Driving from Toronto to Edmonton (How Far Is Edmonton From Toronto)


edmontonnewbie
#1
Hello,

Is anyone out there familiar with the driving directions to Edmonton from Toronto, WITHOUT entering the US? I have been advised that I would initially have to drive to Thunder Bay, ON to get out of the province. If anyone has done the drive before or are familiar with the directions, please help!
 
Said1
#2
I did that drive with my parents too many times to remember. I can't recall going any other way, except through the states. Enjoy the drive through Ontario, the neverending province.
 
Said1
#3
Try this site, it might be helpful.
http://www.transcanadahighway.com/ontario/Map.htm
 
Dexter Sinister
#4
Start on Highway 400 north out of Toronto. It'll turn into Highway 69 a little north of Barrie, which'll take you to Sudbury. Pick up Highway 17 west out of Sudbury and it'll take you all the way to Thunder Bay. That drive around the north shore of Georgian Bay and Lake Superior is spectacular. From Thunder Bay you can take Highway 17 or 11 to Kenora, then pick up Highway 1, the Trans Canada, to Winnipeg. Stay on #1 west of Winnipeg to Portage La Prairie, then pick up Highway 16, the Yellowhead, which'll take you to Saskatoon and Edmonton. And you'll learn that the prairies, contrary to popular mythology, are not particularly flat except right around Winnipeg. In particular, you'll encounter a spectacular rise west of Portage La Prairie, which is the old shoreline of glacial Lake Agassiz. It's flat as a sheet of plywood right around Winnipeg because that's the old lake bottom.

It's a nice drive, on balance, and be sure to stop and smell the flowers. And the sweetgrass.
 
Semperfi_dani
#5
Go to mapquest.com, or google maps, or yahoo maps and you should be able to get precise driving instructions. But basically get your way to Highway 16 and don't get off till you see Edmonton. LOL.

The other way I suppose would be to go via the TransCanada highway to Calgary and north from Calgary, but i think that takes longer.
 
edmontonnewbie
#6
Thanks to everyone for your replies . Unfortunately, both mapquest and yahoo only provide instructions via the U.S. so all of your assistance is greatly appreciated. I've been advised approximately 3 - 4 days if I drive pretty much all day without making any stops....is this correct?
 
Dexter Sinister
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by Semperfi_dani

The other way I suppose would be to go via the TransCanada highway to Calgary and north from Calgary, but i think that takes longer.

'Nother half a day maybe, and it's not as pretty a drive either. The TransCanada takes you through the flattest, dullest part of the prairie landscape.
 
OpnSrc
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by edmontonnewbie

I've been advised approximately 3 - 4 days if I drive pretty much all day without making any stops....is this correct?

I made Calgary from London, ON in less than 2 days last year... But this year I did it in 3 days. Much easier on the hardware.

Do exactly what Dexter Sinister said, and...

My advise ... dont drive Northern Ontario at night... I have had some major close calls with Moose ... especially from the Sault to Wawa on 17. Take your time - in the summer, take a tent and sleeping bag .. save money and enjoy the outdoors ... there are many, many safe areas to camp along the way.
Take your time ... pull off the road at night and soak it all in. And while you pass by Winnipeg... make a stop downtown at the Hemp Rock Cafe/420 Lounge ... good people and good coffee.
 
jwhawk
#9
I'm doing this exact drive next friday but I'm taking my girlfriend, my dog and my cat with me in the car. Can anyone suggest how I can find out where we can stay along the way? I've been frantically googling but without my success. Anyone?
 
#juan
#10
I would go along with Dexter.

It would be a good idea to pick up maps for the three provinces you will be traveling in. You will enjoy the trip more if you limit your driving to between 450 and 650 miles a day and plan your stops.
 
Curiosity
#11
Edmontonewbie

What a great time of year to take a cross Canada drive.... with the exception of Saskatchewan which is one big yawn from start to finish the
trip has some great places to drive through - of course I have enough family dotted across the whole country all the way to Victoria never have had to find lodgings.

Relax and enjoy the drive - and don't fall asleep in Saskatchewan :P
 
fuzzylogix
#12
All I can say about this drive is:

Once is interesting.
Twice is mental cruelty.
 
fuzzylogix
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by jwhawk

I'm doing this exact drive next friday but I'm taking my girlfriend, my dog and my cat with me in the car. Can anyone suggest how I can find out where we can stay along the way? I've been frantically googling but without my success. Anyone?

That might be because there is nothing along the way.

Do you have a tent?


