Sample Tours: West Coast

Vancouver to Whitehorse

Our one-way itinerary from Vancouver to Whitehorse takes you to unexpected places – truly a non-traditional route for this journey – and encompasses two ferry rides along with the best of Canada’s untrodden outdoors.

Take the road less travelled and explore the northern part of Vancouver Island where the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. . Explore the unspoiled and breathtaking palette of rainforest, lakes, saltwater inlets and get up close and personal with whales and sea wildlife. Dig deep into the cultural history of Vancouver Island North when visiting a surprisingly diverse range of cultural treasure boxes packed with colorful displays and exhibits.

Then jump on a ferry to continue your exploration north along the Stewart and Cassiar Highways.

Dauer:   20 Days
Gesamtstrecke: 3145 km/1955 mi


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Itinerary
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Day 1 - Vancouver to Nanaimo - 111 km/69 mi

Please phone our station at 604-940-2171 after 08:00 this morning to arrange the transfer from your hotel to our station.Vehicle pickup times are generally between 13:00 and 16:00 but your exact time will be given to you when you phone.Detailed vehicle instruction will be provided.Do your grocery shopping and head out.

 

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The Tsawwassen Ferry to Duke Point is the best choice for reaching Nanaimo quickly.The ferry ride is about two hours long.If the weather is fair, there is nothing better than to stand out on deck while watching the landscape of the coastal mountains go by.

CanaDream Club campground partners on today's route are:

ParkCanada RV Park, Delta- approx. 10 min from ferry and 15 min from CanaDream Location

Mountainaire  Campground & RV Park - approx 20 minutes south of Nanaimo

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Day 2 Nanaimo to Qualicum Beach - 48 km/29 miles
Explore Nanaimo “The Harbour City”, renowned for its excellent waterfront shopping, dining, vibrant arts and cultural scene.full details
Drive a short distance to the Qualicum Beach Region - Canada’s beach playground - with miles of sandy beaches.Take a day trip to Horne Lake Cave Provincial Park and explore the fascinating geology and history of the amazing caves.

CanaDream Club campground and attraction partners on today’s route:

Cedar Grove RV Park
Coombs Country Campground
Paradise Seaside Resort RV Park
PineRidge RV Park and Farm Market
Qualicum Bay Resort
Whiskey Creek Campground
Horne Lake Caverns
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Day 3 - Qualicum Beach to Campbell River - 112 km/70 mi
Drive 1 ½ hours north on the scenic coastal highway 19A and stop for oysters at Fanny Bay, enjoy the hub of arts and culture downtown Courtney, visit Cumberland a former historic coal mining town or drive up into the alpine of Mount Washington for a spectacular view over the Comox Glacier and the Straight of Georgia. full details

Campbell River the "Salmon Capitol of the World" offers exceptional whale, bear and wildlife watching. Spend some time watching the fishermen bring in their catch at the wharf or enjoy the 4km beachside seawalk.

CanaDream Club campground and attraction partners on today's route:

Parkside Campground & RV Park
Salmon Point Resort
Aboriginal Journeys
Discovery Marine Safaris

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Day 4 - Campbell River to Telegraph Cove - 201 km/125 mi
Leave the hustle and bustle behind and drive 2 hours north through the untouched wilderness of the most northern part of Vancouver Island and step back in time when you reach Telegraph Cove.full details
This historic and pictures waterfront village is among the last surviving boardwalk communities on the west coast and deserves a longer stay.
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Days 5 and 6 - Telegraph Cove
Spend the next two days exploring this quaint settlement.full details
Go whale watching in the serene waters of Johnston Strait and the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park, one of the most predictable places to see killer whales in the wild.Hike the Blinkhorn /Dave Farrent Trail with amazing views over the ocean or visit the Whale Interpretive Center.You have the opportunity to kayak with the whales on day or multi day tours, or explore famous Knight Inlet and a chance to see grizzly bears in their natural environment.

