Road Trip: Calgary to Vancouver

There are so many fun things to do in the cities of Calgary and Vancouver. And there are so many wonderful places to stop along the way. Why not extend the drive a few days and make the trip a memorable one. We’ve chosen our top not-so-popular places to stay because going to new places you’ve never been is always an adventure worth trying.

Revelstoke, BC
Photo credit: Kevin Couenen, Revelstoke, BC

1) Golden
If you love outdoor adventures, Golden is the place to be any time of year. Home to three national parks, makes it a great base for getting outdoors. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort will offer exceptional skiing and summertime hiking. Head to Yoho National Park and check out the impressive Takkakaw Falls.

2) Revelstoke
Revelstoke lives and breathes mountain culture. If you’re only there for a short time, take a drive up Mount Revelstoke National Park and check out the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. If you have more time to spare, Mt. McPherson offers mountain biking trails for everyone and Revelstoke Mountain Resort has year round fun and a big bad ski resort with endless runs.

3) Salmon Arm
Shuswap lake is a water lovers paradise. Stop at Canoe beach for a paddle or go exploring with one of the many rental companies boating attire.

4) Hope
The Coquihalla holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Check out the Othello Quintette Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, just north of Hope. The tunnels are carved out of solid granite and were once part of an active railway. Now the trail is still operational as an outstanding bike route.

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Canada Dream RV Rentals

Canada Dream RV Rentals

 

Come travel Canada in style in one of our luxury RV rentals. With depots in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Whitehorse, Montreal,Toronto and Halifax there is a location for whatever adventure you can dream up. There are five styles of RV to fit all of your travel needs. Class C motorhomes are great for families or for those who want a little more room, Class B vans are perfect for couples looking for a cozy getaway and truck and campers for those looking for a more compact vehicle.

All vehicles are easy to drive with no special license needed and come with 24 hour roadside assistance. What could be easier? Book early for nightly rates starting as low as $57 a night and early booking discounts.

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Rocky Mountain RV Destinations

The Rocky Mountains are a sight unlike many. From the towering mountains themselves, to the trees, wildlife and quickly changing weather there’s so much to explore. A few favourite spots in the Rockies that bring and immense sense to those who choose to take the journey include:

Moraine Lake
Exploring the national parks are an adventure of their own, but Moraine Lake has a special quality. The water is incredibly blue and the Rockies that surround are towering. Be sure not to be fooled by the locals’ stories about draining the lake and painting the bottom, it may seem like the lake is impossibly blue but paint isn’t involved.

Moraine Lake

Photo Credit: morainelake.com

Icefields Parkway
The drive is one of the most scenic drives that there is. Be sure to enjoy the Athabasca Glacier in the Columbia Icefields on the way. There aren’t many experiences like the ice fields out there.

Columbia Icefields

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Canmore Cave Tours
For the more adventurous, head into Canmore and go on a cave tour. The caves are in their natural state, so there is no walkways, handrails or built in lighting, making the experience wild and unaltered.

Canmore Caves
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Travel the Powder Highway

The powder highway, the place where winter dreams come true. From the sky high slopes, back
country turns, and powdery glaciers, there’s nothing that the powder highway doesn’t offer. If
you’re wondering where our favourite stops along the powder highway are, here’s our top 5:

Kicking Horse
The expert skiers paradise with approximately 60% of runs hitting the black diamond or higher
mark. Lifts were only installed in 2000 and was previously a top heli-skiing location. Kicking
Horse is often compared to Jackson Hole and offers some serious steeps with its 4133 vertical
drop.

kicking horse

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Lake Louise
Lake Louise is one of those few places where you can stand in awe of the view around you;
from the stunning lake itself to riding true in the Rockies. Lake Louise hosts the World Cup
races each autumn. The varied terrain at the lake is stunning with something for everyone –
being one of the biggest areas in North America to ski.

lake louise

Photo credit: myvisaluxuryhotels.com

Red Mountain
Located in the Kootenay Rockies, Red offers the world’s biggest cat-skiing operation with a
tenure of 19,300 acres and prides itself on being the only cat-skiing operator in British Columbia
to run trips for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers or snowboarders.

