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Starting in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, this pre-planned motorhome holiday explores the mountains, forests and waters that make the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta a world-renowned place of beauty. Soaring, snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, wildlife and waterfalls await you around almost every bend. Just when you think the scenery can't get any better, it does.
You'll discover the wineries and sandy beaches of Canada's only true desert environment in the Okanagan region. The Kootenays offer stunning mountain vistas, turquoise lakes and friendly hamlets. Drive two of the world's most scenic routes, the Icefields Parkway and the Sea-To-Sky Highway. On Vancouver Island, go whale watching, enjoy the silence of the rainforest or delve into the history of picturesque Victoria.
Please note that this itinerary is available as either a motorhome or fly-drive holiday, and can be fully tailor-made to your exact requirements.
Motorhome option: Sought-after campsites in key areas are busy in this part of North America during the short travelling season. With that in mind, we'll hand-pick and pre-book the campgrounds for each night of your adventure. Prior to departure, you'll receive a comprehensive road book with day-by-day highlights, routes and maps to guide you along the way.
Fly-Drive option: hotels, inns, lodges and B&B's in sought-after locations are included on this holiday as well as a comprehensive road book with day-by-day highlights routes and maps.
Distance: 125 miles
It's time to hit the hit the road and explore the great outdoors! Transfer to the motorhome depot for an orientation session and vehicle pick-up.
The landscape in Manning Provincial Park varies from lush, thick coastal growth to dry interior vegetation. It's home to a variety of wildlife from blacks bears to coyotes and over 190 species of birds.
Distance: 130 miles
Make your way south along beautiful lakes and over rolling hills as you follow the Crowsnest Highway to the western Kootenay region and Christina Lake, the warmest tree-lined lake in all of Canada. Relax on the lake's sandy beach, hire a kayak or enjoy a spot of fishing.
Distance: 72 miles
Continue on the scenic Crowsnest Highway to the historic town of Nelson, nestled on the edge of Lake Kootenay in the Selkirk Mountains. Known as "Queen City" and one of the finest heritage cities in Canada, the 350 historical buildings here date back to the 1800s and are within walking distance of each other, so the ideal leg stretcher.
Distance: 167 miles
The small village of Ainsworth offers world famous hot springs and makes a delightful Lake Kootenay stop en route to Revelstoke. Take a dip in the therapeutic waters which were first visited by the Ktunaxa First Nations people who experienced the waters as a welcome respite after a long day hunting.
Journey along Arrow Lakes to the alpine city of Revelstoke, your mountain home for the next two nights. Spend time here exploring the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains, be sure to drive to the top of Mount Revelstoke breathtaking views.
Distance: 93 miles
The Trans-Canada Highway will lead you past steep mountains and glaciers today on the way to Glacier National Park. Take time out to experience the Trail of the Cedars. This peaceful boardwalk stroll will afford you a spectacular view at Avalanche Gorge. Watch for mountain goats and bears along the road side as you make your way to Golden perched on the edge of Yoho National Park. This sleepy British Columbia town offers some of the best rafting in Canada.
Distance: 87 miles
Follow the steep canyons of the Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho National Park before arriving into Canada's first national park, Banff. Be sure not to miss Emerald Lake, and of course, Lake Louise, one of the world's most photographed lakes.
During your time here take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, take a stroll around Two Jack Lake, a gentle cruise on Lake Minnewanka or a picnic beside Moraine Lake.
Distance: 180 miles
Distance: 199 miles
The dramatic Yellowhead Highway takes you through Mount Robson Provincial Park (named after the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) and the Cariboo Mountains to Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park today.
Wells Grey Provincial Park is famous for wildlife, (black bears, grizzlies, moose, mountain goats, caribou, wolves and cougar) waterfalls and wilderness. Check out Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls, which plunge down into mist-filled gorges.
Distance: 180 miles
While driving on Highway 97 and 99, you can experience British Columbia's historic gold rush past. This journey takes you past historic buildings, through unique geological landscapes, and to parts of the original Cariboo Wagon Road that were used by more than 10,000 pioneers during the 1860s.
Distance: 81 miles
On your journey through the scenic Coastal Mountains, stop at Duffey and Joffre Lakes to enjoy the stunning views. You'll adore the lively mountain resort of Whistler. Hiking, biking and kayaking is the order of the day here. If you prefer something less strenuous hop on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, or enjoy a spot of shopping in the village.
Distance: 216 miles
You're in for another incredible drive today, the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. This journey is brimming with ocean views, gushing waterfalls and lofty mountains. En route you'll experience dramatic change from full on mountain highway rising up 700 metres to a coastal highway at sea level which twists and turns as it hugs the sea fjords. Take it slow and enjoy every minute!
Your ferry crossing from Horseshoe Bay on the mainland takes 1.40 minutes. Enjoy wildlife spotting before arriving in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The beautiful Pacific Rim Highway takes you to Ucluelet, a small oceanside village and your base for the next two nights. Whale watching is a must-do in this area and be sure to walk the Wild Pacific Trail which offers some of the most scenic and rewarding walking on the Pacific Rim.
Distance: 221 miles
En route to historic Victoria stop at Duncan, dubbed "The City of Totems." The town boasts more than 80 First Nations carvings and is also home to the fascinating Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre. Arrive into Victoria via the scenic Malahat Drive. This highway climbs to a summit 1,156 ft, and the mountain is considered one of the most sacred sites on southern Vancouver Island. As you journey along you'll be rewarded with terrific views over the Gulf Islands and the Saanich Peninsula.
You'll have a full day to explore Victoria’s pretty inner harbour, or marvel at the flower and fauna in the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
One last morning mooch around Vancouver before your early evening flight back to the UK.
You may decide to extend your stay in Canada, or perhaps hop across the border into Washington State. All Bon Voyage holidays are tailor made, please call the team to discuss your holiday plans.