51 days in British Columbia Itinerary

51 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
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Vancouver
— 7 nights
Drive
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Whistler
— 7 nights
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Drive to Vancouver International Airport, Fly to Calgary International Airport, Drive to Kootenay National Park
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Kootenay National Park
— 2 nights
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Yoho National Park
— 5 nights
Drive
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Clearwater
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kelowna
— 6 nights
Fly
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 7 nights
Drive
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Campbell River, Vancouver Island
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 6 nights
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Vancouver

— 7 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Vancouver is known for parks, nature, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Stanley Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach, wander the streets of Granville Island, and explore the striking landscape at Vancouver Seawall.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Vancouver trip builder.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Vancouver. In July, daily temperatures in Vancouver can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to drive to Whistler.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Whistler

— 7 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Step out of Whistler to go to Squamish and see Stawamus Chief Park, which is approximately 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, cruise along Sea to Sky Highway, see Off-Road Tours, and glide through natural beauty at Callaghan Country's Alexander Falls Touring Centre.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Whistler trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Vancouver to Whistler in 2 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Vancouver in July, plan for little chillier nights in Whistler, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Kootenay National Park.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kootenay National Park

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): admire the majestic nature at Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park and then admire the sheer force of Numa Falls. On the next day, make a trip to Paint Pots, trek along Stanley Glacier, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Marble Canyon.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kootenay National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Whistler to Kootenay National Park. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Whistler to Kootenay National Park. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Whistler in August; daily highs in Kootenay National Park reach 25°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Yoho National Park.

Things to do in Kootenay National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yoho National Park

— 5 nights
Named after the Cree word used to express awe, Yoho National Park encompasses awe-inspiring natural wonders, including tall waterfalls, soaking peaks, and vertical rock walls attracting adrenaline junkies from around the globe.
Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring nature at Spiral Tunnels. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Takakkaw Falls, explore the striking landscape at Natural Bridge, contemplate the waterfront views at Emerald Lake, and hike along Iceline Trail.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yoho National Park trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kootenay National Park to Yoho National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Yoho National Park can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Clearwater.

Things to do in Yoho National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Clearwater

— 5 nights
Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
Change things up with a short trip to Centennial Park in 100 Mile House (about 1h 35 min away). Spend a day outdoors on the 14th (Sat) with Wells Gray Adventures. There's still lots to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, admire the sheer force of Dawson Falls, surround yourself with nature on Clearwater Lake Tours, and stroll around Wells Gray Provincial Park.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Clearwater trip planner.

Getting from Yoho National Park to Clearwater by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yoho National Park to Clearwater is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Yoho National Park in August: highs in Clearwater hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kelowna.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Kelowna

— 6 nights

Orchard City

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Explore Kelowna's surroundings by going to Oliver (Hidden Chapel Winery, River Stone Estate Winery, &more), Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad (in Osoyoos) and Penticton (Penticton Farmers' Market & Skaha Lake Park). And it doesn't end there: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Okanagan, and learn about winemaking at The Vibrant Vine.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kelowna road trip planning website.

You can drive from Clearwater to Kelowna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly to Victoria.

Things to do in Kelowna

Wineries · Tours · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 7 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Change things up with these side-trips from Victoria: Goldstream Provincial Park (in Langford), Cowichan-Chemainus Historic Scenic Route (in Duncan) and East Sooke Regional Park (in Sooke). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, get to know the resident critters at Victoria Bug Zoo, and walk around Beacon Hill Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Victoria road trip planning app.

You can fly from Kelowna to Victoria in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. August in Victoria sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Campbell River.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Campbell River, Vancouver Island

— 5 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
Get out of town with these interesting Campbell River side-trips: Qualicum Beach (Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park & Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park), Mount Washington Alpine Resort (in Mount Washington) and Cathedral Grove (in Port Alberni). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Salish Sea Market, make a trip to Old Country Market, and explore the activities along Englishman River.

For more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Campbell River road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Victoria to Campbell River takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Traveling from Victoria in August, you will find days in Campbell River are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tofino.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks · Outdoors · Fun & Games · Trails

Side Trips

Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 6 nights
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tofino: Ucluelet (Florencia Bay, Wild Pacific Trail, &more). Spend the 3rd (Fri) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. On the 5th (Sun), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Cox Bay Beach, hike along Rainforest Trail, and look for all kinds of wild species at Maquinna Provincial Marine Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tofino attractions planner.

Getting from Campbell River to Tofino by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in September, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.