From Road Trip to World Tour

To travel the world, sometimes it’s easier to travel around our own city, our own province, and our own country. Before leaving on our current #DaddyBloggerWorldTour, we did several “Test Runs” including 2 major trips (one to Northern BC and the other to Alberta). We have visited several places in BC on different Road Trips including Harrison Hot SpringsSunshine CoastSalt Spring Island, the Okanagan, Squamish & Whistler, Manning Park, and Vancouver Island. However, this was the first time we had driven so far north. We partnered up with Expedia to tell you all about our trip from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, Northern BC, and the Chilcotin and back.

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#DaddyBloggerRoad Trip to Northern BC

1) VANCOUVER ISLAND

a) NANAIMO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SxgBRS-pVM

We decided to do a big loop starting in Vancouver, taking the ferry to the beautiful town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, and then driving up to Port Hardy. We had been to Nanaimo before so we just did a “rest stop” overnight and then drove up to Campbell River.

b) CAMPBELL RIVER



Campbell River is extremely gorgeous and I’m super glad that we got to visit even though it was for only a few hours. We walked along the dock, had some delicious Fish & Chips on the scenic wharf, visited the interactive Mini Aquarium, and then drove up to Port Hardy.

c) PORT HARDY

This is the furthest north you can go on Vancouver Island before taking the ferry to Bella Bella or Prince Rupert. We explored the small towns in the area, had a nice meal in the city centre, and then woke up super early to catch the early morning ferry to Prince Rupert.

2) NORTHERN BC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAMHIa0pQDE

We took the long and scenic BC Ferries journey from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. It’s BC Ferries longest journey and goes through the world-famous Inside Passage that the massive Cruise Ships pass through on their way from Canada Place up to Alaska.

In hindsight, we should have probably got a Cabin so the kids could rest but we somehow managed to do the entire 18 hour journey just by having the kids run around the ferry, have meals in the different restaurants, and watch cartoons in the Movie Cinema.

a) PRINCE RUPERT

Our first stop was Prince Rupert where we got to see a lot of Traditional Native Art. It’s actually very easy to jump on another ferry to get to Haida Gwaii from here but we had limited time so we decided to make our way east to Prince George stopping for a rest in Smithers.

b) PRINCE GEORGE

Prince George was beautiful and I wish we had more than 2 days to enjoy it all. We went to the Science Museum, the Local Park with the wood carvings in the trees, and had a delicious Teppanyaki Meal at the Cascade Hotel (thanks to Tourism Prince George for organizing it).

c) BARKERVILLE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwAsrKiKo9U

We met up with Tourism Barkerville at the Adventure Travel Show at Canada Place earlier in the Spring. They invited us to a Press Trip so we decided to spend a night in Barkerville doing a Horse Carriage Ride and got to interact with the guides who are dressed in historic outfits!

3) CARIBOU CHILCOTIN

a) NIMPO LAKE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ur-rDXyG5Fw

We did the long, long drive from Barkerville through Quenel and Williams Lake arriving in Nimpo Lake just after dark. In hindsight, we should have definitely left earlier so we would not have to drive the final hour through an unknown area in the dark. Loved the view!!

b) BELLA COOLA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFnIXZAxBsM

Have you seen the movie “The Hulk” with Edward Norton? The final scenes were filmed in Bella Coola and it really put this unknown area on the global map. We are so glad that we got to visit and stopped to spot Grizzlies in the wild from the Bear Viewing Platform.

c) WILLIAMS LAKE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJJQYPeV–s

Since we did the long and tiring drive from Bella Coola through Nimpo Lake in one day, we had to stop at Williams Lake for the night. On our final day of our epic and memorable trip, we stopped to take the kids on the Hells Gate Airtram to see the mighty Fraser River from above!


Have you done a major Road Trip around BC before? Please share about your experiences in the comments below.