Best of Western Canada: The Trans-Canada Highway from Vancouver to Banff
Drive Time: 9 hours
Miles: 530 one way
If you’ve never been to Canada, this 530-mile route—a section of the full 5,000-mile highway—that’s traversed often by RVs is one of the best ways to see the western part of the country’s diverse landscape and experience its many cultures. Start in Stanley Park, the urban oasis of Vancouver, B.C., and end up overlooking gem-colored, glacier-fed lakes such as Louise, Peyto, and Bow—to name just a few—in Banff, Alberta. The Trans-Canada Highway, or Highway 1, also travels near the Heritage Railway in Kamloops, the Enchanted Forest in Revelstoke, and Yoho National Park in Golden inside British Columbia. You’ll find campgrounds for all RV and van sizes in each city, but take note of closures during the off-season (October to May).