The Great Canadian Road Trip: Exploring Western Canada’s Most Beautiful Route

The Great Canadian Road Trip: Exploring Western Canada’s Most Beautiful Route

After spending a few years traveling abroad, one of my goals for the year has been to see more of my own country – Canada! Recently, a friend’s wedding in Canmore, Alberta provided a perfect opportunity to do just that. I decided to take some extra time with a group of friends to explore part of Western Canada by taking a road trip from Calgary to Vancouver and back, arriving just in time for the wedding. While we packed in a lot of driving during our two week schedule, the region’s overwhelming landscapes made time fly by, and evoked in all of us a sense of awe and Canadian pride. Here is a photo roundup of the Canadian road trip, and a map of the route we took.

Canadian Road Trip: Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Highway 1 just west of Calgary, Alberta

Highway 1 just west of Calgary, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Highway 1 West approaching Canmore, Alberta

Highway 1 West approaching Canmore, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Peyto Lake off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Peyto Lake off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta

Along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Athabasca Glacier off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Athabasca Glacier off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Athabasca River, Jasper, Alberta

Athabasca River, Jasper, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Athabasca River, Jasper, Alberta

Jasper, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: Moose Lake along Yellowhead Highway in Mt. Robson Provincial Park, B.C.

Moose Lake along Yellowhead Highway in Mt. Robson Provincial Park, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Yellowhead Highway, Mt. Robson Provincial Park, B.C.

Yellowhead Highway, Mt. Robson Provincial Park, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Yellowhead Highway, south of Mt. Robson, B.C.

Yellowhead Highway, south of Mt. Robson, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Best road trip companions ever.

Best road trip companions ever.

Canadian Road Trip: Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Yellohead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Trans-Canada Highway west of Kamloops, B.C.

Trans-Canada Highway west of Kamloops, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Lac Le Jeune, B.C. off of the Coquihalla Highway

Lac Le Jeune, B.C. off of the Coquihalla Highway

Canadian Road Trip: Lillooet, B.C. off of Highway 99

Lillooet, B.C. off of Highway 99

Canadian Road Trip: Highway 99 between Lillooet and Whistler, B.C.

Highway 99 between Lillooet and Whistler, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Third Beach, Vanocouver, B.C.

Third Beach, Vanocouver, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Go Fish on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

Go Fish on Granville Island, Vancouver, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: First Beach, Vancouver, B.C.

First Beach, Vancouver, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Winery Peachland, B.C.

Winery Peachland, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Highway 97 between Kelowna and Vernon, B.C.

Highway 97 between Kelowna and Vernon, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Highway 97a by Armstrong, B.C.

Highway 97a by Armstrong, B.C.

Canadian Road Trip: Trans Canada Highway near Canmore, Alberta

Trans Canada Highway near Canmore, Alberta

Canadian Road Trip: The Wedding

A lovely wedding in Canmore, Alberta (Photo credited to Jim Wells)


Our Great Canadian Road Trip Route


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Lauren Barth
Born and raised in Toronto, Lauren is most at home in big cities yet has a knack for seeking out rural, off the beaten path, locales. Living and working abroad while completing her MBA, Lauren travelled extensively throughout Europe, and has also spent time exploring North and South America. Likes: history (sucker for medieval cities), espresso, flying, exploring new places, and all things food. Dislikes: sunburns, the middle seat on a plane, and judgmental travelers.

1 Comment

  1. chidley 1 year ago

    oh hurray!  So awesome to see you road trip photos!

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