With six days, choose one region to explore so you don't feel rushed and have the time to seek out hidden gems and more remote highlights. We've put together a selection of routes, below, that can be customized to avoid the crowds while still taking in these popular destinations. All of these itineraries can be done by car or campervan, with a focus on staying in smaller towns and beautiful parks along the way.

Itinerary #1: Sunshine Coast Getaway

Highlights: Kayaking, hiking, coastal towns Driving time: 9 h 30 min Distance: 220 miles (350 km)
Driftwood-strewn beaches of the Sunshine Coast
Driftwood-strewn beaches of the Sunshine Coast
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver to Gibsons (2 hours) Gibsons
Day 3 Gibsons to Powell River (2 h 45 min) Powell River
Day 4 Powell River to Egmont (1 h 30 min) Egmont
Day 5 Egmont to Vancouver (3 hours) Vancouver
Day 6 Depart Vancouver  

Just northwest of Vancouver lies the Lower and Upper Sunshine Coast, accessed via a short ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Starting in Gibsons, drive through a series of small coastal communities that have great breweries and restaurants as well as retreats and wellness centers to rejuvenate the soul. With six days, you can drive as far up as Powell River and Desolation Sound, famous for some of the best sea kayaking in the region. Along the way, stop at numerous beaches, coves, and inlets and enjoy the laid-back feel of this region. See the full itinerary. 

Itinerary #2: Okanagan Valley Road Trip 

Highlights: Wine, lakes, biking Driving time: 12 hours Distance: 560 miles (900 km)
Osoyoos rests at the south end of the Okanagan Valley
Osoyoos rests at the south end of the Okanagan Valley
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver Vancouver
Day 2 Vancouver to Kelowna (5 h 30 min) Kelowna
Day 3 Explore around Kelowna Kelowna
Day 4 Kelowna to Osoyoos (2 hours) Osoyoos
Day 5 Osoyoos to Vancouver (4 h 30 min) Vancouver
Day 6 Depart Vancouver  

For wine lovers, head to the lake country of the Okanagan Valley where you'll find hundreds of local wineries as well as great breweries, local cider, and farm-to-table restaurants. Six days is the perfect amount of time to explore the region as well as undertake a few outdoor activities, like biking the Kettle Valley Railway. Osoyoos, Penticton, and the larger city of Kelowna are all great places to base yourself and from which to explore the region. See the full itinerary. 

Itinerary #3: Pacific Rim Adventure: Vancouver to Tofino

Highlights: Beaches, rainforest, kayaking Driving time: Distance: 445 miles (715 km)
Hiking through Pacific Rim National Park
Hiking through Pacific Rim National Park
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver, Head to Parksville (3 h 30 min) Parksville
Day 2 Parksville to Pacific Rim (2 h 45 min) Pacific Rim
Day 3 Explore Pacific Rim National Park Pacific Rim
Day 4 Explore Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Pacific Rim
Day 5 Pacific Rim to Victoria (4 h 45 min) Victoria
Day 6 Victoria to Vancouver, Depart (2 h 30 min)  

This classic road trip follows the Pacific Rim Highway on Vancouver Island to the coastal communities of Tofino and Ucluelet. Start the trip with an overnight stay along the island's eastern coast in Parksville or Qualicum Beach. The next day, it's an easy drive to the west coast where you can take your time exploring the forest groves and waterfalls along the way. You'll then have three days to explore the Pacific Rim, which is the minimum amount of time you'll want without feeling too rushed. Finally, spend a night in the provincial capital of Victoria before taking the ferry back to Vancouver.  See the full itinerary. 

Itinerary #4: Pacific Marine Circle Route

Highlights: Beaches, rainforest, historical towns Driving time: 5 h 30 min Distance: 170 miles (270 km)
Suspension bridge on the Juan de Fuca Trail near Mystic Beach
Suspension bridge on the Juan de Fuca Trail near Mystic Beach
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Victoria Victoria
Day 2 Victoria to Sooke (45 min) Sooke
Day 3 Sooke to Port Renfrew (1 h 30 min) Port Renfrew
Day 4 Port Renfrew to Cowichan Bay (2 hours) Cowichan Bay
Day 5 Cowichan Bay to Victoria (1 hour) Victoria
Day 6 Depart Victoria  

This road trip serves is a more laid-back alternative to the Pacific Rim (and closer to Victoria, as well). Departing Victoria, make you way west past coastal communities and driftwood-strewn beaches. Make a stop at Sooke Potholes and Mystic Beach to stretch your legs and hike along the beach and past waterfalls. Arriving in Port Renfrew, treat yourself to a night at Wild Renfrew's Seaside Cottages and a craft beer at the Wild Renfrew pub. The next day, wind your way inland on narrow roads through old-growth forest to Cowichan Lake and take a tube down the river. Finally, you'll circle back to Victoria with the option of more hiking and local vineyards along the way. See the full itinerary. 

Itinerary #5: Sea-to-Sky Highway: Vancouver to Whistler

Highlights: Mountains, lakes, alpine hiking Driving time: 4 h 30 min Distance: 155 miles (250 km)
North of Whistler, Joffre Lakes Trail leads to 3 brilliant blue lakes
North of Whistler, Joffre Lakes Trail leads to 3 brilliant blue lakes
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Vancouver Vancouver
Day 2 Explore Vancouver's Downtown & Neighborhoods Vancouver
Day 3 Vancouver to Whistler (2 hours) Whistler
Day 4 Explore Garibaldi Provincial Park Whistler
Day 5 Joffre Lakes, Pemberton, & Cloudraker Skybridge Whistler
Day 6 Whistler to Vancouver, Depart (2 h 30 min)  

The most popular road trip from Vancouver, most locals make this trip in just a few days. With six days, however, you'll get a much better feel for all the hidden gems that this region has to offer. Take your time to enjoy the viewpoints and roadside hikes as you follow the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish. Here, take a short scenic flight over the coastal range before checking out the local craft breweries. Arriving in Whistler, you can access alpine via the gondola or venture farther afield to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park for great hiking. See the full itinerary.