Are you insane?
 
athabaska
#14
Fuzzylogix, yes the poster is either insane or 12 years old.

It's nice to help people WHO HELP THEMSELVES. Make an effort and then ask questions.
 
humanbeing
#15
Jwhawk...

Toronto, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton...

These are the major cities along the way. I recommend highway 17 from Thunder Bay to Kenora then Winnipeg as it is quicker by an hour and a half. Aside from that, Dexter's route is perfect and most efficient.

As far as lodgings go, if the Super Bowl is not in town, you should be able to find a room with no problems...

Between now and Wednesday, I am not aware of any major events in these cities (well not in T. Bay, Sudbury, the Soo, or WPG). This is not a peak time of the year for travel. Chances are good you will find a room quickly.
 
Rachel
#16
Nice, clean rooms in house for short term rent (daily only) Edmonton,20up, for more information please email to edmontonmyhome@hotmail.com, and you will get a surprise. thanks.
 
manzurshamsi
#17
Hello everyone, I have a planning to go toronto from edmonton by car the first week of January 2011. I don't have a citizenship but i have PRC card and i don't wana used US territory. Please advise me about the route and the weather. Thanks
 
Ariadne
+1
#18
How about getting on the transcanada highway and keep driving west until you get to Calgary, then drive north for 3 hours.
 
El Barto
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by AriadneView Post

How about getting on the transcanada highway and keep driving west until you get to Calgary, then drive north for 3 hours.

You also failed to mention that when you get the urge to say "are we there yet" then you have another 24 hour drive ahead of you
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
#20
Of course i just realized this was posted in July so if anyone else needs them. Here they are for the taking. LOL


Times will vary slightly, but this is the Canadian Route

Toronto to Thunder Bay


Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 968.4 miles (2 days, 1 hour)
DAY 1
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Toronto on HWY-11A [University Ave] (South) 0.5 mi
9:00 AM 0.5 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto HWY-2 [Frederick G Gardiner Expy] 5.2 mi Gardiner Expwy West / Qew
9:07 AM 5.8 At exit 145, road name changes to Frederick G Gardiner Expy [Gardiner Expy] 4.2 mi
9:11 AM 9.9 Road name changes to Qew [Queen Elizabeth Way] 10.3 mi
9:21 AM 20.3 Merge onto HWY-403 [Qew] 63.9 mi
10:26 AM 84.2 Take Ramp onto HWY-401 [MacDonald-Cartier Fwy] 32.0 mi
10:58 AM 116.2 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.5 mi HWY-402 / Sarnia
10:59 AM 116.7 Road name changes to HWY-402 63.8 mi
12:03 PM 180.5 Entering Michigan
12:03 PM 180.5 Road name changes to I-69 [I-94] 3.4 mi
12:07 PM 183.9 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-69 63.0 mi I-69 / Flint
1:00 PM 246.9 At exit 137, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-475 / Uaw Fwy / Detroit / Saginaw
1:00 PM 247.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-475 [Uaw Fwy] 10.0 mi I-475 / Saginaw
1:09 PM 257.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-75 [US-23] 271.1 mi I-75 / US-23 / Saginaw
4:58 PM 528.2 Entering Ontario
4:58 PM 528.2 Road name changes to HWY-17B [International Bridge] 1.1 mi
5:00 PM 529.3 End of day
DAY 2
9:00 AM 529.3 Stay on HWY-17B [International Bridge] 17 yds
9:00 AM 529.3 Turn LEFT (North) onto HWY-17B [Huron St] 0.3 mi
9:00 AM 529.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto HWY-17B [St Andrew's Terrace] 10 yds
9:00 AM 529.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto HWY-17B [Huron St] 0.1 mi
9:01 AM 529.8 Turn LEFT (North-West) onto HWY-17B [Wellington St W] 0.3 mi
9:01 AM 530.1 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto Wellington St W 0.7 mi
9:03 AM 530.7 Turn RIGHT (East) onto HWY-550 [2nd Line E] 1.5 mi
9:06 AM 532.2 Turn LEFT (North) onto TC-17 [Great Northern Rd] 361.3 mi
4:25 PM 893.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-11 [TC-17] 27.4 mi
5:00 PM 921.0 End of day
DAY 3
9:00 AM 921.0 Stay on TC-11 [TC-17] 43.7 mi
9:52 AM 964.7 Turn LEFT (East) onto Harbour Expy 2.0 mi
9:55 AM 966.7 Turn RIGHT (South) onto HWY-11B [HWY-17B] 1.7 mi
10:00 AM 968.4 Arrive Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay to Winnipeg

