• ekins Moving & Storage Kelowna: Moving Services Pro Tips

Long Distance Moving: Planning Your Route

Let your movers in Kelowna pack and transport your belongings so you can discover new attractions.

Let your movers in Kelowna pack and transport your belongings so you can discover new attractions.

Sometimes, the fastest route isn’t always the best option, especially if you’ve hired movers in Kelowna to do all the heavy lifting for your long distance move. While they’re busy transporting your goods to your new home, you’ll have the freedom to explore.

No matter which direction you head from the Okanagan, there are plenty of excellent destinations worth visiting along the way. From national parks to big cities to uniquely Canadian attractions, we’ve compiled some of the top places to make a pit stop.


Northern Exposure

Let’s say you’re moving to a city in northern BC, such as Prince George or Fort St. John. At a minimum, you’re looking at an eight-hour drive. To break up the journey, you could swing by Williams Lake and visit:

Or, to learn about our province’s gold mining heritage, hang a right at Quesnel and visit Barkerville, the epicentre of the Cariboo gold rush in the 1860s.


Over the Rockies

There are two primary routes into Alberta—and the rest of Western Canada—that moving companies in Kelowna typically use for long distance moving. The first is Highway 5 that leads up to the northern part of the province. The second is the Trans Canada Highway, which takes you right through Calgary.

Both routes offer plenty of sightseeing opportunities as you cross through the iconic Rocky Mountains, including a trio of Canada’s most prestigious national parks:

 Here, you’ll find an abundance of wildlife, colossal mountain ranges and stunning mountain lakes and rivers.

 If your travels take you into Alberta, a visit to Calgary is a must. It has all of the attractions, nightlife, shopping and other amenities you’d expect from a big city.


Crossing the Border

Movers in Kelowna are sometimes called upon to relocate clients south of the border. If that’s the case, there’s plenty to see and do once you get below the 49th parallel.

If you’re looking to blow off some steam after all that packing and planning, head over to Silverwood Theme Park, near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, for a fun-filled family getaway. Or, catch the Mariners in MLB action at Safeco Field, sip a Starbucks or wander along Pike Place Market in Seattle.


Coming to the Coast

Driving west towards the Lower Mainland typically calls for a trip over the Coquihalla. Once you reach the other side of the summit, you could:


For more advice on moving long distance, read: Tip Sheet: Keep this Short To-do List for Long Distance Moving.


Whether you’re within BC or further afield, Bekins has the skill, experience and resources to handle all of your long distance moving needs.

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