Vancouver’s Most Scenic Drives

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When a tropical vacation isn’t in the cards (or in your bank account), hit the road in your own backyard.

Beautiful BC is home to a plethora of must-do routes for your next four-wheel adventure.

And, of course, if you’re driving BC’s highways between October 1 and April 30, make sure you have proper winter tires on your car.

Most scenic drives in Vancouver

whistler

The drive from Vancouver to Whistler is one of the most breathtaking drives you can take in the province, thanks to the incredible Sea to Sky highway. The highway runs from Vancouver to Pemberton, which is just north of Whistler.

There are many viewpoints to stop along the way including Cypress Mountain Lookout, Porteau Cove Provincial Park, Shannon Falls, Sea to Sky Gondola, Chief Stawamus, Lake Alice, Brandywine Falls and more.

But even if you don’t make a pit stop along the way, you can simply soak up the serene view right from your dashboard.

Seattle

Many Vancouverites flock south of the border to shop, but the scenic drive is an added bonus. This takes approximately 2.5-3 hours, although border delays may vary.

It’s the ultimate Pacific Northwest road trip, with plenty of sights to see along the way. Bellingham is a great place to grab a bite to eat en route to Seattle, followed by a scenic drive through scenic Bellevue.

Shop till you drop at Tulalip’s Seattle Premium Outlets, where you’ll find all the best designer brands. And once in Seattle, the iconic Pike Place Market should be at the top of your list.

The Okanagan

Explore the best of British Columbia’s wine country with an Okanagan road trip. It’s a great drive all year round, but best in the spring and summer when the roads are plowed.

It takes about five hours, depending on where your final destination is. And some of the best sites BC has to offer are nestled along this route. Allow yourself extra time to take in all the scenery.

Popular stops along the way include Golden Ears Provincial Park, Harrison Hot Springs, Bridal Veil Falls, Hope, Peachland, Penticton, Okanagan Lake, and downtown Kelowna.

The Kootenays

Outdoor enthusiasts should take at least one road trip from Vancouver to the Kootenays. There are so many amazing sights to see along the way including Revelstoke, Golden, Yoho National Park, Cranbrook and more.

Osoyoos is also worth a visit, to see the magical Spotted Lake which changes colors with the seasons.

And of course, you have to take the time to stop at Oliver. With its vast array of stunning vineyards, it is best known as the wine capital of Canada. It’s actually home to more than 40 wineries, serving the best red and white wines in the province.

Tofino

The trip from Vancouver to Tofino takes about five hours from start to finish, but is worth every minute. Take a ferry to Nanaimo, then head to one of British Columbia’s most popular coastal destinations.

A good place to stop and stretch your legs is Coombs Old Country Market, where you might spot goats hanging out on the roof. It’s also the perfect place for lunch (or a few donuts) before hitting the road again.

Other bucket-list-worthy stops to make along the way include the lush Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, Sproat Lake, and the Love Locks of the Kennedy River. Remember that the road to Tofino is still under construction, so allow extra time to get there.

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