When it comes to immersive, authentic travel experiences, there’s perhaps no better way to dive into a destination than on a self-drive trip. You’ll travel at your own pace, spend more time on the attractions and destinations you love and keep as private or as social as you like along the way. Western Canada is a particularly pleasing destination for outdoorsy travellers seeking the great outdoors, with options for getting out and exploring nature on a whim. Use the following as inspiration, then let’s chat about arranging your own self-drive vacation through Western Canada.

Self-drive = exploration. You can pause when you like, take a scenic detour when you wish, stop for as long as you want. It’s within the hidden corners that the real spirit of Canada shines. Here are a few options for do-it-yourself Western Canada road trips.

Canadian Rockies and British Columbia’s Wine Region (minimum 2 weeks)

Photo by Susan Tuckey, Penguins2PolarBears, July 2018 - Kananaskis Country

You’ll visit: 

  • Vancouver for dining, walking in Stanley Park, museums and shopping

  • Waterton Lakes National Park for rugged peaks, thundering waterfalls and a cozy waterfront town

  • Crowsnest Pass for a look at the area’s mining past

  • Historic Fernie for hiking, biking and more

  • Elk Valley for high-country outdoor adventures, from fishing to golf to skiing 

  • Nelson for city chic coupled with authentic small town charm

  • The Kootenays for mountain culture and an artsy vibe

  • Kelowna for an energetic downtown, waterfront boardwalk, farms, orchards and great golf

  • Okanagan Valley for vineyards, lakes and rolling hills

  • Mount Revelstoke National Park

  • Glacier, Yoho, Kootenay, Kananaskis, Banff and/or Jasper national parks

  • Calgary for a home base for BC’s Rockies

British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast and through Vancouver Island (minimum 10 days)

Photo by Susan Tuckey, Penguins2PolarBears - 2006 - Tofino, British Columbia

You’ll visit: 

  • Vancouver

  • Sunshine Coast Highway for long stretches of beach, expansive ocean views, nautically themed cottages and a budding food scene

  • Pacific Rim National Park for Long Beach, the West Coast Trail and the Broken Group of Islands with their sandy beaches, temperate rainforests and archaeological sites

  • Tofino for the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region and acclaimed dining and arts scenes

  • Victoria for flowers, English tea, museums, craft breweries and ocean adventures

And more: 

Best of the Rockies (6 days): Calgary, Banff National Park, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Calgary

Rockies to the Ocean (8 days): Calgary, Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Sun Peaks, Vancouver

Pacific Coast and Mountains (8 days): Vancouver, Sea-to-Sky Highway, Whistler, Victoria, Vancouver 

Best of the Rockies and West Coast (11 days): Similar to the above, but adds in Whistler and Victoria

Photo by Susan Tuckey, Penguins2PolarBears - July 2018 - Moraine Lake, Alberta (Banff National Park)

We can work together to customize a trip to your personal preferences, including car preference, hotel upgrades and tour options. Ready to explore Western Canada on your own terms? Let’s chat