Road Signs In Canada - What do Road Signs in Canada  Mean?

If you’re driving in Canada for the first time, you should learn the road signs before hitting the road…

If you’re driving in Canada for the first time it’s wise to familiarize yourself with road signs in Canada to avoid any surprises. Whilst generally you’ll not notice a great deal of difference from the USA (although Canada sets speed limits in KPH and not MPH like the USA), many road signs and rules of the roads in Canada are similar to the USA, if you’re heading out of the main cities and into the wilderness, knowledge of road signs could be difference between a safe journey or not. When renting a car in Canada, it’s imperative that you get to know road signs in Canada and we suggest concentrating on signs that you’re likely to encounter, so if you know you’re heading out of town, our list of warning signs in Canada is a good place to start.

Canada road signs

 

Warning Road Signs in Canada

Warning signs in Canada are often red or yellow to advise of potential danger. You should take note of any warning signs in Canada as they are designed to alert you of possible dangers ahead.

 

 

Information Road Signs in Canada

Information signs in Canada are the most frequently used road signs in Canada and are generally used on any type of road to provide road users with general information about the road they are using and the road ahead.

 

 

Mandatory Road Signs in Canada

Mandatory road signs in Canada are used where you are required to carry out a specific task, they are not suggestions, information or advisory signs, they must be adhered to and as such are arguably the most important roads signs in Canada that you need to know.

 

 

Priority Road Signs in Canada

Priority road signs in Canada are designed to clarify who has priority at the junction / road ahead. If driving in a country where you drive on the other side to the road, priorities are likely to the opposite of what you are familiar with, roundabouts being a notable difference.

 

 

Prohibitory Road Signs in Canada

Prohibitory road signs in Canada are used on all road types in Canada , often to restrict certain types of vehicles and certain manoeuvres such as prohibiting u-turns or setting maximum speeds.

 

 

Visitor Comments

  • 02/21/2020

    Steven

    THE SIGN IN QUEBEC EXCEPTE LIVRAISON LOCALE.. I GOT TICKET $300 CAUSE GPS SHOWED ME TO GO ON THAT STREET AND AT THE END OF THE STREET I TURNED RIGHT FOR MY PICK UP.. I DISPUTED IN COURT AND JUDGE SAID I WASN'T LOCAL PICK UP. EXPLAIN PLEASE. THANK YOU STEVEN
  • 01/24/2020

    Ryan

    Thank you for the sign explanations. It really would be nice if some drivers knew that "yield" signs did not mean "merge". To Patricia above, a stop sign means stop no matter what. The pedestrian sign is indicating a crosswalk. If you had to stop only if there were a pedestrian waiting to cross, there would be no stop sign, since pedestrians have the right of way at marked (and unmarked) crosswalks anyhow. Therefore in your case, you must stop even if there is no pedestrian, and then wait for any pedestrian to cross.
  • 12/17/2019

    Patricia Dunnell

    I'm having a dispute with a fellow driver about signs we have seen in Canada. There are situations where there will be a stop sign and pedestrian sign on the same pole, for instance in shopping center parking areas, or commercial private roads. The stop sign is on the top and the pedestrian crossing sign in directly beneath. One of us believes it means that you only need to stop if there is a pedestrian and give them right of way and the other believes you must always stop and if there is a pedestrian they have right of way. Who is correct?
  • 11/14/2019

    Yussif jamilatu

    Thank you for this useful information. Road signs are the most important thing we should know and you have made it very easy for us.
  • 07/23/2019

    BALDEV RAJ KHANNA

    Very informative and useful for road users
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