British Columbia Trans-Canada Highway Overview
Leaving the Alberta border, you have a full day of driving through mountain ranges. You pass through Yoho National Park to Golden, and cross the Rogers Pass through the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains. As you descend into the Interior of BC you arrive at Revelstoke, a city on the banks of the massive Columbia River system.
From there, the highways winds westward into the pretty Shushwap Lakes region, and the towns of Sicamous and Salmon Arm famous for its fleet of houseboats. To the south of Shushwap Lake is the sunny and hot Okanagan Lake region. The only major city on the Trans-Canada Highway is Kamloops, where the North Thompson River joins the South Thompson.
BC Road Map Itineraries along the Trans-Canada:
- Victoria to Nanaimo Itinerary (142 km)
- West Vancouver to Hope Itinerary (171 km)
- Hope-Kamloops Itinerary (291 km via #1)
- Hope-Kamloops Itinerary (204 km via #5)
- Kamloops to Revelstoke Itinerary (219 km)
- Revelstoke to Lake Louise, AB Itinerary (220 km)
The highest point on the Trans-Canada is at the Kicking Horse Pass on the border between Alberta & BC, with an elevation of 1643 metres. The Roger's Pass is 300 m lower.
The Trans-Canada route (along the #1) heads west along the Thompson River through a high plateau and then south through the Fraser River canyon past scenic towns like Lytton and Yale. The Coquihalla Highway toll route, south from Kamloops, cuts time by heading diagonally southwest to the town of Hope.
From Hope, you drive westwards through the lush farmlands of the Fraser River Delta and through the suburbs (Langley, Surrey, New Westminster, and Burnaby) of Vancouver. Once you cross the Burrard Inlet, the highway climbs through North Vancouver and West Vancouver for magnificent views of Vancouver's downtown across the water, and ends at Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.
From here, you can catch the ferry across the Georgia Straight to Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. The ferry ride is typically 90 minutes. From there it's a two-hour drive south through towns like Cowichan, Duncan and Mill Bay to Victoria and "Mile 0" of the Trans-Canada Highway.
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