Classic British Columbia Self-Drive
This is one of our all-time favourite self-drive itineraries. From the cosmopolitan Vancouver, with it’s whale watching opportunities and foodie culture, up to the peaks of the Rocky Mountains and Lakes of western Alberta, this road trip really has everything. Itineraries vary from a basic 10 day option, right through to all-encompassing 3/4 week options, and with additional things to consider like an Alaska Cruise, a trip on the word-famous Rocky Mountaineer, there are endless possibilities for this incredible road trip!
Each trip is tailor-made by our expert team, and below is just an example. For your very own bespoke itinerary, contact our expert team who can assist in planning your road trip of epic proportions today!
– Explore Vancouver’s short history, take a walk in Stanley Park and experience Gastown and the other cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.
– Travel from coast into the mountains, with dramatic scenery that will take your breath away.
– Go walking and bear-watching in the world-famous ski resorts of Whistler and Banff.
– Catch your reflection in some of the world’s most iconic lakes, with the Rocky Mountains casting an incredible backdrop.
– Drive the twists and turns of the Icefields Parkway, which provides some of the world’s absolute best roads in the world – a road-trippers ultimate journey!
We tailor every road trip we offer. Every client is different and will have a different bucket list. This version can be fine tuned depending on your interest. We will search for the best hotel rates, offer the best airfares and car hire rates. We know the best places to stop, walks that are spectacular, what’s worth it, what’s not.
Fly from the UK to Vancouver and your journey starts…
3 nights – Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most ‘complete’ cities on the planet. Stanley Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world with a glorious sea wall around it. You can bike the seawall or walk it (its over 10kms!)
Head over to the North Shore where you can explore Grouse Mountain, Capilaino Canyon or enjoy a plethora of amazing hiking in the North Shore forests. This is 100% wilderness on the steps of Vancouver so speak to our team first!
Visit Granville Island Market, hire a boat or head off whale watching. As the sun starts to descend, wine and dine and witness some of the most magnificent sunsets on the planet.
After 3 nights in Vancouver, collect your car hire (normally downtown Vancouver depending on rates or oneway offers)
2 nights – Whistler
While in Whistler enjoy the village or head up to the incredible Zip Line experience. Or head up mountain and enjoy phenomenal views on the Peak to Peak Gondola.
1 night – Clearwater
Heading further North enjoy a spectucular drive through the alpine, descend into the desert areas, through canyons and then into High Country.
3 nights – Jasper
Jasper is perhaps the less famous of the 2 big parks. It takes a bit more to get the best out of Jasper but it is sensational and rewarding.
Explore the area including Maligne Lake, Pyramid Lakes or any of the local walks/hikes. This is wildlife country, be careful and enjoy this natural wonder.
3 nights – Banff or Lake Louise
Banff and Lake Louise are incredible. This area has some of the finest walks, vistas and wildlife concentrations to be found. This destination needs to be in your top 5!
Car Hire Drop Off at Calgary International Airport
Fly back to the UK from Calgary
Or Head Back to Vancouver by a different route, let us know your dream roadtrip and we’ll make it happen.
Extension / Add-On Options
Stay Longer – the most simple way of extending the trip – simply add more nights in at these amazing destinations.
Vancouver Island – take the short hop on the ferry over to Vancouver Island for unrivalled wildlife-spotting possibilities. Home to Victoria, Tofino, Ucluelet, Campbell River, and more, Vancouver Island is a great addition to any British Columbia trip.
The Rocky Mountaineer – Kick back and relax on one of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. Travel anywhere between Lake Louise and Seattle in ultimate luxury on a rail journey you will never forget.
Alaska Cruise – add in an Alaskan cruise up the most stunning stretch of coastline that North America has to offer. Make it a round trip to Vancouver, or disembark in Alaska to continue your adventure!