Today, we're leaving on an Airstream drive up into British Columbia, to explore the eastern section of the province. We'll head north on Highway 5 to Bellingham Washington, which should take us about three days to get there.
Hope is our first destination, beyond Abbotsford, south of the Frazer River. The Trans-Canadian Highway passes through Chilliwack and Laidlaw, between the Coast and the Cascade Mountain Ranges. (three days)
From Hope, we'll drive to Nicolum Creek Provincial Park and the Sunshine Valley. The scenic Highway 3 takes us through Skagit Valley Provincial Park, Cascade Recreation Area, and the Manning Provincial Park. Then we'll head north to Princeton, along the Similkameen River. (five days)
Turning south into the Bromley Rock and Stemwinder Provincial Parks, we follow the southern stretch of the Similkameen River to Keremeos and Crater Mountain. Our southern most destination in this part of Canada is Osoyoos, near the Pocket Desert. (three days)
We then head north up Highway 97 to Penticton, and along the Okanagan Lake to Kelowna, Vernon, and Salmon Arm. Kekuli Bay, Ellison, and Kalamalka Provincial Parks populate this stretch. (three days)
Our trip heads east to Revelstoke, where Mt Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks await on Canadian Highway 1. Golden lies just across the time zone, near the entrance to Yono National Park. Crossing up into the Rockies, we'll stop at Lake Louise before we may head south to see Banff. (three days)
The road north out of Banff skirts the Alberta/British Columbia border through the heart of the Canadian Rockies. We cross back into British Columbia at Jasper, and decide whether to drive further north to Prince George or go south on Highway 5 to Kamloops. Arriving back at Hope, we'll retrace our route home from there. We need to be home by September 9th for a series of important meetings. (nine days)
The drive can be made in 10 days, and we've got 26. That's plenty of time to spend seeing some of the most beautiful mountains, rivers, and forests Canada has to offer.