Your Solo Travel Guide to Western Canada: British Columbia and Alberta

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In the last few months of last year we spent a lot of time focusing on Western Canada.

Janice went and spent two traveling British Columbia and Alberta in August. She flew into Prince Rupert, traveled across the northern part of the province to Jasper by Via Rail, took a rental car south along the Icefields Parkway to Banff and then to the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train, over to Vancouver.

Tracey took a road trip through the Alberta badlands which cover the southern part of the province. The carea contains the world’s largest deposits of dinosaur bones, a unique and varied landscapes, and interesting arts and history.

We’ll start this guide with links to posts from their trips and follow them with articles by people who specialize in different aspects traveling Western Canada.

Janice’s 12-Day Western Swing: A Combo of Luxury and Budget Travel in British Columbia and Alberta

Western Canada Itinerary: Top Things to See and Do

Here’s my 12-day luxury / budget itinerary for Western Canada with costs plus my top 12 things to see and do in western Alberta and British Columbia.

Top Tips for Prince Rupert: The Best of Small Town Travel

Small towns can offer great big experiences. That’s what I found in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Here are my top tips for Prince Rupert.

British Columbia by Train: Budget or Luxury. It’s Your Choice

You have a choice in British Columbia train travel. You can go budget or luxury. Here I compare VIA Rail and the Rocky Mountaineer for price and experience.

Too Many Tourists in Banff? Here’s What to Do

Banff is a spectacular destination. However, it’s crowded with tourists, especially on weekends. Here are 7 things to do to avoid the crowds.

One Day in Vancouver – food, ferries and a walk around the Stanley Park

One very long, very enjoyable, very tiring day in Vancouver. Here’s my walking tour.

Solo Travel Destination: Vancouver, Canada

A Solo Travel Society member finds that Vancouver offers many athletic activities to balance out all of the great dining and drinking options.

Tracey’s Alberta Road Trip through the Badlands

Facing Fear and Finding Spirit in the Canadian Badlands

From dinosaurs to Star Trek to a suspension bridge and finally to a tiny hamlet named Rosebud, I discover the spirit of the Canadian Badlands.

Pic of the Week: Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

In this week’s featured photo, a traveler explores the fascinating formations in Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park in the Canadian Badlands.

Alberta Road Trip from Border to Border.
Adventure Travel in British Columbia and Alberta.
Food & Wine Road Trip Itinerary through BC and Alberta.

Border to Border in Alberta: A Western Canada Road Trip

A professional travel photographer maps out a route for a fascinating Western Canada road trip, with lots of great photos of southern Alberta

Adventure Travel in Western Canada

Ziplining, skiing, snowmobiling, and bobsledding: here are great ideas for experiencing adventure travel in Western Canada from someone who’s done it all.


A Guide to the Best Food & Wine in Western Canada

A professional travel photographer maps out a route for a fascinating Western Canada road trip, with lots of great photos of southern Alberta.

Photos of Western Canada from Readers

Western Canada in Photos – From Travelers and Locals

From mountains to lakes and forests to fields in British Columbia and Alberta, enjoy these Western Canada photos contributed by solo travelers and locals.

Last updated: 21st February, 2018

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