red mountain

Photo credit: Red Mountain Resort Lodging

Revelstoke
When you’re stuck between the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges, expect 480 to 720
inches of white fluffy snow to fall annually. Couple that with the hill boasting North America’s
longest vertical descent at 5,620 feet, you’ll spend far more time riding pow then on a lift.
Revelstoke has also been dubbed the heli-ski capital as well. The endless pow days not to be
missed.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Sunshine
With one of the longest ski seasons, Sunshine offers natural snow as the base elevation starts at over 5,400 feet, not to mention the 3,300 acres of ski runs and a 3,000 foot vertical drop. What’s not to love about natural pow from November to late May.

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Photo Credit: Adam Locke

With so many other mountains to explore, these are just a few highlights and it’s always difficult
to pick just five. Every mountain is unique and every mountain offers an experience in the snow.

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Revelstoke

Revelstoke is a great place to stop when Rving across BC or Canada because of its location on the Trans-Canada hwy and all of the camping and recreation opportunities.  It is a 565 km (6 hour) drive from Vancouver and 407 km (4 ½ hour) drive from Calgary.

Revelstoke is a small scenic town surrounded by three mountain ranges.  It only has 8.500 residents, but is full of back country camping trips, RV stops and recreational adventures. In the summer the city’s swimming lake, Williamsons Lake, offers a close place to dry camp and swim.  Paddle boards and row boats are available for rent.  Martha Creek campground is a place to launch your boat for great trout fishing and is thirty minutes up the Big Bend Highway.  At Martha Creek there are beaches and hiking trails in the areas most spectacular scenery. The Revelstoke Campground, the former KOA, has full hookups and quiet wooded sites on a convieniant location near town off the Trans-Canada Hwy.

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Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Winter Rving is possible for those wanting to ski at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.  They offer one free night of RV camping when you register at the Sutton Hotel.  The Canada West Campground is open all year.

Revelstoke is most famous for its beautiful national parks.  Mount Revelstoke is one of the most readily accessible parks, just off the No. 1 hwy.  It’s a great stop to really see the beauty of the Columbia Valley.  The 26 km road is paved all the way to the top. The elevation is 2,000 meters.  Viewpoints of Revelstoke all along the way.  Meadows in The Sky is a great afternoon walk in alpine wildflowers, a 2km trail to the summit from the parking lot.  For full day hikes there are Jade and Eva Lake trails.

Stop into the tourist office on the main road downtown for maps and information about mountain biking, bird watching, hiking and street entertainment or visit www.seerevelstoke.com

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Williamsons Lake
campground

Happy Camping!

BC’s Kekuli Provincial Park

Kekuli Provincial Park is an awesome place to camp while RVing in the Okanagan.  A very convenient stop if you are doing a one way rental from either Vancouver, Calgary or across Canada.  The rates are only $30 a night (2016).  The large campground is located in central Okanagan on Hwy 97 off the Trans Canada hwy.  It is 4 ½ hours from Vancouver and 6 ½ hours from Calgary just 15 min outside Vernon, and 30 minutes outside Kelowna.

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Kekuli provincial park is in a natural setting and offers a secluded camping experience while being very close to all the activities of the Okanagan.  There are hiking trails, a beach, a boat launch, and an adventure playground for smaller children.  It is on the central Okanagan highway, an easy place to camp or park the RV for a picnic and swim.

Located on Kalamalka Lake, which is known as a lake of different colors.  As summer progresses the lake changes color from cyan to indigo.  The color of the water is derived from light scattering, causing the precipitation of calcite (CaCO3).  There is both swimming and boating activities on this lake.

kalamalka-lake

Almost all camp sites have a view of the lake.  Only four campsites have full RV services so be prepared for dry camping by having a full tank of water and a charged battery.  There are warm showers and flush toilets. The nature and hiking trails offer great views of the Okanagan valley and various bird species visit here.  While there in June I was fortunate enough to see several beautiful Tangerine birds. A family of marmots camps there, and the nature signs warn of snakes but I did not see any.

