Road Trip To Canada’s West Coast
A road trip to Canada’s West Coast from the Rockies:
On this journey, you’ll see the vibrant Lake Louise, spend time enjoying Whistler’s famous mountains and explore the pristine beaches of Vancouver Island. This road trip to Canada’s West Coast packs in some of the most showstopping destinations that British Columbia has to offer, all from the comfort and independence of your own vehicle. Whether you’re in the alpine, by the coastline, or in the rainforest, you’ll be delivered panoramic views of a diverse landscape. Additionally, our guests often see bears, moose and more by the highway, so keep your eyes peeled!
An Entrée Destinations road trip to Canada’s West Coast:
This itinerary covers a lot of ground, and with our meticulous planning of accommodation, excursions, and transfers, it’s effortlessly enjoyable. When you’re traveling with Entrée Destinations you’ll enjoy the finest hotels, the most spectacular destinations and a first-class standard of service. All of our trips are customized to your unique needs to ensure that you’re delivered your perfect journey. Download the full road trip to Canada’s West Coast itinerary for further inspiration, or click the Plan Your Trip button to get started.
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1-2 | BANFF, AB
Upon your arrival at Calgary International Airport, you’ll pick up your rental car and enjoy a scenic two and a half hour drive west to Banff through the Kananaskis Region. If your schedule allows, explore the Banff townsite, relax at the hotel, or soak in the nearby hot springs. Accommodations are at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in a Premium Room.
On your second day you’ll take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for an unobstructed bird’s eye view of six scenic mountain ranges. Witness breathtaking views in every direction from one of several observation decks, and enjoy the self-guided interpretive walk along the Banff Skywalk to Sanson’s Peak. Keep your eyes peeled for Banff Bighorn Sheep or Hoary Marmots – though not likely to be sharing a meal together, they co-exist peacefully! Accommodations are at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in a Premium Room.
3-4 | JASPER, AB
Today you travel north to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Winding your way through Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, you’ll be in the heart of the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway. The scenic views of pristine lakes, ancient glaciers, and lush old-growth forests all provide gorgeous photo opportunities. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a Lakefront Suite.
On the fourth day of your journey, you’ll set out to explore Jasper National Park, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Traversing alpine meadows on your private guided tour, you’ll discover the park from inside your custom photo vehicle. You’re in ‘Bear Country’, so don’t be surprised if you see a Black Bear mother tending to her playful cubs. This is what a road trip to Canada’s West Coast is all about! Accommodations are at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a Lakefront Suite.
5 | SUN PEAKS, BC
Consider taking a final hike in Jasper before departing on your five and a half hour drive to Sun Peaks, a charming Alpine village in the picturesque Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia’s interior. Stroll the pedestrian-only village or take the Sunburst chairlift to the summit to start your exploration from six thousand feet above. Accommodations are at the Sun Peaks Grand Hotel in a Deluxe Room.
6-8 | WHISTLER, BC
Today enjoy a self-guided drive from Sun Peaks to Whistler, taking approximately five hours. Prior to dinner, you may want to stroll the village, teeming with trendy boutiques. If you prefer adrenaline to accessories, watch the mountain bikers landing jumps at the base of Whistler Mountain (and take notes – you may want to give it a whirl tomorrow!). Accommodations are at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in a Deluxe Slopeslide Room.
On the seventh day of your journey take the Peak 2 Peak gondola today between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, and experience the highest and longest lift in the world. Enjoy the world-class views, exceptional mountain-top dining, and alpine hiking. Additional options for your afternoon include golf, flightseeing tours, and mountain biking. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in a Deluxe Slopeslide Room.
The eighth day of your journey is yours to explore Whistler at your leisure. Options include backcountry ATV tours, bear viewing and ecology walks, Heli-hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, or mountain biking at Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park. If you prefer a day of utter rest and relaxation, soak up the sun while lounging beside the outdoor pool and hot tub. Accommodations are at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in a Deluxe Slopeslide Room.
9-11 | TOFINO, BC
Today you’ll make the journey (via rental car and ferry) from Whistler to Tofino, situated on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast. Nestled among old-growth forests and right on sandy Cox Bay beach, you’ll find yourself in a perfect setting for beachcombing and bear-watching. Accommodations are at Long Beach Lodge in a Deluxe Beachfront Room.
On day ten of your road trip to Canada’s West Coast, you’ll set out on a full-day zodiac excursion in and around the Clayoquot Sound. A designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this temperate rain forest is home to a number of land and marine mammals, including but not limited to: wolves, black bears, cougars, gray whales, orcas, porpoises, seals, otters, bald eagles, and Roosevelt elk. Stop at a sea cave and enjoy a dip at Hot Springs Cove, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Accommodations are at Long Beach Lodge in a Deluxe Beachfront Room.
The eleventh day of your journey is yours to spend at leisure in Tofino. Options include guided walks with an expert naturalist, beachcombing, or surfing (don’t worry – you’re provided with a wetsuit to guard you from the chill of the Pacific!). If you’re looking for a taste of local culture, head into town and sample the catch of the day at the timber-built Shelter Restaurant. Accommodations are at Long Beach Lodge in a Deluxe Beachfront Room.
12-13 | VICTORIA, BC
Today you’ll drive approximately five hours from Tofino to Victoria, winding along the scenic Pacific Rim Highway. If there’s time, start exploring Victoria on your own. One of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest, you won’t be able to miss the two oldest landmarks – the Legislative buildings and the Empress Hotel. Close to the city centre, Victoria’s Chinatown is the second oldest in North America and its narrow Fan Tan Alley (the narrowest street in Canada at 35 inches wide!) is a must-see – if you can fit. Accommodations are at the Inn at Laurel Point in a Studio Suite.
On the thirteenth day of your journey enjoy the exhilaration of racing through the seas in an open-air zodiac on a half-day whale watching tour. The Juan de Fuca and Haro Straits are home to three orcas (killer whale) pods, with nearly 100 orcas among them—which means that sightings are all but guaranteed. The ride itself is exciting and sometimes quite adventurous—be prepared to get a little wet! In the afternoon, continue exploring historic Victoria. Accommodations are at the Inn at Laurel Point in a Studio Suite.
14-15 | VANCOUVER, BC
Between the drive and ferry, it will take you approximately three hours to make your way from Victoria to Vancouver. From your hotel, take a walk along chic Robson Street, or head to nearby historic Gastown. Vancouver is known as “Hollywood North” for good reason, you may just stumble across one of many movies being filmed on the cobbled streets. Accommodations are at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa in a Deluxe Executive Room.
On the fifteenth day of your road trip to Canada’s West Coast, you’ll enjoy an expertly guided tour of Vancouver, famous for its cultural diversity and spectacular parks. Explore the historic cobbled streets of Gastown to the warehouse conversions of Yaletown today. Visiting bustling Chinatown, filled with herbal pharmacies selling cures for just about every ailment. Accommodations are at the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa in a Deluxe Executive Room.