While most travelers head to the more popular destinations in British Columbia, such as Jasper and Banff in the Rockies, the adventurous types seek out the more remote areas of Canada. This is where the Squamish – Whitehorse route stands out.
Driving the entirety of BC, from Squamish to Whitehorse is no small undertaking. We are talking nearly 2,300 km (1,429 mi). However, it really is worth it as this road trip takes you through some of the most breathtaking and remote areas of British Columbia and the famous Yukon Territory. The rewards from driving this unmatchable route are huge. You get to see an incredible nature scenery, hotspots from the Gold Rush history, historic homesteads and will probably enjoy lots of wildlife sightings. (Grizzlies, moose, bison to name a few!)
Some interesting sections along the way to Whitehorse
Sea to Sky highway – This awe-inspiring highway, officially known as BC Highway 99, is an incredible coastal route from Vancouver all the way up to Whistler. Along the road, you drive through the Howe Sound inlet, pass numerous islands, mountains, provincial parks, and many points of interest. Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton are adventure towns you definitely want to stop, even if it’s only for a short leg break. The views along the highway are just astonishing. After driving through Pemberton on Highway 99, you are led through the breathtaking mountain ranges of the Interior Plateau. On Highway 99 you will drive over Lillooet Lake, check off the Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, Duffey Lake Provincial Park, the community of Lillooet, Marble Canyon Provincial Park, and much more. They don’t call this province “Beautiful British Columbia” for nothing.
After highway 99you will remain on Highway 97 until Prince George. The Cariboo Highway (Hwy 97) runs north from Cache Creek to Prince George across the lake-studded Fraser Plateau, Green Lake, and Bowron Lake Provincial Parks, and the historic Gold Rush Trail from Lillooet (Mile 0) to Barkerville. The highway takes you through a surprising region of rolling hills and prairies, thick forests, granite-walled canyons, and impressive river valleys, where ranching, forestry, logging and mining are the mainstays of the local economy.
Highway 16 – Northwest BC is one massive playground for outdoor enthusiasts and you don’t have to venture far from the beaten path to find remote wilderness. Highway 16, northern BC’s main artery ties many communities together, it winds through towering forests, majestic mountain ranges, along rushing rivers, and endless chains of pristine lakes. So don’t forget to stop and take in the scenery! One of our favourite stops is Smithers and Hudson Bay Mountain trails for some hiking trails.
The Cassiar Highway Officially named Stewart Cassiar Highway (Highway 37).
This highway runs through a hilly and mountainous, mostly wooded wilderness region where services are found in sparsely populated communities that are far from each other. It is the most isolated, but also the most beautiful part of BC if you ask us. On your way to the Yukon you will drive the highway in its 725km entirety, passing through three well-maintained provincial parks, many beautiful lakes and a handful of small communities. There’s usually plenty of wildlife to see on the side of the road too, such as bears and deer, and if you’re lucky, a moose.
Alaska Highway (Yukon highway 1) – Watson Lake, YT to Whitehorse is a fairly straight run of approximately 454 kms on the Alaska Highway (or Highway 1). The famous Watson Lake Sign Post Forest was started by Carl Lindley, a U.S. Army soldier working on the construction of the Alaska Highway in 1942. Travelers are still adding license plates to the collection. Stop at the Rancheria River valley for a short boardwalk trail to the waterfalls. The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Cultural Centre is home to amazing carvings, beadwork and other local art. Just before Whitehorse, take Miles Canyon Road for a scenic drive past the float planes on picturesque Schwatka Lake.
Explore Whitehorse – You made it to Whitehorse!! Surrounded by beautiful wilderness, the Yukon’s capital is a small city with a big wild backyard. Whitehorse played a major role in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush as a supply center for prospectors. Today, it is the Capital of the Yukon Territory and the largest city in the Yukon. For your information, the population of Whitehorse is 30,000 while the entire Yukon province inhabits 45,000 people! Some things to do in and around Whitehorse:
· Yukon Wildlife Preserve (a great place to enjoy a long walk surrounded by Yukon wildlife.)