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It is important to reserve campsites in the Okanagan early, especially provincial parks.  For a campsite in July thru August it is best to reserve in April or late March.  The only place to reserve a camping spot in BC’s provincial parks is www.discovercamping.ca.  The reservation process opens March 15 and campsites can be booked only three months ahead of your arrival date.

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Vancouver – Things To Do

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Vancouver is a great place to pick-up your RV for seeing the rest of BC, making your way up North to the Yukon, or East to Calgary. For a cross-country road trip, consider finishing in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec or Halifax.

Outside in the City:

Stanley Park is a 405-hectare heavily wooded park that encompasses many attractions, the most popular being the Seawall. Here you can walk, bike, run, and fish if you have a license. Walking around the 9 km (5.6 miles) path can take 2-3 hours, and biking about 1 hour.

Other attractions in Stanley Park include:

  • A Miniature Railway offering rides
  • Beaver Lake where you can see beavers, birds and fish including salmon in the spawning season in Beaver Creek
  • Lost Lagoon with Canadian Geese, ducks and swans
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Brockton Oval
  • A large seaside swimming pool, playgrounds and a water park
  • Totem poles
  • And the Summer season brings the Malkin Bowl theatre for entertainment!

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Vancouver Sea Wall in Stanley Park

Photo Courtesy of: By Kenny Louie from Vancouver, Canada (Out and about) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

VanDusen Botanical Garden & Bloedel Floral Conservatory
The Garden covers 22 hectares and has attractions such as: The Elizabethan Maze, Stone Garden, Korean Pavilion, and Scottish Shelter. The Bloedel Conservatory contains 3 types of climate zones in their triodetic dome, these are Desert, Tropical and Subtropical. There are many species of plants and birds. The Bloedel is an artsy twist on the traditional conservatory. The Botanical Gardens and Conservatory are within a half an hour walk of each other.

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Photo courtesy of: Stan Shebs [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Lynn Canyon Park
This must-see municipal park located on the edge of the city is just another reason Vancouver is such a great place to start your vacation. Although the suspension bridge here is smaller than the Capilano suspension bridge, it is also less crowded and it is free! There are hiking trails leading to waterfalls if the suspension bridge leaves you wanting more.

vancouver's-lynn-canyon-park

Photo Attribution: By Dave Olson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/uncleweed/119959344/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Other Outdoor areas in and near Vancouver:
Queen Elizabeth Park
Kitsilano Beach
Pacific Spirit Regional Park
English Bay
Spanish Banks
False Creek
Nitobe Memorial Garden
Vancouver Public Library / Library Square

History, Art & Museums:

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

A teaching and research museum, MOA focuses on the West Coast’s First Nations. There are amazing sculptures, art pieces, artifacts, an outside totem pole exhibit and more. Free 30-60 minute tours are offered throughout the day. While at the UBC campus, consider checking out UBC Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Gardens, The Canopy Tree Walk and The Biodiversity Museum.

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Photo courtesy of: By Xicotencatl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver Art Gallery
Get your art fix at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The VAG is a national historic site of Canada and boasts over 11,000 artworks in their permanent collection. This includes pieces by the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, Harry Callahan, Marc Chagall, and Jeff Wall.

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By Atr1992 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver Police Museum
The VPM covers history of the area and unsolved cases. There are memorabilia such as confiscated firearms, publications, counterfeit currency and more! This is an attraction if you are interested in mysteries and crime. The museum is geared for a mature audience. They put on a great walking tour called ‘Sins of the City’, which covers significant history as you see the area.
vancouver-police-museum

More:
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Vanier Park
Vancouver Maritime Museum
Bill Reid Gallery
Yaletown
Marine Building
Orpheum Theatre
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Museum of Vancouver

Dining, Shopping & Culture:

Granville Island – An artistically inspired area that has an artisan market, street performers, stores, bakeries and restaurants.

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Robson Street
The famous shopping of Robson Street (East) is located near the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Vancouver Public Library. Shops and malls line the streets, leading to a cluster of restaurants at the West end.

