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.

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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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Why Rent an RV in Alberta?

Alberta’s under-explored, drastic landscape is what makes Alberta a destination to be experienced. From the west glacier mountains and valleys to the prairies and dessert of the east, you don’t have to go far to see it all. Alberta is the 4th largest province and one of two land-locked provinces in Canada. At the east border is Saskatchewan, and BC is to the west. In Alberta there are 2 major cities: Edmonton & Calgary. We offer RV pick-up nearby both international airports.  (Edmonton YXD and Calgary YYC).

The best part about travelling in an RV is you get to go at your pace. That means if you aren’t too excited about a certain spot or, more likely, completely fall in love with a place, you can decide to stay as long as you want! Driving an RV around Canada means that you can have a hot meal right in an attractions parking lot instead of driving all the way back to your hotel and eating at the restaurant there. You’ll save money on food and time on travel. Simply, it is comfortable and convenient.

The Canadian Rocky Mountains

The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site includes 4 national parks. These are Banff, Jasper, Kootenay & Yoho. In the mountains and the towns around them, there is everything ‘outdoors’. Whether you want to try paragliding, skydiving, rock climbing, river rafting, or hike your way up to a stunning view, the Rocky Mountain Parks have it all.

Banff

Banff is a town within Banff National Park. Originally a hot-spring spa stop used for funding the railway, Banff became the first National Park in Canada. There are 9 museums in Banff which you can view at Discover Banff .

Visit Banff for the festivals, hot springs, hiking or ski resorts.

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Banff National Park

 

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Lake Louise in Banff National Park

Take a half hour drive north of Banff to Lake Louise along the scenic 1A highway. Often spotted on this road are herds of elk.

Located about 25 minutes southeast of Banff is a town called Canmore. For a truly unique and memorable experience take part in a caving tour here. You will be led by professional caving tour guides to caves that you will rappel down, climb up, and squeeze through!

Jasper National Park is the biggest park in the Canadian Rockies. There is a high chance you will see wild animals here such as bears, elk, and moose. You may hear timber wolves if you decide to camp near here. Popular activities in the area include visiting Sunwapta Falls, Athabasca falls, Lake Edith, Lake Patricia and driving across the Columbia Ice field.

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Black Bear in Jasper National Park

 

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Columbia Icefield, Jasper National Park

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park & Lakes National Park

In the 1930’s, Canada and the US joined together two beautiful parks called Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park, which together made the Waterton Valley. This was the world’s first International Peace Park and is celebrated as putting the environment above borders. Come and see what all the fuss is about, you will not be disappointed!

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Waterton Lakes, Alberta Rocky Mountains

Drumheller

Drumheller is known as the ‘Dinosaur Capital of the World’ and is abundant in geological history and fossils! Royal Tyrrell Museum is located less than 10 minutes from Drumheller and showcases dinosaurs found from around the area. While in Drumheller check out the Canadian Badlands Passion Play for a theatrical show in a delightful venue.

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Hoodoos in Drumheller

 

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Fossil at Royal Tyrrell Museum
Photo by ceasol from Edmonton, Canada (Chasmosaurus Belli) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

To get the real Canadian feel, take in a hockey game while sipping on some craft beer or stay in Calgary for the Calgary Stampede.

Looking for a one-way RV Rental in Canada? Pick up in Alberta at either Edmonton or Calgary and drop-off in Vancouver for the ultimate Canadian Rocky Mountain experience. Another option is to drive across the prairies to Toronto, Montreal or Quebec City. Or if a Cross-Canada road trip is in store for you, consider ending your holiday in Halifax.

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