Routes to Alaska
A British Columbian route to Alaska means majestic snow-streaked mountains, pristine wilderness, exciting sophisticated cities, and vast open plains where cowboys still ride.
Whether cruising the fabled Inside Passage with BC Ferries or taking one of our many spectacular land routes, every route is the scenic route to Alaska.
Follow the Gold Rush Trail
From Vancouver, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, follow the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, where there is much more than just a ski resort. A four-season playground of golf, fishing, hiking and shops awaits. Continue north to Highway 97 to follow the original Gold Rush Trail. Visit Barkerville Historic Town to experience what the Gold Rush boom was really like.
Drive the Alaska Highway from Mile 0
From Prince George, travel to Dawson Creek, Mile 0 of the legendary Alaska Highway; discover the “Serengeti of the North,” a wilderness area with extraordinary vistas and an amazing variety of wildlife. Soothe aching muscles in steaming hot sulphuric pools, visit Liard River Hot Springs Provincial Park.
Take the Scenic Northern Route
At the crossroads of Highways 16 and 97 find the bustling northern capital of Prince George. Enjoy a stroll along the Heritage River Trail, which winds along the shores of the Fraser and Nechako rivers. Continue up Highway 16 to Smithers in the picturesque Bulkley Valley. See the famous totems at the Gitxsan Village of 'Ksan, Kitwancool, then take the scenic Stewart-Cassiar Highway for a breathtaking view of wild rivers, deep canyons and glaciers.
Cruise with BC Ferries
Sail aboard BC Ferries from Vancouver to Victoria to experience the English charm of the provincial capital city. Then, travel up Vancouver Island and discover why it was named “Top Island in North America” by Condé Nast Traveler. From Port Hardy choose one of two exciting cruises: the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert or the Discovery Coast Passage to Bella Coola and Highway 20.
There are more than 100 community-based Visitor Centres throughout British Columbia. Visitor Centres provide travellers with a range of services such as trip planning, accommodations, ticketing and detailed local travel information. Just look for the Visitor Centre signs throughout the province.