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

Lights at Lafarge Lake | @perfectshotsbc via Instagram

Start your trip in Coquitlam with a visit to Lights at Lafarge (November through January). This magical lights display is a 1.2-kilometre loop around Lafarge Lake, and is one of the largest free outdoor light displays in the Lower Mainland, featuring over 100,000 lights.

Part 2

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 3

Harrison Mills

Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival | @cggphoto via Instagram

Don’t miss Kilby Historic Site in charming Harrison Mills. The historic 1906 General Store and heritage site has been transformed into a museum that interprets the rural history of the Fraser Valley in the 1920s. 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 4

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. 

Part 5

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

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