CanaDream Club campground and attraction partners on today’s route:
Telegraph Cove Resort Campground
Stubbs Island Whale Watching
Tide Rip Grizzly Bear Adventures

 

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Day 7 - Telegraph Cove to Port Hardy – 64 km/40 mi
Continue your journey north-west on Highway 19 to Port Hardy.full details

This small settlement at the northern tip of the island welcomes you with a hand-carved wooded sign at the edge of the town.Topped with wooden scultures of bears and salmon, the sign reminds you of the many activities available to those who wish to stay a while.

From Port Hardy, you'll continue your journey north by sea through the inside passage, enabling you to sit back, relax, and watch the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the ferry.Note that the ferry to Prince Rupert doesn't sail every day, so make sure you have your reservations made well in advance.From mid June to the end of July and from 1-13 September, the ferry leaves Port Hardy on odd-numbered days.  During August, it departs on even-numbered days.  Check the BC ferries website for the most up to date information.

CanaDream Club partners on today's itinerary are:
Port Hardy RV Resort

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Day 8 - Port Hardy to Prince Rupert – 523 km (Ferry)/325 mi

The ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert has a daytime sailing schedule between mid June and mid September, allowing you to take in the surrounding scenery.  The ferry departs Port Hardy at 7.30am, arriving in Prince Rupert around 11.30pm.

 

 

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Sit back, relax and enjoy the magnificent views of British Columbia's Inside Passage as they pass you by.  The ferry trip will provide a welcome break from driving. Take in a movie in The Raven Lounge, grab a cold beer at the Canoe Club or dine gourmet style on a wide variety of delectable choices In the Vista Restaurant. The ferry arrives in Prince Rupert late evening so be sure to book your RV site in advance.  Many campgrounds in Prince Rupert stay open late for ferry arrivals.
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Day 9 - Day in Prince Rupert, or continue journey north
There's plenty to see and do in the Prince Rupert area so, if you have the time, stick around and explore.full details
Activities here centre mainly around nature, hiking, wildlife watching, fishing and boating.A short distance away, in Port Edward, visit the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site, the longest running cannery in BC's history.Almost 90 years of continuous salmon production and fish processing ended there in the late 1970s and the site has been preserved as a museum.

If you plan on being in Prince Rupert on a Monday and would like to explore the possibility of taking the sea route to Whitehorse via the Alaska Fjords, read about the water option at the end of this itinerary.
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Day 10 - Prince Rupert to Meziadin Junction – 394 km/245 mi
The land option (Highway 16) will take you inland to Kitwanga where you can join the Stewart-Cassiar Highway through to Meziadin Junction.full details

Spectacular scenery abounds and there's always the possibility of viewing bears, moose and other wildlife en route.

There's a great provincial park campground at Meziadin Junction where we recommend you spend a couple of nights - book in advance, especially if you're looking for a lakeside site.

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Day 11 - Day trip into Stewart and cross border into Hyder - 140 km/87 mi, Alaska
Today is all about the scenery.Be sure to have your passports on you, as the journey requires a border crossing.There is no US border inspection station here, making it the only land border crossing where a person may legally enter the United States without reporting for inspection, however you will need a passport to re-enter Canada.full details
The road from Meziadin Junction to Stewart is known as the Glacier Highway (37A) takes you past more than 20 glacier formations including Bear Glacier – a must see for every visitor.Bears, Moose, fox, porcupine and mountain goats frequent the area.The 65km highway is completely paved.

Stewart is a small service town sitting at the head of the Portland Canal.The canal forms a natural boundary between Canada and the USA.One of the main attractions is the drive to the Salmon Glacier and Granduc Mine.Unfortunately this road is not suitable for large vehicles such as RVs.If you wish to travel the Glacier Road, check with Seaport Limousine in Stewart to see if they offer tours.

