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Winter Road Trip Scenic Highway 7

2 hours, 128 km (79.54 mi)

Enjoy the beauty along Highway 7

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Highway 7 (the Lougheed Highway) from Vancouver to Hope is a slower alternative to Highway 1, but a scenic one. It passes through rolling foothills and along winding rivers. Travelling this route in the winter can mean quieter roads, escaping the winter chill with a hot springs dip, and maybe even seeing a frozen waterfall.

Part 1

Coquitlam

Lafarge Lake | City of Coquitlam

Start your trip in Coquitlam with a visit to Colony Farm Regional Park. The park is habitat to over 200 bird species with trails that showcase mountain views and the Coquitlam River. Minnekhada Regional Park is another great option for winter bird watching and hiking. Visit Coquitlam’s City Centre & Town Centre Park to grab a bite to eat, and then stroll along Lafarge Lake. There’s plenty to see so book an overnight stay to ensure you have the time to take it all in.

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Part 2

Maple Ridge

Billy Miner Ale House in Maple Ridge | @miraecampbell

Make your next stop in Maple Ridge at Billy Miner Alehouse (circa 1911), a local favourite for food and ale. Steeped in history, freight engines still pass by on the same tracks they used over a hundred years ago. Bundle up and take in the historic sights along the Fraser River Heritage Walk, or stay warm and explore history at the Maple Ridge Museum and Archives. The Museum even has a special Christmas themed display running from November 20th to December 20th.

Part 3

Mission

Cascade Falls in Mission | @brookembartlett

Scenic Highway 7 is a photographers dream with multiple waterfalls to discover. While you’re in Mission, wander downtown’s unique shops, and then visit Westminster Abby for one of the best views of the Fraser Valley.

Part 4

Harrison Mills

Fraser Valley Bald Eagles | @cggphoto via Instagram

For a cozy winter retreat, stay the night in the luxury cabins at Rowena’s Inn on the River. Settle in with a private patio and view of the river, wood-burning fireplace, heated floors, and deep-soaker Jacuzzi tub for two. Plan to visit Harrison Mills in November for the largest gathering of wintering bald eagles in the world.

Part 5

Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs Resort | @janisroseanne via Instagram

A must-visit just up the road from Highway 7 is Harrison Hot Springs. The healing mineral waters have been a draw since settlers discovered them in 1858. Celebrate winter by taking in the festive Lights by the Lake, and then rent skates for outdoor skating at the Starlight Skating Rink. Warm up with a hot springs soak and cozy overnight stay.

Part 6

Hope and Manning Park

Manning Park near Hope | @reid_speed via Instagram

Highway 7 ends at Hope, where Highways 1, 5 and 3 intersect. A former gold mining then logging town and railroad stop along the Fraser River Valley, postcard-pretty Hope is a town of 6,000 tucked into the steep Cascade Mountains. Detour to comfy Owl Street Café, a family-run operation just off the Crowsnest Highway. You’ll need time to peruse the impressively kitschy collection of all things owl—from chainsaw log-art to ceramic to shells, some 300 in all. Don’t miss Manning Park near Hope, a great destination for dark sky stargazing. You can even rent a telescope for a closer view.

Winter weather in British Columbia can change quickly—be prepared with these winter driving tips. Check out these RV rentals equipped for winter in BC.

Header image: Fraser Valley | Shayd Johnson

Driving Directions

Part 1 - Vancouver
  • 6.25 km
  • 12 min
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Where to stay

Hotels, Accessibility

Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver

We are open and ready to welcome you and your family back to Coquitlam. You can rest easy knowing that all COVID-19 safety protocols have been put...

Phone: (604) 936-9399

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Ramada by Wyndham Coquitlam

Ramada Coquitlam offers an extensive selection of cozy rooms for the individual, families and groups. A dedicated staff aimed at providing the...

Phone: (604) 931-4433

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Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge

Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Mission does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge, a nice option...

Phone: (604) 820-5500

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Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages

Rowena's Inn on the River

Old world opulence blends with new world convenience. Secluded on a 160-acre estate Rowenas Inn on the River has two identities: The first is a...

Phone: (877) 796-1001

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Hot Springs, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Situated on the southern shore of Harrison Lake and surrounded by the Coast Mountains, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is a full service...

Phone: (604) 796-2244

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Cabins & Cottages, Hotels, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges, Accessibility

Manning Park Resort

Manning Park Resort is your four season, family-friendly resort in the heart of the Cascade Mountains that offers year-round camping and...

Phone: (604) 668-5922

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Econo Lodge Maple Ridge

Ideally located in the greater Vancouver area, the Econo Lodge(R) hotel is conveniently located near many popular British Columbia attractions....

Phone: (604) 463-5111

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Best Western Maple Ridge Hotel

The Best Western Maple Ridge is a newly renovated property. We now feature Sealy pillow-top mattresess iwth 4 pillows per bed. Enjoy our 32' LCD...

Phone: (604) 467-1511

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Hotels, Accessibility

Executive Plaza Hotel Metro Vancouver

We are open and ready to welcome you and your family back to Coquitlam. You can rest easy knowing that all COVID-19 safety protocols have been put...

Phone: (604) 936-9399

View Listing

Hotels

Ramada by Wyndham Coquitlam

Ramada Coquitlam offers an extensive selection of cozy rooms for the individual, families and groups. A dedicated staff aimed at providing the...

Phone: (604) 931-4433

View Listing

Hotels

Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge

Finding an ideal family-friendly hotel in Mission does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Best Western Plus Mission City Lodge, a nice option...

Phone: (604) 820-5500

View Listing

Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages

Rowena's Inn on the River

Old world opulence blends with new world convenience. Secluded on a 160-acre estate Rowenas Inn on the River has two identities: The first is a...

Phone: (877) 796-1001

View Listing

Hot Springs, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges

Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Situated on the southern shore of Harrison Lake and surrounded by the Coast Mountains, Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa is a full service...

Phone: (604) 796-2244

View Listing

Cabins & Cottages, Hotels, Resorts & Wilderness Lodges, Accessibility

Manning Park Resort

Manning Park Resort is your four season, family-friendly resort in the heart of the Cascade Mountains that offers year-round camping and...

Phone: (604) 668-5922

View Listing

Hotels

Econo Lodge Maple Ridge

Ideally located in the greater Vancouver area, the Econo Lodge(R) hotel is conveniently located near many popular British Columbia attractions....

Phone: (604) 463-5111

View Listing

Hotels

Best Western Maple Ridge Hotel

The Best Western Maple Ridge is a newly renovated property. We now feature Sealy pillow-top mattresess iwth 4 pillows per bed. Enjoy our 32' LCD...

Phone: (604) 467-1511

View Listing

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