Canada for me is of those places that feels like home the moment I step off the plane and I just feel so lucky to have been on three separate adventures there. First I went to Edmonton and Jasper, followed by some time in Banff in summer, and now it’s time for adventure number three.
British Columbia is Canada’s most western province and one that I recently got to dive a little deeper into when I headed out on a Hot Springs road trip through the Kootenay Rockies. See the 7 day road trip itinerary here.
*This blog post has been bought to life and is sponsored by Destination Canada who hosted us for the trip. We were sent out on an itinerary put together and supported by Destination British Columbia to document and share this region with you. All photos and opinions are completely my own.
In terms of airports, there are quite a few to choose from. However if you’re flying in internationally, you’ll want to go with Vancouver or Calgary (actually located in Alberta but a quick drive across).
It’s worth having a look on Skyscanner to see the price difference as it may be an idea to work your itinerary around the cheaper location if it’s significantly different in price. Otherwise work out your adventure route through British Columbia and take a look at flights after.
Ahead of your trip, you’ll need to get yourself an eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). The Canadian Government website will take you through all the information, eligibility and application process – it’s super quick.
I got mine 3 days before I travelled from the UK and it came through to my email straight away. It cost $7 CAD.
British Columbia has a lot to offer and can cater for all walks of life. When I was in the Kootenay region I noticed an abundance of golf courses. Honestly, they were everywhere! I’d never have thought of Canada as a hot golfing location. If you like golf, you could fill an entire 2 weeks with courses that have a 360 pano of the mountains!
Things to look at and consider when planning your British Columbia road trip:
British Columbia spans an area of 944,735 km² lol, so whatever time you’re planning (even if you plan to move) is not going to be nearly enough to see everything. British Columbia is also way too beautiful to rush through (you’ll be the only one pacing) so narrow down the kind of adventure you’re after and allow yourself time to take in the culture and energy. That’s half of the beauty. The way of life over in Canada.
I would suggest minimum of a week if you’re open to a suggestion. Two weeks would make for a dreamy road trip with enough time to stop and stay somewhere a little longer when your heart is captured (inevitable).
The first time I went to Canada was in October and didn’t see any bears. Second time I went in July (Alberta) and saw one road side. Third time in British Columbia at the beginning of June we saw eight. I have a feeling our sightings were a combination of the timing, as they come out of hibernation to hunt, and the fact we were in the Kootenay’s driving the roads less travelled.
Wild just got wilder. You’re not ready for this. View the ski resorts on offer in British Columbia here.
Spend a week going from one natural mineral pool to the next and leave feeling completely rejuvenated. See my 7 day hot springs road trip itinerary here.
Here’s just a few activities you can engage in:
We went to a beautiful local one in Golden called Whitetooth Brewing Co. The sun was shining, the mountains were alive and we had 5 samples of the local brews on the outside bench seating. One of those moment where you’re like ‘this is life’.
You just cannot get better than this. You have to almost kick yourself back into a touch after a couple of days because the insane views become so ‘normal’. One thing the views in Canada are not, is normal.
It was so lovely to see the same brands popping up throughout our British Columbia road trip as we ventured through the towns. Instead of the ‘big brands’ taking over every cafe, store and bar, we saw locally produced goods popping up everywhere. There are many towns that actually have laws to stop big chain stores operating in them.
Make sure you check out Stoke Cold Pressed Juice, Wild Mountain Chocolate and Kicking Horse Coffee whilst you’re in the region!
YES YOU CAN! See my guide to Vancouver Island here.
I’m basically hinting that you go on a 6 month sabbatical. Think big. If you’ve got the time there’s an abundance to explore up and down the Vancouver coastline! Why not plan a huge adventure!
There must be something in the water or in the air. In fact, I think it’s because there’s nothing in the latter. Conversation and adventure at its purest.
Canada is a mountain lover’s dream!
The ‘Canadian’ must tries. It’s not a trip without them.
The Okanagan valley is somewhere I’m dying to get to. It’s known as the Tuscany of Canada and is where wineries meet lakes – one of the top wine regions in Canada.
Another I’m yet to visit. Accessible as a day trip from Vancouver or great for a holiday in itself. Here you can bask amongst a wealth of activity including and not restricted to: rock climbing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, bouldering.
The Great Bear Rainforest is the only place in the world where you can see the Kermode (spirit) bear. There are apparently only 400 of them left in the wild. The Great Bear Rainforest itself is the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, and has been called the Amazon of the North.
What were your favourite spots? I’d love to know!
Love as always + happy adventuring,
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