Planning a drive from Vancouver to Calgary, and want to know the best places to see along the way? Our Vancouver to Calgary road trip itinerary will help you make the most of the drive!
Stretching from British Columbia to Alberta, you’ll be sure to see some amazing things on this drive – including tons of national parks in western Canada, beautiful stretches of highway, scenes of the Canadian Rockies, and so many stops along the way.
An added bonus is that this trip can also be done in reverse as a Calgary to Vancouver road trip.
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip Itinerary
This itinerary will show you the best of the best and then some on your Vancouver to Calgary drive.
A road trip from Vancouver to Calgary is an epic adventure for anyone. But note that this iconic road trip is to do so outside of the Winter months.
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Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler Village
Distance & Time : 123 km / 2 Hours
From Vancouver, it’s off and out on one of the most scenic highways in Canada – the Sea to Sky Highway.
Cruising through the mountain ranges you’ll have the opportunity to check out countless waterfalls, stop at viewpoints, and tour some incredible national parks as you start out on your 5-day Vancouver to Calgary road trip.
READ MORE – Don’t miss out on my guide on all the amazing things to do in Vancouver as well.
Stop 1: Squamish
Less than an hour north of Vancouver on the incredible Sea to Sky Highway is where you’ll find your first stop. Squamish is surrounded by incredible mountains on one side as well as the Howe Sound and the coast on the other.
Home to awesome adventure sports like whitewater rafting, mountain biking, and rock climbing, the town in the Canadian Rockies offers a ton of stuff to do.
One of the major attractions in Squamish is the Sea To Sky Gondola. Right off the highway and high above the water take the 10-minute ride in a cable car up into the mountains.
Once at the top there are tons of viewpoints and a stunning suspension bridge. For more information visit their website.
If you want a bit more of a challenge why not opt for hiking the Stawamus Chief aka The Chief.
This hiking trail is a favourite for the sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains once you reach the top.
Shannon Falls is an easy to find spot right off the highway as you enter Squamish too. There are stunning waterfalls and countless hiking trails in the area as well as a great spot…