Great Parks and Lakes of Western Canada

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver
  • Drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler
  • Walk on the ice of the Athabasca Glacier
  • Drive the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Banff
  • Relax at Harrison Hot Springs
  • Discover the wineries of Okanagan Valley

Day 1 – 6: Vancouver to Nanaimo

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Days 1 - 3: UK to Vancouver

Arrive into Vancouver late afternoon. Surrounded on three sides by water and with the Coast Mountain Range as a backdrop, Vancouver is constantly ranked as one of the best places in the world to visit. Enjoy a stroll along the lively waterfront this evening followed by two full days to explore Vancouver must-see attractions, including the gardens and forests of Stanley Park, the lively waterfront galleries and artists’ studios of Granville Island and the historic districts of Gastown, Chinatown and Yaletown.

Day 4 - 5: Victoria 

Distance: 121 km / 75 miles (plus ferry)

Collect your motorhome and stock up on groceries and then perhaps explore the Boundary Bay Regional Park in Tsawwassen, popular for bird watching and an area for the nature enthusiasts with beautiful views of White Rock and Mount Baker. Your ferry will then take you across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Make sure you allow time for a stop at Butchart Gardens to marvel at the flowers and gardens.

Be sure to explore Victoria’s inner harbour with the surrounding Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel, plus you can check out the shops and visit the Royal BC Museum and China Town.

Day 6: Nanaimo

Distance: 110 km / 68 miles

Drive the scenic Malahat Drive with its panoramic ocean views to Mount Baker in the distance. Perhaps top in Duncan, the “City of Totems”, and in Chemainus to see the world’s largest outdoor gallery of murals and sculptures. Try a Nanaimo Bar in Nanaimo, and visit Coombs, famous for it’s market where goats graze on the roof.

Day 7 – 14: Ucluelet to Wells Gray Provincial Park

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Days 7 - 8: Ucluelet

Distance: 182 km / 113 miles

Drive across the island on Highway 4 and wind your way through Cathedral Grove with its ancient Douglas fir trees. Check out the Mars fire bomber based at Sproat Lake or, if you stroll a bit further along the beach, enjoy a close up view of the ancient petroglyphs.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do in the small village of Ucluelet (known colloquially as 'Ukee'). There’s whale and bear watching, fishing, hiking, biking, ocean kayaking, zip lining...and if you're not feeling quite that adventurous, there's always the Ukee dining and sunset cruise. You could also visit nearby Tofino to explore the Pacific Rim and Long Beach.

Day 9: Parksville

Distance: 147 km / 91 miles

Head north on Highway 19A to Parksville where you can relax on the sandy beaches and admire the stunning shoreline of Qualicum Beach.

Days 10 - 11: Whistler

Distance: 197 km / 122 miles

This morning you’ll return to the mainland by ferry and drive the stunning ‘Sea to Sky’ Highway along the many fjords of the Pacific Coast to Whistler, a bustling summer destination and ski-resort in the winter. During your two night stay you can discover soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls and plenty of parks and outdoor activities.

Day 12: Lillooet

Distance: 130 km / 80 miles

Follow the beautiful Duffey Lake Road straight across the scenic Coast Mountains to Lillooet.

Days 13 - 14: Wells Gray Provincial Park

Distance: 266 km / 165 miles

On today’s drive 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.

Wells Gray Provincial Park is famous for wildlife including grizzlies, black bear, caribou, wolves, cougar, moose and mountain goats, as well as for its waterfalls and wilderness. Make sure you visit Dawson Falls and Helmcken Falls, which plunge down into mist-filled gorges.

Day 15 – 21: Jasper to Okanagan Valley

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Days 15 - 16: Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper

Distance: 320 km / 199 miles

Today you’ll head north over the Caribou Mountains, an area where black bears are frequently seen. You could visit the Rearguard Falls and maybe take the time for an exciting rafting trip on the mighty Fraser River. Continue through Mount Robson Provincial Park, named after the highest mountain of the Canadian Rockies, to Clearwater, your home for the next two nights.

There’s plenty to see and do in and around Jasper. You could take a cruise on Maligne Lake, take the Jasper SkyTram to the summit of Whistler Mountain, relax in Miette Hot Springs or visit the flowered meadows and glaciers of Mount Edith Cavell. The eagle-eyed among you may spot mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beavers and bears!

Days 17 - 18: Banff

Distance: 288 km / 179 miles

Today you will drive along one of the world’s most scenic highways, the Icefields Parkway. Admire the snowy peaks, icy-blue lakes and the famous Athabasca Glacier. Time permitting, you can visit the Athabasca and Sunwapta Falls and even walk on air on the Glacier Skywalk. You can also visit Peyto Lake and the famous azure blue waters of Lake Louise as well as Moraine Lake and Johnston Canyon.

Downtown Banff offers many shops, and you could also visit Lake Minnewanka, Vermilion Lakes, Bow Falls and the impressive Banff Springs Hotel. Why not take a dip in the hot pools or take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Day 19: Revelstoke 

Distance: 283 km / 175 miles

This morning you'll follow the steep canyons of Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho National Park. Visit the impressive Wapta Falls and make sure that you don't miss Emerald Lake. The Trans-Canada Highway then leads you past steep mountains and glaciers to Glacier National Park - be sure to look out for bears and mountain goats along the road! While you are in Revelstoke, you may wish to take a drive along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway Highway.

Days 20 - 21: Okanagan Valley 

Distance: 262 km / 163 miles

Head south alongside beautiful lakes and over rolling hills with stunning views as you head to the warm Okanagan Valley, most famous for its wineries and fruit orchards. Relax on one of the beautiful lake beaches or hire a bike for a ride along the Kettle Valley Railway. There will be plenty of opportunity for you to pick fresh fruit and stroll around colourful farmer’s markets.

Day 22 - 28: Manning Provisional Park to Vancouver

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Days 22 - 23: Manning Provisional Park

Distance: 180 km / 111 miles

Take the Crowsnest Highway in westerly direction and marvel at the spectacular scenery in Manning Provincial Park as you drive through the Cascade Mountains with its forests and lake-dotted valleys. The park’s forests are lined with hiking trails so you won't be short of things to discover. It's also home to a variety of wildlife such as chipmunks, mule deer, black bear and coyote, plus over 190 species of bird.

Days 24 - 25: Harrison Hot Springs

Distance: 108 km / 67 miles

Take a trip to Hope to visit the Othello Tunnels, and marvel at the impressive 60 metre high waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park in Rosedale.

Enjoy a full day in area of Harrison Hot Springs area. It’s a great spot to wind down and enjoy the beaches, relax in the hot springs, rent a boat on the lake, or take a nature trail into the mountains.

Day 26: Vancouver 

Distance: 116 km / 72 miles

Today you will leave the nature behind you as you return to Vancouver. Make sure you take the SkyTrain into downtown Vancouver where you can enjoy a stroll along the waterfront. It's also worth a visit to Stanley Park, Granville Island, plus the historic districts of Gastown, Chinatown and Yaletown.

Days 27 - 28: Vancouver to UK

Return your motorhome to the depot and take the shuttle to Vancouver Airport for your flight home.

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