14 Nights: Banff & Jasper National Park from Vancouver (Approximate Distance: 2,300 km)

Columbia Icefield Adventure
DAY 1: Vancouver to Squamish
90 km / Approx. 1.30 Hours

Pick up your RV in Delta in the morning and travel north on Highway 99. Avoid Downtown Vancouver traffic and take the Queensborough Connector to Marine Way, turn into Boundary Road up to Highway 1. Once  you pass West Vancouver you will drive 45 km on the Sea to Sky Highway with an amazing panoramic view that will blow your mind. You will reach Squamish, an authentic West Coast Mountain town with spectacular views in all directions. Visit downtown Squamish with its great cozy cafes, restaurants and small privately owned businesses. Not far away from the city you can explore the Shannon Falls, have a nice hike at the Stawamus Chief - one of North America's largest granite monoliths or visit Brackendale - home to North America's largest concentration of wintering bald eagles.

For a better overview we recommend having a ride on the Sea To Sky Gondola. On top of the Gondola, you will find lots of hikes, a great restaurant and the breathtaking Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on Gondola tickets – all details here.

Nearby Campsites
  • Alice Lake Provincial Park Campground
  • Klahanie Campground
  • Mamquam River Campground
Squamish Sea to Sky
  • Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Shannon Falls 
  • Alice Lake Provincial Park
DAY 2: Squamish to Nairn Falls Provincial Park
87 km / Approx. 1.10 Hours

After a good breakfast get back on Highway 99 direction Whistler. In Whistler there are countless activities. Walking through the city, going on one of hundreds of hikes or activities for adrenaline junkies, like rafting, ziplining or an offroad experience with an ATV. After a thrilling day in Whistler, head to the Nairn Falls Provincial Park campground to spend the evening in the tranquility of nature.

Nearby Campsites
  • Nairn Falls Provincial Park Campground
  • Riverside Camping & RV Resort
  • Whistler RV Park and Campgrounds 
  • Brandywine Falls 
  • Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Peak to Peak Gondola Whistler
DAY 3: Nairn Falls Provincial Park to Lillooet
105km / approx. 1.50 hours

After spending a quiet night by the rushing river, you can start the day right with an easy walk to the Nairn Falls. On the way to your next overnight stay in Lillooet stop at Joffre Lakes, one of the most beautiful glacier hikes not far away from Vancouver. This 10 km hike takes about 4 hours and passes three amazing glacier-fed lakes and breath-taking scenery. After the hike, continue past wonderful lakes and an indescribable mountain scenery that gives us a taste of what  to expect the next days.

Nearby Campsites
  • Texas Creek Campground
  •  Fraser Cove Campground
  • Cayoosh Creek Campground
Nairn Falls
  • Joffre Lakes Hike 
  • Duffey Lake
  • Seton Lake
DAY 4: Lillooet to North Thompson River
290km / Approx. 3.30 hours

Today, prepare for some more diving as you will travel further to North Thomson River Provincial Park. Meanwhile you pass Kamloops, a small industrial town with a cute little downtown core and lots of shopping opportunities. Stop here to stock up on groceries and camping essentials. The drive will take you along North Thomson River surrounded by growing mountains. An easily accessible stop along the highway is Helmcken Falls, a must-see. Great hiking trails or an exciting rafting adventure will make the day complete. Afterwards let the evening end around the firepit.

Nearby Campsites
  • North Thomson Provincial Park Campground
  • Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park
  • Rivermount Motel & Campground
North Thomson River
  • Helmcken Falls / Wells Gray Provincial Park
  • North Thomson Provincial Park
  • Riverside Rafting Clearwater
DAY 5: North Thompson River to Mt Robson
240km / approx. 2.45 hours

Today is the day where you will finally enter the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. The drive from Clearwater via Valemount to Mt Robson will fulfill all expectations you have. The moment you see Mt Robson for the first time will simply take your breath away. The first stop will be the Visitor Centre to get some information about nearby hikes and activities. One of the most famous hikes is the Berg Lake Trail. You also have easy short hikes like the Robson Meadows Viewpoint Trail to get closer to the mountain.

Nearby Campsites
  • Robson River Campground
  • Robson Meadows Campground
  • iRVin's RV Park & Campground
Mt Robson
  • Kinney Lake Trail
  • Berg Lake Trail
  • Overlander Falls / Robson Meadows River Loop
DAY 6: Mt Robson to Jasper
90km / approx. 1.00 hour

When entering Alberta, you will see lots of stunning nature on our way. You pass the beautiful Moose Lake and Yellowhead Lake. After 60 km we enter Alberta and don’t forget, you will also travel 1 hour into the future, because of the different time zone. Only 25 km left to the beautiful alpine town Jasper. The small town is a wonderful starting point for various activities. Having a nice view from above by getting up with the Jasper SkyTram, go on breathtaking hikes or check out great restaurants and breweries. Visit the famous Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. It is surrounded by towering mountains and pristine forests. As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on Maligne Lake Cruise tickets – all details here.

Nearby Campsites
  • Whistlers Campground
  • Wapiti Campground
  • Wabasso Campground
  • Maligne Lake Cruise, Madicine Lake & Spirit Island
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Athabasca Canyon Rafting
  • Jasper SkyTram
DAY 7: Jasper – Columbia Icefield
100km / approx. 1.15 hours

After spending some great days in Jasper, hop on the Icefields Parkway, a scenic highway that stretches for over 230 kilometers. Along the way, stop by Sunwapta Falls, Stutfield Glacier Viewpoint. On this drive, you will find the most stunning views of the Canadian Rockies around every corner. Make your way to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest ice fields in the world. Take a guided tour of the glacier and walk on the Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in North America. As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on tickets for the Ice Explorer and the Columbia Icefield Skywalk Tour – all details here.

Nearby Campsites
  • Icefields Parkway Campground
  • Wilcox Creek Campground
  • Silverhorn Creek Campground
Columbia Icefield Adventure
  • Icefield Explorer Athabasca Glacier 
  • Columbia Icefield Skywalk
  • Saskatchewan River Crossing
DAY 8: Columbia Icefield – Lake Louise
130km / approx. 1.30 hours

After a quiet night under the stars, the drive will take you to one of Canada’s most visited lakes. Make sure to stop at the Saskatchewan River Crossing, Waterfowl Lake, Bow Lake and Peyto Lake. All these spots have a stunning view over crystal clear glacier lakes and amazing mountain formations. Once you enter the little village of Lake Louise, take a shuttle to most iconic lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Take a hike around Lake Louise, rent a canoe, or just enjoy the stunning views. Go further with the prebooked shuttle if you’d like to visit the world-famous Moraine Lake, known for its turquoise waters and stunning mountain backdrop. Take a hike to the top of the nearby Rockpile for incredible panoramic views. 

As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount Lake Louise Gondola ticket – all details here

Nearby Campsites:
  • Lake Louise Soft - & Hard Sided Campground
  • Silverhorn Creek Campground
Peyto Lake
  • Lake Louise & Moraine Lake 
  • Peyto Lake 
  • Lake Louise Gondola  
Day 9: Lake Louise to Banff
60km / approx. 0.45 hours

Make your way to Banff, a charming mountain town that is known for its hot springs, shopping opportunities and dining. For a scenic drive, take the Bow Valley Parkway, a slower and more relaxed alternative to the busy Trans-Canada Highway. Look out for wildlife, including elk, deer, and bears. Visit Johnston Canyon, a stunning canyon that is home to waterfalls and turquoise pools. If you see wildlife beside the road, slow down, stay in your vehicle and move on. Pulling over to observe wildlife on the roads is hazardous. Stopping in the middle or along the side of the road puts yourself, wildlife and other motorists at risk. See Parks Canada Website for tips on bear safety and more here. Go on a hike along the catwalks and bridges that line the canyon walls. Spend the afternoon exploring Banff Avenue and the local shops and restaurants or head to the Banff Gondola, a scenic cable car that takes you to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on Banff Gondola tickets – all details here

End your day with a sunset drive up to Vermilion Lakes or Lake Minnewanka, that offer stunning reflections of the surrounding mountains.

