60 days in British Columbia Itinerary

60 days in British Columbia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock British Columbia journey planner

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Vancouver
— 6 nights
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Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island
— 2 nights
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Campbell River, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
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Port Alberni, Vancouver Island
— 4 nights
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Tofino, Vancouver Island
— 6 nights
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Victoria, Vancouver Island
— 6 nights
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Osoyoos
— 5 nights
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Kelowna
— 6 nights
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Yoho National Park
— 4 nights
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Revelstoke
— 4 nights
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Clearwater
— 3 nights
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Barkerville
— 2 nights
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Port Edward
— 1 night
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— 6 nights
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Vancouver

— 6 nights

Hollywood North

Known as "Hollywood North," Vancouver boasts one of the largest film/television industries in the world, second only to Los Angeles and New York.
Get a sense of the local culture at Granville Island and Steveston Heritage Fishing Village. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fishing Charters & Tours and Totem Poles. Take a break from Vancouver with a short trip to Fort Langley National Historic Site in Fort Langley, about 48 minutes away. On the 3rd (Fri), spend a day ambling around Stanley Park. There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Anthropology, observe the fascinating underwater world at Vancouver Aquarium, admire the natural beauty at UBC Botanical Garden, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kitsilano Beach.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Vancouver online trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Vancouver. In September in Vancouver, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Telegraph Cove.

Things to do in Vancouver

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 9:

Telegraph Cove, Vancouver Island

— 2 nights
On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the waterfront activity at Telegraph Cove, then examine the collection at The Whale Interpretive Centre, and then get a dose of the wild on Tide Rip Grizzly Tours.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Telegraph Cove trip maker tool.

Fly from Vancouver to Telegraph Cove in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Vancouver in September, expect Telegraph Cove to be slightly colder, temps between 19°C and 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Campbell River.

Things to do in Telegraph Cove

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 11:

Campbell River, Vancouver Island

— 4 nights

Salmon Capital of the World

Locals may joke Campbell River represents civilization's end on scenic Vancouver Island, yet the city remains a lively hub of tourism consistently packed with nature enthusiasts from every corner of the globe.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elk Falls Provincial Park and Elk Falls Suspension Bridge. The Museum at Campbell River and Ravens Moon Craft Cider are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Courtenay (Seal Bay Nature Park & Air Park) and Helliwell Provincial Park (in Hornby Island). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinsam River Hatchery, walk around Miracle Beach Provincial Park, go for a walk through Rotary Sea Walk, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Campbell River vacation planner.

You can drive from Telegraph Cove to Campbell River in 3.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Campbell River can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Port Alberni.

Things to do in Campbell River

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

Port Alberni, Vancouver Island

— 4 nights
Port Alberni is a city located on Vancouver Island in the province of British Columbia, Canada.Port Alberni has a total population of 17,743, and a census agglomeration area of 25,396.Port Alberni is a deep port city which lies within the Alberni Valley at the head of the Alberni Inlet, Vancouver Island's longest inlet. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cathedral Grove and Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Errington (North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre & Englishman River Falls Provincial Park), Old Country Market (in Coombs) and Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park (in Qualicum Beach). On the 19th (Sun), hike the day away at West Coast Trail. There's more to do: walk around Stamp River Provincial Park and relax in the rural setting at Little Qualicum Cheeseworks.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Port Alberni driving holiday planner.

Getting from Campbell River to Port Alberni by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Port Alberni are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tofino.

Things to do in Port Alberni

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:

Tofino, Vancouver Island

— 6 nights
A tiny settlement on Vancouver Island's wild western coastline, surfers' favorite Tofino occupies a scenic location at the edge of Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Amphitrite Point Lighthouse and Cox Bay Beach. Explore Tofino's surroundings by going to Ucluelet (Kayaking & Canoeing & Wild Pacific Trail). Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring nature at Pacific Rim National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Rainforest Trail, kick back and relax at Chesterman Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Roy Henry Vickers Gallery, and walk around Tonquin Park.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tofino trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Port Alberni to Tofino in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Port Alberni in September, plan for slightly colder days in Tofino, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Victoria.

Things to do in Tofino

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 25:

Victoria, Vancouver Island

— 6 nights

Garden City

Many urban centers call themselves "Garden City," but thanks to its many manicured parks filled with native and exotic plants, Victoria probably deserves than moniker more than most.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Bateman Gallery and Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites. Get a sense of the local culture at Ogden Point Terminal & Breakwater and Miniature World. Change things up with a short trip to BC Aviation Museum in Sidney (about 36 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: go for a walk through The Butchart Gardens, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, admire the striking features of Craigdarroch Castle, and examine the collection at Royal BC Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Victoria online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tofino to Victoria takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Victoria can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Osoyoos.

