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8 day Road Trip to the Kootenays

Updated: May 27


Embark on a unique week-long road trip in British Columbia. Discover the desert of Osoyoos, Canada's only desert. Continue into the Kootenays visit historic towns, each with its own charm. Drive along the shores of immense lakes, where the beauty of nature unfolds along some of the most scenic roads in British Columbia. Marvel at the Columbia Mountains in Revelstoke, then discover the lakeside tranquility of Salmon Arm and Vernon. before heading back to Vancouver via the backroads of the Nicola Valley.


 

Drive : 1,564 km Scenery : Mountains and lakes Season : Spring-Summer-Fall

 


Day 1 Vancouver to Hedley



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Vancouver

​Directions

highway 1 to Hope 1 hr 45 min

Crowsnest Highway to Hedley 2 hr 2 min

​Ending Point

Hedley

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do


 

Day 2 Osoyoos



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Hedley

Directions

Hwy 3 to osoyoos 1 hr

Hwy 3 to Rock creek 40 min

Ending Point

Near Rock Creek

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

 

Day 3 Crowsnest Highway to Castlegar




Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Rock Creek

Directions

Hwy 3 to Castlegar 2 hr

​Ending Point

Castlegar

Recommended campgrounds 

Things to do

 

Day 4 Kootenays



Directions and driving time

Hwy 3A to Nelson 35 min

Hwy 31 to Kaslo 1 hr

BC-31A to New Denver 1hr

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

 

Day 5 Arrow Lake and Revelstoke




Directions and driving time

Starting Point

New Denver; Nakusp

Directions

Hwy 23 to Galena 1hr

Ferry to Shelter Bay 30 min

Hwy 23 to Revelstoke 40 min

​Ending Point

Revelstoke

Recommended campgrounds 

Things to do

 

Day 6 Revelstoke to Vernon



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Revelstoke

Directions

Hwy 1 to Salmon Arm 1 hr 15 min

Hwy 97B and 97A to Vernon 45 min

Ending Point

Vernon

Recommended campgrounds 

Things to do

 

Day 7 Nicola Valley



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Vernon

Directions

Hwy 97 and Hwy 1 to Kamloops 1 hr 25 min

Hwy 5 to Merritt 1 hr

OR

Hwy 97 to Westwold 45 min

Douglas lake road to Merritt (scenic gravel road) 1h 45 min

Ending Point

Merritt

Recommended campgrounds

Things to do

 

Day 8 Coquihalla Highway to Vancouver



Directions and driving time

Starting Point

Merritt

Directions

Hwy 5 to Hope 1 hr 15 min

Hwy 1 to Vancouver 1 hr 45 min

Ending Point

Vancouver

Things to do

 

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