Canada's Rainforest to Rockies: Canyons, Valleys & Peaks, 12 Day Self-Drive Journey



12 Day Economy Car Hire, pick up Vancouver Airport & drop off Edmonton Airport.
Vancouver 3 nights 4-star Hotel Belmont Vancouver MGalley in a Run of House room.
Vancouver Admission to Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Whistler 2 nights 4-star Crystal Lodge in a Standard Room.
Whistler Admission to Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
Sun Peaks 2 nights 4-star Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre in a Deluxe Room.
Valemount 1 night 3-star Best Western Plus Valemount Inn & Suites in a Run of House Room.
Jasper 2 nights 3-star Forest Park Hotel in a Atrium Room.
Edmonton 1 night Sandman Signature Edmonton Downtown Hotel in a Standard Room.

The accommodation

Embark on an exhilarating journey from the coastal beauty of Vancouver to the majestic heights of Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies' highest peak. Travel along the Sea-to-Sky Highway then onto Highway 5 as you pass coastal waters, rugged mountains and lush forests. Stop along the way to explore charming seaside towns, embark on exhilarating outdoor activities, or simply soak in the tranquility of nature's embrace.

Day 1 - 3 Vancouver.

Pick up your rental car from Vancouver Airport and head towards downtown Vancouver, a bustling coastal city nestled on the fringes of the rainforest, ideal for enthusiasts of both culinary experiences and cultural immersion, as well as those seeking adventure and proximity to nature. Vancouver boasts modern museums and art galleries, captivating parks and scenic beaches, superb shopping opportunities, and an array of delectable cuisine and artisanal coffee establishments waiting to be explored.

Embark on an exhilarating journey across the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver's premier attraction since 1889! Immerse yourself in the rich heritage of British Columbia's Indigenous peoples as you traverse through the lush coastal rainforest, traversing viewing platforms and seven suspension bridges. During the winter season, delight in the enchanting Canyon Lights display, adding a magical touch to your wilderness adventure.

Stay 3 nights in Vancouver.

Day 4 - 5 Vancouver to Whistler, 121km.

Embark on a breathtaking journey along the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway #99) to Whistler, traversing the scenic Howe Sound Biosphere Region. Renowned as one of the world's most stunning drives, this route boasts snow-capped mountain peaks and deep fjords that will leave you in awe. Take a moment to pause and admire Shannon Falls, one of British Columbia's highest waterfalls, before continuing your drive to the charming mountain town of Squamish.

In Squamish, elevate your experience with a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola, offering a bird's eye view of the nearby Howe Sound Fjord and the majestic Shannon Falls. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the walking trails, traverse the suspension bridge, and savor delicious cuisine at the onsite restaurant.

Whistler beckons as more than just a ski resort, enticing visitors year-round with its breathtaking outdoor landscapes, rich heritage, and thrilling adventures. Whether you're skiing down the famous peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler or indulging in summer activities like mountain biking, ziplining, or white-water rafting, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Get a deeper insightinsight into the cultural heritage of the region by visiting the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler. Gain insight into the history and traditions of the Squamish and Lil'wat Peoples, who have called this land home for millennia.

Stay 2 nights in Whistler.

Day 6 - 7 Whistler to Sun Peaks, 356km.

Begin your day with an early start as you set off towards Sun Peaks, embarking on a scenic journey filled with natural wonders and cultural gems. Just a short drive north of Whistler, Nairn Falls awaits, where the powerful 60-meter waterfalls have sculpted the milky jade Green River, creating numerous potholes along its course.

As you traverse through Pemberton, take in the picturesque agricultural landscapes that epitomize this region's status as a premier agritourism destination. Your route then winds through the Coast Mountain Range via Highway 99, treating you to breathtaking vistas of deep canyons and rugged cliffs. En route, pass through the historic towns of Lillooet, home to BC's first jade mine, and Ashcroft, offering a glimpse into early 20th-century life, before ultimately arriving at Sun Peaks.

Continue your journey northward along the highway, passing through Kamloops, where lift-accessed hiking and mountain biking opportunities provide easy access to alpine adventures. Sun Peaks, Canada's second-largest ski area, beckons with its easily accessible mountains, making it a haven for skiing enthusiasts and a delightful summer getaway destination.

In the summer months, Sun Peaks boasts refreshing temperatures and unparalleled 360-degree mountain vistas. Immerse yourself in a wealth of outdoor activities, including alpine hiking, biking, golfing, family-friendly adventures, and exciting events. Stroll through the charming European-style pedestrian village, brimming with delightful restaurants, cozy cafes, quaint shops, and more, completing your Sun Peaks experience with a touch of alpine charm.

Stay 2 nights in Sun Peaks.

Day 8 Sun Peaks to Valemount, 329km.

Continue your journey along Highway #5 towards Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park, where the ever-changing scenery along this route promises to unveil wonders at every turn. As you drive through an idyllic landscape adorned with ranches and farmland, be sure to make several interesting stops along the way.

One such stop is Little Fort, a charming community offering a glimpse into local life and culture. As you continue south, you'll reach North Thompson River Provincial Park, located just 5 kilometers south of Clearwater. Here, the merging of the Clearwater River into the North Thompson River creates a picturesque setting, particularly during the fall salmon run, which attracts anglers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Further along your journey, you'll pass through the town of Blue River before arriving in Valemount, a fantastic basecamp for exploring Mount Robson Provincial Park. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Robson Provincial Park is renowned for its hiking opportunities and rich biodiversity, offering visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the pristine wilderness of the Canadian Rockies.

Stay 1 night in Valemount.

Day 9 - 10 Valemount to Jasper, 123km.

Embark on a scenic 90-minute drive into the heart of the Rocky Mountains, arriving at the charming town of Jasper. This picturesque destination is a haven for outdoor adventure enthusiasts and those seeking to immerse themselves in the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies year-round.

Jasper offers the perfect playground for all seasons, whether you're eager to explore hiking trails, conquer mountain biking routes, or tee off at the golf course during the warmer months, or carve through powdery slopes during the winter season. One of the quintessential experiences in Jasper National Park is a journey aboard the Jasper SkyTram, Canada's highest and longest guided aerial tramway, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding landscapes. Additionally, venture into Maligne Valley to discover breathtaking scenery, cascading waterfalls, and encounters with wildlife.

For an awe-inspiring cosmic exploration, be sure to visit the Planetarium Dome in the evening for a guided tour of the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, offering unparalleled stargazing opportunities. In winter, don't miss the chance to partake in a guided ice walking tour of Maligne Canyon, a truly magical experience amidst the frozen wonderland.

Stay 2 nights in Jasper.

Day 11 Jasper to Edmonton, 364km.

Embark on a captivating journey to the vibrant city of Edmonton, nestled in the heart of Alberta's wilderness. Here, you'll encounter the exhilarating contrast of experiencing 18 hours of sunlight a day during the summer months, followed by the transformative beauty of the first snowfall that blankets the river valley in winter. Regardless of the season, Edmonton beckons adventurers to explore its diverse offerings. From bustling festivals and cultural events to outdoor excursions and culinary delights.

Stay 1 night in Edmonton.

Day 12 Edmonton.

Head towards Edmonton Airport to conclude your journey, where you'll return your rental car before departing for your next destination.

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