Bad Roads In Canada? It Could Be Much Worse

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Posted: 05/06/2012 8:07 pm Updated: 05/07/2012 9:32 am

Dangerous Roads
While some of Canada's streets and highways do have some rough edges, there are roads out there that will leave you holding your breath. (Getty))

The CBC recently ran a story saying that the city of Toronto had some of the worst roads in the province.

According to the article "Toronto nabs 5 of 10 spots in worst roads survey" (based on research from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)), Canada's largest city isn't very friendly to cars. The report singled out Dufferin Street in particular.

It isn't the first time Canadian roads have been called out for being congested or in poor condition. Dave Pankew of Autoblog Canada recently wrote an article called "The Top 5 Worst Roads, Bridges And Tunnels In Canada."

The CAA has long expressed frustration with the condition of several of Canada's roads, and said in a press release that Canadian motorists were unhappy with the situation.

But maybe we shouldn't be so quick to complain. Most seasoned travellers have at least one good "road trip from hell" story. And while some of Canada's streets and highways do have some rough edges, there are roads out there that will leave you holding your breath and clutching your seatbelt in terror. To see some of the most dangerous roads in the world, click on the gallery below.

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  • Guoliang Tunnel Road

    At 15ft high and only 12ft wide, the Guoliang Tunnel in China roughly translates as the 'road that does not tolerate any mistakes'.

  • Guoliang Road Tunnel - China

    The Guoliang tunnel is the most dangerous road tunnel in the whole world. The tunnel located in Henan province China is certainly a place to visit. Q. Is this the most dangerous road in the world ? Well many people who travel to Peru to visit the Bolivian road of Death, like to cycle along the narrow pass at breakneck speeds. Is this something I would recommend trying through the Guoliang road tunnel, the answer is 'no way'. By David Goorney

  • James Dalton Highway, Alaska

    This is not a road for the faint of heart, or those with a brand-new vehicle! It is still the main supply route for the Prudhoe Bay oilfields, and you will be sharing the road with large tractor-trailers. Windshields and headlights are easy targets of flying rocks. Most rental companies will not allow you to drive their cars on the Dalton. Trucks speeding along the slippery gravel track kick up thick clouds of dust or mud, reducing visibility to absolute zero; potholes take a heavy toll on cars and services, gas, and repairs are practically nonexistent. Don't even consider driving the Dalton unless you have 4-wheel drive, a CB radio, extra fuel, food, tires, and a trunk filled with supplies. This is grizzly country, so when camping, keep a clean campsite, storing food at least a quarter mile from where you sleep. Source:

  • Nepal Tibet Bangladesh Roads

    A typical India-Nepal Road.

  • Patiopoulo - Perdikaki Road (Greece)

    Sharp drop-offs, countless hairpins, a gravel surface and huge potholes: those words only adequately describe the Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, which links the two towns it's named after. Considered one of the most prohibitively dangerous roads when times were good in Greece, these days it's now more likely to resemble a minefield or post-monster truck rally arena. Source:

  • Ruta 5 Africa to Iquique Road

    Ruta 5 in Chile runs from the Peruvian border, connecting with Ruta 1 19km north of Arica, down to Puerto Montt where it connects via ferry to ChiloƩ island. Despite its relative modernity the road from Arica to Iquique is a notoriously dangerous drive. It winds through deep valleys with steep drops littered by the occasional vehicle carcass sitting eerily at the foot. The surrounding landscape is bare, almost vivid and often void of any distinguishing characteristics. It would be easy to lose concentration, as the vehicle skeletons suggest many have, and plunge into one of the imposing voids on either side. Also, the frequent dense fog can reduce visibility to zero in a matter of seconds if losing your focus wasn't easy enough! Source:

  • A537

    One of the most dangerous in Great Britain. "The most dangerous road in Britain was named today in a damning report which concludes one in ten motorways and A roads present an 'unacceptably high risk to users'. The most lethal is the beautiful but deadly A537 which winds through the Peak District between Macclesfield in Cheshire and Buxton in Derbyshire and is known locally as the 'Cat & Fiddle road'. However, road safety experts say it should more fittingly be dubbed 'the widow-maker' because of its mounting death toll." Source:

  • A537 towards Buxton

    Cheshire video ride through for iBiker app

  • Russian Siberian Road To Yakutsk

    This is the official federal-government highway to Yakutsk, and it is also the only one to get there. As there are no other roads, the intrepid motorists are doomed to wallow in this dirt, or wait in week-long 100 km car line-ups (they say women even gave birth there while waiting). Source:

  • Russian Siberian Road To Yakutsk

  • Stelvio Pass Road Trollstigen(Italy)

    The Stelvio Pass is one of the highest Alpine Passes of Europe with its 2758 m. There are 48 hairpin turns on the northern side of the pass. The original road was built in 1820-1825 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1871 m. Since then, the route has changed very little. The 60 hairpin bends, 48 of them on the northern side numbered with stones, are a challenge to motorists.

  • Bolivia Death Road

    There's a grim reason why Bolivia's North Yungas road is more often referred to as the "Death Road": it has been estimated that every year between 200 to 300 travelers die on the 70 kilometer (about 43 miles) stretch of road leading from La Paz to Coroico, with a fatal accident occurring approximately every two weeks. Source:<a href="" target="_hplink"></a>

  • Bolivia Death Road

  • Bolivia Death Road

  • Bolivia's Death Road - The World's most dangerous road

    Bolivia's "Death Road" links La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas. Ride it from behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport

  • Bolivia's Death Road - The World's most dangerous road

    Bolivia's "Death Road" links La Paz to Coroico in the Yungas. Ride it from behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport

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