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An Algorithm Has Mapped the Perfect Canadian Road Trip

By: Notable Posted in: YP Life - Nationwide || April 8, 2015, 1:00 pm

An Algorithm Has Mapped the Perfect Canadian Road Trip

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:
British Columbia
- Stanley Park
- Haida Gwaii (ferry from Prince Rupert)

Alberta
- Lake Louise in Banff National Park
- Columbia Icefields in Jasper National Park

Saskatchewan
- Fort Battleford
- Wanuskewin Heritage Park

Manitoba
- Riding Mountain National Park
- Riel House

Yukon 
- Dawson Historic Complex
- Kluane National Park

Northwest Territories
- Kittigazuit Archaeological Sites
- Wood Buffalo National Park

Ontario
- Niagara Falls
- Parliament Buildings
- Pukaskwa National Park

Quebec
- 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

P.E.I. 
- 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. 


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