· MacBride Museum (Gold Rush history)
· SS Klondike (historic gold rush riverboat)
And of course, countless trails to hike in the area!
We help you creating a free road trip plan to explore BC and a part of Yukon efficiently while allowing time for exploring and sightseeing.
So, book your trip and let us do the planning – this is going to be the journey of a lifetime!
Keep in mind that the one-way Squamish – Whitehorse trips can only take place in the months of May, June and September. In addition to the Jeep rental (minimum 11 days), a one-way rental fee of $799 will be added to your reservation.
Article: We Went Off-Grid Camping in a Jeep With a Rooftop Tent
The wheels of the Jeep crunched over the rocky, uneven terrain with ease as we pulled into our off-grid campsite. The mighty Squamish River rushed alongside the sandy bank we’d decided to call home for the night—a unique freedom made possible by our Maple Overland Jeep with a rooftop tent.
Based in Squamish, BC, Maple Overland rents fully equipped 4×4 Jeeps with iKamper rooftop tents, big enough for three adults or two adults and two children. My partner Tavis and I were ready for a long weekend of wilderness adventure. As local outdoor enthusiasts, we figured we knew what was in store for us—but even we were surprised by this epic backcountry experience. More…
British Columbia is one of the world’s great destinations for outdoor adventures. We have selected for you the 5 best outdoor activities in BC that perfectly pair with the Maple Overland adventure experience. From hiking to the Tin Hat mountain cabin to Heli Biking in Whistler, here are five of the best outdoor activities, and decide which one suits your adventure style.
Lacing up your boots and hitting the trails is a typical British Columbian activity, and you’ll find everything from easy city park trails to physically demanding and multi-day hiking trips across our province.
The landscapes are as varied as the trails: choose from rainforests, mountain meadows, glaciers, prairies, and more. Not just in BC’s national and provincial parks, you will find hiking trails all over BC. Some of our favorite hike trails in our area are: Stawamus Chief trail, Garibaldi Lake, Joffre Lakes, Grouse Grind and the Sunshine Coast Trail Canada’s longest hut-to-hut route. Whatever your interest and ability, you’ll find a trail to match.
Wherever you are in British Columbia you’ll never be far from water, and one of the best ways to explore is in a kayak. Opportunities for kayaking adventures are abundant across BC.
The coastline is one of the best places for a paddle adventure, with isolated coves, lagoons, inlets full of marine and wildlife and ample opportunities to camp directly on the beach.
If you are looking for a location in the summertime where you can jump off your kayak and take a swim, Desolation Sound is your place. Desolation Sound is a haven because of its unusually warm waters. It also features picturesque scenery including 60 kilometres of coastline, in the shadow of spectacular coastal mountains. If you want to go kayaking, this is an area you don’t want to miss. Our favourite paddling destination on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast. We offer a Sea kayak day tour and a 2-day overnight tour. For more information about the kayak tours, click here.
British Columbia is home to hundreds of rivers and rafting is one of many ways to explore the wild beauty our province has to offer. This outdoor experience gives you the opportunity to paddle through glacier-fed waters, connect with nature, and build lasting memories.
River and whitewater rafting trips range from a relaxing float through calm waters to an exhilarating ride through challenging rapids. Go rafting for the day or try a multi-day expedition on one of Canada’s legendary wilderness rivers, including Chilko River, Tatshenshini River, and the Babine River.
We work with Canadian Outback Rafting, a guided whitewater rafting operator who offers day and, multi-day rafting trips. For more information, visit our booking page.
4. Historical Mail Flight
The Historic Mail Flight with Corilair Charters is a once in a lifetime adventure experience. Board one of the floatplanes in Campbell River, sit back, and relax as your pilot charts a path through the magnificent Discovery Islands and DesolationSound to deliver mail, supplies, and drop-off/pick-up passengers along the way. During the journey, you will have the chance to get off the plane and explore these remote outposts and experience the unique culture of the islands. While at some of the stops, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with some of the local folks, visit the general stores and see these coastal communities firsthand. Read more.
