Anyone who's planned an extended road trip knows it's not all sunshine – especially when you're trekking across the second biggest country in the world.
So when the Huffington Post asked computer science PhD candidate Randy Olson, who previously determined optimal routes through the U.S. and Europe, to calculate the perfect journey from coast to coast, he answered with a 16,000-kilometre trek from St. John's to Inuvik.
That's 8.13 days of non-stop driving.
Considering his algorithm must factor each province or territory's major landmarks, parks, sites or monuments into the trip, it must be noted that his route isn't necessarily the best drive – it's simply the most value-packed way to hit most of Canada's significant landmarks.
And they are as follows:
- 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
- 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
- Hartland covered bridge
- Hopewell Rocks
- Cabot Trail
- Peggy's Cove
- Cavendish and Green Gables
- Province House
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Signal Hill
- Gros Morne National Park
Obviously some major highlights were missed, but you can't argue with the algorithm's efficiency (details on its process here).
And hey, you can always add a stop or 10.