British Columbia 5-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 6 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to British Columbia.

Explore the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of British Columbia with our thoughtfully planned 5-day itineraries. For those interested in coastal drives and discovering the province's history, consider a journey like this sea-to-sky highway route from Vancouver to Whistler, where you'll enjoy gorgeous views, visit Stanley Park, and take on challenging treks near Garibaldi Lake. Adventure-seekers might prefer something similar to this Canadian Rockies road trip, where you can immerse yourself in the rugged wilderness of Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper, with hikes through Kananaskis Country and drives along the Icefields Parkway. If quaint towns and serene coastlines sound more your speed, opt for a trip like this Pacific Marine circle route through Victoria, Sooke, and Port Renfrew, where you'll explore old-growth forests and learn about the area's rich First Nations heritage. 

See our itineraries below or read our guide to the best 5-day trips in British Columbia.

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Trail to Helen Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper - 5 Days
Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper - 5 Days

With just three full days, this is the minimum amount of time you'll want to get a great feel for the Canadian Rockies. Besides two longer days of driving, you'll be able to focus your time exploring the countless trails and viewpoints along the scenic Icefields Parkway. After returning to Canmore on your last night, it's a short drive to Calgary for your onward journey. 

A vineyard overlooking a Kelowna subdivision
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 5 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 5 Days

Undertake a quick five-day trip through the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's premier wine region. A five-hour drive away from the dynamic west coast city of Vancouver, you'll weave your way alongside the Similkameen River and through the forested parklands of the Crowsnest Highway to reach the "Napa of the North." You'll have one night in Kelowna, the perfect jumping-off point for the surrounding vineyards, restaurants, and outdoor adventures.

Brandywine Falls Provincial Park en route to Whistler
Map of Sea-to-Sky Highway: Vancouver to Whistler - 5 Days
Sea-to-Sky Highway: Vancouver to Whistler - 5 Days

This packed five-day itinerary is perfect for travelers with a thirst for adventure who are on a time crunch. Beginning and ending in dynamic Vancouver, discover British Columbia's rugged beauty beyond the city as you follow the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway to the year-round outdoor destination of Whistler. Explore the village, see the colorfully graffitied boxcars of historic Train Wreck, and hike the Garibaldi Lake Trail for some of the province's most rewarding views.

Waterfalls on Gordon River near Port Renfrew
Map of Pacific Marine Circle Route - 5 Days
Pacific Marine Circle Route - 5 Days

This short road trip takes you off the beaten path to explore Vancouver Island's southern coastline, following former logging roads that have recently been paved. You'll have short drives each day so you can spend more time exploring nature—old-growth rainforests, remote beaches, hiking trails, as well as smaller historical communities.

Hiking through coastal rainforest in the Pacific Rim
Map of Pacific Rim Adventure: Vancouver to Tofino - 5 Days
Pacific Rim Adventure: Vancouver to Tofino - 5 Days

This short adventure takes you by floatplane to the wild west coast of Vancouver Island. You'll have close to three days to explore the rugged coastline, walk through ancient rainforest, and head off on a full-day sea kayaking or hiking adventure. At night, relax in a cozy lodge next to the beach and enjoy some of the province's best restaurants in the small villages of Ucluelet and Tofino. 

Relax on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Getaway - 5 Days

With 5 days, you'll have just enough time to explore the Lower Sunshine Coast without feeling too rushed. Wake up next to the ocean before visiting quaint seaside villages, hidden coves, and the easily-accessible outdoors; the region has some of the province's best sea kayaking and hiking trails. Finally, end with a day in Vancouver before you depart.

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