We asked, you answered! Have you ever driven from Calgary to Vancouver? What stops would you recommend along the way?
Driving from the Rocky Mountains of Calgary to the the Coastal Mountains of Vancouver to should be on every road tripper’s bucket list, and our Facebook community has told us why. We had such a huge response that we’ve compiled the results and broken the drive into two separate routes.
First up: Calgary to Vancouver via Highway 1. Here are your recommendations for the stops you don’t want to miss along the way!
Three national parks surround this mountain town, making it the perfect place to base yourself for outdoor adventure! Head to Yoho National Park to see the impressive Takkakaw Falls or ride laps in the Kicking Horse Bike Park. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Boo, the resort’s resident bear at the Grizzly Bear Refuge. Fuel up at Legendz Diner and rest your muscles just outside of town at Rocky Mountain Buffalo Ranch.
Fuelled by mountain culture and filled with outdoor enthusiasts, Revelstoke is the perfect place for a pit stop just on the edge of the Rocky Mountains. Take a drive up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway – one of the only vehicle-accessible meadows in BC – to enjoy endless hiking trails, jump on a mountain bike and ride the local trails, or head out of town to the Enchanted Forest and Three Valley Gap Ghost Town. Other Revelstoke suggestions from our fans? Mt. Begbie Brewery for a craft brew or the Village Idiot to hang with the locals.
3. Salmon Arm
Stop in the small community of Salmon Arm and give your legs a stretch. Better yet – head to Canoe Beach for a swim in Shuswap Lake or indulge in a quick paddle. This is a water lovers paradise with plenty of activities to keep you entertained – houseboating is one of the best ways to take to the water in this area . Don’t miss stops from our fans? Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm, picking up fresh fruit from road-side vendors and the Water Slides & RV Park!
Lookout for tumbleweeds in the sun drenched grasslands of the interior. Music in the Park while watching the sun set over Mt. Paul is one the best ways to spend a summer night in Kamloops. Our fans also singled out Paul Lake, Kamloops Wildlife Park, and riding the endless trails in this mountain biking mecca. Some of the top spots for two wheels: Kamloops Bike Ranch, Kenna Cartwright Park, Rosehill and Sun Peaks Resort Bike Park.
Start the journey off right with a stop at Home Restaurant for a legendary slice of pie. Then walk it off at the Othello Quintette Tunnels in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, just north of Hope. These impressive tunnels are carved out of solid granite, once active railways, and now part of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail – an impressive bike route if you are up for some deeper exploring.
Don’t miss: some more honourable mentions from our followers!
• Descend into the Fraser Canyon on the Hell’s Gate Airtram.
• Get your sugar fix in Sicamous. Our fans raved about the ice-cream at Dutchman Dairy – a perfect road trip pit stop!
• The Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven into the ground in Craigellachie. Stop here and brush up on your Canadian history.
Up for a detour?
From Kamloops head north to Wells Grey Provincial Park and check out Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. From Salmon Arm, head south to the Thompson Okanagan and explore the wineries in BC’s largest wine region.
Did we miss your favourite stop along this route? Leave a comment and tell us what you think should be added to this route!
Vancouver to the Rockies Driving Route