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If you are planning a road trip, driving from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies, then this tour commentary covers the the drive between Vancouver and Kamloops, in either direction, Eastbound or Westbound. The journey travels through the fertile Fraser Valley, into the lush and wet coastal mountains, and the desert-like landscape of Kamloops.
As well as scenic stops close to the highway, there are 2 short side trips you are encouraged to take along the route.
Vancouver or Kamloops
Allow 4-6 of driving time and sightseeing stops, especially if taking the short recommended side trips. Road construction/maintenance of common in summer and may add some delays.
350km (217 miles)
If you are staying in the Okanagan, especially the most popular areas of Kelowna and Penticton, then you will use the Okanagan Connector, Highway 97C to travel between the tour route and Kelowna. This route joins our tour at Merritt. You will still hear 80% of the tour even if you are staying in the Okanagan.
The Coquihalla Highway #5 between Hope and Kamloops used to be a toll road. The tolls were removed many years ago now, so there is no fee to drive on this fast route.
No. Whistler is located on Hwy 99. If driving through Whistler and Cache Creek, tour commentary is available for the section between Vancouver and Whistler on the tour with that same name.
Fraser Canyon and Hells Gate are located on the “old” Hwy 1 section between Hope and Cache Creek. While that is a scenic drive, it is not a part of this tour. We follow the Coquihalla Hwy 5 between Hope and Kamloops as most visitors want to travel through this section the fastest way.