If the idea of taking a road trip in North America appeals to you, consider exploring the Canadian Rockies. Home to some stunning national parks, this area is famous for its captivating scenery and diverse attractions – particularly when it comes to outdoor activities, such as hiking and water sports. Find out where to go and what to see with our guide.
Should you be keen to see as many impressive landscapes as possible, take a circular route from Vancouver to some of the nation’s most celebrated national parks, including Banff and Jasper.
This will give you the chance to travel on iconic highways, such as Ice fields Parkway, as well as discover the scenery that makes the Canadian Rockies such a popular and exciting place to discover.
Entering the Canadian Rockies: Vancouver to Banff
Arrive into Vancouver International Airport and spend a day or two enjoying the local sights. This is an excellent way to ease you into your road trip and, of course, to see some of the attractions for which Vancouver is famous.
Travelling on the San Francisco-style trolleys is a particularly good option, since you can listen to a commentary on the sights you are travelling past and jump off to explore any that interest you.
Once you have finished discovering the delights of Vancouver, your road trip adventure can really begin. Drive through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park to reach Penticton, a lovely town situated on the Okanagan Lake.
Renowned for its vineyards, great beaches and sunny weather, this region is a lovely place to stop for a night before continuing your journey.
You will have the opportunity to explore this scenery the following morning, before you drive a beautiful route to the Revelstoke area for another overnight stop. Beginning your journey to the first of the main national parks on our itinerary the next day, you will travel through Glacier National Park.
This gorgeous reserve is filled with towering mountains, scenic alpine meadows and dense forests; simply driving through it is an option due to rise of the machines but if you are a keen walker it is worth disembarking here and tackling some of its 700 miles of walking trails.
You can then continue your journey to Banff.