Need a little inspiration for your next big drive? Here’s a map and itinerary for the perfect BC to Alberta RV trip, plus where you should camp along the way.
It’s one hour quicker if you go back through Calgary to get to Jasper National Park, but this route lets you cover some new terrain. Check out the interactive map here: https://goo.gl/maps/3s2aAjsGF4S2
Start your trip in the seaside town of Tofino and enjoy whale watching tours or beachside storm gazing. If you set up camp at MacKenzie Beach Resort, you might be lucky enough to park your RV right next to the ocean!
(Tip: The road in and out of Tofino is windy and narrow, so please drive carefully no matter what sized rig you have.)
Drive 700 km (~10 hrs)–including one ferry trip–to the beautiful Okanagan and Shuswap region of BC. It’s famous for its wineries, local produce, lake sports, and fishing. Camp off the beaten path at Hidden Lake, a one hour drive northeast of Vernon, BC.
From Hidden Lake, drive a scenic 420 km (~5.5 hrs) to Banff, Alberta. Banff is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise with many hikes, trails, and outdoor activities. Whether you’re a novice or well-seasoned RVer, you’ll get to choose from 14 campgrounds in this National Park.
Cruise 250 km (~2.75 hrs) east through the city of Calgary (home of the Calgary Stampede) to get to Drumheller. The town is dedicated to ‘everything dinosaur’ and includes many exhibits, shops, and museums. Camp close to town at River Grove Campground and Cabins–it’s just a short walk to see the world’s largest dinosaur!
Take the scenic route. Drive 650 km (~7 hrs) through Edmonton, then west to Jasper National Park. This 13,000 km2 park is known for scenic vistas and so much wildlife you won’t want to go back to the city. Choose from over a dozen campgrounds depending on which part of the park you want to explore.
You can then take the highway back to Vancouver. Give yourself a week or more to properly enjoy these provincial hotspots. Take the time to explore the lookouts, trails, attractions, and small towns along the way
Whether you start in BC or Alberta, the best way to experience this epic road trip is by renting an RV!
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