|1||Arrival in Vancouver|
|2||Vancouver → Sunshine Coast||41 km|
|3||Sunshine Coast → Discovery Islands||243 km|
|5||Discovery Islands → Port Hardy||245 km|
|6||Port Hardy → Prince Rupert||521 km|
|7||Prince Rupert → Stewart||456 km|
|9||Stewart → Smithers||338 km|
|10||Smithers → Prince George||374 km|
|11||Prince George → Jasper||374 km|
|13||Jasper → Banff||288 km|
|16||Banff → Revelstoke||285 km|
|17||Revelstoke → Ashcroft||307 km|
|18||Ashcroft → Whistler||231 km|
|20||Whistler → Vancouver||120 km|
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Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's most beautiful metropolis, ranked as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.
Vancouver is a relatively small city that is best explored on foot.
Spend some time exploring the city's attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown, and do some shopping on Robson Street and Broadway Avenue.
And let your Canadian road trip adventure begin!
Your first destination is Gibsons, a quaint fishing village typical of the west coast.
To reach Gibsons, you take a ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay. Be sure to have your camera at the ready: this 40-minute voyage takes you past coastal fjords of a singular beauty.
Today you head for the northern end of Vancouver Island and Quadra Island.
Your route includes 3 ferry rides, each one more spectacular than the last.
Along the away, pay a visit to Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park to see the Sechelt Rapids, which can exceed 3 metres in height, depending on the tides.
When you reach Quadra Island, the historical centre of Kwagiulth First Nations culture, prepare yourselves for an idyllic nature experience.
DAY 4 - Discovery Islands
Located between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Quadra Island is the ideal spot to get back in touch with Mother Nature!
Quadra Island offers a wide range of outdoor activities. There is something to please everyone: canoeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, ocean fishing, sailboat excursions, nature observation, and much more.
Today's destination is Port Hardy.
Along the way, make a stop in a little out-of-the-way paradise, Telegraph Cove, the best place in the world for orca (killer whale) watching ! This small village will charm you with its small old houses built on piles, lined up along long wooden boardwalk.
Port Hardy is a charming fishing village.
Next your adventure leads to Prince Rupert via one of the most spectacular cruises in the world, the Inside Passage.
No driving today! You set sail on the ''Queen of Prince Rupert'' very early in the morning. A few hours later the fog rises, revealing stunning views of inlets, fjords, wooded islands and the majestic Coastal Mountains.
The cruise ends 16 hours later and 500 km to the north in Prince Rupert, where you spend the night.
Today's route follows the Yellowhead Highway along the scenic Skeena River Valley.
The glaciers become larger and closer as you approach Stewart; some are simply dazzling. Stop to admire the magnificent Bear Glacier, with its magical blue glow.
Your final destination is the small town of Stewart, at the head of Portland Canal, a deep fjord marking a natural border between Canada and the United States (Alaska).
Just before sunset, pay a visit to the renowned Fish Creek, where you will see grizzly bears catching and eating salmon in the wild rapids.
DAY 8 - Stewart
We suggest exploring this rugged wilderness with a drive up to the spectacular Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in the world.
At the end of the day, stop off in the Sealaska Pub for a taste of the gold diggers' drink!
You could also treat yourself to a meal of Snow Crab at the King Edward Hotel.
After breakfast, you set out to discover the Gitksan First Nation.
You begin with the village of Hazelton, home to the renowned Ksan Native Village and Museum, a replica of a Gitksan village where visitors can learn about Gixtan culture and watch artists at work.
On your way to Smithers along the Bulkley River you will find a fishing site used by the First Nations for thousands of years. Known today as Moricetown Canyon, here you can observe ancestral salmon fishing methods.
The serene beauty of your majestic surroundings will captivate you in the early morning light. Many Europeans, seduced by this village and its way of life, have ended up settling here.
On the way to Prince George, be sure to visit the Fort St. James Historic Site, an authentic fur trading post dating from 1896 and an important part of Canada's history.
Today you set out for Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Along the way, stop for a break at the foot of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies
With its plentiful elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and other large mammals and predators, Jasper National Park is one of the last great protected ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.
DAY 12 - Jasper
You have an entire day to spend in Jasper National Park, the largest of Canada'a Rocky Mountain parks.
Visit the most beautiful attractions, including the picturesque Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, the most photographed island in the world.
Take a hike along the spectacular trails of Maligne Canyon and Mount Edith Cavell.
For families with children or visitors looking for a less strenuous activity, the Peyto Lake trail offers an easy 15-minute walk to spectacular vistas.
Your route continues towards Banff. Be sure to stop along the way at Lake Louise: this magnificent glacial lake is known as the "Jewel of Canada", and for good reason.
The spectacular scenery and shimmering blue green waters of Lake Louise will leave you speechless; it's easy to see why this is one of the most famous sights in the Canadian Rockies.
At the end of the day you reach Banff, a charming mountain town at an elevation of 1380 metres, nestled in a superb alpine setting.
DAY 14 - Banff
Today you go hiking on Sulphur Mountain. The mountain trails take you up through picture-postcard landscapes, and the summit provides a stunning view across the entire region. A gondola also goes up to the summit.
You might enjoy a visit to the famous town of Banff for a bit of shopping. The town's streets are lined with an assortment of boutiques where you are sure to find that something special.
DAY 15 - Banff
Banff is also a renowned national park whose magnificent glaciers and mountains make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Its most spectacular natural attractions include Johnston Canyon, the Bow River Valley and Lake Minnewanka.
Your next destination, Revelstoke, is known as a real photographers' paradise.
Along the way, make a stop at Yoho National Park with its many attractions including the Emerald Lake trails and Takakkaw Falls.
You can't leave Mount Revelstoke National Park without taking the road that winds up to the summit of Mount Revelstoke. The view is simply breathtaking!
Next you head for Ashcroft in the beautiful Cariboo region.Ashcroft was the departure point for gold prospectors heading North in the 1860s. Be sure to visit historic Hat Creek Ranch for a trip back in time to the Gold Rush days!
Today the adventure leads to Whistler.
Nestled in a beautiful natural mountain setting, Whistler is a vibrant and lively resort town with a wide assortment of restaurants, boutiques and sidewalk cafes.
DAY 19 - Whistler
You have a full day to discover Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
If you look up, you will see the "Peak 2 Peak" gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, offering the ultimate alpine experience. With a maximum height of 436 metres over Fitzsimmons Creek, Peak 2 Peak is the highest lift in the world.
It's time to head back to Vancouver via the panoramic ''Sea to Sky'' highway. Its stunning views will take your breath away.
Don't miss a visit to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to a large number of marine mammals including dolphins, belugas, seals and sea otters.