Towering mountains, glacier-carved valleys, sweeping coastline, high alpine lakes, roaring waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and loads of other adventure opportunities make Alberta and British Columbia – Canada’s westernmost provinces – an ideal trip for travellers looking to experience one of the last great wildernesses. This region can be summed up in three words: big, bold, and beautiful. Our journey overland with G Adventures from Calgary to the British Columbia coast, a distance of over 1,600km (994 mi), took us in the footsteps of the early explorers through parts of Canada that are still as wild and undeveloped as they were hundreds of years ago. Caribou, bison, moose, and elk still graze in the lowland meadows; eagles patrol BC’s rivers and coasts; mother bears and their cubs roam the grasslands in the spring; and ancient glaciers, though receded since the times when they carved and shaped this dramatic land, can still be explored.
On this 12-day journey by vehicle from Calgary, Alberta (also known as the “Heart of the New West”) to metropolitan Vancouver, BC, we passed through many iconic national and provincial parks including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Mt Robson, Kootenay, Wells Gray, Pacific Rim, Green Lake, and MacMillan. We had opportunities to walk among giants in the towering old-growth forests, hike above slot canyons, whitewater raft the powerful Wild Horse River, fly through the trees on ziplines, canoe the remote waterways of Wells Park, spot migrating gray whales off the coast of Tofino, get off-road ATVing, hike near glaciers in Icefields Parkway, soak in mineral hot springs, and explore western Canada’s culture in its vibrant cities.
Along the way, my camera was by my side, ready to capture the memories we were making. Alberta and British Columbia are easy on both the eye and the lens; whether you’re a pro or an iPhone shutterbug, be sure to pack your camera of choice. Below are a few of the collected memories from western Canada.
To thoroughly explore western Canada, drive overland through the national parks. Grab a group of friends and make a mini-epic road trip out of exploring the best of western Canada’s stunning wilderness! Let G Adventures do the driving and hop on one of our group tours today.