If you’ve ever dreamed of doing a road trip solo through BC, follow along with our Instagrammer of the week, @blackdotswhitespots, who just came back from a month exploring our fair province! “Road tripping through BC gave me a sense of freedom and adventure and an ease of mind.” Enjoy!
Highway 16, somewhere between Prince Rupert and Smithers. – I love the wide open spaces and the scenic, almost empty roads of BC – to me, they are perfect for roadtripping! I stopped countless times along the way, feeling like I’ve stepped inside an ever-changing postcard. Coming from central Europe, driving on these roads on my own gave me a feeling of freedom and adventure, an ease of mind.
I found quite a few cool and quirky places to stay in BC during my road trip. The Free Spirit Spheres were a dream come true – glamping in spherical tree houses suspended in the forest on Vancouver Island. From the inside, they remind me of hobbit holes. I want one, too!
A great place for solo travellers and all those who need time for themselves, to think, to write or just to get away from it all.
I discovered sea kayaking for the first time on Vancouver Island. Such a great way to explore the coast! You can see kelp forests, sea stars, sea lions and other creatures while bald eagles soar high above you. Just moments after I took this pic, one of the most amazing things in my life happened: I saw a humpback whale! From my kayak! It was just 30m away.
Salmon Glacier – the northernmost point of my journey. To get there, I took the Stewart-Cassiar-Highway to Stewart, crossed the Alaska border at Hyder and continued on a gravel road that goes on for miles, following the glacier’s toe. When I finally got there in the evening, there was no one else there. I felt very small.
During my road trip, I was constantly surprised by the variety of landscapes that you might not expect when thinking of western Canada. I am very fascinated by the desert-like landscapes of BC., and I’m glad I took the scenic road back to Vancouver, the one that winds through the Fraser Canyon. Didn’t expect to find such a strong Wild West and gold rush feel there.
The variety of landscapes in BC is amazing! Driving south to Osoyoos almost felt like roadtripping through California on a hot summer day. I slept in a Roofless Room near Penticton and stocked up on a few good bottles of wine from wineries along the way. They accompanied me on the whole trip. Later, every time I opened one of them I remembered the summer days I spent there, on that road and among lakes, wineries and the desert.
One of the things I love about solo road trips is that you’re free to make decisions on the spur of the moment. When I drove north on the Sea-to-Sky Highway and spotted the new Sea-to-Sky Gondola, I pulled out at the last moment. I went up the mountain on a whim, and it was totally worth it. The view from the top is amazing!
#guestagrammer Susi from @blackdotswhitespots is a travel blogger from Germany who spent a whole month road tripping solo all over BC in July. “What an epic trip! I saw so many different sides of BC that I wouldn’t have expected at first, met wonderful people and discovered a lot of great places and stories. I love the wide open spaces and scenic roads. Road tripping through BC gave me a sense of freedom and adventure and an ease of mind. Traveling on my own made the whole experience even more intense. I’ll be back for sure!”
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