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Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish (Picture BC photo)

Hiking the Stawamus Chief, Squamish

(Picture BC photo)

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Coast Mountain Circle Route

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3 to 7 days, 694.88 km (431.78 mi)

Othello Tunnels in Coquilhalla Canyon Provincial Park (Vagabond Quest photo)
Othello Tunnels in Coquilhalla Canyon Provincial Park (Vagabond Quest photo)

The Coast Mountain Circle Route combines the best of outdoor attractions, adventure and family fun to create an unforgettable vacation. Enjoy magnificent vistas, guided educational and historical trips, and arts & culture experiences. The trip is customizable and can take 3 days, 5 days, or 10 days, depending on how much time visitors have to explore.

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Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Albert Normandin photo
Part 1
Vancouver to Squamish

65.35 km - about 0 hours 55 min

From Vancouver, head north along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. The road winds around rock faces, cliffs and trees and offers incredible vistas of Howe Sound. Shannon Falls and the Britannia Mine Museum are two roadside attractions to visit on the way to Squamish.

Kiteboarding at Squamish Spit, Karen Benson photo
Part 2
Squamish

56.06 km - about 0 hours 53 min

Squamish bills itself as “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada”. Look for bald eagles by the river, watch kiteboarders at The Squamish Spit, tackle the mountain bike trails, or try river rafting.

Hiking near Whistler, JF Bergeron photo
Part 3
Whistler to Lillooet

128.43 km - about 1 hours 55 min

Make sure to allocate ample time in Whistler. Along with outdoor adventures such as biking, bear watching, hiking, or riding the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, there are also more urban pursuits such as shopping and dining.

Continue driving north of Whistler to quiet (and pretty) Pemberton. Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park is a nice side trip in this area. Or, drive on to Lillooet, which is known for being start of the road for the Cariboo Gold Rush. As a result, there are some interesting historic sites to discover in the area.

Historic Hat Creek Ranch, BC Heritage photo
Part 4
Lillooet to Lytton

171.67 km - about 2 hours 14 min

From Lillooet, there is the option to drive south to Lytton, or northeast through grasslands and canyons (the northeast option is shown on the map). If taking the northeast route option, visit Historic Hat Creek Ranch to sample pioneer life and then continue on to Lytton.

Whitewater rafting between Spences Bridge and Lytton,Tom Ryan photo
Part 5
Fraser Canyon

106.15 km - about 1 hours 31 min

South of Lillooet, Lytton is known for being “Canada’s Hot Spot” and is also a huge river rafting destination. The Fraser Canyon scenery landscape here includes rivers rush past steep walls and gorges, and farmlands flanking the mountains. To gain appreciation for the power of the Fraser River, stop at Hell’s Gate to ride the air tram over the white water. Visit historic Yale before reaching Hope.

Othello Tunnels
Part 6
Hope and Harrison Hot Springs

37.12 km - about 0 hours 29 min

Hope is a major junction for road trip travellers, some of whom drive through and miss the unique attractions in the area. View the chainsaw carvings that are scattered throughout town, and walk through the nearby Othello Tunnels, which were blasted out of solid cliffs.

Natural mineral water at Harrison Hot Springs makes this a logical place to get out the car, stretch your legs, and then plunge into steamy pools. The beach is also a prime spot for relaxing.

Pitt Lake, Picture BC photo
Part 7
Return to Vancouver

130.10 km - about 1 hours 59 min

From Harrison Hot Springs, choose to travel along either the northern or southern bank of the Fraser River to return to Vancouver. The northern route (shown on the map) follows scenic Highway 7 past Mission, Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows while the more direct southern route follows Highway 1 past Abbotsford, Fort Langley and New Westminster.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vancouver to Squamish - 65.35 km - about 0 hours 55 min
1.

Head southwest on Burrard St toward W Cordova St

0.23 km
2.

Take the 3rd right onto W Pender St

1.00 km
3.

Slight right onto W Georgia St/BC-1A N/BC-99 NContinue to follow BC-1A N/BC-99 N

4.62 km
4.

Take the ramp on the left to Marine Dr/BC-1A N/BC-99 N

0.47 km
5.

Continue onto Marine Dr/BC-1A N/BC-99 N

0.44 km
6.

Turn right onto Taylor Way/BC-1A/BC-99 (signs for Squamish/Whistler)

1.22 km
7.