Things to do in Victoria

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 25 — Oct 1:

Osoyoos

— 5 nights
Thanks to favorable year-round weather and plenty of fresh water, the area surrounding Osoyoos remains a top producer of fruit and wine.
Get a sense of the local culture at Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad and Wine Tours & Tastings. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Covert Farms Family Estate and Nk'Mip Cellars. Get out of town with these interesting Osoyoos side-trips: Okanagan Falls (Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery & See Ya Later Ranch). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Silver Sage Winery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Osoyoos Desert Centre, contemplate the waterfront views at Osoyoos Lake, and examine the collection at Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Osoyoos trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Victoria to Osoyoos takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, train, bus, and car. Traveling from Victoria in October, plan for little chillier nights in Osoyoos, with lows around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kelowna.

Things to do in Osoyoos

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 1 — 6:

Kelowna

— 6 nights

Orchard City

At the heart of British Columbia's wine country, Kelowna is at once both urban and rural, featuring a modern downtown encircled by picturesque hills carpeted with vineyards and orchards.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Sumac Ridge Estate Winery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Vibrant Vine and Gray Monk Estate Winery. Venture out of the city with trips to Summerland (Kettle Valley Steam Railway & Dirty Laundry Vineyard), Davison Orchards Country Village (in Vernon) and Penticton (Penticton Visitor Centre & La Frenz Winery). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, walk around Mission Creek Regional Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Okanagan, and zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kelowna online trip builder.

Drive from Osoyoos to Kelowna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Yoho National Park.

Things to do in Kelowna

Wineries · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 12:

Yoho National Park

— 4 nights
Named after the Cree word used to express awe, Yoho National Park encompasses awe-inspiring natural wonders, including tall waterfalls, soaking peaks, and vertical rock walls attracting adrenaline junkies from around the globe.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Emerald Lake and Marble Canyon. Take a break from Yoho National Park with a short trip to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park, about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 15th (Fri) wandering through the wild on The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Takakkaw Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Kicking Horse River, hike along Iceline Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Paget Peak.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yoho National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Kelowna to Yoho National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kelowna to Yoho National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Revelstoke.

Things to do in Yoho National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 16:

Revelstoke

— 4 nights
At first glance, Revelstoke may seem like it's in the middle of nowhere.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Revelstoke Railway Museum and Revelstoke Nickelodeon Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Mount Revelstoke National Park and Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Revelstoke: Golden (Rotary Trails, Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Glacier National Park, hit the slopes at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery, and explore and take pictures at Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Revelstoke trip planner.

You can drive from Yoho National Park to Revelstoke in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Yoho National Park in October, things will get a bit warmer in Revelstoke: highs are around 13°C and lows about 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Clearwater.

Things to do in Revelstoke

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 20:

Clearwater

— 3 nights
Although forestry remains the area's major employer, Clearwater tourism thrives thanks to the region's good opportunities for outdoor activities on six big lakes and four rivers.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Helmcken Falls and Wells Gray Provincial Park. Take a break from Clearwater with a short trip to Sun Peaks in Sun Peaks, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Battle Mountain Equine Enterprises Inc., admire the sheer force of Dawson Falls, and take an exotic tour of River Safari.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Clearwater route planner.

Drive from Revelstoke to Clearwater in 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Clearwater when traveling from Revelstoke in October, with lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Barkerville.

Things to do in Clearwater

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:

Barkerville

— 2 nights
Barkerville was the main town of the Cariboo Gold Rush in British Columbia, Canada and is preserved as a historic town. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): make a trip to Frog On The Bog, get a taste of the local shopping with Island Mountain Arts, and then take in the exciting artwork at Amazing Space Studio & Gallery. On the next day, trek along Gold Rush Trail and then steep yourself in history at Barkerville Historic Town & Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Barkerville journey builder site.

Getting from Clearwater to Barkerville by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Port Edward.

Things to do in Barkerville

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Port Edward

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): steep yourself in history at North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Port Edward journey maker website.

Getting from Barkerville to Port Edward by car takes about 10 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 14°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Whistler.

Things to do in Port Edward

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:

Whistler

— 6 nights
Home to one of the largest ski areas in North America, former logging town of Whistler provides activities and entertainment for avid nature lovers and adrenaline seekers.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and Audain Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park and Whistler Valley Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, hike along The Whistler Train Wreck Trail, ski along the peaceful trails at Callaghan Country's Alexander Falls Touring Centre, and stroll around Rainbow Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Whistler journey app.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Port Edward to Whistler. October in Whistler sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 4°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Whistler

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Oct 26 — Nov 1:

British Columbia travel guide

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Parks · Dolphin & Whale Watching · Wineries & Vineyards
Approximately four times as large as Great Britain, the westernmost Canadian province of British Columbia remains a sparsely populated land of soaring mountains, picture-perfect coastlines, and dense forests filled with a diverse wildlife. Ideal for active and adventurous vacationers, British Columbia holidays usually include a blend of wilderness experiences and tours of urban attractions. Most visitors come here to kayak, whale watch, ski, snowboard, golf, fish, surf, and hike through 4 national parks and 140 ecological reserves. For a comprehensive British Columbia tour, make sure your visit includes stops in Vancouver and Victoria, two big cities packed with modern attractions and perfectly positioned for exploring this part of North America.