Roadtrips

Beautiful British Columbia

RVing in British Columbia offers diverse landscapes and is the perfect place to go camping. Do you want hot springs? Bears, moose and other wildlife? A secret camping spot with pristine views and privacy? B.C. has all this and more.

Maggie Spizzirri
5 minute read

Come Experience the Beauty of British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province in Canada and is nestled in between the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known for its old-growth forest, mountainous terrain and friendly people, BC is a top tourist destination known worldwide.

British Columbia has everything a Canadian RV road trip needs; coastal highways, small towns, metro cities, alpine mountains, desert, various swimming holes, and most importantly, nature waiting to be discovered! All you have to do is rent an RV and start driving for your adventure to begin!

Start in Vancouver

Vancouver is a great place to start your Canadian RV rental holiday, with so many great things to do and places to visit you could make this your only stop on this great adventure. There are 5 RV rental pick up locations available in the Vancouver area so you are sure to find the perfect RV rental at the perfect price.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Stanley Park.  Visit the beach where you can look out at the tanker ship as they wait to unload cargo at the Port of Vancouver, swim, paddle-board, kayak, or just lay on the beach and take in the sun.

You can rent a bike and bike the paved path that goes all the way around Stanley Park. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, play Pitch and Putt, play a game of tennis, stroll through the gardens, visit the totem pole display, take a ride on the miniature railway, or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. There are lots of great places to eat in the park so you can spend the whole day here.

Kelowna

The next stop is Kelowna, in the Okanagan Valley. Welcome to wine country! Kelowna has over 40 wineries in the area, a wine tour is a great way to spend the day if your RV rental vacation does not include the kids. You can leave your RV rental parked as there are many shuttled wine tours around Kelowna.

One of many Kelowna wineries and vineyards, with Okanagan Lake in the background

If you are travelling with kids, a must-stop is Kangaroo Creek Farm. Located just outside of Kelowna, Kangaroo Creeks unique program allows children (and adults) to hold baby kangaroos, wallabies and sugar gliders. There are many other animals here so plan on spending a few hours.

Kelowna is situated on Lake Okanagan, home to many great water activities. Keep your eyes open as many people have reported seeing the famous Ogopogo in these waters.

Revelstoke

All aboard for Revelstoke. This little railroad town is home to Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a downhill ski hill known worldwide to have one the best verticals in North America. In summer Revelstoke has many mountain biking and hiking trails. Lamplighter Campground and RV Park are located a 20-minute walk from downtown making it easy to leave your RV rental and take in the free nightly music at the plaza any night of the week all summer long. The Revelstoke Dam and the Railway museum will give you interesting glimpses into Revelstoke’s past through the self-guided tours. On your way out of town be sure to stop at Giant Cedars. This short walk (about 20 minutes) takes you on a boardwalk path with interpretive signs through this old-growth forest.

Giant Cedars, Revelstoke British Columbia

Radium

The next stop is Radium Hot Springs. Radium is known worldwide for the odourless mineral pools and is surrounded by Sinclair Canyon. The canyon is home to many bighorn sheep, so sit and relax in the pools and keep an eye out for the sheep on the rocky ledges above. From relaxing pools to the high excitement of whitewater rafting, zip-lining through the trees, hiking or mountain biking Radium Hot Springs is a great look into Beautiful British Columbia.

Cranbrook

Cranbrook is located in a wide valley right between the Rocky Mountains and the Purcells. Mount Baker RV Park and Willow Creek Campground are located right in Cranbrook making it easy to access the city’s amenities while you are staying in the area. Go back in time and experience how the Ktunaxa Natives lived thousands of years ago with the Speaking Earth weekend package, you will even get to sleep in a teepee.

Nelson

Next stop Nelson. Nelson BC is known as the Queen City of the Kootenays. With over 350 heritage buildings in the city, most within walking distance, a walking tour will be an evening well spent. This eclectic little community has some of the best unique shopping around. There will be a perfect Canadian gift for everyone on your list. You can find artists showcasing their designs, handmade clothing and locally made hats.

Osoyoos

Osoyoos BC boasts having the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skis, paddle boarding and swimming, Osoyoos is the best place to spend a day on the lake. If you get lucky you may be in town for one of the annual street dances. This family event includes free draws and prizes. Take a walk down Irrigation Canal Walkway. This 5 km round trip walk takes you on an abandoned part of the canal and shows you the difference water can make on a landscape. You can observe the natural sage and antelope brush on one side to the contrasting orchards on the other.

Start Planning!

And finally, this journey ends with the round trip back to Vancouver. This 2000 km trip can be done in just a few days or a few weeks. There are so many amazing things to see in this area of the country.

Just start your planning by making a reservation for an RV rental from one of our Vancouver RV rental locations. You can use our quick and simple RV rental quote tool to browse suppliers like Canadream and Cruise Canada, to name a few. Remember to book as early as possible for the cheapest rates and finest RV’s.

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Don’t just take my word for it, have the road trip of a lifetime and go RVing in British Columbia! Happy Travels!

For more fascinating places to stop in Beautiful B.C. check out these articles:
BC and Alberta National Parks You Must Visit & Top 5 West Coast Beaches

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