12 of Canada’s most infuriating rush-hour roads

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It’s the claim to fame that no city truly wants: the worst traffic in Canada. But it wasn’t until early 2017—when the CAA released the results of a study on the worst bottlenecks in Canada—that it was possible to determine what cities truly deserved to hold the title.

According to the report, Canada’s 20 most congested roads cover a mere 65 kilometres, but account for over 11.5 million hours stuck in traffic per year. That’s an issue that not even the best road trip playlist ever can solve.

If you’ve got a hot date with the cottage this weekend, don’t bother trying to beat the after-work crush. Instead, hit the road after 7 pm on Friday when traffic returns to normal speed limits, or wait until Saturday morning.

If you absolutely must leave at a peak hour and don’t want to get stuck in traffic, here are twelve roads to avoid.



Deerfoot Trail (Calgary)

One of the issues that Canadian metropoli face is their population and popularity outgrowing their infrastructure. Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail sounds like a delightful hike, but in reality it’s one of Canada’s most frustrating commutes. The 47-kilometre (28.8 mi) stretch of Highway 2 spans the entire length of the city from south to north and links suburbs to downtown. It also connects Calgary to Edmonton and Interstate 15 in the United States, making it the bane of many a Calgarian’s existence. Take public transit, maybe?

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