The Best of British Columbia
Two weeks in British Columbia allows the opportunity to travel throughout the province, including to the northern region. Of course, you could also pad your itinerary with more time in Vancouver and Victoria—and that’s what many travelers do—but I encourage you to get adventurous and travel farther afield.
The following itinerary assumes you have your own vehicle or will be renting one.
Make Tofino your final destination on Day 4. Even with a visit to He-tin-kis Park and a short walk along the driftwood-strewn beaches of Pacific Rim National Park, you will have time to enjoy a relaxing evening in Tofino.
The ferry from Port Hardy gets into Prince Rupert in the late afternoon, linking up with the ferry to the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Even after 24 hours and two ferry trips, you’ll be invigorated by the uniqueness of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
Arriving in Prince Rupert at dawn, take breakfast in Cow Bay while waiting for the Museum of Northern British Columbia to open. Head west, stopping at ‘Ksan Historical Village. Aim for an overnight stay in Prince George, but don’t push it (the more driving you get done today, the quicker you will reach the mountains the following day).
Drag yourself away from Mount Robson and head south to Kamloops, then east along the TransCanada Highway to Revelstoke. Even if you’re not a railway buff, Craigellachie (site of the last spike on the transcontinental railway) is a pleasant stop.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition