Vancouver is one of the world's most beautiful cities, rich with culture, nature and world-class shopping, dining and hotels. It is also home to the Coast Salish Peoples including the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish Nations.
Just a short distance away is Vancouver Island, offering a laid-back coastal lifestyle, along with fantastic whale watching and bear viewing opportunities. Or if you stick to the mainland; the mountain resort of Whistler - famous for hiking, bear-viewing, biking, sightseeing, canoeing and shopping.
Renting a motorhome in Vancouver is a truly fantastic way of seeing nature. Surrounded by mountains and water, this area of Canada is ripe with natural wonders and incredible scenery that you just won't see on a typical city break.
Day 1 | Arrive in Vancouver and spend two nights in a hotel
Explore Aboriginal culture at the Klahowya Village in Stanley Park and discover First Nations treasures at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Vancouver offers outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city.
Take advantage of the city’s ocean-side location, with plenty of green space and outdoor experiences in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, wind-down over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal, or pamper yourself at one of Vancouver’s unique spas.
Day 3 | Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, approx. 50 miles (including ferry crossing)
Collect your RV and begin your road trip and spend your first night in the Nanaimo area.
The city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and an array of outdoor recreation. With views of the Strait of Georgia in one direction and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown, in the other, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes. Hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, whatever your preference, it is all available here. The downtown area boasts some great restaurants, craft breweries and galleries. Learn more about the local First Nations people on a guided walking tour.
Nanaimo - Credit: Brian Caissie
Day 4 | Head to the West coast of Vancouver Island and the laid-back town of Tofino, approx. 130 miles
Stay three nights in the Tofino area.
Watch waves crash on rocky outcrops, take a plunge into the Pacific Ocean on a surf board, or stroll along the shore, marvelling at the natural beauty of the landscape, and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Take a kayaking tour, soak in the hot springs, or go bear-viewing or whale watching. Enjoy local restaurants, brew pubs, shops and galleries, and local history in this unique coastal town.
Tofino - Credit: Brian Caissie
Day 7 | Return to the mainland today and travel to Whistler, approx. 225 miles (including ferry crossing)
Stay three nights in the Whistler area.
Take the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to the popular mountain town of Whistler. Explore this beautiful, world-famous resort. Activities available are hiking, bear-viewing, biking, sightseeing via the PEAK2PEAK gondola, canoeing, shopping and more. The Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre invites guests to experience the art and heritage of the Squamish and Lil'wat people through a welcome song, guided tour or the museum and exhibits, cultural forest walk, craft-making in the centre's longhouse and exploration of the cafe and gift shop.
Whistler - Credit: Tourism Whistler Steve Rogers
Day 10 | Drive to Kamloops, approx. 185 miles
Stay two nights in the Kamloops area.
Located at the confluence of the South and North Thompson rivers in British Columbia's semi-arid grasslands, Kamloops is a hotbed of outdoor activities. Sandstone canyons, grasslands and evergreen timberlands play host to incredible hiking, mountain biking and golf. More than 100 lakes and two major rivers provide great fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and tubing. Kamloops also takes pride in its vibrant arts community and its First Nations culture, represented in various cultural sites throughout the city, and in theatre and music festivals and events held annually.
Day 12 | Journey to Kelowna, approx. 105 miles
Stay two nights in the Kelowna area.
Kelowna is your gateway to the Okanagan Valley and is birthplace of winemaking in British Columbia. With over 30 wineries within a 20 minute drive, you’ll find plenty of terroir to swirl, sip and savour. The area has five wine trails which you can discover on your own or join a tour and let someone else worry about the driving. Situated on Okanagan Lake there are lots of water related activities here, if wine isn’t your thing, or you can shop in the galleries and boutiques or enjoy the local farm to table restaurants.
Day 14 | Head to Harrison Hot Springs for your final night of road tripping, approx. 175 miles
Stay one night in the Harrison Hot Springs area.
Located on the end of 70km long Harrison Lake, the town is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. Soak in the hot springs or enjoy a lake-side walk. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and think back on all the adventures your RV road trip has brought!
Campbell Lake, Harrison Hot Springs
Day 15 | Return to Vancouver, approx. 80 miles
Drop-off your RV and return home.