BC Trip Reports to 2014

Trip Reports share previous visitors' experiences of their vacations and include a variety of itineraries and interests.  Trip reports on this forum often include time in the Rockies.  They are a very useful planning tool for a Trip. 

The link to the original Trip Report Collection thread is here:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-...

Please consider posting your own Trip Report on the British Columbia Forum after your own vacation.

Below is a list of reports with the most recent ones listed first.


Trip Reports 2014 

Vancouver Island Visit by SunSeaker37, Edmonton, December 2014

Victoria, with lots of restaurant experiences.


Vancouver Visit by Cyclone888, California, November 2014

6 days, US Thanksgiving with a stop in Seattle


Short visit by Sandra M, New Hampshire, November 2014

3 days in Vancouver


A Very Useful TR by exporer0412, UK, Sept 2014

2.5 weeks, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Rockies


City of my Dreams by Ilovetravel50, UK, Sept 2014

10 days, Vancouver and Whistler, no rain!!


Canadian Adventure British Columbia and Alberta by gracie49, Scotland, Sept 2014

6 days in Vancouver and across the province, and a week in the Rockies.


Vancouver by Krystal82004, Arizona, Sept 2014

4 days without a car


Orcas and the Rockies by BAPIN, Bangkok, Sept 2014

A few days on north Vancouver Island for whales.  Then a flight from Comox to Calgary for a few days in the Rockies.


A Gulf Island by Mrmkbb, Hawaii, Sept 2014

A few days on Galiano.


3 weeks by derbylady_8, UK, Sept 2014

mid-Island and the Victoria area


Vancouver followed by Stanley Park by TravelNH_13, Connecticut, Sept 2014

10 days in Vancouver and a one day report for Stanley Park.


1.5 days in Victoria by flipper314, California, August 2014

Port Angeles to Victoria return by ferry, no car.


Whistler by amkath, Washington, August 2014

4 days at Whistler


Trip Report by sarge_in, Los Angeles, August 2014

5 days Vancouver plus day trip to Whistler, 2 days Victoria.  Family of 4.  Lots of tips.  South Asian foods.


Vancouver Island by Helen Z, Innisfail Alberta, August 2014

5 days, Victoria, 


Vancouver Island and Vancouver by relayer, Pennsylvania, August 2014

1 week, Victoria, Sooke, Qualicum Beach, Tofino.  3 very nice sets of photos.

1 full day in Vancouver.


Vancouver & Victoria by Alumnus, Iowa, July/August 2014

10 days, no car


Vancouver to Rockies and back by cromansydney, Sydney, July 2014

10 days,  quick paced trip, lots of driving, lots of hiking


Manning Park by johnny2bc, Burmaby, July 2014

3-4 days in mountain air, walking various forest trails, and enjoying the natural sights & sounds


Western Canada by wildlife_lover, Silver Springs, July 2014

2 weeks,  Part 1 Vancouver to Banff.


Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler by Lyn E, location unknown, July 2014

1 week, no car


Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver by martyap, Bellmore, NY, July 2014

1 week, no car except for day trips.


Touring and Fishing by traveller47, Port Moody, BC, June/July 2014

1 week, Vancouver Island: Cluxewe Resort, Port Alice, Fort Rupert, Quatsino Lodge


Victoria, Whistler, Vancouver by ztaaks, Detroit, June/July 2014

1 week, Seattle > Victoria > Whistler > Vancouver > Seattle


Rockies and Coast, by kajay, UK, June 2014

2 weeks, See post 23: Vancouver > Rockies > Prince Rupert > BC Ferries > Vancouver Island, Vancouver.  The thread contains the planning process as well.


BC with mimimal use of car by u16girl, Montréal, June 2014

16 days, Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria, Parksville, Ucluelet


Sun, sea and sand by 611sunseekers, UK, June 2014

2 weeks, Vancouver, Parksville, Ucluelet/Tofino, Victoria


6 Nights Vancouver Island by Valiantsontour, UK, June 2014

The Vancouver Island portion of a longer trip from Seattle to Haines, Alaska, then Whitehorse (Yukon), Skagway (Alaska), south on the Cassiar Highway to Stewart, Bella Coola, Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and back to Seattle. Includes links to the Road Trip Forum's Trip Report version and Valiants' travel blog with photos.


