The Scenic Route: Kelowna to Banff - Intentional Travelers

26 Jul The Scenic Route: Kelowna to Banff

When I plan a road trip, I try to make intentional choices about the route we take. Do we want to get there as quick as possible or do we want to take a more scenic route? I usually end up googling routes and often end up on Trip Advisor forums where people make recommendations and share advice for things to see along the way.

For this leg of our Rockies Road Trip, our end goal was Banff National Park. Once we decided (wisely) to break up the 12 hour drive from Vancouver by staying in Kelowna, we had more wiggle room to take the scenic route. We are so glad we did!Road trip route from Vancouver, Kelowna, Banff | Intentional Travelers

Google maps and other GPS devices will automatically pull up the quickest route, which usually means big highways and less interesting landscapes. But I had read on Trip Advisor, that the more mountainous Highway 3 was the way to go to get to Kelowna. We made the adjustment and were rewarded.

Rockies Road Trip | Intentional Travelers

Rockies Road Trip | Intentional Travelers

From Kelowna to Banff, the drive is already spectacular. You pass through two epic National Parks, Canada’s Glacier and Yoho. Looking out our window, we were almost moved to tears by the majesty of the mountains.

Rockies Road Trip | Intentional Travelers
Rockies Road Trip | Intentional Travelers

Rockies Road Trip | Intentional TravelersWe also made a quick stop in quaint, downtown Revelstoke on our way to Banff. They have an excellent bakery so we picked up a little snack to fuel the end of our journey.

When you’re driving for hours and hours, it’s always nice to have something interesting to look at out the window. This leg of our trip definitely provided wonderful changes in scenery to keep us going. If you happen to be planning a similar trip, we highly recommend this route!

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