Getting here is almost as much fun as being here.
Valemount is in the North Thompson Valley at the northern reach of the Rocky Mountain Trench in BC’s Thompson-Okanagan Region. We are 120 km (75 mi) from the entrance of Jasper National Park, and 322 km (200 mi) north of Kamloops.
Plan your trip around the famed Columbia Icefields Parkway. You can start from Kamloops (HWY 5), Vancouver (HWY 1) or Edmonton (HWY 16).
From Kamloops, take HWY 5, (Yellowhead) north to Valemount. It’s a nice 3.5 hour drive through the North Thompson Valley. From Valemount, you can connect to HWY 16 which takes you into Mt. Robson Provincial Park, and onwards to Jasper National Park and Jasper, BC. It’s a short drive to Edmonton from here; however, we suggest you drive south on BC 93 to Lake Louise and Banff for more fabulous truly Canadian explorations. From Banff and Lake Louise, drive west on HWY 1 until you arrive back in Kamloops. The full loop is around 443 km (275 mi). Do as little or as much of the loop as you like, just remember to stop in Valemount along the way.
Travel to Valemount, BC is via car, RV, BC Bus North and passenger train. As of November 1, 2019 any VIA Rail passenger departing from the Valemount stop and who hold a valid ticket will have access to the Valemount Hotel ( 1200 Main Street ) waiting room and pub should they wish to wait for their train indoors. The Valemount airstrip can accommodate small jets and heli-transfers if you prefer to fly. The closest commercial airport is in Prince George, 295 km (183 mi) away, or Kamloops 322 km (200 mi) south. As you can see, getting here is easy. Once you’re here, you may not want to leave.