Turn left toward BC-1 W/BC-99 N (signs for Trans Canada Highway/BC-1 W/BC-99 N/Horseshoe Bay/Squamish/Whistler)

0.12 km
8.

Take the ramp on the left onto BC-1 W/BC-99 N

10.54 km
9.

Keep left to continue on BC-99 NDestination will be on the left

46.71 km
Part 2 - Squamish - 56.06 km - about 0 hours 53 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy/BC-99 NDestination will be on the right

56.06 km
Part 3 - Whistler to Lillooet - 128.43 km - about 1 hours 55 min
1.

Head north on Sea-to-Sky Hwy/BC-99 N toward Lorimer Rd

30.93 km
2.

Head northeast on Sea-to-Sky Hwy/BC-99 N toward Portage RdContinue to follow BC-99 N

7.22 km
3.

Turn right onto Lillooet Lake Rd/BC-99 NContinue to follow BC-99 NDestination will be on the left

90.27 km
Part 4 - Lillooet to Lytton - 171.67 km - about 2 hours 14 min
1.

Head north on Duffey Lake Rd/BC-99 N toward Seton Lake Rd

1.29 km
2.

Turn left onto BC-99 NDestination will be on the left

68.45 km
3.

Head east on BC-99 N

6.06 km
4.

Turn right onto Cariboo Hwy/BC-97 S (signs for Cache Creek/Kamloops)

11.04 km
5.

Turn right onto Todd Rd

0.21 km
6.

Turn left onto Old Cariboo Rd

0.59 km
7.

Turn right onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-97CContinue to follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

84.02 km
Part 5 - Fraser Canyon - 106.15 km - about 1 hours 31 min
1.

Head south on Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W toward Lytton-Lillooet Hwy/Main St/BC-12 N

104.94 km
2.

Turn left toward Ross Rd

0.03 km
3.

Turn right onto Ross Rd

0.67 km
4.

Turn left onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

0.51 km
Part 6 - Hope and Harrison Hot Springs - 37.12 km - about 0 hours 29 min
1.

Head southwest on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

29.26 km
2.

Slight right onto Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W/BC-9 N

1.56 km
3.

Turn right onto Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Hot Springs Rd/BC-9 N

6.3 km
Part 7 - Return to Vancouver - 130.10 km - about 1 hours 59 min
1.

Head south on Agassiz-Rosedale Hwy/Hot Springs Rd/BC-9 S toward Cedar Ave

6.28 km
2.

Continue onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

38.18 km
3.

Turn left to stay on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 WDestination will be on the right

7.00 km
4.

Head southwest on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

25.19 km
5.

Turn left onto Haney Bypass/BC-7 (signs for Pitt Meadows/Vancouver)Continue to follow BC-7

2.55 km
6.

Turn right onto Lougheed HwyDestination will be on the left

0.12 km
7.

Head west on Lougheed Hwy toward 222 St

6.45 km
8.

Turn right onto Harris Rd (signs for Pitt Lake)

1.44 km
9.

Turn left onto Old Dewdney Trunk Rd

2.24 km
10.

Turn left onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 EDestination will be on the right

2.3 km
11.

Head southeast on Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 toward Harris Rd

0.28 km
12.

Turn right onto Harris Rd

0.40 km
13.

Turn left onto Davison Rd

0.08 km
14.

Take the 1st left

0.14 km
15.

Turn right onto Harris Rd

0.29 km
16.

Turn left onto Lougheed Hwy/BC-7 W

3.65 km
17.

Take the British Columbia 7 Business/British Columbia 7B exit toward British Columbia 1/Trans-Canada Highway/Vancouver

0.66 km
18.

Continue onto Mary Hill Bypass/BC-7B

7.51 km
19.

Keep left at the fork and merge onto BC-1 W

17.05 km
20.

Take exit Exit 27 toward First Ave

0.22 km
21.

Keep left at the fork to continue toward E 1st Ave

0.03 km
22.

Turn left onto E 1st Ave

3.66 km
23.

Continue onto Terminal Ave

1.69 km
24.

Turn right onto Main St N/BC-1A N/BC-99A N

0.52 km
25.

Turn left onto the British Columbia 1A W ramp to City Centre/BC-99 N

0.31 km
26.

Continue onto Dunsmuir Viaduct/BC-1A N/BC-99A NContinue to follow BC-1A N/BC-99A N

1.26 km
27.

Continue straight onto Dunsmuir St

0.20 km
28.

Turn right onto Burrard St

0.39 km