Winter Road Trip Through Beautiful BC

Winter Road Trip Through Beautiful BC on Where Rockies

Tourism Golden | Jeff Bartlett

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Embarking on a winter road trip through beautiful BC is an adventure that brings you face-to-face with the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies. This journey showcases nature’s winter wonders and various activities that make for an unforgettable experience.

Yoho National Park

Crossing into British Columbia, Yoho National Park offers a quieter but equally captivating winter landscape. Here, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular, with trails winding through tranquil forests and past stunning frozen lakes. Ice-climbing enthusiasts will also be able to find some challenging routes here! For a unique experience, venture on a guided tour to see the Natural Bridge, a remarkable rock formation sculpted by the Kicking Horse River. Wildlife spotting in Yoho is also a highlight, with chances to see animals in their natural winter habitat. Make sure to check out the Yoho National Park Visitor Centre, which showcases the park’s unique geology, including fossils from the Burgess Shale.


Golden, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is a winter sports hub. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is renowned for its challenging ski terrain and deep powder. For a unique adventure, join a guided snowmobile tour with Rocky Mountain Riders to explore the snowy backcountry. Golden’s food scene thrives in winter, with the Whitetooth Mountain Bistro offering hearty meals and the Golden Taps Pub serving local brews. Cultural experiences also await at the Golden Museum & Archives, displaying the town’s rich history. For many more activities, from adrenaline-seeking to indoor adventures, Tourism Golden can provide some great recommendations!

Kootenay National Park

As you drive towards Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park’s serene beauty captivates travellers. The park’s winter hiking trails, such as Marble Canyon and the Paint Pots, are less crowded, offering a peaceful hiking experience. Wildlife enthusiasts might spot elk, bighorn sheep, or even lynx in their natural habitat. Photography buffs will find the park’s frozen landscapes and unique geological features ideal for capturing stunning winter scenes.

Radium Hot Springs

The journey continues in the picturesque village of Radium Hot Springs, famous for its natural hot springs. These thermal pools are a haven of relaxation, especially after days of winter exploration. The village is also a base for activities like dog sledding, offering a unique perspective of the winter landscape, and ice fishing on Lake Windermere, a peaceful and contemplative activity. Dining in Radium Hot Springs is a delight, with options like Helna’s Stube offering Austrian-German cuisine and the Big Horn Café for a casual meal. The village’s relaxed atmosphere is ideal for leisurely strolls, shopping at local stores, and enjoying the small-town charm.

Columbia Valley

The Columbia Valley is an outdoor playground. From snowcat rides to tandem paragliding through the mountains or relaxing in Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools, Panorama Mountain Resort has something for everyone. Snowmobile to frozen waterfalls with Toby Creek Adventures. They have tours for all abilities. Since there’s so much to do here, Travel Columbia Valley is a great resource for visitor information!

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