The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Tourism BC, have designated circle routes designed to highlight some of the outstanding features of beautiful B.C. These self-guided trips let vacationers experience the attractions and adventures at their own pace.
Circle routes are part of our regular highways and roads, linked together to highlight local attractions and geography, so you don’t have to travel the same route twice. How much vacation time do you have…because there are scenic drives in our province ranging from two days to 14 days long. (And many other theme-based linear options too).
One great example is the Hotsprings Route – a five- to seven-day journey with stops to soak in healing mineral pools, view or cycle railway history, and pursue plenty of outdoor adventure options. Experience these natural warm water wonders in chillier months too, with the Hot Springs Circle Route in Winter.
The Heritage Discovery Route explores diverse First Nations culture, traces the Gold Rush Trail and includes a ferry ride through the famed Inside Passage from Northern Vancouver Island to Prince Rupert. On the Mountains and Vineyards Route, there’s wilderness climbs and award-winning wines, plus ghost towns, and the warm waters and fresh fruit of the Okanagan. The Great Bear Circle Route starts in Vancouver, has a section on Vancouver Island, and offers a fun side trip to Bella Coola, along with lakes and hoodoos.
Who knew that going in circles could be so much fun? Take your time to enjoy the ride, and check out these BC road trip tips to help you stay safe and comfortable along the way: