Travel to the famous resort town Whistler before venturing off the beaten path to explore more of the Coast Mountains and the desert-like valley behind. Enjoy spectacular views of snowcapped mountains, rivers and lakes, as retrace the footsteps of the explorers in the Gold Rush era!
Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler (150 km)
Pick up your RV in Delta in the morning and drive towards Squamish on the spectacular Sea to Sky highway. Along the way stop at Porteau Cove situated on the shores of the Howe Sound. This is the most southern fjord in North America.
After leaving Porteau Cove the highway will start climbing into the mountains, and it will quickly become clear why this highway is called the Sea to Sky! A short stroll will take you to a beautiful viewpoint at Shannon Falls, the third-highest waterfall in BC! Your final stop before arriving in Whistler will be at Brandywine Falls for a short and easy hike to the viewpoint.
- The Scenic Sea to Sky Highway
- Squamish Gondola
- Brandywine Falls
Day 2: Whistler (50 km)
Today will be a free day to explore Whistler. Take in the spectacular scenery from above by traveling travelling on the Peak-2-Peak gondola and the new Suspension Bridge at the top of Whistler Mountain. In the afternoon, hike to Lost Lake or challenge yourself on one of the longer hikes.
If you are looking for a bigger adrenaline rush you can opt to go ziplining, bungee jumping or biking. Stroll the pedestrian-only village and consider visiting the Squamish Lillooet Cultural Center to learn more about the local First Nations culture.
- Whistler's Peak 2 Peak Gondola
- Enjoy a relaxing day in the village
- Get your adrenaline rush!
Day 3: Whistler to Birkenhead Lake (100 km)
Depart Whistler in the morning and travel north on Highway 99 towards Nairn Falls. After stopping at Nairn Falls, explore the town of Pemberton and stock up on groceries before traveling travelling further north to the spectacular Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park.
At Birkenhead you will find a spectacular lake, and an old-growth forest with black bears, grizzlies and mountain goats. There is no store at the lake, so be sure to bring enough (food) supplies for the day.
Nearby campsites: Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park
- Nairn Falls
- Pemberton Farm Tour
- Hike at Birkenhead Lake
Day 4: Birkenhead Lake to Cache Creek (225 km)
Depart your campsite in the morning and continue your trip on the Duffy Lake Road towards Lillooet. Option to stop for a hike at Joffre Lakes, or take in the views at the roadside stops at Duffy Lake and Seton Lake.
- Hike at Duffy Joffre Lakes
- Seton Lake Lookout
- Historic Hat Creek Ranch
Day 5: Cache Creek to Kamloops (150 km)
Cache Creek’s Horstings Farm Market is famous for its freshly baked pies, local produce and tasty sandwiches, so it’s a great stop before leaving town! Follow the Thompson River to Kamloops with a photo opportunity stop at Kamloops Lake.
- Horsting's Farm Market
- Travel through a unique desert landscape
- Douglas Lake Ranch
Day 6: Kamloops to Merritt (75 km)
Visit the town of Merritt after departing your campsite in the morning. Merritt is located in the heart of the Nicola Valley, and known as the country music capital of Canada. The town is also famous for its murals depicting famous country music singers from across North America.
In the afternoon you will travel through cattle country and rolling grasslands to arrive at the sparkling turquoise waters of Kentucky Lake. Here you will feel like you are in the Caribbean without even leaving British Columbia!
Nearby campsite: Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park
- Ranches and mountain views
- Murals in downtown Merritt
- Spectacular lake views at Kentucky Lake
Day 7: Merritt to Hope (160 km)
Enjoy some time at the lake before departing your campsite later in the morning. Stop at Othello Tunnels for a short and easy hike to the old railway tunnels and bridges of the former Kettle Valley Railway.
Hope is known as the Chainsaw Carving Capital of Canada with impressive pieces of art throughout the town. Hope is also the location where Rambo: First Blood was filmed in the fall of 1981. Fans of the movie can still visit many of the film locations today!
- Relax at the lake
- Hike the former Kettle Valley Railway
- Wood carvings in downtown Hope
Day 8: Hope to Vancouver (150 km)
Depart from Hope in the morning for the final stretch of your trip. Return your RV to the rental station before 11:30 am.