5. Heli Biking
We have some of the best big mountain riding in the world, right here in our backyard, and we invite you to come and experience it!
Whistler’s vast mountain ranges aren’t just for powder seekers. After the snow melts, British Columbia offers some of the best mountain biking in the world. Level up your downhill mountain bike adventures with a heli-biking tour that takes you to one of the speaks with endless trails.
Riders will be flown to the high alpine in a remote area between Whistler and Pemberton. With options for both Advanced and Expert skill levels and a mix of technical and flow trail sections, there is a wide variety for all riders to experience some of Whistler’s best biking.
Depending on the trail choice, bikers can expect to ride 9km to 13km of trail through either 1300 or 1600 meters of elevation drop on this incredible adventure through the Sea-to-Sky backcountry. See more details here.
Traveling through British Columbia with a roof top tent is a great experience for many families. For toddlers (and adults!), sleeping on top of the car in a roof top tent is a fun and adventurous camping experience. It’s almost like sleeping in a tree house with views as far as their eyes can see. If you have a family, this could be a great way to spend a vacation with young kids.
Comfort and plenty of (play) space
Our roof top tents are highly comfortable. The iKamper Skycamp 3.0 has been designed to be pulled out in a matter of seconds, and next to a spacious sleeping and playing area (for 2 adults and 2 young kids, or 3 adults) the tent offers plenty of protection against the elements. Therefore, it isn’t that much of a surprise that these roof top tents can make family camping trips easy and enjoyable.
And if it’s too warm in the tent, you and your kids can still enjoy a fresh breeze through the mesh door and windows when they’re zipped up.
Is it safe for toddlers and children to sleep in a roof top tent?
It’s safe as long as you don’t leave your child alone in the tent. Obviously, in a rooftop tent, the child is going to be up quite high. Whether your kids are hanging out and playing during the day, or snuggling up to go to sleep at night, make sure they stay safe once they’re inside the tent by zipping up the door and windows to the top. For extra safety, we have reusable twist ties available.
Few tips based on our personal experience:
When drivingremember to take regular breaks so that everyone stays refreshed and energized. This will also give the kids a chance to explore during the breaks or just run around and burn off some energy.
Give them tasks to help with the camp setup. It may slow down the process, but it keeps them busy and even toddlers will feel like they are contributing. For instance, they could help with unpacking a box or finding kindling for the campfire.
Tent Games To add to the camping fun, pick up some games that use very few pieces, or play travel games that have magnetic boards to keep the pieces from going everywhere inside the roof top tent. During the campfire is a fun time to play games!
Star Gazing Before bedtime turn off the lights on a star-filled night and together watch for shooting stars. If you want to make this experience extra special, bring a stargazing book that shows you the different constellations and see if you can spot any of them.
Headlamps or flashlights Kids love to sit or walk around the campsite wearing their own headlamps. If they have a flashlight, attach it to a lanyard so they don’t lose it.
Bring their favourite stuffy Sleeping in a roof top tent can be an unusual experience. Make sure your little one(s) feel safe by bringing their trusted stuffed animal(s).
If your kids are outdoor newbies, pitch a tent in the backyard or even inside your home. Let them hang out in it and sleep in it so they become comfortable with a new sleeping environment.
Pack an outdoor rug: to protect and prevent injuries from the surface, for safety to avoid slips and falls, and add storage boxes for a playground element.
It’s never too early to start overlanding with your kids. At Maple Overland we rent out 4×4’s with roof top tents and all the camping gear you need as a family to explore British Columbia as comfortably as possible. Click herefor some inspirational overlanding pics.
Overlanding in British Columbia is considered to be one of the best to experience in North America. To illustrate, BC offers a wide range of backroads (more than 60.000 kilometers) and many wild camping opportunities in 6 diverse regions.
At Maple Overland, we are happy to help you create your ideal 4×4 adventure travel itinerary. After booking, you will receive a small questionnaire which tells us a bit about your travel preferences, what your outdoor experience is, who you are travelling with, and what some of your interests and specific wishes are. This way we can help you explore British Columbia more efficiently. After all, 1 perfect travel route that fits everyone doesn’t exist.
