There is no better way to experience the stunning landscapes of British Columbia than by driving its roads. Wildlife and nature surround the routes and enrich the trip as we go from town to town, sight to sight.
This amazing region provides us with high mountains, deserts, rainforests, amazing access to the Pacific Ocean and distinguished cities.
As a tourist, it is very worthwhile to rent a car and get the most out of Vancouver and BC. Even the locals can have their eyes opened to the richness of their own homeland in such a journey.
So, set up your favourite playlist and keep up with us as we check some of the best options for a week-long road trip around Vancouver.
1. Vancouver to the Rockies
The Rocky Mountains are one of Canada’s most iconic sights. They stretch for more than 4,800 kilometres of pure amazement and provide a fun time for a simple picnic but also for hitchhiking, camping, mountaineering, snowboarding and so on. When you arrive in Vancouver, you can just rent a car and start your journey on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Along your way, you can check out the Fraser Canyon, the Hell’s Gate Airtram, the city of Kamloops, Clearwater, Wells Gray Park and finally arrive at Mount Robison, the highest peak in the Canadian Mountains. It greets you to the Rockies with its mightiness.
From there, you can drive south heading Yoho National Park, briefly passing by Alberta.
2. Vancouver Island and Coast
This trip begins on a ferry from Vancouver to Victoria, BC’s capital. A world-class city, Victoria offers several museums, art galleries, markets and a historic neighbourhood, but also beaches, parks and outdoor activities.
From there, your next stop should be Sooke, where you can explore the sandstone rock from the last ice age. Next, you can go fishing or hiking in Port Renfrew, explore Lake Cowichan, get to know BC’s history in Duncan and go back to Victoria – either by road or by ferry, both beautiful journeys.
Alternatively, you can go North from Duncan until Comox, passing by the town of Ladysmith. From Comox, the ferry takes you to Sunshine Coast. From there, it is all South until Vancouver, passing through Selchet and Gibsons
3. Sea-to-Sky Highway
Another great trip to try when you rent a car in BC is to drive between Vancouver and Pemberton – it has the most poetic name a road trip could have. It is the Highway 99, better known as Sea-to-Sky Highway. This ride takes you from the Pacific Ocean to the mountains. It can be easily done in less than a week, but not without missing out on a few amazing sights.
Starting off in Vancouver, this journey will take you upstate. In North Vancouver, brave hearts can check out Capilano Suspension Bridge – which swings 135 meters above-ground. The way until Squamish presents us Horseshoe Bay, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Britannia Beach and the Sea-to-Sky Gondola.
Arriving at Squamish, outdoor lovers should have the time of their lives. This city is known as “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada” and offers a bunch of activities such as hitchhiking, mountain biking and windsurfing. Finally, you pass by Brackendale and can even go further, until Whistler.
Do you have your pick? All that is left is to rent a car in Vancouver and begin your journey. Let us know in the comments which road trip you are planning next!