If you love the idea of driving through majestic wide open spaces, on good roads and in a great North American 'RV', and you want to see lots of British Columbia in just three weeks, this stunning road trip is for you.
It can of course be lengthened if you have more time and want to explore still further, by taking more stops along the way.
Fly from London to Vancouver with Air Canada and spend two nights in a hotel in this popular Pacific coast city, set between the mountains and the ocean. Granville Island's market and shops, the Museum of Anthropology, Stanley Park, plus the Capilano suspension bridge, Cliffwalk and Treetop Adventure are just a few of the many attractions on offer.
Pick up your motorhome and head for the supermarket to stock up. Drive to Manning Provincial Park. Why not have a walk along the Lightning Lakes Trail?
Continue to Penticton and explore the Okanagan Valley, one of Canada’s principal wine areas. Suggestions for side trips include a lakeside walk in Kelowna or a visit to Vernon and the historic O’Keefe Ranch.
Travel south through Canada’s only desert in the Osoyoos area. You then continue east, through Grand Forks and over Bonanza Pass, to the historic little town of Nelson on Kootenay Lake.
Drive to Revelstoke, via Cranbrook, Radium Hot Springs, Golden and Glacier National Park.
From Revelstoke, drive via Salmon Arm and Kamloops to Mount Robson Provincial Park, home to Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
Drive on the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser River valley through Prince George to Vanderhoof.
Continue on the Yellowhead Highway to Terrace, via the reconstruction of an Indian village in Hazelton.
Arrive at the port of Prince Rupert on the Pacific coast, where you can visit the Museum of Northern British Columbia.
Enjoy the 15 hour Inside Passage ferry crossing. Starting from Prince Rupert, the route follows the Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, between the mainland and the Queen Charlotte Islands, to Port Hardy at the north end of Vancouver Island. Watch out for ocean wildlife along the way.
Drive to Campbell River. A recommended stop is Telegraph Cove, with its orca viewing excursions and Whale Interpretive Centre. The Campbell River area is particularly well known for salmon fishing and kayaking.
Travel to Tofino, on the Pacific coast at the northern end of Pacific Rim National Park. En-route, a walk into Cathedral Cove Park to see huge Douglas Firs is very rewarding. The coastline of the National Park, with its beautiful coves and beaches, is best explored by a whale- or bear-watching boat trip.
Back across Vancouver Island and down to Victoria, packed with attractions including the Inner Harbour, the stately Empress Hotel (try an afternoon tea here!), whale watching trips, and the little water taxis that shuttle between the many pubs, hotels, marinas and heritage sites around the harbour. On the way, the lovely Butchart Gardens, the giant murals in Chemainus, or the totem poles in Duncan are all worth a stop.
Drive from Victoria to Swartz Bay and take the ferry through the beautiful Gulf Islands, watching out for orca or bald eagles, back to Vancouver. Spend a final night relaxing in Vancouver before your onward/return flight. Why not round off your amazing British Columbia adventure with an evening meal in the panoramic Top of Vancouver revolving restaurant?
When is the best time to travel?
This trip is best made in the summer months from mid-May to September. Sometimes the weather in the mountains is warmer during June (sometimes not!); wildlife viewing is best in May, when bears come out to feed up after hibernation, and the spring flowers are in bloom. If you are intending to stay in the state park campgrounds it is advisable to book well in advance.
Let us personalise your trip and quote for your holiday. Call 0845 601 0905 or 024 7647 5340.
From £1,815 per person, arriving Vancouver in May 2013.
- Flights from the UK with Air Canada
- Two nights hotel on arrival and one night hotel before departure in Vancouver
- 17 nights motorhome rental
Distance 2,400 miles.