The 6 regions of BC
Vancouver Coast & Mountains
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
1. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains
The region BC’s most visited region is situated in southwestern BC between the ocean and mountains. Sunshine Coast with towns like Powell River, Sechelt and Gibsons mark the western side. Hope, Boston Bar and Lillooet cover the east. Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton are some of the must-visit towns, known for their outdoor opportunities in the surrounding backcountry. These towns and cities are surrounded by rugged mountains with snow-capped peaks, rainforests, fjords, rivers and many lakes. Some popular overlanding areas are: the Sunshine Coast, the area around Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park and Harrison Lake. But it can be busy though, because these places are close to Vancouver Metro.
Wildlife: Some wild animals you can encounter: humpback and killer whales, eagles, and black bears.
Outdoor activities: Here are some examples of what’s in store for those exploring the area’s natural surroundings; you can enjoy ocean kayaking in the morning, alpine skiing in the afternoon and finish the day with a plunge in one of the natural hot springs. Many of the numerous trails in the area can be enjoyed by foot or by bike. Also think of: rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, paragliding, heli-biking, ziplining and bungee jumping.
In Vancouver, highlights like Granville Island, downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park and Wreck Beach should be on your to-see list when staying in the city. 1 or 2 days should be enough to see all the hotspots.
The further you get from Vancouver, the more opportunities you have when it comes to exploring forest service roads by 4×4. Many backcountry roads lead you to a variety of breathtaking destinations, from rainforests to waterfalls, viewpoints and lakeside campsites. Just be mindful of logging traffic and if possible, avoid the active logging roads. This of course goes for everywhere in BC.
2. Vancouver Island
The region: Vancouver Island is located off BC’s south western coast. Vancouver Island is renowned for its old grown rainforest and diverse and wild backcountry.
Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River are popular places for whale watching, fishing trips and waterplane tours to remote island communities.
Wildlife: Overlanders come here to see whales, black bears and eagles, wild salmon and even rarely seen, cougars may occasionally seen when hiking.
Outdoor activities: Where do we start? The West Coast Trail is a multi-day backcountry hike spanning 75 kilometres/46 miles along the west shoreline of Vancouver Island. Many kayak or canoe trips, salmon fishing, communities to discover, surfing at Tofino. Tofino is an idyllic town on Vancouver Island and is one of the world’s prime cold-water surf spots.
When it comes to outdoor recreation, there is not much you can’t do on Vancouver Island.
The experience with driving on backroads is different than on the main land. The logging companies have established gates on many logging roads and this created restrictions in accessing remote places. Despite many gates, enough of the Island’s backroads are still open and lead to free camping sites, lakes, big tree groves and waterfalls. Popular to explore are the logging roads south of Cowichan Lake.
3. Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
The region: Exploring the backroads of the Cariboo Chilcotin region is a forever lasting experience. From the Pacific Great Bear Rainforests coast to the vast Chilcotin plateau which unfolds towards the impressive Cariboo mountains. Cariboo Chilcotin has a sense of adventure, of leaving behind one world and entering another. Endless forests, hidden lakes, secret valleys, cascading waterfalls, gold rush ghost towns and First Nations cultural sites are just some of the treasures you can find while exploring.
Cariboo Chilcotin is a low populated density region, with roughly 0.7 people per square kilometre. Most of the population is found in the cities of Williams Lake, Quesnel and 100 Mile House, all situated along Highway 97, which connects Vancouver Coast with Northern BC. Without a doubt, our favorite area to explore is Chilcotin Plateau.
Wildlife: Orca’s, whales, Spirit bears, Grizzly bears and Black bears.
Outdoor activities: Experience gold rush history, travel the Cariboo Wagon Road and follow the footsteps of early explorers. Get back to nature with hiking and mountain biking or take a horseback ride through alpine meadows. Drop a line in local lakes for the chance to catch fresh fish. All in all there are so many things to undertake.
