Travelling around British Columbia in an RV for three and half weeks would have to be one of my favorite holidays I have ever been on. The variation and beauty of the scenery you encounter along this journey is mind blowing, from the arid Onakagan Valley to the rich tundra of Banff National Park.
Bristish Columbia is like the South Island of New Zealand but on growth hormones. Yes New Zealand has a diverse landscape packed in to a small area but BC has the jaw dropping scale which will often leave you pondering just how small we really are.
In terms of the best time of year to head to Canada to experience it’s wonders? Well if you are going there to take in it’s scenery rather than skiing then we would have to say the perfect month is September. It’s still pleasantly warm (especially in Okanagan), and you can truly get back to nature without the crowds of summer tourists.
Banff – Banff itself is absolutely amazing and you need to get up to the top of the Gondola to truly take it all in. There are also the musts of Lake Louise and the Emerald Lake, simply stunning!
Okanagan – If you are looking for contrasting and stunning landscape not necessarily associated with Canada then the Okanagan region is a must see. There are great wineries but for something a bit different, try get the old Kettle Valley Railway on a hired bike.
Jasper – Just getting to Jasper from Banff (or vice versa) along the Ice Fields Parkway is probably one of the most stunningly beautiful drives you will ever experience. If you are in an RV then pull up and go see the Athabasca Glacier, once sufficiently cooled down go back in to the RV for a warm coffee overlooking this wonder.
Revelstoke – It’s just one of those stunning places that has a lot of special things packed into the area. Probably the best is the Meadows in the Sky, set in Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Glacier National Park – Again, so many great sites packed into this area that will mean your jaw is just always dropped
Vancouver City – Simply one of the best cities in the world and the best way to see it is by bike!
Wells Grey National Park – This often overlooked national park has one of the most awe inspiring waterfalls called Helmcken Falls.
Kamloops – This is a great place to base yourself to explore the various lakes like Shuswap. But if you are lucky enough to be there in late September early October (which just happens to be when we recommend) then you will be able to witness the surreal spawning of Sockeye Salmon on Adams River.
Vancouver Island – A spectacle island with some of the best marine life you will find, especially the magically Orcas.
Whistler – Known for it’s amazing skiing in the winter months but in the summer seasons it is still a very special place. Especially for people who enjoy mountain biking and hiking.