The Best Road Trip Destinations in British Columbia

By: Hilltop Toyota   |   23 Aug 2016
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Salmon Arm, British Columbia is a four-season tourist destination, home to blooming vegetation, vast wildlife, and freshwater lakes and rivers that provide the perfect setting for canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Its scenic mountains and green forests offer a landscape quite like no other, and provide a picturesque vacation for all who come here. With so many unique attributes, there are endless trails to discover and an abundance of activities for the entire family to enjoy. End your summer on a high note with an unforgettable road trip through Salmon Arm. Pack up your Toyota with the essentials, and check out these top three destinations.

What Makes a Great Road Trip?

The Toyota 2016 RAV4 is the perfect road trip vehicle. With seating for 5, there’s plenty of room for the whole family, plus an impressive cargo offering 1,090L of space that will fit exactly what you need to bring. Handy 60/40 split folding and reclining on the rear seats is perfect for the objects that don’t make it in the back. A brand new liftgate has been specially designed for this model, providing easy access at the touch of a button.

The 2016 Toyota Venza is another excellent option, seating 5 passengers and providing the ultimate comfort for those long journeys. A panoramic moonroof lets your passengers feel the wind in their hair and the display audio system boasts a 6.1” touchscreen display, Bluetooth capability and 13 speakers so your favourite tunes can be heard throughout! And, as though it was made just for British Columbia, the new Venza has been redesigned with stunning redwood seating, just like the towering Redwoods our province is known for.

You’re sure to feel the power of an energetic drive in the all-new RAV4 or the Toyota Venza, but before you go, make sure you have the essentials!

  1. Your favourite music playlist (using SiriusXM radio capabilities)
  2. Snacks and water (to replenish after those long walks)
  3. GPS/map (using the latest Toyota Navigation System)
  4. Camera (for memorable photos)
  5. Binoculars (for bird watching)
  6. Bathing suits/towels (for a swim in the lake)
  7. Sunscreen (to prevent a nasty burn)

Here are our top picks for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun in beautiful Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Tree Top Flyers Zipline at Chase Canyon

Just under 40 minutes away from Salmon Arm, you’ll find the Tree Top Flyers Zipline located in Chase Canyon, British Columbia which offers an incredible ziplining experience like no other. If you or your family are the adventurous type, this is the spot for you. While on the zipline, you’ll see spectacular views of the canyon and the Chase Falls while flying along at 100 metres in the air. After your ride, you have the chance to add a 50-foot bungee jump and take the plunge of a thrilling free-fall experience, or spread your wings on the Screaming Eagle Swing, where you’ll soar 100 feet in the air at 80 km/h.

Salmon Arm Waterfront Raven Trail

Due to the varying landscapes you’ll find in B.C's interior, hiking can range for an easy morning or evening stroll, to a full-fledged expedition through steep rocky terrain. Many of the trails are multi-use for other activities like horseback riding or cycling, like the Salmon Arm Nature Trail. Home to blackbirds, herons, osprey and grebes, the Salmon Arm Waterfront Raven Trail runs straight through the wetlands, where you’ll find a series of boardwalks and platforms that allow for up-close birdwatching. The entrance to the trail is located at the east end of Harbourfront Drive in downtown Salmon Arm, on the north side of the railroad tracks. An alternate route starts at Raven subdivision at the foot of 47th Ave. Remember to leave your dog at home, as this trail is a protected riparian habitat, where the stream meets the land.

Farm Adventure- Green Croft Gardens

Get up close and personal with Icelandic horses, Icelandic sheep, a donkey named Lucy, chickens, cows and a flurry of friendly dogs. Since 1988, Green Croft Gardens has been raising public awareness on the importance of organic farming through diversifying local fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers, and livestock. Located just under 20 minutes from Salmon Arm, Green Croft Gardens is located in Grindrod, British Columbia on 20 acres of beautiful land. Children love to see the animals and parents can enjoy browsing for local produce, while learning more about organic-friendly living. With the Shuswap River running right next door, why not cool down by taking a dip on the way out of the farm?

With summer coming to a close, why not give your kids a trip to remember before heading back to school in September? Before you go, make sure your vehicle is road-trip ready. Book a service appointment at Hilltop Toyota and get exploring!


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