4. Northern BC
The region: THERE IS NOTHING ELSE THAN WILDERNESS IN NORTHERN BC! While the entire region is fairly remote, once you head to backroads passed Prince George you enter a truly wild land and backroads that stretch into the distance without a soul in sight. You will pass some small communities but it’s the surrounding wilderness that dominates the north. It is also home to several Indigenous communities, whose cultures and traditions add to the region’s unique character.
One of the advantages that Northern BC is, you never have to drive long before you find a nice, secluded camping spot by a lake or a creek.
Wildlife: It is almost impossible not to observe wildlife as you travel through the North, the so-called ‘Serengeti of North America.’ Mountain goats, bison, moose, elk, caribou, wolves, coyotes, foxes, grizzly bears, and black bears often to be seen alongside roads, foraging for food. Be careful when driving these roads, especially at night.
Outdoor activities: Northern BC is one massive playground for outdoor enthusiasts, and you don’t have to venture far from the beaten path to find remote wilderness adventures. Kayak, Canoeing, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, rock climbing are just a few of the many outdoor activities that Northern BC has to offer.
5. Kootenay Rockies
Home to big mountains, deep valleys and crystal-clear lake and rivers, the Kootenay Rockies, in the southeast corner of BC, is one of BC’s best kept outdoor region. As you explore the backroads by 4×4, you will be tempted to make a lot of stops along the way. The region is full of natural attractions including caves, waterfalls and hot springs, not to mention the scenic lookouts that will have you grab your camera.
The region: In the east, the Kootenay Rockies embrace the Canadian Rocky Mountains where the landscape doesn’t change much. In the west, the Kootenays transition into the wide valleys of the Okanagan. Here you can enjoy scenery in privacy without the crowds like the more popular tourist destinations in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
A long history of logging and mining has created a massive network of backroads which are dotted with recreation sites, ghost towns, old mine sites and secluded hot springs.
The Kootenays’ human history includes thousands of years of First Nations habitation, evidenced by pictographs and archeological sites, as well as a colourful history of European settlement beginning with the wild-west style gold rush of the 1860s. Large-scale mining and the spread of the railroad opened up the Kootenays in the 1890s, and many remains of this industrial boom can still be seen as you travel the winding highways and side roads of the area.
Wildlife: Deer and elk are common throughout the region. Grizzly and black bear roam the mountains—keep your eyes open for these and mountain goats, bighorn sheep and countless birds too! The presence of Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout, Brook Char and Kokanee enhance recreational fishing opportunities.
Outdoor activities: Summer activities feature high alpine hiking, glacier viewing, the Golden Skybridge, rafting, kayaking and SUP boarding on one of the many lakes.
6. Thompson Okanagan
The Thompson Okanagan name represents two major geographic features: the Thompson River and Okanagan Lake.
The region: The Thompson-Okanagan Region is nestled in the southern interior of British Columbia. Major cities include Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, and Merritt. The region has a human history dating back over 10,000 years and is rich with Indigenous history and culture.
Thompson Okanagan has rare and unique grassland ecosystems, wet mountain ranges, and some of the driest places in Canada. Major lakes and rivers include Adam’s Lake, Shuswap Lake, Thompson River, Similkameen River, and Nicola River. The Adam’s River supports the second largest sockeye salmon run in British Columbia.
But there is more to this land than just big lakes and big beaches. It is home to the most famous section of one of Canada’s best-known multi-use trails, the Kettle Valley Railway. And no visit to the Thompson Okanagan would be complete without sampling the wine and fresh fruit for which the region is world-famous. There are countless wineries and fruit stands found right along the major roads.
Wildlife: Small mammals, including marmots, beavers, and chipmunks, share the wilderness areas with black bears, mule deer, and coyotes. Moose too, but they are seldom seen.
Outdoor activities: From the impressive Myra Canyon Trestles to the Mascot Gold Mine built high above the small, picturesque town of Hedley, this is a place where history comes to life. There are many ghost towns and old cemeteries scattered throughout the region. Next to exploring the backcountry by Maple Overland Jeeps, it is an absolute must to set aside time for beautiful day hike. The Thompson Okanagan region is rich in gold mining and railroad history, and there are many remnants of this bygone era to be found.