Return to Meziadin Lake Campground for another night by the lake.
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Day 12 - Meziadin Junction to Dease Lake – 331 km/206 mi
The spectacular scenery continues today as you drive between Meziadin Junction and Dease Lake.Be aware that services are not plentiful so take the opportunity to fill your gas tank whenever you can.full details

You will pass more provincial parks en route, many of which offer great opportunities for hiking. and camping.Just north of Dease Lake you’ll find Waters Edge Campground.This is an unserviced campground with very clean pit toilets which offers WiFi, picnic tables, fire pits and a panoramic view of Dease Lake.Ask for your 10% CanaDream Club discount.

If you prefer to travel a little further than Dease Lake today and get a head start on tomorrow’s journey, consider Boya Lake Provincial Park for your overnight stop.There’s a beautiful campground here with sites right on the lake.Make sure you book in advance.

CanaDream Club partners on today’s itinerary are:
Waters Edge Campground

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Day 13 - Dease Lake to Teslin Lake – 487 km/303 mi
It’s a 500km drive ahead of you today which you might like to break into two days if you like to take time out to explore and hike.The scenery won’t disappoint.full details
Highway 37 takes you out to the junction with Highway 1 about 15 minutes west of Watson Lake.We recommend you take the 22km detour into Watson Lake to stock up on food and drink and to visit Watson Lake’s most famous attraction – the Sign Post Forest.The “Forest” began in 1942 when a homesick US soldier decided to add his home town sign of Danville, Illinois to a sign post showing the way to Watson Lake.Today, the Sign Post Forest has over 72,000 signs … and counting.You can add a sign of your own or buy a board at the visitor’s centre and make your own.

If you are travelling during the summer months and decide to overnight in Watson Lake, be sure to visit the Northern Lights Centre to see the Northern Lights showcased in a video broadcast in their domed 100-seat theatre.

When you have finished exploring Watson Lake, continue on to Teslin.Teslin is home to the Inland Tlingit First Nations.Be sure to visit the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre on the shores of Teslin Lake and also the George Johnston Museum where you can find Yukon’s largest collection of Tlingit artifacts.The lake itself is a popular destination for fishing and boating in summer months.Stop at the top of the hill before you wind down into Teslin township to take in the magnificent view from the lookout.Here you will see the Nisutlin Bay Bridge, the longest bridge on the Alaska Highway and a panorama of the surrounding area.

Both serviced and unserviced camping is an option here.Serviced options are available at Dawson Peaks, 7 miles south of Teslin, and at the Yukon Motel RV Park.For a more rustic outdoors experience, try the Yukon Government Campground at Teslin Lake.Here you’ll find generous treed sites with firepits and free firewood – don’t forget to bring your own axe.
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Day 14 - Teslin Lake to Skagway – 241 km/150 mi
Again, today is about the scenery coming at you in all directions.Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, particularly bears.Highway 1 continues along Teslin Lake then veers west at Johnsons Crossing.A little further on, you come to a junction at Jakes Corner where you can go north west to Marsh Lake and Whitehorse or take Hwy 8 to Tagish and Carcross.full details
If you want to cut this trip short and return to Whitehorse without visiting Skagway and Haines, Highway 1 is your choice.Otherwise, continue on towards Carcross.At the junction of Highways 8 and 2, take the Klondike Hwy a short distance north and you’ll reach the Carcross Desert.Often considered the smallest desert in the world, Carcross Desert measures approx. 1 square mile.

Return to Carcross, a small community comprising fewer than 300 people, and stop to visit the Matthew Watson General Store, the oldest operating store in the Yukon.The town itself hasn’t changed much in 80 years.Pick up a map and take a self-guided walking tour to see some rustic old buildings and learn some of the history of this town which was formerly known as “Cariboo Crossing”.

Continue south-east on Hwy 2 towards Conrad and Fraser.There’s a number of scenic lookouts along the road, many overlooking lakes.While the town of Fraser has no permanent residents, it is home to the Canada Border Services Agency screening visitors coming from Skagway.Its US counterpart is a little further past Fraser.Here you will need to stop and present entry documents for the United States before continuing on to Skagway.

