Last year I had an incredible trip through Canada. I’ve always wanted to see the Rockies and driving through them was one of the best experiences of my life. You get to meet so many friendly people along the way too.
Whistler is just North of Vancouver and if you can fit it in your trip across Canada, I’d highly recommend it. Whistler is a beautiful Ski Resort, I was surprised to see Snow in August. The Ski lifts were scary but a fun experience to do. Famous for its Winter Olympics, make sure you check out the Olympic Rings statue they have on display.
Whilst we were driving through Kamploops, we were in the middle of their forest fires. They were quite severe so we had to be escorted by local Police through the area. This can take up to half an hour to wait for an escort. Keep this in mind if you’re planning a road trip during the summer. One thing I learnt is there aren’t many Petrol stations or pit stops on the way to places as Canada is so huge so, make sure to stock up before you head off on a long journey. We stopped off at this little Café which, reminded me of Steveston in Richmond, the town where ONCE is filmed. I had visited there on my previous Vancouver trips and, I loved the vibe.
I really liked Golden. It was filled with Country vibes and we found a cute Pub called The Wolf’s Den which played live Country music.
I had a fun day stopping here on the way to Jasper. It was such a hot summers day which was unheard of. It was lovely to have a picnic and dip your feet in the ice cold glacier water.
Jasper was such a picturesque place, with cute Cafés and lots of little shops selling Maple Syrup flavoured treats. Make sure you visit the huge Ice Glacier too, it’s freezing but pretty impressive and not one to miss.
Tete Jaune – Airbnb Experience
During my road trip through Canada, we stayed in a couple of Airbnb’s and, this was my first ever experience with one, I highly recommend it. Doing it this way, you feel so welcomed and you get to meet the locals, find out where the locals eat (not many places around!) and hear their stories. It was a lot of fun. This place was in the middle of nowhere and, at night-time all you could hear the big train go past and that was it, maybe the sound of a Grizzly Bear too. The owners showed us a photo of the Bear that comes into their garden. You could even see its claw marks on the tree which, was metres away from the house! It was a great experience staying here and, I’ll keep those memories with me.
Banff has been on my list of places to visit for years, it was beautiful. I would love to come back in the Winter and visit whilst it’s Snowing. The chair lift up the mountain was very steep but worth it for the view. You can see the famous Fairmont Hotel which, in itself is worth a visit too. It is very grand and you feel like you are in a Fairytale Castle.
I highly recommend this guide book by Lonely Planet. I used it constantly throughout my trip and it recommended great places to stop off at.
Have you visited Canada before? What were your highlights and top tips? Be sure to check out my top Lakes of Canada post too.