The most direct route is the Trans-Canada Hwy #1. Approx an 11-12 hr drive. Along the way is Kamloops, then a beautiful stretch beside Shuswap Lake. Smaller towns like Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Revelstoke, & Golden all have accommodation and decent places to stop and eat. If you have kids with you, the Enchanted Forest and Three Valley Gap are good places to stop. There are also some natural hot springs on the way as well as some zip-trek and adventure type tourist spots.
Have a great time. over 4 years ago
Lisa has great advice. It is a very pretty drive (and historic, teach the kids about laying the railway). I like going through the avalanche tunnels and seeing Hell's Gate Canyon. On the Alberta side, stopping in Banff (town & park for a hike) is pretty much mandatory, though the food is much better in Canmore, just 45 minutes east of Calgary. over 4 years ago
The highlight of this trip is the Rogers Pass from Revelstoke to Golden then on to Banff and Lake Louise. Stop often, explore and enjoy. There is a photo op around every bend. If you stop at Three Valley Gap enjoy the Enchanted Forest but do not swim in the lake there are little nasties living in the water that will leave you covered in hundreds of painful bites. Trust me I found out the hard way. It can get cold at night late in August around Banff. If you plan on staying in that area for any time bring an extra jacket. Enjoy! It is a beautiful part of the world. about 4 years ago
Agreed, Lisa has great advice. Kamloops is a small place with most entertainment going on down by the Thompson River - music in the park every night through August. The drive is very pretty up through Salmon Arm and if you get chance to stop off and cool down, do so at Canoe Beach - water is so warm and great to swim in! Agree with Lisa for the rest of the trip. Happy travels! almost 4 years ago