Canada West - Motorhome Itinerary
Day 1: Vancouver to Burnaby
After picking up your motorhome, head for the great Burnaby Cariboo for your first night. It’s not a long drive but our recommended site is the highest rated in British Columbia and the ideal site from which to explore Vancouver. Visit the city of Vancouver; one of the most interesting and beautiful in the world.
A place to stay: Burnaby Cariboo
Day 2/3: Burnaby to Okanagan
A long but worthwhile drive as you head along the Transcanada Highway for the Okanagan Valley. The scenery of the Valley is outstanding. This area also provides the opportunity to visit many of the Valley’s vineyards in Oliver, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, and Kelowna. Visit the Othello-Quintette Tunnels, just outside Hope, to see the complicated system of tunnels and bridges that took the old Kettle Valley Railroad through the canyon or/and take a ride on Hell’s Gate Airtram over the Fraser River!
A Place to stay: Okanagan Lake Campgrounds
Day 4: Okanagan to Revelstoke
A shorter drive today with the chance to visit more of those vineyards! You are heading through to Revelstoke, nestled high in the Monashee Mountains and adjacent to both Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park. The year-round playground of Revelstoke has some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Canada. Flanked by the snow-capped peaks of the Selkirk Mountains to the east and the Monashees to the west, Revelstoke was proclaimed The Capital of Canada’s Alps and was known as The Mountain Paradise in the early 1900s.
A Place to stay: RV Camping Revelstoke
Day 5/6: Revelstoke to Lake Louise
After approx 3 hours you will arrive in Lake Louise. You will return home with stories you will tell over and over again about Canada’s iconic Banff/Lake Louise National Park. Your experiences here will probably be passed down through generations in family albums, as the children - then their children - return to the places their parents have talked about for years. It’s almost impossible to take a bad picture here! Spend some time exploring Banff. Take the scenic drive along the Bow Valley Parkway to travel between Banff and Lake Louise, it is a quieter less busy route with plenty of hiking trails and vista stops where you can take great pictures of the mountains.
A place to stay: Lake Louise Campgrounds
Day 7/8: Lake Louise to Jasper
The road towards Jasper is spectacular and framed by peaks rising to over 12,000 feet. Visit the Athabasca Glacier: the most visited on the North American continent. You can ride out onto the Glacier aboard an Ice Explorer or take a guided hike on the ice. Whilst in Jasper be sure to book The Maligne Lake Cruise where you will also cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination accessible only by boat and the crown jewel of Jasper National Park, this is an iconic photo stop.
A place to stay: KOA Campgrounds Hinton
Day 9: Jasper to Clearwater
Drive through magnificent scenery running alongside Wells Gray Provincial Park to your right and the Columbia Mountains to your left. You’ll be headed for Clearwater which is the final stopover on this itinerary before returning to Vancouver. Visit Clearwater; an interesting town at the gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Enroute to Clearwater be sure to stop off at Blue River to enjoy the River Safari and the chance to spot some bears!
A place to stay: Helmcken Falls RV Park
Day 10/11: Clearwater to Vancouver
It’s a long drive back to Vancouver and the Burnaby Cariboo. We firmly recommend that you stay at this campground for 3 or 4 nights. The campground has a bus stop with a half-hourly service into the city right outside the door or you can take a 15 minute walk and catch the Skytrain. Vancouver is one of our favourite cities and it definitely deserves some more of your time. Visit Stanley Park, the Harbour Centre, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and so much more. www.bcrvpark.com
A place to stay: Burnaby Cariboo
Abridged version of an itinerary supplied by our Motorhome Partners in Canada