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Vancouver to Calgary drive

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Vancouver to Calgary road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Vancouver to Calgary. If you're planning a road trip to Calgary, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Vancouver
drive for about 3 hours

12:49 pm  Merritt
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:49 pm
drive for about 57 minutes

2:46 pm  Kamloops
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:46 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:12 pm  Revelstoke
stay overnight at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Revelstoke Mountain Resort
drive for about 1 hour

11:12 am  stay at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:12 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:38 pm  Banff
stay for about 1.5 hours
and leave at 3:08 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

4:38 pm  arrive in Calgary
stay at Hotel Arts

day 2 driving ≈ 4 hours
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Vancouver to Calgary questions

profile  Martin asked:
Road Conditions  (1 answer)

Where should I stop along the way?


Kamloops  (5 answers)
    restaurants around Kamloops:
        The Noble Pig Brewhouse & Restaurant

Revelstoke  (6 answers)
    hotels around Revelstoke:
        Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort  (4 mentions)

Banff  (71 answers)
    Banff National Park  (13 mentions)
    Johnston Canyon  (3 mentions)
    Rocky Mountains  (2 mentions)
    Banff National Park of Canada  (2 mentions)
    restaurants around Banff:
        Grizzly House Restaurant
        Elk & Oarsman Restaurant & Pub
        St James's Gate Irish Pub
        Squish Sandwich Cellar
        Balkan Restaurant
    questions about Banff:
        Where's a great spot for lunch in Banff?
        Tips and advice for moving to Banff during summer months?
        Is Banff Area worth visiting if you are not in to hiking?

Where's the best place to stay in Calgary?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Calgary.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hotel Arts, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Want to research more popular hotels in Calgary? Click the blue button below.

Where's the best place to eat in Calgary?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Calgary Tower, which was mentioned 3 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Raw Bar  (2 mentions)
Craft Beer Market  (2 mentions)
Oeb breakfast co.  (2 mentions)
The Coup  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Calgary? Click the blue button below.

What are some things to do in Calgary?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Calgary Stampede  (3 mentions)
17 Ave SW  (3 mentions)
4 St SW  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Calgary. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Calgary?  (17 answers)

profile  Melissa from St. John's, Newfoundland asked:
What to with a couple days in Calgary?  (5 answers)

profile  Chad from Richmond asked:
Is the Calgary stampede worth a visit?  (4 answers)

profile  Heather from Edmonton asked:
Calgary restaurant recommendations on a moderate budget?  (3 answers)

profile  Miriam from Seattle asked:
Best months for snow in Calgary?  (3 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Calgary.

Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Calgary to Vancouver drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Vancouver to Calgary. Or get a full Vancouver to Calgary flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Vancouver well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Vancouver!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 604 miles
driving time of 10 hours, 26 minutes
Calgary is 1 hour ahead of Vancouver
152 Vancouver travel answers
5 Kamloops travel answers
6 Revelstoke travel answers
71 Banff travel answers
59 Calgary travel answers


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