BC and the Rockies by Jeannette504216, UK, May/June 2014

Part 2 for Clearwater to Jasper

Part 3 for Jasper

Part 4 for the Icefields Parkway and Banff 

16 days, Vancouver > Whistler > Clearwater > Jasper > Banff > Calgary


Most Amazing Week by Travel4Fun56, Saskatoon, May 2014

1 week on Vancouver Island


BC and Alberta by cch1, Wisconsin, April 2014

2 weeks round trip from Seattle > Vancouver > Rockies > Idaho > Seattle

Trip Reports 2013

Vancouver by SuzyTraveller, Missouri, September 2013

4 days in and around Vancouver.


Vancouver and Vancouver Island by amdramhwife, UK, September 2013

Vancouver followed by Ucluelet and Victoria - partly by public transit and partly by car rental


13 Days by ksols, Kansas City, September 2013

Seattle > Victoria > Vancouver > Whistler > Vancouver > Seattle


Vancouver and Victoria by MrTed, Austin, Texas, September, 2013

3 days in each city.


Vancouver by Oceansidetraveler0, New York, September 2013

4.5 days in the city


In Search of the Spirit Bear by Valiantsontour, UK, September 2013

7 days, Vancouver, Shearwater, Klemtu, Spirit Bear Lodge


Vancouver Island by kaswan, Sheffield, UK, September 2013

2 weeks, Nanaimo, Ucluelet, Tofino and Telegraph Cove


Trip to Vancouver by cperryfranz, Boston, September 2013

7 days in Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria


Vancouver by Brit_in_SoCal, Thousand Oaks, CA, September 2013

3 days of foodie excellence.


21 Days: Rockies, Vancouver Island and Vancouver by w-spoons, York, UK, August/September 2013

From the original OP question and planning discussion to the Trip Report in post 12.


Two Aussies Trip Report by Maudie56, Perth, August/September 2013

Alaska Cruise, The Rockies, Victoria.


A 10,000 km road trip to Northern BC and Alaska in four travel stages.  In the Traveller Article, there is a link to the author's travel journal that describes each stage of the journey.  The following map includes enough locations to make sense of the journey, by Sharonbader, August-September 2013  

The map itinerary includes Vancouver > Port Hardy (pin Q) > BC Ferries to Prince Rupert (pin A) > Terrace > Cassiar >  Whitehorse > > Dawson City > Fort McPherson > Tok > Haines Junction > Haines > Skagway > Liard Hotsprings > Fort Nelson > WAC Bennett Dam > Prince George > Vancouver.  Route Map.

Inside Passage BC Ferry, Stewart Cassiar, AK Highway (Stage 1) by Sharonbader, August 2013

One route from Vancouver, BC to Watson Lake, Yukon. 

Alaska Highway through Northern BC Rockies (Stage 4) by Sharonbader, September  2013

Beautiful drive through Northern BC, check out biking, hiking and camping in BC Parks!

Other traveller articles in this series:  Yukon: Scenic Views, Yukon: Scenic Drives, Yukon: Kluane Ice Fields Flights.


Ucluelet and Victoria by canchick, Toronto, August 2013

8 nights, Ucluelet, Nanaimo, Chemainus, Duncan, Victoria


Vancouver and Victoria by promopro, Atlanta, July 2013

A few days in each city, with a celiac's approach to eating.


Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast by thrumpin, Burnaby, July 2013.

4 days, by motorcycle.


British Columbia Trip Report by Jeff D, Oregon, June 2013.

10 days, Victoria > Pt Hardy > BC Ferries > Prince Rupert > Jasper NP > Fraser Canyon > Oregon


4D3N Vancouver pre-cruise by Globe Trekker89, Singapore, June 2013.

Includes poster's blogs and many photos.


Whistler  by Chinka_Abbi, Cairns, July, 2013.

3 days at the mountain.


Vancouver and Vancouver Island by jemmwm, Brisbane, June-July 2013.


Vancouver to the Rockies and Back by jemmwm, Brisbane, June-July 2013.

Part 1:  1 week - Vancouver, Vancouver Island.

Part 2:  2 weeks - Vancouver to the Rockies and back.


Gulf Islands (Saturna, Pender, Galiano), Vancouver Island and Newcastle Island by Cheezz, Los Angeles, June 2013. 

9 days by car and inter island ferries.


