British Columbia 12-Day Tours & Itineraries

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Views from the Garibaldi Lake hike near Whistler
Whistler & Pacific Rim Road Trip - 12 Days

Follow this 12-day road trip through British Columbia's Coast Mountains and Vancouver Island. Starting with three days in Vancouver, you'll drive the iconic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler before crossing the Strait of Georgia to Pacific Rim National Park. Look for whales off the coast of Tofino, surf at Chesterman Beach, and pick up a hiking trail through ancient rainforest to the wave-whipped Pacific Coast.

Lake Louise at sunset
Map of Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, & Canmore - 12 Days
Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, & Canmore - 12 Days

Starting and ending in Calgary, this route gets you outdoors on the best trails and routes through the Canadian Rockies. You'll have ample time to visit all the famous stops along the way as well as the lesser-known regions known just to locals. This route is optimized for those looking to get out into nature, beyond just the roadside stops and attractions. 

Tokkum Creek flowing through Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park
Map of Kootenay Rockies: Hot Springs Circle Route - 12 Days
Kootenay Rockies: Hot Springs Circle Route - 12 Days

In 12 days, combine the best of the Canadian Rockies with the hot springs and lakeshore communities of the Kootenays. This route is perfect for those looking for an active holiday with time to relax and sit back, as well, without too much driving. You'll pass by numerous hot springs, historic communities, and lake valleys surrounded by dramatic peaks. You can undertake this route year-round, given the numerous winter and summer mountain resorts en route.

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Vancouver to Calgary: Whistler, Wells Gray, & the Canadian Rockies - 12 Days
Vancouver to Calgary: Whistler, Wells Gray, & the Canadian Rockies - 12 Days

Get the true sea-to-summit experience as you road trip across British Columbia from the coast to the mountains. You'll follow some of Canada's most scenic highways through numerous provincial and national parks, culminating in the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. This itinerary is designed to spend fewer days on the road and more time exploring the mountains, lakes, and rivers. 

Long Beach near Tofino
Sunshine Coast & Pacific Rim Road Trip - 12 Days

This route is the perfect introduction to British Columbia’s west coast, combining ocean-based activities with rugged mountain trails and vibrant coastal communities. Starting and ending in Vancouver, you'll wind your way by car and ferry along the Sunshine Coast before crossing over to Vancouver Island. From there, you'll base yourself in the two beautiful nature reserves of Strathcona Provincial Park and the Pacific Rim.

Fall in Kananaskis Country, south of Canmore
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 12 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 12 Days

In 12 days, follow this popular drive across British Columbia from Vancouver to Calgary. This particular route focuses on two main regions—the wine hills of the Okanagan Valley and the dramatic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. You'll have ample time to explore both regions, as you'll have two nights in most locations. This drive is best done between May and October.

Autumn in Banff National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days

Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies on this epic road trip from Calgary to Vancouver. Start by exploring famous Banff National Park before crossing over into British Columbia and heading south through interior lake country and historic mining communities. Finally, you'll have a few days to unwind and relax at the end of your trip by visiting some of the country's best wineries in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by Canada's only desert. 

Three Valley Lake near Revelstoke
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days

This route takes you through the best of the Canadian Rockies to the wine country of the Okanagan Valley, where you can relax and unwind after your adventures in the mountains. Along the way, you'll pass through historic communities and the natural hot springs around Nakusp, Kaslo, and Nelson. Finally, end with a couple of days to explore Vancouver's great dining scene and local neighborhoods.

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