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Congratulations, it’s official! You have booked your flights to beautiful British Columbia and are now are commencing “Operation: Plan Your Trip.” This is a once in a lifetime trip, so buckle up and get ready! 

Especially during the summer months, British Columbia has become a very popular hub for RV road trips because of the unbelievable scenic drives, and amazing pit stops. A British Columbia road trip is for sure one to tick off the bucket list. There’s plenty of suggestions and experiences out there to help you create your ideal road plan. 

Traveling British Columbia is an unforgettable experience and it doesn’t matter what time of year you go. Get your bags packed and camera-ready, you’re about to witness some incredible views! 

Road Conditions and Seasonal Preference to Travel BC

Mountain vista in BC, Canada. Lake and trees, mountain in background.

Mountain views and vistas for days on end. BC is big, and ready to explore.

One of the biggest questions we ask ourselves when planning a trip, is when are we going to go? This is important especially in British Columbia as it changes the amount of time it takes to do things, activities-to-do, and what vehicle to go for. Check out this article that discusses what to be prepared for. 

  • Summer Months (April-September): This is the most popular time of year to do  BC road trips. For the most part, the roads are dry and relatively easy to drive, so the time it takes from one location to the next will be shorter. You don’t need to pack as many extra bulky layers so it saves the weight in your luggage.  There are many outdoor activities to choose from including biking, hiking, camping, climbing, ziplining, rafting, etc. July and August is a very busy time as school is out and most families begin their vacation, it’s very important to make sure you book ahead as it’s quite difficult to just simply park up anywhere with an RV.
  • Winter Months (November-March): Winter brings another vibe to traveling British Columbia. It is a dream if you love to ski or snowboard, sled, cross-country ski or snowshoe. There are many travel options out there with suggested ski-resort hopping adventures. Although it is a winter wonderland, road and weather conditions vary. Roads can  become very slick, especially on the famous sea-to-sky highway or any of the interior BC roads. It is not to deter you but to keep you aware to drive safe and smart. It is very important to have winter tires on your vehicle before November, you will a hundred percent need them or you are at risk of being pulled over.

Best RV Rentals to Travel BC 

Vancouver is a great location to start your British Columbia Roadtrip, it’s the perfect spot to get any last-minute items organized or activities booked. It is also a prime location as there are multiple RV rental options in the area. 

 

  • Fraserway RV- Delta

 

Delta has the best-concentrated options for RV rentals, so if you are looking for a       recreation vehicle this is probably one of the best areas to start in. This particular location is one of Canada’s largest RV dealers. They have various costs and options to choose from and have multiple locations coast-to-coast. 

 

  • CanaDream RV Rentals & Sales Vancouver

 

This location is a very popular choice for RV rentals and consistently delivers quality service. They very much believe in creating a memorable experience for their customers at their own pace. 

 

  • Rent a Camper Canada

 

This is a unique service that offers to upgrade a rental minivan into a kitted out basic campervan. Potentially would be of appeal if looking for a more affordable option but still road-trip-ready. They help to load the car with all the camping equipment and do a thorough walkthrough so you know where everything is. 

 

  • North Shore RV Centre

 

This place offers repairs, and extra parts if needed for your RV. They help to maintain your RV, and also specialize in vintage models. They service all manufacturers to keep your RV running smoothly! Recommended if you already have your vehicle and looking for a tune-up. 

Suggested Itinerary to Travel BC (from End to End)

There are several forums out there with recommendations on what to include in your road trip. Here is a compiled list of locations to provide you with a very well rounded BC mountain oriented adventure. 

