Exploring British Columbia: A 5-Day Road Trip from Vancouver (With Map)

So a 5 day Road Trip? That’s what you’re looking for! Well, my friend you’re in the right place. Since British Columbia is very big and vast it is important to plan your trip well ahead of time. If you have five days to explore this beautiful province which I call home then you’re lucky my friend. This fantastic opportunity to explore some of the breathtaking natural landscapes will leave you with amazing memories at the end of the trip.

If you ask me what BC is all about then I’ll say it has everything, from lush green forest to majestic peaks, winding rivers to picturesque coastlines and much more. Once you start your journey you’ll see nature. Depending on the time you visit you’ll see different colors of nature.

So without wasting any time, we’ll start our journey. Here is the Map for this Itinerary.

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5 Days Road Trip Itinerary from Vancouver

Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler

Vancouver to Whistler is a journey itself with amazing beaches, beautiful mountains and great places to see. I recommend you start your journey early morning to see the beautiful sunrise.

Here are must-visit places and things to do between the Vancouver to Whistler road trip.

  • Lighthouse Park (Catch the Sunrise)
  • Porteau Cove Provincial Park
  • Britannia Mine Museum
  • Shannon Falls Provincial Park
  • Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Squamish (Enjoy the Lunch)
  • Brandywine Falls
  • Train Wreck
  • Whistler

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Once you reach Whistler you can check in with the Hotel and after that, you can explore the Whistler village. Here you can check out a lot of cool places like Olympic Plaza, Ice Skating, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, and a lot of other fun activities and private tours. You can check my Vancouver to WHistler Blog for full information about things to do and places to visit. After finishing your day in Whistler take a good sleep to start fresh the next day.

Where to Stay in Whistler

Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel – Check Availability

Aava Whistler Hotel – Click Availability

Mountain Side Hotel Whistler by Executive – Check Availability

Day 2: Whistler to Kamloops

It’s day two and you are ready to start your journey but before that, I’ll recommend you have breakfast at one of the local cafes in Whistler. Once you’re done with your meal, get packed, check your car, and start back on the road.

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Here are must-visit places and things to do between the Whistler to Kamloops road trip.

  • Nairn Falls
  • Pemberton
  • Joffre Lakes Park
  • Duffey Lake
  • Lillooet
  • Marble Canyon Provincial Park
  • Cache Creek
  • Kamloops

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Kamloops is filled with a lot of things to do and places to visit. Depending on your interest, you can visit the riverside park and take an evening stroll in the park or visit the downtown to explore local shops and restaurants. Wrap up your day with an amazing dinner at one of the restaurants in Kamloops. If you have some time then catch the sunset and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Where to Stay in Kamloops

Best Western Plus Merritt Hotel – Check Availability

Delta Hotels by Marriott – Check Availability

Best Western Plus – Check Availability

Day 3: Kamloops to Kelowna

Start your day with a yoga drop-in session in Kamloops if you feel like a good body stretching. After that try out breakfast at a local cafe. Start your journey toward Kelowna from Kamloops. On your day three you’ll check out some of the natural parks and local farms and delicacies.

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Here are must-visit places and things to do between the Kamloops to Kelowna road trip.

  • BC Wildlife Park
  • Davison Orchards Country Village
  • Downtown Vernon
  • Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
  • Kangaroo Creek Farm
  • Myra Canyon Adventure Park
  • Kelowna

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Once you’re in Kelowna go see the wineries and vineyards in the region. Enjoy wine tasting and scenic views of this region. You can also check Okanagan Lake and enjoy the sunset. If you’re interested in outdoor activity then rent a kayak and go for a sunset paddle board in the lake. If you’re travelling during summer then make sure to check for any local events happening in the region.

Where to Stay in Kelowna

Four Points by Sheraton – Check Availability

The Royal Kelowna – Check Availability

Hotel Eldorado – Check Availability

Day 4: Kelowna to Harrison Hot Spring

Start your day with breakfast at a local cafe or bakery to fuel up for the journey. Before leaving Kelowna you can try a morning wine tasting at a local winery and enjoy the scenic view of the vineyard. Start your journey toward Harrison hot spring.

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Here are must-visit places and things to do between the Kelowna to Harrison Hot Spring road trip.

  • Merritt
  • Falls Lake
  • Othello Tunnels
  • Flood Falls
  • Harrison Hot Springs

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Once you reach Harrison Hot Spring, Head straight to Harrison Lake. Rent a Kayak or a Paddleboard, or a boat if you’re in a group. After this dine in at one of the local restaurants and enjoy the cuisine. End your Evening with a relaxing soak in the natural hot spring at Harrison Hot Spring Resort or at a public hot spring facility.

Where to Stay in Harrison Hot Spring

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa – Check Availability

Harrison Beach Hotel – Check Availability

Harrison Lake HotelĀ – Check Availability

Day 5: Harrison Hot Spring to Vancouver

This is your final day of this wonderful trip. I would suggest you take your time and start it late with brunch in Harrison Hot Spring. Drive back to Vancouver and enjoy the scenic view along the route.

Photo By James Wheeler

Here are must-visit places and things to do between the Harrison Hot Spring to Vancouver road trip.

  • Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park
  • Castle Fun Park
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada
  • Vancouver

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Finally, you’re back to Vancouver. Once you’re back here freshen up and finish your day with a good massage to relax your body. There are a lot of centres from which you can choose from. End your road trip with a lot of memories.

Where to Stay in Vancouver

Wedgewood Hotel & Spa – Check Availability

Paradox Hotel Vancouver – Check Availability

Residence Inn by Marriott – Check Availability

This itinerary is a mix of stunning natural landscapes, outdoor activities and charming towns. Enjoy this road trip and make sure to let me know how it went. If you end up finding some more amazing places then make sure to let me know in the comments.

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