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
Lauren Barth co-founded Departful in 2012. Since then she has worked between North America and Europe and has published content in partnership with a variety of tourism boards and businesses based around the world. Lauren is currently based in Toronto, Canada.

2 Comments

  1. chidley 3 years ago

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

  2. Alanna 1 year ago

    So, I’m late to the party, but my husband and I want to go to Canada for vacation next year. We’re from California, explored a bit of Vancouver and Victoria in the past, but really want SEE Canada. I really appreciate those photos you took; goodness, it is so hard to find someone publishing non-photoshopped landscape scenes nowadays. Seeing your photos made me all the more excited about what we’re going to see!

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