Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…: Summer Travel in Beautiful British Columbia

Summertime is here, and for many that means it’s time to travel! Whether you are coming to Canada from abroad or taking the time to get to know your home country, there are many summer travel opportunities to explore here in BC.

If you’re looking to make the most out of your summer travel and indulge in your exploration, then this list is for you!

By Car

One of the best ways to truly see British Columbia’s beauty is by car! Prestige is proudly located in 13 picturesque communities across B.C. Meaning you can plan the ultimate summer road trip without worrying about where you will rest your head.

Kelowna – Vernon – Salmon Arm – Kamloops

Travel through the Okanagan Valley and experience jewel-toned water, vast deserts, and lush forests. If you’re a fan of lakes, you will not be disappointed! There are seven lakes on this route. We highly suggest dipping your toes in or spending a day or two on the sandy beaches! Enjoy the winding road as you drive through picture-perfect jaw-dropping vistas.

Nelson – Rossland – Cranbrook – Radium – Golden

Travel through the Kootenays and witness how wild BC can be! Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife of all kinds like deer, elk, moose, big horn sheep, and even grizzly bears. There is so much to see and do in our Kootenay communities, we suggest spending at least a day in each one! Foodies, craft beer connoisseurs, and adventure junkies will all be able to find highlights on this trip. Oh, and did we mention this route has hot springs? It’s hard to get more indulgent than that!

Sooke – Prince George – Smithers – Prince Rupert

Hit up the coast and the north in one ultimate road trip! This is your chance to see everything BC has to offer. The coast boasts supreme wildlife viewing opportunities with orcas, seals, and tide pools brimming with diverse life! As you head north watch the landscape change around you. With towering mountains, thick forests, and lack of traffic, you will feel like you’ve stepped into another world. When you finally emerge from the northern wilderness back to the coast, your journey will have come full circle.

With any route you decide to take, always check Drive BC for current road conditions.

By Train

Photo from Rocky Mountaineer

See parts of BC no one else has while you sit back and relax in a comfortable train car. Enjoy gourmet meals and gourmet views. Indulge your senses as you travel across the interior into the Rockies, or through the North!

Rocky Mountaineer – from the Coast through the Rockies.

Start your journey in Vancouver and make your way across the interior of BC and into the Rocky Mountains. During the daytime watch the scenery change in glass dome carriage. The night is yours to enjoy with a comfortable sleep at Rocky Mountaineer partner hotels such as Prestige Kamloops Hotel. Rocky Mountaineer has a few different options for your route, including journeys through Banff and Jasper, and the option for one way trips and round trips. Learn more about their offers here.

Via Rail- The North, and Across Canada.

Via Rail operates train tours across Canada, with their longest route operating from Vancouver to Toronto. They are the only passenger train to offer a northern route. Travel in comfort and see just how wild Canada can get as you journey from Prince George to Jasper. With so much of Northern BC untouched, you are sure to see pristine landscapes and maybe even some wildlife! Check out their routes here.

By Plane

Photo from Cascadia Air

Want to truly indulge in summer travel this year? Get a bird’s eye view of BC and travel in the comfort and style of a small aircraft! Cascadia Air is now flying in and out of Vernon. Cascadia Air is a small commuter airline that operates in BC that focuses on delivering customer-first services above and beyond other traditional airlines of its class. They believe in affordable, high-quality air transportation and service!

Fly directly into Vernon from departure destinations including Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Chilliwack, Abbotsford. Enjoy everything Vernon has to offer (we highly suggest you stay at the Prestige Hotel Vernon or the Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre for a good night’s rest.)

Looking to take it further and charter a plane just for you and your group? Cascadia Air offers chartered flights too! Get a group of up to 6 passengers together and make some memories! Whether its a bachelorette party, a birthday party, golf trip, or you’re just making the most out of your summer, take your exploration one step further with Cascadia Air.

Head over to the website to book a flight online, request a Private Charter Quote, or you can call the Customer Service Team at 1.888.607.0055 Ext 405 to inquire.

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