Overlanding is a truly unforgettable experience that combines adventure and relaxation. At Maple Overland we rent out Jeep Wrangler 4-doors, packed with iKamper rooftop tents and all the camping gear you need to explore the wild backcountry of our Province as comfortably as possible. Experience sleeping in a rooftop tent under the stars, build your own campfire and prepare your delicious camping meal while enjoying a gorgeous sunset. Our fully equipped expedition 4×4’s come with everything you need to enjoy your B.C. adventure. Only this year, you can choose to schedule our free 30-minute video call if you like to talk through your travel plans in person.
Click here for some overlanding pics and remote camp spots you can visit with our Jeeps.
Overlanding is a unique and exciting way to explore the natural beauty of British Columbia. B.C. is a province located in the western part of Canada and is known for its diverse landscapes. From alpine mountains, to vast rainforests, pristine lakes, and untouched beaches, B.C. offers an incredible range of natural wonders for exploration and adventure.
Here are 5 facts about overlanding in British Columbia
The province is home to a wide variety of animals, including black bears, grizzly bears, moose, deer, and wolves. It’s not uncommon to spot these animals while overlanding. Observing them in their natural habitat can be a truly unforgettable experience.
British Columbia is also known for its outdoor recreation opportunities, making it a perfect destination for overlanding enthusiasts. The province has thousands of kilometers of hiking trails, lakes for fishing and kayaking, natural hot springs, mountains for climbing. There’s truly something for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or just looking for a relaxing outdoor experience.
The self-sufficiency aspect of overlanding is also a major part of why it is so much fun. Maple Overland vehicles are equipped with everything you need to be self-sufficient, including large roof top tent, all kitchen utensils and other camping gear to enjoy your 4×4 adventure as comfortable as possible. We will help you to be completely independent and truly immerse yourself in our backcountry and to spend quality time with your loved ones, away from daily life distractions. You can travel to remote areas and camp in complete peace and solitude, which is a truly unique and fulfilling experience.
Cultural experiences: British Columbia is home to a rich cultural heritage, including First Nations communities with a long and proud history. Overlanding allows you to visit communities or a cultural centre, their traditions and culture are an eye opener and inspiring.
Another aspect of overlanding in British Columbia that makes so enjoyable is the community that comes with it. You will meet other overlanders and share experiences, knowledge, and stories with each other. It’s a fantastic way to make new friends and bond with like-minded individuals.
Finally, overlanding in B.C. is a truly unique way to experience the province. You can get off the beaten path and explore areas that most tourists never see. You can discover hidden waterfalls, secluded beaches, and remote mountain lakes that are only accessible by 4×4 vehicles. Connect with our backcountry and experience its beauty in a way that is not possible with traditional motorhomes or camper vans.
Overlanding is a truly unforgettable experience that combines adventure and relaxation. At Maple Overland we rent out Jeep Wrangler 4-doors, packed with iKamper rooftop tents and all the camping gear you need to explore the wild backcountry of our Province as comfortably as possible. Experience sleeping in a rooftop tent under the stars, build your own campfire and prepare your delicious camping meal while enjoying a gorgeous sunset. Our fully equipped expedition 4×4’s come with everything you need to enjoy your B.C. adventure. Click here for some overlanding pics and remote camp spots you can visit with our Jeeps.
Like with most outdoor activities in life, you should start by checking the weather forecast for the regions you’re about to visit and think of what kinds of activities you’ll be doing. If you’re staying near the coast or in the mountains, it can get cooler than you’d expect so be ready to layer up. Keep in mind that British Columbia’s weather can change instantly during the off-season. It can be clear and sunny at one point, and snowing or raining the next moment.
Bring duffel bags
Duffel bags are amazing to carry when you’re ‘Jeeping’. They stack easily and are flexible when you throw them on top of one another. That means they’re pretty good at fitting into the space left in the Jeep next to the fridge and our 2 expedition boxes. Having said this, hard case suitcases are definitely a no go.
