Canada Speed Limits in Kilometers and Miles per Hour

Know the Speed Limits when Driving in Canada

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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 hourMiles per hour
You're driving too fast.120 kph75 mph
Multi-lane highway driving100 kph62 mph
Most 2-lane highways outside cities & towns80 kph50 mph
Major roads in urban and suburban areas60 - 70 kph37 - 44 mph
Residential streets40 – 50 kph25 - 30 mph
School zones30 - 50 kph20 - 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. 

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