10 Tips for Vacation Success 

  1. September is one of the best months to road trip because kids are back to school it’s quieter, and the weather is usually a very nice temperature, not too hot or too cold. 
  2. Allow yourself at least two weeks to experience this suggested road trip
  3. Try to disconnect from your phones and immerse yourself in the Rocky Mountain experience. 
  4. Try new things 
  5. Don’t disturb the wildlife, keep a safe distance
  6. Have your camera ready to go, there will be some magnificent views
  7. Drive safe and smart
  8. Plan and make sure you have places to park your RV
  9. Pack waterproofs and extra layers you will need them at some point
  10.  If you decide to hike or bike off the beaten track plan where you’re going and learn how much time it is going to take

Locations & Activities

Vancouver sunset skyline

Can’t get much better than these views – Sunset in Vancouver

 

  • Vancouver (1-2 days)

 

Explore this gorgeous oceanfront city by renting a bike and cycling along the seawall of Stanley Park. Grab a coffee at Granville Island and wander through the marketplace. Soak up the first nation’s culture at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Conquer the Grouse Grind on Grouse mountain. Play beach volleyball at Kitsilano Beach. 

 

  • Victoria (1 day)

 

Hop on a 90min ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island and keep an eye out for whales! Check out the parliament building and stop by the Fairmont for high tea at The Empress. Go see the beautiful flowers at Butchart Gardens and taste test the local craft breweries. Finish the day at Fisherman’s Wharf with a delicious fish and chips, and keep an eye out for the local seal visitors. 

  • Whistler (1-3 days)

Work your way up north along the sea to sky and explore the world-famous ski-town resort of Whistler. If visiting in the winter hit the slopes! In the summer months spend a day experiencing the Whistler bike park or explore the endless hiking options Whistler has to choose from. See all the views from the Peak-to-Peak Gondola. Zipline your way through the cedar mountains and trees. Wander your way through the multi-media attraction Vallea Illumina

 

  • Revelstoke (2-3 days)

 

Revelstoke is another beautiful ski and bike town further into the interior of BC. Visit the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Raft your way down the white water rapids, check out a fun way to take in the views on the Pipe Mountain Coaster. Wander through the quaint town and set yourself up with a nice camping spot for the night. 

 

  • Jasper (2-3 days)

 

Cross into Alberta to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier located in Jasper. Take a Wildlife Safari tour that takes guests to Miette Hot Springs to relax in the warm waters. Guests should be able to see sheep, elk, moose, bears, and beavers. 

 

  • Banff (1-2 days)

    Lake around Banff, BC

    Unparalleled mountain lakes and landscapes in BC’s interior

 

Banff is another lovely town located in Alberta within the Rockies. There’s hiking, rafting, biking and paddling all available to do in the outdoors. Visit the world-famous Banff hot springs to get some much-needed R & R. Lake Louise is one of the most photographed points in Banff National park. It is at dusk where the most beautiful colour of blue emerges. 

 

  • Fernie (1-2 days) 

 

Back in Southeastern BC, we have Fernie. Home to Fernie Alpine Resort. Enjoy the numerous hikes, mountain biking with lift access at the park, or the scene chairlift rides. There’s the aerial park that includes high ropes, treetop bridges, and mini-ziplines. This resort offers great skiing lines in the winter months. 

 

  • Kootenays (2-3 days)

 

This area includes four mountain ranges the Rockies, Purcells, Selkirks, and Monashees. There is an endless list of activities in this region to choose from like golfing, horseback riding, kayaking, surfing, diving, boating and all your other classic mountain bound adventures. The scenery is stunning and is an excellent place near the end of your journey to pitch a tent and watch the stars. 

Create a Custom Memorable, Dream Road Trip

It’s important to create a road trip that suits you and your family’s needs. The locations above are some of the most suggested but a few other locations to see depending on what suits your travel needs.

The itinerary above is a great one to follow if you decide you want to loop back to Vancouver (starting point) but there are several options where you can create a road trip to end in Alberta and drop your RV off. Your British Columbia road trip awaits. BC is full of amazing outdoor activities and is a dream trip to be had. Be sure to try out the local cuisines, independent coffee shops and craft beer and ciders. Check out this super Canadian itinerary to immerse yourself into the Canadian culture. All the best on your adventures!