Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Vancouver to Texada Island (via Sunshine Coast) Road Trip

Day 1:

Leaving from Vancouver take Highway 1 W to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Take the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale ferry. The ferry ride is approximately 40 minutes long and you only pay one way. While on board you will sail through some of the most scenic waters, passing by Bowen Island, Gambier Island, and Keats Island. You may get the chance to see some incredible wildlife such as seals, otters, or even whales.

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Arriving on the Sunshine Coast, follow the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately twenty minutes until you arrive in Roberts Creek. Here make a stop at Roberts Creek Beach. You will see a giant mandala painted on the cement. Each year the locals paint over the old mandala and everyone gets to fill in their own section. This small beach has an incredible white sand that reaches as far as the tide goes out. Cool off in some of the clearest waters in B.C. then get back in your RV and continuing driving towards Davis Bay for lunch.

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Across from the pier in Davis Bay is the Wobbly Canoe, a restaurant with a first class view of the bay from any table. Refuel with locally sourced food at this local favourite.

After lunch continue on to Bayside Campground and RV Park. Settle in for the rest of the day and enjoy the beach volleyball court, nearby hiking trails, a game of horseshoes, or explore the bay with a kayak or paddleboard rental.

Day 2:

After packing up camp head to Wheatberries Bakery to grab a quick breakfast or lunch such as muffins, cinnamon buns, soap, sandwiches, or burritos.

Continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway for approximately 50 minutes until you see a sign for Dan Bosch Park. This is the parking lot for Ruby Lake which is another beautiful spot for a relaxing swim. Be sure to bring floaties, kayaks, or paddle boards because this is a large lake with lots of islands to explore.

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From Ruby Lake it is just a short drive to the Earls Cove ferry terminal. The ferry is free going to Saltery Bay and takes about 50 minutes. Be sure to take in the stunning views as you sail through Jarvis Inlet.

Upon arrival continue along the Sunshine Coast Highway until you get to Powell River. Be sure to fill up on gas and any essentials before you leave because there is no gas station on Texada Island. There is a small grocery store and a convenience store if you need to resupply while you are on the island but don’t expect too much.

Proceed to the last ferry from Powell River to Texada Island (Westview to Blubber Bay). The crossing time is 35-40 minutes and you will pay the ferry fee in this direction. Head to Shelter Point Regional Park Campground to set up camp. This spacious campground has both beachfront sites and forested sites, either way you can’t go wrong. Enjoy the sunset over the beautiful coast line and see seals, oysters, and crabs. Flush toilets, showers, and a small concession are available here.

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Day 3/4:

Spend your time on the island enjoying the relaxed pace of the locals. Enjoy nature by beach combing, taking a swim in the ocean, or walking through coastal old growth forest. The Dr. Kay Garner Nature Trail is located at the intersection of Gillies Bay Rd. and Shelter Point Rd.

If you are lucky enough to be there on a Sunday then stop by the local farmers market located at the Gillies Bay Ball Park from 12-2:30. You will find canned goods such as salsas and jams, local art, fresh produce, and friendly faces.

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Explore the islands history and learn about the early 1800’s pioneer settlements at the Texada Heritage Society Museum in Blubber Bay.

Try to time your stay for the Texada Blues & Roots Festival that celebrates local performers from within 100 km. Or possibly go to the much larger Diversity Festival where a diverse audience of all ages are drawn together at the Shingle Beach Forest Service Site to listen to artists, composers, and bands from all over the continent.

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If you want to enjoy more of the local art then go on the Texada Island Studio Tour. The artists work with everything from stain glass, jewellery, sculptures, photography, and more. Artists will be there to answer any questions about their work and share their passions.

Day 5:

Pack up camp and head back to the ferry to Powell River (Blubber Bay-Westview). Drive to Saltery Bay and take the next ferry to Earls Cove (you will pay the ferry fee travelling in this direction). Continue back along the Sunshine Coast Highway stopping at any point to enjoy one of the inviting lakes along the way.

Arrive back in Roberts Creek for dinner time and grab a table at the Gumboot Restaurant. Tables are available both inside and outside where there is a grassy area for children to play. Service is fast and friendly and the BCCLT burger and the Thai noodle salad are not to be missed.

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Spend your last night at the Roberts Creek Provincial Park Campground. Your site will be in the middle of a towering cedar, hemlock, and douglas firs and the cobblestone beach is great for seeing sea creatures such as sea stars, mussels, clams, and crabs.

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Day 6:

Return to Vancouver on the Langdale to Horseshoe Bay ferry. 

