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Wells Gray Provincial Park

(Andrew Strain)

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North Thompson-Columbia Icefields Parkway Loop

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1 week, 1451.03 km (901.63 mi)

Mount Robson Provincial Park (Megan McLellan)
Mount Robson Provincial Park (Megan McLellan)

See the best of both worlds en route to the Canadian Rockies. Experience the untamed wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park and view bears in their natural habitat. Marvel at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before exploring Yoho or Revelstoke National Park.

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Helmcken Falls (Andrew Strain)
Part 1
Helmcken Falls

169.38 km - about 2 hours 20 min

An iconic stop on this road trip, Helmcken Falls is located within Wells Gray Provincial Park. This impressive waterfall is the fourth largest in Canada and is located just steps from the road. If you have some extra time, check out Dawson Falls, Moul Falls, and Spahats Creek Falls.

Blue River (Blue River Safari)
Part 2
Blue River Safari

403.13 km - about 4 hours 57 min

Blue River Safari offers guided boat and jeep tours. If you have your heart set on seeing grizzlies, this is the way to do it. Tour guides will help you spot the bears, and you can also enjoy the surrounding glaciers, waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. Located just north of Blue River off Yellowhead Highway BC-5, this is an ideal stop as you head north toward Mount Robson Provincial Park.

Mount Robson Provincial Park (Megan McLellan)
Part 3
Mount Robson Provincial Park

123.44 km - about 1 hours 22 min

Mount Robson Provincial Park is one of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. It’s the second-oldest park in BC’s park system and part of the UNESCO World Heritage designation. There are ample wildlife-viewing opportunities, including elk, black bears, grizzly bears, caribou, mountain goats, moose, and over 182 species of birds. The park is also home to the Berg Lake Trail, a backcountry hiking trail with a gain of almost 800 m (2,625 ft) in less than 25 km (15 mi).  

Columbia Icefields Parkway (Jasper Tourism)
Part 4
Lake Louise

315.43 km - about 7 hours 46 min

 The 232-km (144-mi) journey from Jasper to Lake Louise will take you through one of the most iconic stretches of highway in the world. The Columbia Icefields Parkway extends through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site, with two national parks. This is one scenic drive you’ll never forget.

Yoho National Park (Albert Normandin)
Part 5
Yoho National Park

26.41 km - about 0 hours 20 min

On the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains you’ll find Yoho National Park (named for a Cree expression of awe and wonder). The park boasts 28 peaks over 3,000 m (9,850 ft), vertical rock walls, glaciers, and dramatic waterfalls. 

Golden and area (Dave Best, Kootenay Rockies Tourism)
Part 6
Revelstoke

201.03 km - about 2 hours 23 min

Head west on Highway 1 from Lake Louise to Revelstoke. The drive is 228 km (142 mi) and takes you through Field and Golden. Stop to explore Glacier National Park, natural hot springs, and Mount Revelstoke National Park.

BC Wildlife Park (Meghan Reading)
Part 7
Revelstoke to Kamloops

212.21 km - about 2 hours 31 min

Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy 1) to return to Kamloops, via Golden and Revelstoke. Be sure to visit Clover, the Kermode Bear, at BC Wildlife Park, or step back in time at Historic O’Keefe Ranch.

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Driving Directions

Part 1 - Helmcken Falls - 169.38 km - about 2 hours 20 min
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Head north on 6 Ave toward Seymour St

0.04 km
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Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Seymour St

0.62 km
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Slight right onto Victoria St

0.15 km
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Turn left onto 10 Ave/Victoria Underpass St

0.14 km
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Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Lorne St W

0.74 km
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Turn right onto Mt Paul Way/Red BridgeContinue to follow Mt Paul Way

1.70 km
7.

Turn left onto BC-5 N (signs for Yellow Head N)

119.86 km
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At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit

0.17 km
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Continue onto Clearwater Valley Rd

10.21 km
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Continue straight to stay on Clearwater Valley Rd

32.01 km
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Turn left onto Helmcken Falls RdDestination will be on the left

3.73 km
Part 2 - Blue River Safari - 403.13 km - about 4 hours 57 min
1.

Head east on Helmcken Falls Rd toward Clearwater Valley Rd

3.73 km
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Turn right onto Clearwater Valley Rd

42.26 km
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At the roundabout, take the 1st exit

0.06 km
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Continue onto BC-5 S

119.73 km
5.

