British Columbia & Alberta

23-day family road trip | July 2022

Take in the classic Western Canada sights and so much more as you go off the beaten track and drive from the Wild West Coast to the heart of Canadian Rockies.

Road trip from the Wild West Coast to the Canadian Rockies

We take a classic route and spice it up with coastal treats on Vancouver Island, ride the Inside Passage ferry north to pristine alpine landscapes around Smithers and end the trip amid world renowned scenery.
Natural splendour is the operative word. Yet, carefully chosen guided excursions and lesser-known destinations such as Cormorant Island, the N’sga lava fields, the migrating salmon in Hyder (Alaska) and the magnificence of Salmon Glacier add another dimension to this trip.

A relaxed family road trip with time to look for wildlife,  kayaking, a wonderful boat-lodge adventure, a chance to get acquainted with First Nation traditions and an eye-opening ferry ride up the Inside Passage.


Dates 23 days in July 2022
Region British Columbia & Alberta (and a sliver of Alaska….)
Party Family of 2 adults and 2 teenage daughters (14 and 16)
Transportation Midsize SUV
Driving distance 2750 km
Accommodation Tent camping alternated with lodge accommodation


Day 1 Arrival Vancouver
Day 2 Ferry trip to the southern Gulf Islands
Day 3 Kayak tour in Gulf Islands National Park with a private guide
Day 4-5 Pacific Rim National Park
Day 6-7 Innchanter Boat lodge (float plane access included)
Day 8 Cormorant Island – traditional salmon meal and genuine native culture
Day 9 In search of orcas on a classic motor sloop (guided)
Day 10 Inside Passage ferry ride to Prince Rupert
Day 11-12 N’sga Lava fields, salmon migration & bear observation in Alaska
Day 13 Hiking in the Babine Mountains
Day 14-17 Jasper National Park
Day 17-18 Yoho National Park
Day 19-20 Lake Louise and Banff National Park
Day 21-23 Calgary and departure


We do not offer ‘off the shelf’ travel packages. Every vacation is custom made in consultation with you. Trip budget below is based on an actual trip scheduled to take place in 2022.
Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.45) $ Can € 
Car rental (Midsize SUV, Hertz, all in) 709 489
Camping (11) 94 65
Lodges/Cabin (8) 550 379
Innchanter Boat Lodge (incl. floatplane transportation) 540 372
Ferries (Inside Passage and Vancouver Island) 377 260
Miscellaneous (park permits, fuel etc.) 298 205
Excursions (seakayaking, salmon BBQ, Orca excursion) 361 249
Meals 835 579
Total (international airfare not included)  3764 2598
Custom design & organization of your trip *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 35/€ 25)
350 250

Fewer excursions will reduce overall trip cost.
Advanced booking would make camper rental financially feasible while more (tent) camping could reduce cost by $385/€265 pp. Alternating tentcamping with lodging would add $500/€345 pp.

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