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

Driving through (approximately) Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon

Fraser River

Fraser River

Fraser Canyon overlooking The Canadian Pacific Railway

Fraser Canyon overlooking The Canadian Pacific Railway

Day 2: Salmon Arm to Banff via Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 93

Revelstoke Railway Museum

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

Driving through the Rocky Mountains (still in BC)

Rogers Pass (at the visitor's centre)

Rogers Pass (at the visitor's centre)

Arrival in Banff

Arrival in Banff

Day 3: Day trip to Columbia Icefields in Alberta via Highway 93

View from the hotel in Banff

View from the hotel in Banff

Driving up the Icefields Parkway from Banff towards Jasper

Driving up the Icefields Parkway from Banff towards Jasper

Columbia Icefield (one of the eight glaciers)

Columbia Icefield (one of the eight glaciers)

At the visitor's centre of the Athabasca Glacier

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

Marker showing where the Athabasca Glacier was in the year 2000

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Day 4: Banff to Osoyoos via Highway 95/93 and Crowsnest Highway

Kootenay National Park decimated by the pine beetle infestation

Kootenay National Park decimated by the pine beetle infestation

Driving into the Okanagan Valley

Driving into the Okanagan Valley

Day 5: Osoyoos to Vancouver via Highway 3

Dipped our toes into Okanagan Lake in Osoyoos before heading home

Dipped our toes into Okanagan Lake in Osoyoos before heading home