Turn right onto Mt Paul Way

1.76 km
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Turn left onto Lorne St W

0.74 km
7.

Turn right onto 10 Ave/Victoria Underpass St

0.13 km
8.

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Victoria St

0.32 km
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Slight left to stay on Victoria St

0.48 km
10.

Turn left onto 6 AveDestination will be on the right

0.14 km
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Head north on 6 Ave toward Seymour St

0.04 km
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Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Seymour St

0.62 km
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Slight right onto Victoria St

0.15 km
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Turn left onto 10 Ave/Victoria Underpass St

0.14 km
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Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Lorne St W

0.74 km
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Turn right onto Mt Paul Way/Red BridgeContinue to follow Mt Paul Way

1.70 km
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Turn left onto BC-5 N (signs for Yellow Head N)

119.86 km
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At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on BC-5 N

109.24 km
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Turn right onto Mud Lake Forest Service RdDestination will be on the right

1.28 km
Part 3 - Mount Robson Provincial Park - 123.44 km - about 1 hours 22 min
1.

Head northeast on Mud Lake Forest Service Rd

0.05 km
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Turn left to stay on Mud Lake Forest Service Rd

1.28 km
3.

Turn right onto BC-5 N

105.79 km
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Continue onto BC-16 E

5.00 km
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Continue straight onto Yellowhead Hwy E/BC-16 E

11.05 km
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Turn left onto Kinney Lake Rd

0.15 km
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Turn right onto Viewpoint Rd

0.13 km
Part 4 - Lake Louise - 315.43 km - about 7 hours 46 min
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Head west on Viewpoint Rd toward Kinney Lake Rd

0.13 km
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Turn left onto Kinney Lake Rd

0.09 km
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Turn left onto BC-16 EEntering Alberta

60.30 km
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Continue onto AB-16

24.71 km
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Turn right onto AB-93 S

227.60 km
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Merge onto Icefields Pkwy/Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1/AB-93

1.90 km
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Take the Bow Valley Parkway exit toward Lake Louise/Promenade de la vallée Bow

0.35 km
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Turn right onto Lake Louise Dr

0.17 km
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Turn right onto Village Rd

0.16 km
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Turn leftDestination will be on the left

0.03 km
Part 5 - Yoho National Park - 26.41 km - about 0 hours 20 min
1.

Head east toward Village Rd

0.03 km
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Turn right onto Village Rd

0.16 km
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Turn left onto Lake Louise Dr

0.12 km
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Continue onto Bow Valley Pkwy/Whitehorn Rd/AB-1A E

0.28 km
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Turn left onto the Trans Canada Highway/AB-1 W/AB-93 N ramp

0.52 km
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Continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W/AB-93 NContinue to follow Trans-Canada Hwy/AB-1 W

8.90 km
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Continue onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 WEntering British Columbia

16.28 km
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Turn left onto Field Access Rd

0.03 km
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Turn right

0.08 km
Part 6 - Revelstoke - 201.03 km - about 2 hours 23 min
1.

Head northeast toward Field Access Rd

0.06 km
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Turn left onto Field Access Rd

0.07 km
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Turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

198.11 km
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Turn left onto Townley St (signs for CIty Centre/Skl Area)

2.11 km
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Turn right onto Fourth St E

0.07 km
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Turn right onto Victoria Rd

0.19 km
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Turn left onto 2 St EDestination will be on the right

0.42 km
Part 7 - Revelstoke to Kamloops - 212.21 km - about 2 hours 31 min
1.

Head northwest on 2 St E toward MacKenzie Ave

0.13 km
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Turn right onto Connaught Ave

0.19 km
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Turn left onto Victoria Rd

1.82 km
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Turn left onto Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W/BC-23 S (signs for Trans-Canada Highway/Kamloops)Continue to follow Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 W

207.49 km
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Take the exit toward BC-1/City Center

0.42 km
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Continue onto Battle St

0.43 km
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Turn right to stay on Battle St

0.48 km
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Battle St turns slightly right and becomes Victoria St

0.62 km
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Slight left to stay on Victoria St

0.48 km
10.

Turn left onto 6 AveDestination will be on the right

0.14 km