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 436.8 miles (1 day, 42 minutes)
DAY 1
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Thunder Bay on HWY-11B [HWY-17B] (South) 120 yds
9:00 AM 0.1 Turn RIGHT to stay on HWY-11B [HWY-17B] 2.5 mi
9:06 AM 2.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-11 [TC-17] 38.7 mi
9:54 AM 41.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-17 177.5 mi
1:31 PM 218.8 Turn RIGHT (North) onto HWY-601 0.3 mi
1:32 PM 219.0 Keep STRAIGHT onto HWY-601 [Colonization Ave N] 0.7 mi
1:33 PM 219.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto Leach Rd 1.0 mi
1:35 PM 220.7 Turn RIGHT (North) onto TC-17 [Great River Rd] 73.5 mi
3:05 PM 294.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-17A 20.8 mi
3:30 PM 315.1 Bear RIGHT (South-West) onto TC-17 [Great River Rd] 24.1 mi
3:58 PM 339.2 Entering Manitoba
3:58 PM 339.2 Road name changes to TC-1 60.1 mi
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
5:00 PM 399.2 End of day
DAY 2
9:00 AM 399.2 Stay on TC-1 34.3 mi
9:35 AM 433.5 Keep RIGHT onto Local road(s) 142 yds
9:36 AM 433.6 Bear RIGHT (North) onto TC-1 [RTE-150] 2.7 mi
9:40 AM 436.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto RTE-52 [Main St] 0.5 mi
9:41 AM 436.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto RTE-85 [Portage Ave] 54 yds
9:42 AM 436.8 Arrive Winnipeg

Winnipeg to Edmonton

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 812.7 miles (1 day, 5 hours, 56 minutes)
DAY 1
9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Winnipeg on RTE-85 [Portage Ave] (West) 1.3 mi
9:02 AM 1.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-1 [RTE-85] 7.2 mi
9:14 AM 8.5 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto HWY-101 [Perimeter Hwy] 1.3 mi HWY-101 / Perimeter Hwy
9:15 AM 9.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto HWY-425 [Saskatchewan Ave], then immediately turn LEFT (South) onto HWY-101 [Perimeter Hwy] 1.1 mi
9:17 AM 10.9 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.3 mi HWY-1 / Trans Canada Hwy West / Brandon
9:18 AM 11.2 Bear RIGHT (West) onto TC-1 [RTE-85] 53.1 mi
10:14 AM 64.3 Keep RIGHT onto Local road(s) 0.1 mi
10:15 AM 64.5 Bear RIGHT (North) onto TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 71.8 mi
11:29 AM 136.3 Take Local road(s) (RIGHT) onto HWY-10 [TC-16] 3.8 mi
11:33 AM 140.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 141.7 mi
1:06 PM 230.2 Entering Saskatchewan
2:00 PM 281.8 Keep RIGHT onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
2:00 PM 282.0 Bear RIGHT (North) onto TC-16 [HWY-9] 0.9 mi
2:02 PM 282.9 Turn LEFT (West) onto HWY-10 [Broadway St E] 0.6 mi
2:03 PM 283.5 Turn RIGHT (North) onto 1st Ave N 0.1 mi
2:04 PM 283.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto Broadway Ave 2.2 mi
2:08 PM 285.9 Keep STRAIGHT onto TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 100.5 mi
3:52 PM 386.3 Turn RIGHT (North) onto TC-16 [HWY-6] 3.2 mi
3:55 PM 389.6 Turn LEFT (West) onto TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 62.5 mi
5:00 PM 452.0 End of day
DAY 2
Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
9:00 AM 452.0 Stay on TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 30.3 mi
9:30 AM 482.3 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.5 mi HWY-16 / Circle Dr. / Trans Canada Hwy West / Airport
9:31 AM 482.8 Road name changes to TC-16 [Circle Dr] 6.6 mi
9:41 AM 489.3 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Ramp 0.2 mi HWY-16 / HWY-11 / HWY-12 / Idylwyld Dr. / Trans Canada Hwy West
9:41 AM 489.5 Road name changes to TC-11 [TC-16] 1.2 mi
9:43 AM 490.8 Road name changes to TC-16 [Yellowhead Hwy] 318.6 mi HWY-16 / Trans Canada Hwy West / Yellowhead Hwy West / The Battlefords
12:38 PM 657.6 Entering Alberta
2:49 PM 809.4 Keep RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi 82 St
2:49 PM 809.6 Keep STRAIGHT to stay on Ramp 65 yds HWY-16 / Trans Canada Hwy West / Yellowhead TR
2:49 PM 809.7 Turn LEFT (South) onto 82 St NW 1.8 mi
2:52 PM 811.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto Jasper Ave NW 0.6 mi
2:54 PM 812.1 Keep RIGHT onto 103A Ave NW 0.7 mi
Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
2:56 PM 812.7 Arrive Edmonton
 
