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1. Posted by JulieRobe (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

JulieRobe has indicated that this thread is about British Columbia

Hello all!!

I am trying to plan a trip this summer and am looking at driving and camping up the Coast of BC (from Vancouver, where I live) to Alaska.

Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for this trip? Also, if anyone knows of blogs or books that would help, I would appreciate it.

I really don't like to plan out every move of my trip ahead of time (love the spontaneity :)), but I'm looking for some ideas about "Must-see" destinations along the way :)


2. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 5y

I suggest you consult a map-you can't drive any further up the coast than Lund-just north of Powell River.

So if you really want to drive all that way-and back-you'll be well out of range of any seaside vistas.

3. Posted by JulieRobe (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

hahahahaha, Thanks Sam. Well now I feel like an idiot. :)

4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 5y

Many people make the same mistake thinking there must be a road-but it would cost billions and billions to build and millions to maintain.

The Coast Mountain Range is a shield wall that's only breached in two places-the Bella Coola Valley via Highway 20 and the Skeena corridor along highway 16.

Still lots of places to go though and the Discovery Coast Ferry is a place to start.

The ferry to/from Prince Rupert is another consideration and it's relatively easy to drive to Hyder Alaska from PR if that's your heart's desire.

Northern Vancouver Island is another relatively untrafficked destination worth researching.