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Old 02-23-2015, 05:16 PM   #1
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British Columbia, things to see/do?

We are planning our 2015 trip and will be in British Columbia (non Vancouver area) for five or six days in mid-July before heading over to Banff National Park. If those of you that have knowledge of the area, can please give us suggestions as to what to do/see, where to stay, things not to miss, etc. they will be greatly appreciated. Looking over the forum doesn’t yield much info on the south and eastern portion of British Columbia.


We have a 39 foot DP, towing a Grand Cherokee and enjoy dry camping as well as hook-ups.


Thanking you in advance for any help/ideas you may have and safe travels.



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Old 02-23-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
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Victoria is pretty cool. Lots of shops. Old world British traditional village/town including high tea. Lots of touristy things there.

Whistler is great all year.

Check out this website for BC Must Sees/Do's
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Depends on which point of entry you are traveling but to get to Banff, Alberta, a good way to get there would be through either central British Columbia on Hwy 97 into the Okanagan Valley. You will go through Wine Country and follow the lakes and valley North to Hwy 1 where you can turn East which will take you through the Rock Mountains to Lake Louise/Banff.
From Banff, you can continue East to Calgary, Alberta. Take in the sights and sounds of AB and head south on Hwy 2 into Montana.

Depending on the amount of time you have, you can expand your travels through BC to take in the many lakes and rivers and scenery.
Calgary Stampede in July is a great attraction if you like Rodeos.

Feel free to PM me if you need info on a particular route.

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Just to be clear.....are you aware that British Columbia is larger than every state in the US except Alaska & Texas? Your sig. indicates you are from TN so for perspective ...BC is bigger than TN, Georgia, S. Carolina and Florida combined.!! As a result, (just a suggestion) you might get a better response to your post if you were a little more specific about what you like to do and where you intend to travel in your 4-5 days.....it will pretty much take 2 days just to drive across the province from VCR. to the Alberta border....and this doesn't include Vancouver Island ....which about the size of Southern England!

Whatever....BC is a can't miss....anywhere you go will be great!
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We are looking at crossing from Sumas, WA and staying within the south east section bordered on the west and north by Canadian Route 1.


We enjoy most everything outdoors and like to broaden our horizons visiting historical and other points of interest. While we will be returning to British Columbia again sometime in the future, we want to make the most of this opportunity.


Thank you Jay & Patty, Dennis & Carol and Jack & Maggie for the info you have shared,. There is so much to sort through that we will be busy prioritizing for this 5-6 day trip. If there is an item we should have on our must see list, please feel free to let us know. We are becoming well-traveled and although doing stuff on the spur of the moment is exciting, we like having somewhat of an outline for what to do.


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We are looking at crossing from Sumas, WA and staying within the south east section bordered on the west and north by Canadian Route 1.


We enjoy most everything outdoors and like to broaden our horizons visiting historical and other points of interest. While we will be returning to British Columbia again sometime in the future, we want to make the most of this opportunity.


Thank you Jay & Patty, Dennis & Carol and Jack & Maggie for the info you have shared,. There is so much to sort through that we will be busy prioritizing for this 5-6 day trip. If there is an item we should have on our must see list, please feel free to let us know. We are becoming well-traveled and although doing stuff on the spur of the moment is exciting, we like having somewhat of an outline for what to do.


Thank again for your assistance.
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Enjoy the ride, we are planning a jaunt to the Kentucky Derby next May so might just call on you to assist in your back yard.

P/S when you cross the border, you might consider taking Hwy 3 East to Hwy 97 at Osoyoos. This is Canada's Summer Playground and Wine Country.
The ride up through the valley through Kelowna to Revelstoke and the #1 Trans Canada Hwy is an awesome trip. From Revelstoke you just follow the road to Banff. This is a beautiful 4-6 day drive.
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You say you are crossing at Sumas.
From there head East to Hope.
Take Highway 1 through the Fraser Canyon.
Do not Take the Coquihalla...very boring.

Stop at Hells Gate.
Carry on to Spences Bridge and on to Cache Creek.
Head towards Kamloops.
From Kamloops you can either head north on Hwy 5 (Yellowhead)
and come out at Jasper.
From Jasper take the Columbia Icefields back to the Trans Canada.
See Lake Louise and then on to Banff.
Not sure where you want to cross to head back south but this trip will
give you a very small idea of British Columbia.
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Depending on the time of day when you cross the Border at Sumas you turn right on the Trans Canada and you can stay at Harrison Hot Springs....if you have more time you should make for Manning Park (busy on weekends!) Great hikes and wilderness style camping.....worth a day.

Day 3 should put you in the Okanagan (Wine & Fruit country) and we like camping at -Canyon Farms in Kelowna (8 sites) or Swan Lake in Vernon. (Suggest you reserve) If you like to golf Gallegars Canyon (Kelowna) or Predator Ridge (Vernon) are outstanding. If you like cycling then definitely head for Canyon Farm where you can cycle the "world famous" Kettle Valley Railway. If you like to mountain bike or hike ....explore Myra Bellevue Park ....5 min. from Canyon Farms. Need at least 2 days in the area ....1) for activities & 2) to explore wineries, restaurants (don't miss the goat cheese farm, Mission Hills winery, the lavender farm....oh ya the LAKE)

Day 6.....We prefer the lower route from Kelowna on 33 to hwy3.... to Castelgar....we like the Castelgar Golf Club & RV Park (10'sites) (great/cheap golf....hiking...mountain biking). Worth a day to golf, hike, bike or explore Rossland, Trail & Castelgar ( the real BC where few tourists venture)

Day 8.....hwy 3.....turn left at Cranbrook (hwy 93)....up the Kootney Valley to have lunch on the "strase" in the old mining town of Kimberley and onward to Redstreak Campground in Radium Hot Springs.

Jeeeeeeez....you're going to need more time! .....You're just about to head into the "Rockies"! Lake Louise, Banff, Canmore, Kananaskis (golf, hiking, biking, canoeing, restaurants, tacky tourist shops) ?...don't forget Jasper! You'll need at least a month.
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If your leaving from TN., might I suggest you cross into Canada at Sweetgrass/Couts just north of Shelby, MT. Not as much traffic as Sumas, and you won't be all that far from Banff.
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I live in the Okanagan Valley above Kalamalka Lake just south of Vernon. I came here and never left. This is the holiday Mecca for western Canada!

You can't miss this part of BC! This is a MUST DO! Wine country, Lakes.(you follow along lakes nearly the whole route of Hwy 97 from Osoyoos all the way up to Sicamous) It's stunning Scenery that whole section. You can connect at Hwy 1 and head east through the Rockies to Lake Louise and Banff.
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Just remember, the speed limit signs in BC are kilometers, not MPH.
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