Vancouver ↔️ Edmonton Road Trip Guide

  • Timing
    • Leave early in the morning, arrive at dinner/evening
      • Good default option
      • Very doable with several stops to stretch
    • Leave in afternoon/evening, arrive at breakfast or early morning
      • Good for rush option with few stops and no sightseeing
      • Sleep for the morning upon arrival
    • Leave after early dinner, stop half way
      • Relaxing option
  • Routes
    • Hwy 1/Lytton/Cache Creek alternate 
      • 90 minutes longer than Hwy 5/Merrit
      • More curvy
      • More little settlements to stop in/tourist moments
    • Via Banff
      • Not recommended in winter due to...
        • Chance of whole highway being closed for hours at a time after accidents
        • More wear on breaks due to steeper inclines
        • More stressful drive
      • Town of Banff
        • is more "touristy" than Jasper
      • Going via Banff allows a stop in Calgary
      • More driving in Alberta on busy highways
    • Via Jasper
      • Nicer drive
      • More driving in BC on rural highways
      • More gradual inclines
      • Town of Jasper
        • is more "authentic" than Banff
        • 8:30 am Sunday Mass is a nice break on a westward drive (we didn't pay the entrance toll and weren't ticketed)
      • Bear's Paw Bakery is a nice coffee/pastry place
  • Other en route stops (sorted west to east)
    • Valemount
      • About half way
      • Best Western has pool and included breakfast buffet
    • Mt Terry Fox Rest Area
      • Has playground and a few short walks to viewpoints
  • Lucerne Campground
    • On Yellowhead Lake in Mt Robson Park
    • Good en-route overnight stop
    • No running water or power
    • Pay on site, no reservations
    • $22/night
  • Portal Lake
  • Kamloops
    • Hello Toast is a nice brunch spot