Canadian Rockies and BC, including Victoria by JPW100, Paignton, UK, May-June 2013

13 nights.  Combination coach, hire car, Rocky Mountaineeer.  Comments about the benefits of flying out of Victoria to the UK.


Vancouver and Whistler by Benjii, Cumbria UK, March-April 2013

3 weeks with some skiing.


Trip Reports 2012

Whistler at New Years  by Momabear5, Chilliwack, December 2012

5 days for a family vacation.


Vancouver Island Getaway Parksville/Qualicum by traveller47, Port Moody, September 2012

3 nights with a focus on eating and a bit of hiking.


1 Day Self Guided Tour Vancouver by familytravels1, Victoria, September 2012


Calgary to Vancouver  by Mazza50, UK, August 2012

9 days via Banff, Jasper, Valemount, 100 Mile House, Whistler, Vancouver


Bear viewing in Churchill and British Columbia by SheaG, Hawaii, 

Manitoba/Churchill Wild, Vancouver, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Tofino - Campbell River, Knight Inlet.

3 week trip to wilderness lodges. 


Precruise Trip Report by TDTtraveler, Texas, August 2012

August 24-26 in Vancouver


Trip Report by BtWgn, "Home", August 2012

Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler, the Cascades Loop Drive, Seattle


2 Part Trip Report by jaw75, Los Angeles, July 2012

* 11 bars in 2 days  Vancouver

* Vancouver Island  4 nights camping

Trip Report - Vancouver by azislandgirl, Arizona, July 2012

Family with boys 14 and 12


Northwest Trip with Outdoors Potential by sgold_seattle, Washington, July 2012

Seattle > Bellingham > Vancouver > Sea to Sky Highway > Seattle in 4 days.


16 Day Road Trip - BC to the Rockies by Vaycee, Australia, June/July 2012

Part 1 - Vancouver

Part 2 - Whistler > Blue River > Jasper

Part 3 - Jasper

Part 4 - Icefields Parkway to Banff

Part 5 - Revelstoke > Kelowna > Washington State

Part 6 - Victoria cruise ship stop

Retired couple from Australia on a 5 week holiday.


Trip Report - Vancouver Island by OregonExplorer, Oregon, June 2012

one week Oak Bay, Sooke, Port Renfrew, Port Alberni, Nanaimo


Trip Report  by johnny2bc, Burnaby, May 2012

One week from Burnaby to Calgary/Drumheller and back


A Stellar Trip to Vancouver by MrExit23, North Carolina, April 2012

One week Vancouver, focus on food and sightseeing


Vancouver Trip Report by QldAussie, Australia, December 2011/January 2012

Part 1 - Vancouver, Whistler

Part 2 - Victoria

3 week holiday with children 10 and 11


Trip Reports 2011

West Coast Trip Pt 1 by powderglut, Colorado, September 2011

5 nights on Vancouver Island: Ucluelet, Tofino, fishing the area. Quamichan Inn, Duncan. 


Trip Report by SDugood, Texas, September 2011

1 week, Vancouver, Whistler, Vancouver Island


Trip Report  by lovejoy_dds, Wisconsin, Sept 2011

1 week, Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish, with a toddler


Trip Report  by brabb, UK, August/September 2011

3 weeks:  Calgary > Banff > Icefields Parkway > Jasper > Prince George > Barkerville > Bella Coola > BC Ferries to Port Hardy > Nanaimo > Vancouver > Kelowna > Nelson > Invermere > Calgary.


Trip Report .... Long  by JoMammy, Florida, August 2011

7 days Vancouver, focus on food


Trip Report by junebug, Ontario, August 2011

5 days in Vancouver


So Ready! Here's the Plan  by benabi, Texas, August 2011

1 week, Vancouver, Whistler


Accommodations Report  by weloveCanadaxxx, Cambridge, UK, July 2011

 2 weeks. Vancouver to the Rockies and back


Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler by browna1234, Utah, July 2011

8 days, food, fun, fitness


My Stewart, BC and Hyder, AK TripWow slideshow and TR  by Places, New York, July 2011

4 days with accommodation in Stewart


The BC Portion of a Road Trip to Alaska by PopOle19, Australia, July 2011

3 days on BC Ferries to Prince Rupert

4 days Prince Rupert to Yukon


A Short Road Trip in BC by OregonExplorer, Oregon, June 2011

Vancouver > Whistler > Pemberton > Lillooet > Cache Creek > Chilliwack


DIY Vancouver and Trafalgar coach tour by leisure2go, Australia, May 2011

24 days by Rocky Mountaineer and coach tour.  Vancouver,  Jasper, Banff, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver.


