an amazing country to visit year-round where destinations such as Quebec, Whistler, St. Johns, and Ottawa are even better in winter. For an awesome winter road trip in Canada, VroomVroomVroom has compiled the best and most popular rental cars guaranteed to keep you safe while on vacation.
Whether you are looking for a romantic winter getaway or just looking for a good time, the old town of Quebec City offers an experience unlike any other. A 3-hour drive east of Montreal makes for a doable day trip, allowing enough time to explore the city.
Recommended Car: Because the drive from Montreal to Quebec is a few hours, book an intermediate SUV like a Toyota Rav 4 or similar for comfort and sufficient luggage room. This type of rental car is also ideal if you are traveling with a large family or a big group.
Useful tips: Beware that in the province of Quebec, all vehicle fleet are required to be equipped with Winter Tires by law during the period of December 15th to March 15th.
Getting there: You can book a car rental in Montreal. Take Autoroute Ville-Marie/Autoroute 720 E and continue onto Route Transcanadienne/Autoroute 20 E.
Known for the iconic Rideau Canal Skateway, the country's capital is undoubtedly the best place to visit in winter. If you want an easy city break, there are plenty of wonderful things to do in Ottawa even in winter that will make you want to return again for another visit.
Recommended Car: Rent an intermediate car like a Toyota Corolla or similar and enjoy the drive to Ottawa as well as in and around the city. This type of rental car is ideal if you need more space for passengers and luggage than most smaller cars.
Useful tips: Check the weather and road conditions. Make sure to practice driving and navigating the road surface before you embark on your journey.
Getting there: Ottawa is located two hours west of Montreal and four hours drive northeast of Toronto. You can rent a car at Montreal Airport (YUL) and take Route Transcanadienne O/Autoroute 40 O and Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 W to Ottawa.
Whistler is a winter playground for anyone planning to visit Canada, and while it’s known for its breathtaking downhill skiing, that’s not all that attracts tourists here. Situated just two hours from Vancouver, there are many unique winter activities in Whistler other than snowboarding and skiing.
Recommended Car: If you are on a tight budget, book an economy car like a Chevrolet Spark or similar for your next trip in Whistler.
Useful tips: Note that winter tires are not required on roadways in the City of Vancouver, or on the Lower Mainland highways, but are required on the Sea-to-Sky, as well as routes north and east of Hope, and on many major highways in the British Columbia Interior and northern regions.
Getting there: Rent a car in Vancouver and take BC-1A N/BC-99 N and Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-99 N to reach Whistler.
If you want to see plenty of snow, St. John’s is the perfect winter getaway. The city, which is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador, offers a plethora of winter activities from snowshoeing to sliding and skating.
Recommended Car: If you want comfort and reliability, book a full-size car like a Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion or similar. This type of rental car is also more suitable for longer journeys.
Useful tips: Note that during the winter season, all rental vehicles include an ice scraper and snow brush free of charge. Always make sure to plan your route in advance and don't forget to pack a map, flashlight, first aid kit, and a blanket in case of an emergency.
Getting there: St. John's is only a 2-hour drive from Clarenville. Head southwest on Memorial Dr/NL-230A S toward Strongs Rd and turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/NL-1 E. Take exit 41A to merge onto NL-2 E toward Mount Pearl/Saint John's until you reach St. John's.