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Photo courtesy of: TagarSpinebreak at CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)

Gastown
The first core of downtown Vancouver is reminiscent with cobblestone streets and changing with new development.
Annual festivals here include: Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. The Steam Clock is a classic photo.

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By Anthony Maw, Vancouver, Canada (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

More:
Downtown Vancouver
Brockton Point Totem Pole
Granville Island Brewing

Family Attractions:

Science World
An engaging and interactive Science centre with lots to do for families.
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Vancouver Aquarium
“Vanaqua” is located in Stanley Park. Their exhibits include: Discover Rays, Tropic Zone, Canada’s Arctic, Penguin Point, Amazon Rainforest, Exploration Gallery, BC Coast Treasures, Clownfish Cove and Pacific Canada Pavilion. The focus of this aquarium is education and conservation. This is a feel-good aquarium as the animals here are not captured but have been rescued from the wild because they were not able to survive.

vancouver-aquarium

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Landmarks:

Capilano Suspension Bridge
Canada Place
BC Place Stadium
Lions Gate Bridge
Commercial Drive

The Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre is on the Vancouver Harbour near Canada Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre. Their address is 200 Burrard Street.

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Top 5 West Coast Beaches

Did you know that Canada’s abundance of shorelines stretches farther than in any other country? Coupled with thousands of kilometres of lakes and you have beaches paradise. Because there were so many, we decided to make this beach series a two parter and start with our favourite West Coast beaches – warm water, sunny sand, surf and swimming included.

Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia

Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia
Why we love it: Located in the loved Okanagan Valley it beach hosts volleyball, picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts, a watersplash park, marina with a boat launch, and a playground marina. Oh and did we mention some of the best wind and kite surfing around?

Not to miss event: Penticton’s Annual Peachfest

For more info: okanaganvacationguide.com

Photo credit: @littlemissmagi/Instagram.

Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve

Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve
Why we love it: If you’re looking for a wildlife paradise, this is the place. Kluane translates to “big fish” and it won’t disappoint with lake trout and arctic grayling. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason.

Not to miss: A 100 lbs “monster” fish is said to inhabit the lake. Watch your toes!

For more info: pc.gc.ca/pn-np/yt/kluane

Photo credit: @aasmanonpurpose/Instagram.


Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Why we love it: Long Beach lives up to it’s name spreading between Ucluelet and Tofino and offering 16km of accessible sand. It’s a surfing hotspot.

Not to miss: Some of the most consistent surf on the planet.

For more info: longbeachmaps.com

Photo credit: @beautycounterbysherri/Instagram.


Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Why we love it: With three km of white sand that reaches out to Frank Island, the winds might blow you away but the view is amazing.

Not to miss: Whales! Humpback, grey, orca, minke and if you’re lucky, a great blue.

For more info: tourismtofino.com

Photo credit: @manduzzo/Instagram.

Sylvan Lake, Alberta

Sylan Lake, Alberta

Why we love it: It’s family friendly and offers everything from boating, fishing, scuba diving to golfing, volleyball and go-carting.

Not to miss: Wild Rapids Waterslide Park

For more info: sylvanlaketourism.com

Photo credit: @photography_and_golf/Instagram.

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RV-ing in Beautiful British Columbia

BC’s diverse landscape is the perfect place to go camping. Do you want hot springs in a glacier fed river? Do you want to see bears, moose and other wildlife? Do you want to find a secret camping spot for pristine views and privacy? We got it all, baby!

RV driving on Sea to Sky Highway
Sea to Sky Highway

One way RV rental options starting in Vancouver include drop-offs in: Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax, so many road trip options! Pick-up near Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

BC has everything a Canadian RV road trip needs; coastal highways, small towns, metro cities, alpine mountains, desert, various swimming holes, and most importantly, nature waiting to be discovered! All you have to do is rent an RV and start driving for your adventure to begin!

Use our quick and simple RV rental price comparison tool at the top of this page to browse suppliers like Canadream and Cruise Canada, to name a few. Remember to book as early as possible for the cheapest rates and finest RV’s.

Keep scrolling for pictures from my latest BC road trip! We took two weeks and travelled from Vancouver – Victoria – Revelstoke – Vancouver.

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