Taking a quick trip to Canada when you are living or just visiting Coeur d’Alene can be a ton of fun! This trip makes its way through quite a few different towns, sceneries, and much of North Idaho. So let’s talk more about this, including how far Canada is from Coeur d’Alene.

So how far is Canada from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho? The road trip to the Canadian border (Porthill) from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (aka CDA) is 105 miles and should take you a little over 2 hours to get there. This trip will take you through some of the best spots available in North Idaho.

What towns do you go through to get to Canada from CDA, Idaho?

North Idaho is not exactly known for its big cities, and the trip to Canada is no different! The largest towns you will find on your trip will be Coeur d’Alene (of course), Hayden, Athol, Sandpoint, and Bonner’s Ferry.

You will also find yourself going through the below smaller towns as well, all of which are highly worth taking a look at!

  1. Garwood
  2. North Pole
  3. Careywood
  4. Cocollala
  5. Sagle
  6. Ponderay
  7. Colburn
  8. Samuels
  9. Elmira
  10. Naples
  11. Copeland

What roads do you use to get to Canada from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho?

The trip to Canada from Coeur d’Alene is an easy one! From Coeur d’Alene you jump on Highway 95 going north, and continue on this road until you hit Canada! All 105 miles are on this one road, making this an easy trip to make without any form of GPS.

That said, Highway 95 does turn into Highway 2 temporarily between Sandpoint and Bonner’s Ferry, however, no turnoffs are involved here.

Are there any lakes to visit on the way to Canada?

On your trip to the Canadian border from Coeur d’Alene, you will be going by three different lakes!

1. Lake Coeur d’Alene

This lake is one of the most popular spots to visit in Coeur d’Alene and is a great place for fishing , boating, and much more! It’s right next to Coeur d’Alene so it will be right at the beginning of your journey to the border.

2. Cocolalla Lake

This is one of my favorite up-and-coming lakes in our area! If you don’t pay attention, you might miss the lake, however, it is quite large and is an awesome lake nestled next to the highway. Just make sure to look to your left right before you get to the town of Cocolalla and you will get to enjoy this small lake.

3. Lake Pend Oreille

I have a full article right here that goes over many things you should know about Lake Pend Oreille, however, it is a must-see lake if you are making the trip up to Canada! It’s right on your way and there’s nothing better than having a beautiful lake right next to you as you drive!

Frequently Asked Questions

How far is Idaho from the Canadian border?

Idaho is bordered by Canada, meaning that there is no true distance between Canada and Idaho.

How far is Hayden Idaho from the Canadian border?

Hayden, Idaho is 98.2 miles from Canada, or about 1 hour and 50 minutes from the border! This isn’t much different from traveling from Coeur d’Alene, as they are very nearby each other.

What part of Canada is closest to Idaho?

British Columbia is Idaho’s neighbor to the north in Canada! Nearby the border you will find towns like Creston.


So there you have it, a complete guide to taking a road trip from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho up to the Canadian border! This is an easy and scenic drive that will take you through some of North Idaho’s most beautiful towns and scenery. Make sure to check out some of these spots on your way for a truly North Idaho experience !