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Glacial lakes, mountain scenery and wild beaches combine to produce a landscape that is truly awe-inspiring.
Not sure where to visit in Canada? Here we have compiled our Top 5 best places to visit in Western Canada for you to use as inspiration for your Road trip – we have the itinerary for you!
Take the scenic route along the Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies and discover Banff! Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park.
Where is Banff National Park? Banff is nestled between the Alberta – B.C. border in the Rocky Mountains. With giant snow-capped mountains and dense forests full of wildlife, you will want to spend some time in this stunning part of the world as you road trip through Canada. Banff is about 16 minutes from the National Park and is a quaint little town surrounded by beautiful mountains.
What to do in Banff National Park, Alberta? Hiking, Canoeing, Dog Sledding, Climbing, Gondola Rides and cycling are among the fantastic activities you can get up to while you visit Banff National Park. Lake Moraine is one of the first things you will see as you arrive – The sparkling waters will entice you! Peyto Lake is another gorgeous, glacier-fed lake which glows a turquoise colour, so bright you’d think it was photoshopped! If you were to choose just one hike for your time here – Peyto Lake is a must!
What’s the weather like in Banff National Park? The weather in Banff is extreme. Frozen and snow-covered through the winter, Banff becomes the ideal ski destination between December and March. If you want to hike and enjoy the warm sun, June to August would be the best time to visit.
How much does it cost to enter Banff National Park? It costs $10.50 C.A.D. for a Park Pass each day to enter Banff National Park.
Top Tip for Banff… Banff has high UV rays all year long, So be sure to take your sunscreen, sunnies, lip balm and a sun hat!
Visit Jasper National Park is a place for adventures. The largest National park in the Canadian Rockies covers 11,000 square miles and contains jagged mountains. Here, you are surrounded by bright turquoise lakes and spectacular scenery.
Where is Jasper National Park? You will find Jasper in western Alberta. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you reach the jagged mountain tops and breathtaking views you’ll be compelled to pull over to snap a picture of. You will reach this spectacular National Park by driving the Icefields Parkway, a scenic road taking you past ancient glaciers and huge waterfalls. Don’t leave the Icefields Parkway without a visit to the glowing Peyto Lake. The lake looks surreal with its bright blue glistening water.
What to do in Jasper National Park? There are guided tours to take you through the park, which explain the geology and wildlife you will discover. Cougars, wolves, bears and other wildlife inhabit this area. Venture out to Maligne Lake, where you can enjoy various outdoor activities, hike or visit the famous Spirit Island, as shown below.
If you’re still struggling with where to visit in Canada, Vancouver Island is a must. Vancouver Island is the largest island on the West Coast of North America, and at 12,079 square miles, it feels like a country of its own. Vancouver Island is home to bears and eagles, with elegant orcas seen gliding through the close sea.
Victoria, situated in the southern part of the island, functions as the capital for the entire British Columbia, and the Pacific Rim National Park provides a rich environment that fulfils the needs of every outdoor enthusiast.
Visit this energetic beach city on your Canadian Road Trip.
Where is Vancouver? Vancouver is tucked into the southwestern corner of British Columbia. Vancouver Island is off Canada’s Pacific Coast. From downtown Vancouver, you can catch the ferry over to Vancouver Island.
Getting around Vancouver… Vancouver is a small and walkable city. Everything here is within good cycling or walking distance. Vancouver has a shared Bike system called ‘Mobi’; for around $19 a day, you can make the most of all the bike lanes all over the city.
What to do in Vancouver, BC? Take a guided tour or ride the train at Stanley Park. Walk over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and hike the trails through the treetops of Capilano River Regional Park. Take to the sky and see the city from up in the air on a seaplane tour.
Take a walk around Gastown and explore its excellent shops, coffee shops and pubs and the interesting history and Victorian-style architecture. For a laid-back beach day, head to Kitsilano Beach, a popular hot spot where you won’t be able to miss the spectacular views of the city!
Where is Whistler, BC? Whistler is just north of Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada. Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America, is found here.
Much of the landscape is bright white with glitter-dusted slopes and sunshine that reflects from the blankets of snow.
What to do in Whistler, BC? Not only for the avid skier, there are also loads of things to do whilst you visit Whistler, BC, on your Canada Road Trip! Kayak on the ‘River of Golden Dreams’ for stunning views, Ride the Gondolas from peak to peak or go on a walk in the wilderness to spot a bear!