Driving Tours from The Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, British Columbia

 

Self Drive Tours from Banff to Kamloops, BC

Banff to Kamloops is approximately 496 kms (308 miles) and 6.5 hours to drive.  Starting in the Canadian Rockies, you will descend into the Kootenays and follow Highway #1 through beautiful National Parks. This scenic drive from Banff to Kamloops is full of interesting stops and points of interest along the way.

 

Self Guided Drive Tours through Kamloops, BC.

Fly drive tours are great options for people looking to fly into one city and out another.  Rent a car at your arrival airport and drop it before departing. Use our Self Drive Tour Routes below to make your self-guided trip even more memorable! 

 

Driving Tour from Banff, Alberta to Kamloops, British Columbia

Upon entering the BC Border from Alberta - the first stop is Field.   Field sits just 16.5 kms from the Continental Divide; to the west of the divide all water eventually flows into the Pacific and to the east, all water eventually flows into the Atlantic.   Must See:  Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. 

Yoho National Park is the next point of interest.  Yoho is said to be a First Nations Cree word meaning 'awe' and you'll understand why when you see it.  Must See: Spiral Train Tunnels Viewpoint and Yoho Glacier.  

Next is the small town of Golden, which lies in the Rocky Mountain Trench, a geographical fault line that is one of the few features on earth visible from the moon.  Must See: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, ride on the highest gondola in the Rockies, Columbia wetlands and the Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Centre.

Be sure to stop in at Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park.  The pass is the highest point on the Trans Canada Highway and features some unforgettable sights.   

Take a walk through the 1/2 kilometre Giant Cedar Interpretive Boardwalk Trail in Mount Revelstoke National Park and then stop in the town of Revelstoke to tour the Revelstoke Dam and the Railway Museum.

Between Revelstoke and the next town of Sicamous, there is plenty to keep you busy; Three Valley Gap, Crazy Creek Falls, Craigellachie: The Last Spike, Enchanted Forest and SkyTrek.

Next you will be entering the largest community in the Shuswap Lake region; Salmon Arm.  Rumour has it that Salmon Arm was given its name because in the late 1800's, Salmon were so plentiful that farmers would spear them with pitchforks and spread them over the land as fertilizer. 

Sorrento, famous for its Shuswap Arts Festival (July), named after the romantic city in Italy, is the next small community you will pass through followed by Chase, famous for the annual Adams River Sockeye Salmon Run (October), stop by Tree Top Flyers and see the amazing Chase Falls by Zipline!

Finally, you have reached Kamloops, BC!  Grab some dinner at one of our 200 restaurants and check into one of our many accommodation choices.  Check out Music in the Park, free music at Riverside Park in July & August.  Try your luck at the Casino or just chill at a local lounge.   Visit over 70 native BC animals at the BC Wildlife Park or take a ride on a Heritage Steam Train.  Relax at the unique Sunmore Ginseng Spa or experience the outdoors with Stand Up Paddling, Kayaking or Hiking.  Travelling with your furry friend?  We have no shortage of Dog Parks!  With 107 things to do in Kamloops you will need at least a few days to get it all in!  

Let us help you plan your stay in Kamloops! Take a look at some of our Sample Vacation and Getaway Itineraries for Kamloops, British Columbia.

 

Things to See & Do from Jasper, Alberta to Kamloops, BC

Jasper to Kamloops is approximately 411 kms (255 miles) and 5.5 hours to drive.  Starting in the Canadian Rockies, you will descend into the Thompson Valley and follow the Thompon River along the highway for most of your trip.  This scenic drive from Jasper to Kamloops is full of interesting stops and points of interest along the way. 

Driving Tour from Jasper, Alberta to Kamloops, British Columbia

Upon crossing the BC border from Alberta - the first stop is Mount Robson Provincial Park.  Mount Robson is a World Heritage Site and is the second oldest park in British Columbia.  It is also the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Must See: Rearguard and Overlander Falls and the Fraser River Nature Walk. 

Valemount, given its name by the CN Railway in 1927, is the next stop.  Must See: George Hicks Park, W.Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary and the Valemount and Area Museum. 

Next is Blue River, a world-class heli-skiing and heli-hiking meca.  Take a river boat tour while there!

Stop at the Messiter Summit for an amazing shot of the lazy Thompson River.

Take a tour of a heritage sheep ranch in Vavenby.

Wells Gray Park is next - a vast wilderness filled with breathtaking waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush alpine meadows and sweeping forests. Must See: Helmcken Falls; the 4th tallest waterfall in North America, Dawson and Spahat Creek Falls, Bailey's Chute Salmon Run in Aug/Sep and the Green Mountain Viewing Tower. If you're feeling adventurous, suit up for a white water rafting expedition through the park.  

Between the small towns of Barriere and McLure, there are two stops of interest that are worth seeing. The first is a sign commemorating the fire season in 2003 that burned 72 homes and 9 businesses, including a local mill.  

The fire reached the size of 26,420 hectares.The second is a sign commemorating the story of the Overlanders, a small group of immigrants who turned south at Tete Jaune Cache and headed for Fort Kamloops on their way to the Cariboo gold fields in 1862.  It took the group (a party of 32 men, one pregnant woman and her three small children) almost a month to reach the fort. 

Finally, you have reached Kamloops, BC!  Grab some dinner at one of our 200 restaurants and check into one of our many accommodation choices.  Check out Music in the Park, free music at Riverside Park in July & August.  Try your luck at the Casino or just chill at a local lounge.   Visit over 70 native BC animals at the BC Wildlife Park or take a ride on a Heritage Steam Train.  Relax at the unique Sunmore Ginseng Spa or experience the outdoors with Stand Up Paddling, Kayaking or Hiking.  Travelling with your furry friend?  We have no shortage of Dog Parks!  With 107 things to do in Kamloops you will need at least a few days to get it all in!  

 

Let us help you plan your stay in Kamloops! Take a look at some of our Sample Vacation and Getaway Itineraries for Kamloops, British Columbia.