BC Summer Road Trip Inspiration: The best routes, locations, and tours!
This summer, we had the pleasure of hosting a young couple for a trip around Western Canada. (To learn more about them, click here!) As they travelled around, they created a series of videos, blogs, and photos to highlight the different destinations as they passed through. To make navigating their 4 month long trip (and all the information contained therein) easier, this blog will serve as a “home page” for the campaign.
Here is a map showing their whole trip:
A timeline (for where they were, and when):
May: Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Lillooet/South Cariboo, Clearwater/Wells Gray
June: The Yellowhead, Jasper, Banff/Canmore, Waterton Lakes
July: Cranbrook/Kimberley, Revelstoke, West Kootenays/Nelson, Kaslo, New Denver, Okanagan, Vancouver
August: Victoria/East Vancouver Island, Tofino/Uclulet, Comox/Courtenay, Sunshine Coast
And a summary of the main regions/locations they visited. (To jump to the page on one of the regions, click on the name of the location.)
Squamish: Just a 45 minute drive from Vancouver, this is a GREAT outdoor paradise if you have an extra day or two to fill on your trip!
Whistler: Host of the 2010 winter Olympics, this mountainside resort is great no matter the time of year you’re visiting!
Pemberton: Looking for small-town Canadian charm nestled in the coastal mountains? Pemberton is your place!
South Cariboo (Lillooet): According to Norman and Leah, this drive is one of the most spectacular they’ve done in their lives. (And they live in an RV!)
Wells Gray: Waterfalls mere steps from your vehicle, delicious eats, and a rustic, close-enough but far-enough vibe make this the ULTIMATE getaway.
Yellowhead (Mount Robson and Valemount): Delicious, foods, multiple mountain ranges, stunning hikes, and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies – when we saw the photos from here, we started planning our own trip!
Jasper: One of the more famous areas to visit, this enormous park boasts 5 main regions – each of which has something different to offer. Click through for more details!
Banff/Canmore: There’s a reason Banff is so famous; the rugged peaks, turquoise glacial water, and clean, cold air make this one of the most popular destinations in Canada.
Waterton Lakes: This small National Park took the #1 spot for Norman and Leah – they said if they could, the would’ve stopped traveling and stayed forever!
East Kootenays (Cranbrook, Kimberley): The Kootenay Rockies are a sometimes overlooked, but absolutely breathtaking corner of our province. Small town charm, gold rush history, and unique attractions make this a worthwhile stop.
Revelstoke: An outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise. Have an activity you’d like to do? I can almost guarantee you can do it in Revelstoke.
West Kootenays (New Denver, Kaslo, Nelson): This area of the Kootenay Rockies is a bit drier, but that lends itself to some spectacular rock views! The small towns are absolutely worth a visit – we recommend a stop in Kaslo and Nelson for SURE!
Okanagan: BC’s wine country! Fresh produce, gorgeous vineyards, and a series of warm, sparkling lakes make this area a pleasure.
Vancouver: Got an extra day at the start or end of your trip? Click through to see the absolute BEST way to see the city!
Victoria/East Vancouver Island: Victoria is an amazing city with lots of history, quirky vibe, and gorgeous views. As you head up the island, you’ll find an international shop with goats that live on the roof, a long, rugged coastline dotted with tight-knit communities, and lots of lush, vibrant rainforest!
Tofino/Uculet: Canada’s California. Surfing, a laid-back vibe, endless beaches, and a lush rainforest ecosystem make this iconic destination unique.
Comox/Courtenay: A relatively large city with small town charm and local eateries? Yes please! For something new, try out wakeboarding here – it’s an adventure and an upper body workout!
Sunshine Coast: We might be biased (since we live here), but we think the Sunshine Coast is one of the best places to spend some time. Small enough to still have locals running all the shops, you can absolutely get lost in these woods and beaches – and maybe find one of the best holidays of your life!
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