Clothes to bring
We suggest you should at least bring the garments below:
Base layers (synthetic or wool)
Comfortable short or long t-shirts (cotton is okay) (mid layer)
(Quick drying) Shorts and swim shorts
(Quick drying) Pants
Puffy jacket (insulated or down for spring and fall)
Sun hat or cap
Toque/Beanie and gloves (spring and fall)
Comfortable (waterproof) shoes
Sandals/Flip Flops Also don’t forget…
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Quick drying towel
Biodegradable toilet paper (outdoor friendly)
Biodegradable shower gel
Toiletry bag with your outdoor friendly essentials
Sunscreen (ocean friendly)
(e)books and magazines
Chargers for all your electronics
We recommend in summer a ratio between 0°C to 5°C and for fall -9°C to 0°C (if needed, we rent out 5°C sleeping bags)
Headlamps (if needed, we rent out headlamps)
Head net (against nasty mosquitos)
Reusable water bottle
Bear safety gear (bear spray, flare pen launcher and other essential outdoor gear is available at local outdoor storesin Squamish)
Of course, what you pack is mostly a matter of personal choice, but with this list we hope we gave you a leg up while packing. Have any questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out! We love the pre-holiday fun just as much as you do, and don’t mind helping you pack for the adventure of your lifetime.
At Maple Overland we rent out overland 4×4 Jeeps, packed with rooftop tent and all the camping gear you need to explore the wild backcountry of British Columbia as comfortably as possible. Experience sleeping in a rooftop tent under the stars, build a campfire and create your own delicious camping food while enjoying a gorgeous sunset. Our fully equipped expedition Jeeps come with everything you need to enjoy your B.C. adventure. See here which gear you get with our Jeeps and read along for tips on what to bring yourself.
Not only we acknowledge that we are privileged to operate and travel on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations, but we also support the Squamish Lil’wat Culture Centre in Whistler by donating 10 CAD from each booking.
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre is a First Nations’ gallery and museum showcasing West Coast Indigenous art, traditions, culture and historical artifacts in Whistler. Their more than interesting traditions are an eye opener and inspiring on how, even today, we should respect our nature and resources. Definitely a must see for anyone passing by Whistler!
By the donating to The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, this non-profit organization can continue in preserving their artifacts, share their knowledge and traditions, provide educations and support Indigenous communities.
We encourage everyone to respect the unceded territories of Indigenous peoples and to treat it with respect.
At Maple Overland, we care about our community, and our planet. That’s why we’ve partnered with One Tree Planted. This way, we take our environmental outreach efforts even further and help protect the nature of B.C. In this blog post, we’ll give you a short introduction to One Tree Planted and our partnership, so you can learn how you’re helping us to plant trees when you book your adventure with Maple Overland.
What is ‘One Tree Planted’?
One Tree Planted is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help improve the environment. Founded in 2014 by Matt Hill, One Tree Planted has made a large impact around the world through its reforestation efforts.
One Tree Planted partners with reforestation organizations to plant trees in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. Each year, One Tree Planted has increased the number of trees they planted. So far, the organization has planted over 11 million trees.
One of their goals is to make it easier for individuals and businesses to help improve the environment. When you or a company donates to One Tree Planted, the money is used to plant trees. You can select the project you want to support, making your donation even more personal.
Maple Overland & One Tree Planted
We know how important it is to take steps now in order to leave a healthier planet for following generations. And we are also aware of the CO2 emissions we cause with our own business. That’s why we decided to partner with One Tree Planted. When you book a trip with Maple Overland, we make a donation to One Tree Planted, so they can plant trees and help us offset our carbon footprints. Specifically that means that for every booking we receive, 10 trees will be planted through One Tree Planted.
Sustainability roadmap of Maple Overland
We created our own sustainability roadmap for our future. In 5 years, we want to have at least 1 electric 4×4 in our fleet to reduce our carbon emissions. By 2030, at least 50% of the fleet will consist of electric vehicles. By 2035, all our 4×4 vehicles will be electric and all our suppliers and partners will be chosen based on their own sustainability program.