RV Travel Through BC and Alberta  by Petedenwales, UK, May 2011



Victoria to Wells Gray Park

Wells Gray to Mount Robson

Mount Robson to Jasper

Jasper, Banff, Calgary

21 days by group RV travel organized by a caravan and camping club in the UK.

Trip Report for Vancouver  by mariemtc, Seattle, February 2011

3 days in Vancouver.


Trip Reports 2010

Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast  by MooeyWirral, UK, October 2010

2 weeks by car.


Calgary to Vancouver by Rav4England, UK, Sept 2010

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

24 days from Manchester into Calgary and out of Vancouver touring the Rockies, Vancouver Island and Vancouver.  Written with an excellent offering of daily details.


A Touring Holiday in British Columbia and Alberta  by GillyB57, UK, Sept 2010

Seniors in a 7 seat van over 23 days.  Vancouver, Kamloops, Clearwater, Jasper, Lake Louise, Golden, Revelstoke, Kaslo, Cranbrook, Banff, Calgary.


3 1/2 Day Trip Report by Richie, California, Sept 2010

 Pre-cruise visit


Vancouver - We Loved it!  by FrankNYC, New York City, September 2010

3 nights Vancouver, day trip to Whistler.


2 weeks in the city  by CanucksTraveller72, London UK, September 2010

Canucks, food, cycling, day trip to Whistler.


BC and Washington  by travelinlite, Scotland, August/September 2010

Travelled by RV over 3 weeks:  Vancouver, Whistler, Armstrong, Kaslo, Nelson into Washington State to Seattle and back to Vancouver. 


Our Drive on the Cassiar Highway by UrbanNYC, New York City, July 2010

Prince Rupert, Terrace, Stewart, Hyder AK, Dease Lake, and on to Whitehorse YT and Skagway AK.


Trip Report - not so long by FendelIV, Massachussetts, July 2010

1 week, Vancouver and Victoria


Tips and More by carmelina, Chicago, July 2010

5 days in Vancouver


Numbat’s North American Adventure by numbat, Australia, July 2010

Part 1 - Vancouver to Seattle

Part 2 on the Seattle Forum

Part 3 - Vancouver to Nanaimo by seaplane, Parksville, Victoria, Port Hardy to Prince Rupert by BC Ferries, Prince Rupert to Vancouver by plane, Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper.

Part 4 - Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Banff, Calgary, Drumheller, Calgary.

Vancouver Island by organized tour, Icefield Parkway by organized bus.


Seattle-Victoria-Tofino-Victoria-Friday Harbor-Orcas Island-Seattle by judym698, Philadelphia, July 2010

Mixed weather, walks, hikes, focus on Tofino.


Vancouver - Alaska - Whistler - Clearwater - Rockies  by jrjs, UK, June 2010

A 3 week self drive.


Trip Reports 2004, 2008, 2009

Chilcotin Fishing and hwy 99 (long) by Traveller47, Vancouver,  2009

Up the Fraser Canyon to Williams Lake, then west to Nimpo Lake


Calgary to Vancouver by Frommy, Australia, June 2008

Part 1 - Calgary to Banff

Part 2 - Banff and Lake Louise

Part 3 - Banff to Jasper

Part 4 - Jasper

Part 5 - Jasper

Part 6A - Jasper to Golden

Part 6B - Jasper to Golden (cont'd)

Part 7 - Golden to Kelowna

Part 8 - Kelowna to Vancouver

Part 9 - Vancouver

Part 10 - Vancouver/Whistler/Home

Describes a 3 week self drive with an excellent offering of daily details.

Vancouver Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise Slideshow to accompany the above Trip Report.


Vancouver to Jasper Slideshow by AchesonTopekaSantaFe, UK, 2008

Vancouver to Prince Rupert by plane, VIA Rail Skeena to Jasper.


Various Alberta and BC Pictures by MrJarArt, Ontario, June 2004

Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Heritage Park Calgary, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Tofino, Victoria, China Beach, Vancouver.