The Great Coast Road Trip: The Highlights

Last week I was in Western Canada and it was amazing.

Just because Mike is now working for Woo Themes full-time doesn’t mean that I intend to sit at home now (it doesn’t really mean he intends to sit at home all the time either, but it does mean he has to be pickier with how he spends his vacation days). When Coast Hotels invite me to be a part of their Great Coast Road Trip, I jumped at the chance. I invited fellow travel blogger Amanda Williams (from A Dangerous Business) to be my co-pilot.

The premise of this trip is really neat: a massive 35 day road trip stretching from Northern Canada to Southern California, with each leg being done by a different blogger. We had the “Peak to Peak” leg, which stretched from Calgary over the Rockies through Kamloops then down to the Okanagan Valley. The trip is still ongoing- you can check it out with the #GreatCoastRoadTrip hashtag.

I am not overstating things when I saw that this part of Canada is beyond stunning. It was a little difficult to drive with my mouth hanging open and my neck permanently turned towards the mountains.

I’ll be writing a few more detailed articles over the next couple of weeks, but until then, here are some of my favorite moments, and views, from our 5 day trip out west.

“Coasty”- our totally conspicuous ZipCar. We got a lot of stares.
Lake Louise in Banff- still mostly frozen even in late May
The adorable town of Banff
The Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park
Emerald Lake was still pretty icy too, but beautiful
The Coast Lodge in Revelstoke- super cozy.
Really difficult high ropes course in Revelstoke. We were sore and bruised for days!
Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows at Modern Bakery in Revelstoke
The view from our room in beautiful Kamloops
Getting friendly with grizzlies at the BC Wildlife Park (more on this later -I promise)
Harper’s Trail Vineyard in Kamloops- great Rieslings!
Chef Romeo Oloresisimo (from Coast Kamloops) cooked us an amazing private lunch featuring local trout and duck.
The finale: home-made ice cream made at the table using liquid nitrogen. Tasty and scientific!
Pretty Sun Peaks, the Whistler of Western British Colombia
Coast Sundance Lodge- our room was in the tower
My first stab at paddle boarding on Lake Heffley
Last Stop: Kelowna, which has it’s very own lake monster called Ogopogo (we found him obviously)
Gorgeous Okanagan Lake. (Not shown: Ogopogo)

This trip was sponsored by Coast Hotels and Zipcar. All opinions and photography are my own.

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18 thoughts on “The Great Coast Road Trip: The Highlights”

  1. Three of my housemates were on exchange at Calgary last year and all I heard and still hear about was/is Banff and Lake Louise! Their photos are just as stunning as yours but I think you chose the right time to go as the winters sound way too cold for my liking!

  2. Loved both your and Amanda’s updates from this trip. So many new things to add to my list. I’ll be in BC in August and I’m so excited. I’ll mainly be in Whistler, though, not that that’s a bad thing.

  3. Wow, your photos are breathtaking. I’ve always dreamed of visiting Banff, especially Lake Louise. I can’t wait to read more about your road trip. It sounds like a blast!!

  4. Gorgeous photos! Looking forward to reading more. I can’t believe I didn’t take advantage of Canada’s close proximity when I lived in the US. Now I’m in Australia, and it would cost a fortune to go back, but I’m keeping it in mind 🙂 Thanks for shedding more light on the beauty of Canada!

  5. I’m so excited to read all about your trip. This area is home for me and as I travel to new places, my love for this area of the world only grows stronger! Just looking at your pictures makes me wish I could hop a flight home tomorrow! Hope it was as magical for you as it is for me!

  6. Eeeeek! I’m heading to Canada on a camping trip in a few weeks and those shots of the icy lakes have just made me completely rethink my packing list! Is it super cold there at the moment? Hope you guys had fun, looks like a blast! x

    1. Depends on where you are headed really. Those lakes are way up in the rockies and it was chilly there, but down at sea level it was in the 70s. Very tricky to pack for….

  7. Wow! These photos are so beautiful!! Really well done. 🙂 I dream of making it to Banff and the surrounding area at some point… hopefully soon!
    Also, that zipcar is crazy. Love it! haha

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