Nearby Campsites
  • Tunnel Mountain Village Campground
  • Two Jack Lakeside Campground
  • Johnston Canyon Campground 
  • Banff Gondola 
  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise
  • Downtown Banff 
DAY 10: Banff to Golden
140km / approx. 1.45 hours

Drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway towards Golden, passing through Yoho National Park along the way. If you are interested in trains and one of the most difficult sections railway tracks on the Canadian Pacific Railway's route, make sure to stop at the Spiral Tunnel. Continue to Golden, a small town nestled in the Rocky Mountains known for its outdoor adventures such as white-water rafting, hiking, and mountain biking.

Head to Golden Skybridge to have breathtaking views of the Valley and Rockies. As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on Golden Skybridge tickets – all details here. 

Nearby Campsites
  • Whispering Spruce Campground
  • Golden Municipal Campground & RV Park
Golden Skybridge
  • Golden Skybridge 
  • Spiral Tunnel
Day 11: Golden to Kelowna
345km / approx. 4.15 hours

Continue your drive west to Revelstoke, a charming mountain town known for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter months and mountain biking in the summer. Drive south through the Okanagan Valley, a wine region known for its vineyards and orchards. Arrive in Kelowna, a vibrant city situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake or spend the night at Ellison Provincial Park 50 km from Kelowna. It is a beautiful campground in the middle of nature with easy access to the lake for a refreshing sunset swim.

Nearby Campsites
  • Ellison Provincial Park Campground 
  • Wood Lake Terrace RV & Campground
  • Holiday Park Resort RV Park
  • Glacier National Park 
  • Ellison Provincial Park 
  • Revelstoke and Vernon
Day 12: Kelowna to EC Manning Provincial Park
210km / approx. 2.30 hours

Spend the day exploring Kelowna, known for its beautiful parks, beaches, and outdoor activities. Visit the Kelowna Farmers' and Crafters' Market for fresh produce and artisanal goods. Rent a bike and ride along the Okanagan Rail Trail. Sample some of the local wines at one of the many wineries in the area or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Head west to EC Manning Provincial Park, a stunning wilderness area that is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia. Hike on one of the park's many trails, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

Nearby Campsites
  • EC Manning Provincial Park Campground
  • Skyview Campground
Kelowna Vinery
  • Kelowna Waterfront & City Park
  • Wine tasting 
  • EC Manning Provincial Park
Day 13: EC Manning Provincial Park to Vancouver
160km / approx. 1.30 hours

Back to Vancouver – a bustling city located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On the way, stop at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park, Cultus Lake or Golden Ears Provincial Park, where you find amazing nature and beautiful waterfalls that cascades down a steep cliff. Once you arrive in Vancouver, it’s time to explore the city, renowned for its natural beauty and cultural diversity.

Nearby Campsites
  • BCRV Campground
  • Golden Ears Provincial Park 
  • Edgewater Bar Campground
Golden Ears
  • Chiliwack / Cultus Lake
  • Golden Ears Provincial Park 
  • Bridal Veils Provincial Park
Day 14: Vancouver

The last day is to enjoy the beautiful City of Vancouver. Start the morning right and go to Granville Island where you will find a market with fresh food and great coffee. Take one of the little false creek ferries to English Bay. Rent a bike and have a wonderful ride along Vancouvers waterfront along Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge and Canada Place. Walk through downtown for some souvenirs and memorabilia. 

For the best overview of whole Canada go to FlyOver Canada - a flying theater attraction. As part of our Adventurer Group Loyalty Program, you receive a discount on FlyOver Canada tickets – all details here

To watch a breathtaking sunset, we recommend Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.

Nearest Campsite to Fraserway RV
  • BCRV Campground
Lighthouse Point Park
  • Granville Island
  • Stanley Park 
  • FlyOver Canada
DAY 15: Vancouver

Return your RV to the rental station before 11.30 am.

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