At the end of August, we took an incredible and slightly impromptu roadtrip to Banff, Alberta and back. I’ve been wanting to explore more of British Columbia as I only remember bits and pieces from our roadtrips as a kid. My friend Evan and I took 5 nights and 6 days to do a round trip. Here is our journey in photo format.
Day 1: Vancouver to Salmon Arm via Trans-Canada Highway
Driving through (approximately) Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon
Fraser Canyon overlooking The Canadian Pacific Railway
Day 2: Salmon Arm to Banff via Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 93
We stopped for a morning coffee in Revelstoke near The Last Spike of the CPR. We made sure to visit the Railway Museum in Revelstoke.
Driving through the Rocky Mountains (still in BC)
Rogers Pass (at the visitor's centre)
Arrival in Banff
Day 3: Day trip to Columbia Icefields in Alberta via Highway 93
View from the hotel in Banff
Driving up the Icefields Parkway from Banff towards Jasper
Columbia Icefield (one of the eight glaciers)
At the visitor's centre of the Athabasca Glacier. In 1844 the Glacier covered the visitor's centre parking lot. It has been receeding since.
Marker showing where the Athabasca Glacier was in the year 2000
Day 4: Banff to Osoyoos via Highway 95/93 and Crowsnest Highway
Kootenay National Park decimated by the pine beetle infestation
Driving into the Okanagan Valley
Day 5: Osoyoos to Vancouver via Highway 3
Dipped our toes into Okanagan Lake in Osoyoos before heading home