4hrs 20 minutes of driving time – 425kms
Traffic out of Vancouver will be slow so leave yourselves enough time to complete your journey.
Things to see along the way
- Hope – A small town along the Highway 1 which was part of the big gold rush of North America. Hope is home to the Othello Railway Tunnels an engineering marvel of old train tunnels and bridges that cut through the solid granite walls and pass over the wild Coquihalla River.
- Yale Historic Site – The Yale Museum offers an intriguing look at the gold rush boom of the 1800s that brought miners to the gold fields of the Cariboo and Barkerville.
- Hells Gate – one of the only descending tramways in the world. Take the tram across the narrow canyon, which early explorers had dubbed “a place where no human being should venture.”
- Lytton – Take a Whitewater rafting trip
- Historic Hat Creek – Historic Hat Creek Ranch, an 1860s roadhouse featuring more than 20 restored heritage buildings and displays.
- Kamloops – Kamloops is located at the crossroads of the Coquihalla Highway, Yellowhead Highway, and Trans-Canada Highway, the downtown is the cultural hub of the city. With its backyard a mix of rolling grasslands, sandstone slot canyons, hoodoos, and a whole lot of sagebrush a unique climate for the award-winning wineries in the Thompson Valley.
- Tsutswecw Provincial Park – The 26 km trail system is used for for hiking and mountain biking in summer and cross country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The Adams River squeezes through a narrow canyon portion of the valley to create spectacular rapids that are enthusiastically used by rafters and kayakers. This park has a beautiful waterfall on Bear Creek that is viewable from the Flume Trail System.
4hrs 45mins of driving time – 392kms
Continue on your journey today to get the bulk of the driving behind you for a few days.
- Sun Peaks Resort – where lift-accessed hiking and mountain biking offer easy alpine access. The resort offers a full range of dining and accommodation options, making it ideal for an overnight stay.
- Revelstoke – Named as a “must do trip” on National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List, in Revelstoke you’ll find a vibrant mountain community with a rich heritage.
- Rogers Pass – Between Golden and Revelstoke lies Rogers Pass, the last great obstacle for the transcontinental railroad that first linked Canada from east to west at the turn of the 19th century. Visit the Revelstoke Railway Museum or drive the scenic Meadows in the Sky Parkway for an impressive midsummer wildflower display.
- Golden – take the gondola up Kicking Horse Mountain Resort for hiking, mountain biking and some of the finest sightseeing in the area. Gaze at the spectacular peaks of the Dogtooth Range while dining at Eagle Eye Restaurant, the highest-elevation eatery in Canada at nearly 2,400 m/8,000 ft
Spend the next couple of days exploring Banff and the surrounding areas, you can leave your camp set up and simply pack down your roof top tent to travel to nearby destinations.
- Bow falls
- Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
- Banff Park Museum
- Tunnel Mountain drive
- Gondola Ride
- Mountain Biking
- Lake Louise
- Lake Morraine
- Water sports
- Hot Springs
Today it’s time to leave Banff and stay overnight on the way to Spirit Island, and stopping off at Peyto Lake on the way through.
This vibrant blue glacier-fed lake, located about 40 km (25 mi) north of Lake Louise in Banff National Park, is a popular stop for visitors travelling along the famed Icefields Parkway. Throughout the summer months, glacier rock flour flows into the lake, which gives the water its breath-taking colour.
Spirit Island is a tiny tied island in Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park. This landmark is the destination of boat trips across Maligne Lake.
Spend the day exploring the town of Jasper, a smaller and more rustic cousin to Banff and is the commercial centre of Jasper National Park. Amid the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, the park has glacier-fed lakes, forests and rivers. The Jasper SkyTram climbs to the summit of Whistlers Mountain, with views of downtown. The Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives presents exhibits on the fur trade, railway and early exploration of the park.
- Savour the local flavour: Explore Jasper’s culinary scene. From hearty mountain breakfasts to an elegant alpine dinner for two — friendly pubs to charming cafés, this is creative Rocky Mountain cuisine at its finest.
- Jasper’s National Park Brewery
- Food Tours
- The Jasper SkyTram
- Horse Riding
- Mountain Biking/Hiking
Hike up to whistler’s peak and take the tram back down. All day
You can easily see Whistlers from Jasper, but to get to the hiking trailhead, go south from the traffic lights at the Highway 16 junction, on the Icefields Parkway 1.8 km. Turn west (right) onto Whistlers Road, following it for 2.7 km. You will have to turn left just after the Whistlers Hostel sign before the hostel. The second road up, the main one, takes you .3 kilometres to the hiking trailhead.