Skagway is home to many gold-rush era buildings which now form part of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.There are a number of serviced campgrounds to choose from for your overnight stay.
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Day 15 - Skagway
The majority of Skagway’s visitors arrive by cruise ship over the summer so you’ll find the streets thronging with people but vehicles not so plentiful.The number one tourist attraction in Skagway is undoubtedly the White Pass & Yukon Railway.Be sure to book well in advance.The White Pass Summit excursion departs daily over the summer months and other routes are offered on select days.full details
The train excursion will take up only a half day.For a fun and entertaining way to learn more about Skagway, take the Skagway Street Car Tour.Hear local history from a professional guide, visit a lookout over the town, the Gold Rush cemetery and the start of the Chilcott Trail.

If you have an extra day to spend in Skagway or would like to do something other than the train trip and street car, consider a day trip with Alaska Fjordlines to Juneau.This gives you the best of the inside passage in just one day, including wildlife and whale viewing, a tour of Juneau’s highlights, exploring on your own and a trip to the Mendenhall Glacier before sailing back to Skagway.Overnight at your chosen Skagway RV Park.

CanaDream Club partners on today’s itinerary are:
Alaska Fjordlines
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Day 16 - Skagway to Haines (Ferry)
Time this morning to explore more around the town of Skagway before catching the noon ferry to Haines.Make a reservation online to ensure availability.full details
The trip takes only 45 minutes so there’ll be plenty of time in the afternoon to get acquainted with Haines.Haines has activities for the whole family including bike tours and rentals, fishing, hunting, flightseeing, gold, kayaking and rafting.

Overnight at Haines Hitchup RV Park.
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Day 17 - Haines to Haines Junction - 239 km/148 mi
The 240km journey to Haines Junction today will take you back into Canada and landing you on the edge of Kluane National Park.In the front ranges, you can enjoy casual strolls or challenging day hikes. full details
River rafting is also an option.Kluane National Park is home to 17 of Canada’s 20 highest peaks.Much of the park is inaccessible by road, making it ideal for day or multi-day hikes, flightseeing and exploring by water.Overnight options are the Parks Canada operated Kathleen Lake Campground, 20 minutes south of Haines Junction, the Yukon Government campground at Pine Lake Campground or a full-service RVing option at Kluane R.V. Kampground.
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Day 18 - Haines Junction to Whitehorse – 154 km/96 mi
If you are planning to drop off your RV today in Whitehorse, plan to get an early start.It’s less than 2 hours to our Whitehorse location.full details

If you have another day, Whitehorse is an easy town to negotiate with an RV.  Some suggestions for places to visit are:

  • Miles Canyon
  • Yukon Wildlife Preserve
  • MacBride Museum
  • S.S. Klondike
  • Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre
  • Takhini Hot Springs
  • Yukon Transportation Museum
  • Kweanlin Dun Cultural Centre
  • Yukon Brewing Company
  • Shopping

Overnight at one of our CanaDream Club partner campgrounds in Whitehorse.

Hi Country RV
Cariboo RV Park
Pioneer RV Park  

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Day 19 - Drop off RV in Whitehorse
If you have a flight home today, we’ll be happy to take you to the airport.If you are staying longer at a downtown hotel, let us know, we’ll get you to where you need to be.full details
We have been happy to have you as our Guest on your Vancouver to Whitehorse RV vacation.We hope you enjoyed experiencing British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska at your own pace and look forward to welcoming you back again as our Guest in the future.
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Alternative route from Prince Rupert to Whitehorse
From Prince Rupert, there's a choice of options to reach Whitehorse.The more adventurous and probably more expensive route would be on the Alaska Marine Highway to Haines or Skagway, Alaska.full details
This ferry sails from Prince Rupert weekly in the early hours of Tuesday morning and arrives at your Alaskan destination 40 hours later.It's an epic journey where you can sit back and relax as you cruise in and through fjords and inlets, admiring the spectacular scenery en route.Once you reach Haines, continue from Day 18 of this itinerary.If you prefer to disembark in Skagway and return to Whitehorse via Carcross, refer to further info on days 14 to 16 of this itinerary.



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