Most would agree that British Columbia is a natural wonder. Towering mountains and glaciers surrounded by temperate rainforest and the Pacific Ocean make it a particularly scenic place for road tripping.
The Pacific Rim Highway
Fly to Vancouver, pick up your vehicle and take the ferry to Vancouver Island. Drive west along the Pacific Rim Highway where you will be surrounded by some of the picturesque scenery in Canada.
Make sure to stop off in Alberni Valley, a charming fishing town. Continue to Tofino and explore the vast beaches and perfect surfing conditions.
A hike along the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet will not leave you disappointed.
On the way back stop off for a night at one of the many vineyards and take a tour and tasting at one of the wineries. Although little of BC’s wines are exported they rank well internationally.
The Gold Rush Trail
Go back in time to the days of the Gold Rush with a visit to the historic town of Barkerville on the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains.
Continue north on Highway 97 to Quesnel, then turn right onto Highway 26 and follow it to the end.This windy drive along cliffs and mountain tunnels is known as the Gold Rush Trail. Stop off at Hell’s Gate Airtram where you take a gondola over a narrow passage of the Fraser Canyon. Around the intriguingly named town of 100 Mile House you’ll find a many camping spots and gorgeous lake views.
Sea to Sky Highway
Take the windy road up the coast from Vancouver to Whistler. Head along the Sea to Sky Highway which begins after your travel through West Vancouver on Highway 99.
The little village of Horseshow Bay is an excellent place for a seafood lunch and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse at some sunbathing seals. Stop en route at Squamish for a hike up Squamish Chief.
There are many activities to do once you reach Whistler but don’t leave until you have taken the five kilometre Peak 2 Peak gondola to the Blackcomb Mountains.