Distance: 6.8kmns to Whistlers Summit
Located inside the Wells Gray Provincial Park, Clearwater is your gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Take a detour on Clearwater Valley Road to access the park. Waterfalls, wildlife and wilderness draw people to Wells Gray Park. Take a canoe or kayak and explore Myrtle Lake, North America’s largest paddle-only lake. Stop to view Helmcken Falls—the fourth-highest in Canada.
4-5 hours driving time – 370kms
Green Lake Provincial Park is made up of 11 sites: Arrowhead, Black Bear, Blue Spring, Boyd Bay, Buckside Hill, Emerald Bay, Green Lake Islands, Little Arrowhead, Nolan Creek and Sunset View. Six of these sites have developed facilities.
The open rangeland and mixed forests of aspen and lodgepole pine found here are typical of the Cariboo’s landscape.
Green Lake is one of the larger bodies of water in the southern portion of the Cariboo. The lake is about 14 km long averaging 1.5 km in width with an irregular shoreline of approximately 57 km. The lake has a low flushing rate and together with the chemical composition of the warm shallow waters, creates the greenish hue giving the lake its name.
One of the last large days of driving, today its time to head to whistler, leave early as there is lots to see along the way.
Things to see along the way
- 100 Mile House: Settled during the Gold rush, 100 Mile House was so named because it was located 100 Miles from Lillooet (Mile 0) of the Cariboo Wagon Road. As the gold rush subsided, ranchers began to settle the surrounding area.
- Take a picturesque stroll through Centennial Park.
- Go birdwatching at 100 Mile Marsh.
- Try your luck at gold panning.
- Lilooet: Dreams of glorious riches brought thousands into Lillooet during the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1850s and 1860s, transforming the area into a boomtown with 13 saloons and 25 licensed premises. Lillooet became the largest North American centre west of Chicago, second only to San Francisco. The first trail to the Cariboo gold fields, known as the Cariboo Wagon Road, came through here. Lillooet residents still consider their town “Mile 0” on the Cariboo Wagon Road, and many towns along the Cariboo Highway are referred to by their distance north from this trail.
- Outdoor Activities: hiking, skiing, fishing, Golfing, snowmobiling, mountaineering (including ice climbing and rock climbing), cycling: mountain biking and road biking, paragliding, scuba diving (Pavilion Lake)
- Gold Rush Tour
- Pemberton: Until the 1960’s this could only be reached by train, Pemberton is home to adrenaline outdoor recreation and stunning vistas.
- Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.
- Visit the Pemberton Distillery.
4 hrs driving time – 285kms
Places to stay
Canada’s most famous ski resort, Whistler, sits at the feet of two immense mountains: Whistler and Blackcomb. Together, these impressive peaks form the biggest winter sports area in North America, Whistler has loads on offer, take a look at our list of things to see and do.
Things to do
- Whistler Mountain.
- Peak2Peak Gondola.
- Garibaldi Provincial Park.
- Brandywine Falls Provincial park.
- Mountain Biking.
- Audain Art Museum.
- Whistler Museum.
- Lost Lake.
- Take a wildlife tour.
Follow the sea to sky highway as it winds its way to Squamish and follows the Howe Sound to Vancouver
Things to see along the way:
- Squamish: In its spectacular setting at the head of Howe Sound, the old logging town of Squamish is now a destination for exciting things to do and outdoor activities such as rock-climbing, hiking, and mountain biking. The town is located on the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Hwy 99), which makes it a natural stop on a road trip to (or from) Whistler.
- Shannon Falls Provincial Parkis a favourite rest area, with the third highest falls in British Columbia (335 meters high) being an awe-worthy draw only a five-minute walk from the parking lot.
- The Chief: The granite monolith at Stawamus Chief Provincial Park is another favorite (though very challenging) hike for its panoramic views. Gondola-access hikes at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola offer more varied mountain routes.
- Sea to Sky Gondola: Take a ride up the gondola to enjoy spectacular views of the town and Howe Sound.
Day 14: Vancouver
Spend your last day exploring the incredible city of Vancouver, from taking a stroll around the stunning Stanley park sea wall to shopping for treats in Granville island. Get in touch for all the great things to see and do.