*ferry schedules are not guaranteed, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Cheap RV Rentals Vancouver

We all hope to get the perfect RV rental at the cheapest possible price when we are renting an RV from Vancouver. Vancouver is a beautiful city with the Pacific Ocean to the west of it and the North Shore Mountains to the east. Vancouver is a popular tourist destination world wide so if you are looking to get a cheap RV rental you will need to plan ahead.

Planning ahead is actually the best way to get the cheapest price on an RV. Many company’s have early booking specials for those who book well in advance. The best time to look at booking to get the best deals is December or January for travel the following spring or summer.

Another way to get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver is to look at traveling in the off season. Traveling in the spring or fall will usually give you a cheaper nightly rate.

Be aware that a smaller RV isn’t necessarily cheaper than a large RV. Check out the prices of the bigger RV’s you might just find a cheap nightly rate.

Vancouver British Columbia is a beautiful city to spend some time in, and with these tips you can get a cheaper RV rental from Vancouver.

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Beautiful British Columbia

British Columbia is the western most province is Canada and is nestled in between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known for its old growth forest, mountainous terrain and friendly people, BC is a top tourist destination known world wide.

Vancouver is a great place to start your Canadian RV rental holiday, with so many great things to do and places to visit you could make this your only stop on this great adventure. There are 5 RV rental pick up locations available in the Vancouver area so you are sure to find the perfect RV rental at the perfect price.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park.  Visit the beach where you can look out at the tanker ship as they wait to unload cargo at the port of Vancouver, swim, paddle board, kayak, or just lay on the beach and take in the sun. You can rent a bike and bike the paved path that goes all the way around Stanley Park. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, play Pitch and Putt, play a game of tennis, stroll through the gardens, visit the totem pole display, take a ride on the miniature railway, or take a ride in a horse drawn carriage. There are lots of great places to eat in the park so you can spend the whole day here.

Welcome to Kelowna, it’s wine country. Kelowna has over 40 wineries in the area, a wine tour is a great way to spend the day if your RV rental vacation does not include the kids. You can leave your RV rental parked as there are many shuttled wine tours around Kelowna. If you are traveling with kids a must stop is Kangaroo Creek Farm. Located just outside of Kelowna, Kangaroo Creeks unique program allows children (and adults) to hold baby kangaroos, wallaby’s and sugar gliders. There are many other animals here so plan on spending a few hours. Kelowna is situated on Lake Okanagan, home to many great water activities, but keep your eyes open as many people have reported seeing the famous Ogopogo in these waters.

All aboard for Revelstoke. This little railroad town is home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a downhill ski hill known world wide to have one the best verticals in North America. In summer Revelstoke has many mountain biking and hiking trails. Lamplighter Campground and RV Park is located a 20 minute walk from downtown making it easy to leave your RV rental and take in the free nightly music at the plaza any night of the week all summer long. The Revelstoke Dam and the Railway museum will give you interesting glimpses into Revelstoke’s past through the self guided tours. On your way out of town be sure to stop at Giant Cedars. This short walk (about 20 minutes) takes you on a boardwalk path with interpretive signs through this old growth forest.

Next stop is Radium Hot Springs. Radium is known world wide for the odourless mineral pools and is surrounded by Sinclair Canyon. The canyon is home to many big horn sheep, so sit and relax in the pools and keep an eye out for the sheep on the rocky ledges above. From relaxing pools to the high excitement of whitewater rafting, ziplining through the trees, hiking or mountain biking Radium Hot Springs is a great look into Beautiful British Columbia.

Cranbrook is located in a wide valley right between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcells. Mount Baker RV Park and Willow Creek Campground are located right in Cranbrook making it easy to access the city’s amenities while you are staying in the area. Go back in time and experience how the Ktunaxa Natives lived thousands of years ago with the Speaking Earth weekend package, you will even get to sleep in a teepee.

Nelson BC is known as the Queen City of the Kootenays. With over 350 heritage buildings in the city, most within walking distance, a walking tour will be an evening well spent. This eclectic little community has some of the best unique shopping around. From artists showcasing their designs, handmade clothing, locally made hats, there will be the perfect Canadian gift for everyone on your list.

Osoyoos BC boasts having the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skiis, paddle boarding and swimming, Osoyoos is the best place to spend a day on the lake. If you get lucky you may be in town for one of the annual street dances. This family event  includes free draws and prizes. Take a walk down Irrigation Canal Walkway. This 5 km round trip walk takes you on an abandoned part of the canal and shows you the difference water can make on a landscape, from the natural sage and antelope brush on one side to the contrasting orchards on the other.

This journey ends with the round trip back to Vancouver. This 2000 km trip can be done in just a few days or a few weeks. There is so many amazing things to see in this area of the country. Just start your planning by making a reservation for an RV rental from one of our Vancouver RV rental locations by clicking on the quote program and from there you can customize your RV rental vacation to be just perfect for you and your family.