Top 10 destinations for road trips from Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the most popular cities in the world, drawing visitors from countries far and wide to see its impressive splendour. If you're a resident, however, sometimes it's best to spend some time away from the bustling metropolis and explore other adventures available in Canada. Here are the top 10 destinations for road trips from Vancouver.

1. Trek through the mountains in Whistler

Travel time from Vancouver: 1.5 hours Distance from Vancouver: 120 km

If you're looking for an outdoor experience that you can't find in Vancouver, taking a road trip to Whistler offers plenty of adventure. The mountains are perfect for hiking as well as skiing and snowboarding in the winter. You'll also find 4 championship golf courses and high-end restaurants and bars to enjoy in this resort area. Don't forget to visit the local spas to take your relaxation to the next level.

2. Feed your soul with a trip to Victoria

Driving time from Vancouver: 3 hours Distance from Vancouver: 110 km

Vancouver is a lovely city, but if you're looking for another urban experience, Victoria has much to offer. This Pacific Coast metropolis is the ideal destination when you're looking to feed your soul, as you'll find historic architecture, winding streets, and an absolutely breathtaking harbour. Even the surrounding areas offer dense forests perfect for a relaxing stroll.

3. Explore the isolated beaches of the Sunshine Coast

Driving time from Vancouver: 2 hours Distance from Vancouver: 180 km

If you're looking to explore the Sunshine Coast, your road trip will involve several ferry rides. Once you arrive, however, you can enjoy several sandy beaches that are relatively isolated, adding an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquillity to any beachfront experience. You can even venture out into the water yourself in a boat or kayak to get even closer to the shining and peaceful waters.

4. Explore the Okanagan Valley via Kelowna

Driving time from Vancouver: 4 hours Distance from Vancouver: 380 km

When your road trip from Vancouver takes you to Kelowna, you can enjoy the benefits of both outdoor adventure and in-town attractions. The waterfront boardwalk is the most popular spot, but you can also visit craft breweries and 19 golf courses. The surrounding countryside features vineyards, hiking trails, and a waterfront with sandy beaches.

5. Have fun year-round with a trip to Penticton

Driving time from Vancouver: 4 hours Distance from Vancouver: 410 km

If you're embarking on a summer road trip, Penticton is one of the best locations available. Situated near 2 lakes, Penticton offers almost 15 acres of beachfront and swimming areas to enjoy. Additionally, you can enjoy a more adult-oriented experience thanks to the sheer number of wineries in the region. If wine isn't your style, you can check out the craft breweries and distilleries, too.

6. Discover the hidden village of Tofino

Driving time from Vancouver: 5.5 hours Distance from Vancouver: 280 km

On the western coast of British Columbia, you can venture to the small village of Tofino that's located within First Nation territory. It's known primarily for its old-growth rainforest and rolling waves along the shore that are perfect for surfing. Plus, you can find extensive arts, culture, and cuisine all influenced by its indigenous people.

7. Visit the jewel of Vancouver Island in Parksville

Driving time from Vancouver: 3 hours Distance from Vancouver: 110 km

When you visit Parksville, you'll find yourself in one of the most popular destinations in all of Vancouver Island. Crossing the Strait of Georgia and heading up the island's eastern coast will eventually lead you to a place with miles of sandy beaches known for hosting incredible sandcastle building competitions and extensive swimming opportunities.

8. Explore natural wonders in Kootenay Boundary

Driving time from Vancouver: 6.5 hours Distance from Vancouver: 550 km

To the east of Vancouver, you'll find the Kootenay Boundary region. The natural wonders here have much to offer no matter what kind of outdoor adventure you're looking for. You'll find valleys, mountains, lakes, rivers, and just about anything else you can imagine, complete with extensive recreational opportunities. You're not entirely isolated either, as small towns offer all the supplies you need.

9. Hit the slopes at Sun Peaks

Driving time from Vancouver: 4 hours Distance from Vancouver: 410 km

The slopes of the mountains at Sun Peaks are accessible all year long, so you don't have to wait for the winter snows to visit. While the skiing and snowboarding slopes are absolutely thrilling, of course, the summer months transform the snow-covered surroundings into a vibrant green landscape filled with hiking and biking paths decorated with colourful flowers throughout.

10. Enjoy recreation with a trip to Vernon

Driving time from Vancouver: 5 hours Distance from Vancouver: 440 km

The city of Vernon is the best destination for your road trip from Vancouver if you're looking for the convenience of a city and outdoor fun all in one location. You'll find convenient stores and shopping opportunities alongside delicious restaurants in town, while the surrounding area is perfect for boating, biking, and even skiing in the winter.