Take a break from your hectic routine and set out on a little British Columbia Road Trip this Summer! Watching the sunset in the arms of your lover, with the rays of sunshine caressing your skin. I can’t think of a better way to end a summer day. No lover? Ha Ha. No problem! How about relishing in the long summer nights among your best buds and your favourite beverage. These must do sunsets are an easy drive from Calgary, Banff & more. We promise these won’t disappoint!
#5 – Mount 7 – Golden, British Columbia
Drive your car to the top of this mountain for one of the most stunning sunsets of all Time. Sitting at just over 8,000 feet, Mount 7 is the go-to mountain for Golden BC Locals. Once at the top, you can see traces of hiking, mountain biking and paragliding. The paragliding launch pad is built for just that, but it also doubles as an amazing chill out platform for you & your buds to take in two mountain ranges of splendour. Straight ahead is Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, to the east are the picture perfect Rocky Mountains, and to the west are the Purcells.
- When to go- Head up around 8 PM in July or 7 PM in August, to give yourself enough time to just take it all in.
- What to expect – Drive a 14 kilometre logging road to the summit. While you don’t need a 4 by 4 or high clearance vehicle, this drive is for the adventurous
#4 Lake Louise – Lake Louise, Alberta
Lake Louise sunsets are great for the young & old as these glorious sunsets are even wheelchair accessible
- When to go: As Lake Louise sits on the Continental Divide, weather is best in July & August. Arrive around 8 pm with a blanket & some warm clothes and wait for the sky to do the rest!
- What to expect: Tourists! We’re not gonna lie – Lake Louise is a busy place. After the sun goes down, head inside for some shopping at the Shoppes at Lake Louise
# 3 Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Mt Revelstoke National Park – Revelstoke, British Columbia
Easily Accessible via the Trans Canada Highway, and located just a couple km’s outside of Revelstoke, a hidden gem of a sunset awaits the adventurous. The paved road to the summit allows anyone with a car, or bike to take in a sunset you will never forget. Gaze out onto the Monashee Mountains and the Columbia River Valley
- When to go – Definitely July & August when temps are warmest & skies are clearest. Visit Mount Revelstoke National Park website for the latest news & conditions
- What to expect – You will need to buy a National Park Day Pass ($15) to drive up the well maintained paved road to the top. Again – a change of warm clothes for when that sunset tucks in behind the mountains.
#2 -Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park – Banff, Alberta
Vermillion lakes provide one of the most breathtaking foregrounds for a Banff National Park Sunset. Easily Accessible by Car from the townsite of Banff, this one is not to be missed by any Canadian Rockies traveller! Evening is also a prime time for animals to be on the move, and this area is renowned for Elk and Moose.
- When to go- Vermillion Lakes is accessible May – mid October
- What to expect – You will be sharing the sunset with others, but it shouldn’t be annoyingly busy!
#1 – Columbia River – Golden, British Columbia
Golden skies is what you’ll get on the Columbia River in Summertime in Golden, British Columbia. This gorgeous river flows east to west, purposely positioning river go’ers to take in one of the most beautiful sunsets in BC.
- When to go – June thru August for the best sunsets. For Guided Group Floats- check out Alpine Rafting’s Group Floats
- What to expect: Slow moving river ready for you to Enjoy. As soon as the sun tucks behind the mountains it cools off fast. Bring a sweater & a pair of pants