Speed Limits in Canada
If you're used to driving in the United States, speed limits in Canada can seem pretty liberal. Overall, speed limits allow for faster driving in Canada than in the U.S.A.
But be sure to work out the difference between kilometres and miles before you get behind the wheel. And also know that speed limits vary depending on what province or territory you are in.
Speed Limit for Various Types of Driving
|Kilometers per hour||Miles per hour|
|You're driving too fast.||120 kph||75 mph|
|Multi-lane highway driving||100 kph||62 mph|
|Most 2-lane highways outside cities & towns||80 kph||50 mph|
|Major roads in urban and suburban areas||60 - 70 kph||37 - 44 mph|
|Residential streets||40 – 50 kph||25 - 30 mph|
|School zones||30 - 50 kph||20 - 30 mph|
Speed limits in Canada are measured in kilometers per hour (km / h) and usually marked by signs on the side of the road.
When the speed limit is not marked, drivers should keep to the provincially set speed limits which fall within the limits as outlined in the Speed Limits in Canada Table (above).
Check at the Canada border or rental car office for local speed limits and other road regulations. Also read our Driving in Canada Guide.
Drivers from other countries may need an International Driver's License in order to drive in Canada if they have been here for an extended period of time, but generally a license from your home country will allow you drive in the short term.
Other metric conversion tables:
- Common Weights in Grams & Kilograms and Ounces & Pounds
- Common Temperatures in Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Metric Distances in Canada - Converting Meters & Kilometers and Yards & Miles
- Common Volumes in Milliliters & Liters and Ounces & Gallons