El Barto
#21
Hell with that, i am flying
 
Risus
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Of course i just realized this was posted in July so if anyone else needs them. Here they are for the taking. LOL


Times will vary slightly, but this is the Canadian Route

Toronto to Thunder Bay

Time Mile Instruction For Toward
Summary: 968.4 miles (2 days, 1 hour)
DAY 1
12:03 PM 180.5 Entering Michigan
12:03 PM 180.5 Road name changes to I-69 [I-94] 3.4 mi
12:07 PM 183.9 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-69 63.0 mi I-69 / Flint
1:00 PM 246.9 At exit 137, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi I-475 / Uaw Fwy / Detroit / Saginaw
1:00 PM 247.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-475 [Uaw Fwy] 10.0 mi I-475 / Saginaw
1:09 PM 257.1 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-75 [US-23] 271.1 mi I-75 / US-23 / Saginaw
4:58 PM 528.2 Entering Ontario

This doesn't exactly look like a Canadian route...
 
YukonJack
#23
Toronto to Edmonton?

Forget about Trans-Canada. You will find gas stations, restaurants and inexpensive motels along the American route far easier. Not to mention the fact that you don't have to worry about traffic lights, pissy little towns to drive through, and you can drive with a normal and sane speed limit on state of the art four-lane highways.

Toronto to Thunder Bay? Take the Trans Canada. Toronto to anywhere West of Thunder Bay, go via the U.S.

Also, remember, if you take more than 24 hours to your destination, you can take advantage of the Duty Free store.

And also remember common sense and don't rely on MapQuest.
 
Retired_Can_Soldier
#24
Quote: Originally Posted by RisusView Post

This doesn't exactly look like a Canadian route...


Oops was tired, |Streets and Trips cut and paste Yawn.

Sorry
 
eh1eh
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by Retired_Can_SoldierView Post

Oops was tired, |Streets and Trips cut and paste Yawn.

Sorry


Also this is originally a 2006 thread.
 
YukonJack
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

Also this is originally a 2006 thread.

2006 or 2011, what the heck is the difference? Are there four-lane traffic light free highways in Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, all of a sudden?
 
lone wolf
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJackView Post

2006 or 2011, what the heck is the difference? Are there four-lane traffic light free highways in Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, all of a sudden?

I haven't seen you out there with a pick, shovel and wheel barrow yet. Get crackin! You're the one griping (as usual)
 
Ron in Regina
+1
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJackView Post

Toronto to Edmonton?

Forget about Trans-Canada. You will find gas stations, restaurants and inexpensive motels along the American route far easier. Not to mention the fact that you don't have to worry about traffic lights, pissy little towns to drive through, and you can drive with a normal and sane speed limit on state of the art four-lane highways.

Toronto to Thunder Bay? Take the Trans Canada. Toronto to anywhere West of Thunder Bay, go via the U.S.

Also, remember, if you take more than 24 hours to your destination, you can take advantage of the Duty Free store.

And also remember common sense and don't rely on MapQuest.


Dude who started the Thread, years ago, couldn't enter the U.S. due to documentation issues.
Trans-Canada Highway would have got this guy to Calgary. If he couldn't figure it out from
there....he shouldn't have left his home in Toronto.
 
YukonJack
#29
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolfView Post

I haven't seen you out there with a pick, shovel and wheel barrow yet. Get crackin! You're the one griping (as usual)

I bought a whole bunch of picks, shovels and wheel barrows with all the outrageous taxes I pay, even as a retired person.

Only an inexperienced stay-at-home idiot, who never travelled more than two yards from Mommie's basement would call recommendation for a better, cheaper and faster route, griping.
 
lone wolf
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJackView Post

I bought a whole bunch of picks, shovels and wheel barrows with all the outrageous taxes I pay, even as a retired person.

Only an inexperienced stay-at-home idiot, who never travelled more than two yards from Mommie's basement would call recommendation for a better, cheaper and faster route, griping.

Nice self description, Jack. Glad to see you're opening up about yourself.

What makes you qualified to recommend anything more than your version of a good mix?

Still griping - as in all the other ones where you whine about having to slow down.
 
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