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.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Calgary Stampede

Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - on Highway 1 Alberta

Highway 1 just west of Calgary, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Highway 1 Near Canmore Alberta

Highway 1 West approaching Canmore, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Bow Lake Alberta

Bow Lake off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Icefields Parkway Alberta

Along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Athabasca Glacier Alberta

Athabasca Glacier off of the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Athabasca River Jasper Alberta

Athabasca River, Jasper, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Deer in Jasper Alberta

Jasper, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip - Moose Lake BC

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

Great Canadian Road Trip - Mt Robson Provincial Park BC

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

Great Canadian Road Trip - Yellowhead Highway BC

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

Great Canadian Road Trip - Yellowhead Highway near Kamloops

Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Yellowhead Highway BC

Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Yellowhead Highway BC

Yellowhead Highway, North of Kamloops, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Trans Canada Highway

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

Great Canadian Road Trip - Lac Le Jeune

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

Great Canadian Road Trip - Lillooet BC

Lillooet, B.C. off of Highway 99

Great Canadian Road Trip - Highway 99

Highway 99 between Lillooet and Whistler, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Third Beach Vancouver

Third Beach, Vanocouver, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip - Go Fish Granville Island Vancouver

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

Great Canadian Road Trip Guide - Winery in Peachland BC

Winery Peachland, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip Guide - Highway 97 Near Kelowna

Highway 97 between Kelowna and Vernon, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip Guide - Highway 97 Near Armstrong BC

Highway 97a by Armstrong, B.C.

Great Canadian Road Trip Guide - Trans Canada Highway Near Canmore Alberta

Trans Canada Highway near Canmore, Alberta

Great Canadian Road Trip Guide - Wedding in Canmore Alberta

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


Our Great Canadian Road Trip Route


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Canadian Road Trip photos by Lauren Barth & JP Bervoets


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Lauren Barth

Lauren Barth

Lauren Barth co-founded Departful in 2012 and is the Managing Director of Departful Media. 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.

Departful is a travel magazine that provides accessible, relevant, and thoughtful travel tips and ideas to inspire people to explore the world around them. We feature travel articles, travel tips, and photography based on our own experiences from over 100 countries covering all things adventure, culture, food and drink, technology, and gear. Made with ❤ in Toronto.