Top 4 Fall Road Trips in BC
There’s nothing better than hitting the open road. And what better time of year to do so than during fall. With roads that are less busy and the striking colours of leaves guiding your trip, we’ve uncovered the top four road trip destinations in BC.
Ideal for avid hikers, outdoor enthusiasts, or just plain anyone that loves fall, this loop takes you from Vancouver through Abbotsford, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Boston Bar and loops you back to Vancouver through Lillooet, Pemberton, Whistler, and Squamish. With Pemberton and Whistler being less busy this time of year, it’s the perfect time to go exploring and take in the incredible views of the mountain-scapes and Whistler Village. Want a bit more of an outdoor adventure? Try heading to The Chief - Fall means less foot traffic for this iconic hike. And the view is well worth your efforts!
Rocky Mountain Trench
We don’t have to tell you twice as to why this is a must-see destination. The Rocky Mountains are breathtaking with their expansive views, mountain tops shining with a light dusting of snow, and the array of colours sweeping along the valley below them. Is there anything more Canadian than the Rocky Mountains? Pack some bacon and maple syrup and maybe then you'll have the most Canadian road trip ever. Bonus points if you see a Moose. This road trip loops you through Golden and on to Radium hot Springs, Kimberley, and Cranbrook, where there are plenty of opportunities to glimpse more wildlife, such as elk, bighorn sheep, or even bears as they stock up on food before winter.
There is plenty to do in the Okanagan Valley during any given season. Though we like to believe you'll take advantage of all that the impressive Valley has to offer, we hat goes beyond the usual wine and vineyard tour. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo it altogether. We can’t think of anything better to do on a crisp, fall day than a wine tasting. Especially considering the line up’s aren’t as long as t hey were during summer. And when you're not winery hopping? Take a scenic trip around the Okanagan Lake. Our favourite part of this road trip? The highway stretch between Peachland and Summerland. It offers beautiful views of the pristine lake from the highway.
For those who want a little taste of something different, a great scenic option is touring the historic towns of mid-northern BC. This route will take you past the wonders of the Liard Hot Springs, Jade City, ghost towns, and stunning waterfalls. Make sure you give yourself ample amount of time, as this route is 5-10 days and takes you way up past Prince George, from Smithers to Dease Lake, Jade City, Watson Lake, Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek before looping back to Prince George. Our suggestion? Detour to Tumbler Ridge, where you’ll be able to glimpse Kinueseo Falls and dinosaur tracks (yes, really!).
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