March 15, 2018
If you’re craving a Mother Nature reconnect, you’ll find it in the mountains of British Columbia—a quick flight or scenic drive from the American West….
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Did you know that Highway 97 stretches from the United States border all the way up to the Yukon? Travelling this route takes you through sunny Okanagan towns, follows the historic Gold Rush Trail, and then becomes the epic Alaska Highway. Choose to explore one of these sections, or take the ultimate road trip from the bottom to the top of BC.
BC’s Okanagan is known for its picturesque vineyards and award-winning wines, abundant orchards with road-side fruit stands, lakeside towns, and for being where Vancouverites road-trip to get away from the city.
There’s also the Kettle Valley Rail Trail—decommissioned tracks that are now home to an extensive recreational trail. Explore the trail in Naramata by bicycle, with views of Lake Okanagan on one side and lush vineyards on the other, or explore the trail’s trestle bridges and tunnels via Kelowna’s Myra Canyon.
Distance: Osoyoos to Kamloops is about 280 km (180 mi) and takes about 3 hours to drive. It’s ideal for an extended weekend trip, but there’s enough to warrant a week or more to explore.
BC’s Gold Rush began in 1858 and followed the Fraser—BC’s longest river. Now, the Gold Rush Trail is a popular road-trip route for people looking for a mix of history and outdoor adventure.
Distance: Kamloops to Prince George is about 525 km (325 mi) and takes about six hours to drive. Give yourself a week to stop and explore the historic sites and maybe even stay a few days at a guest ranch.
A journey on the Alaska Highway through the untamed wilderness of BC’s north is a bucket-list road trip. History, adventure, hot springs, wildlife, and nature all add up to an experience you’ll tell stories about for a lifetime.
Distance: Prince George to Dawson Creek is 400 km (250 mi), but allow time to visit Kinuseo Falls and the Geopark in Tumbler Ridge (about an hour from Chetwynd on Highway 29). Once in Dawson Creek, Highway 97 is also the Alaska Highway. The journey from Dawson Creek to Watson Lake in the Yukon is approximately 960 km (600 mi). That’s about 16 hours of driving, but plan for a week or two to explore this historic route.
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Featured image: Liard Valley on the Alaska Highway. Photo: Emanuel Smedbol
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