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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound

Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure offers the Rocky Mountain highs of crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you' re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you're discovering some of the most iconic parts of Canada.

North America

Duration: 12 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 155216
Starts: Vancouver, Canada Finishes: Calgary, Canada
You will visit
  • Vancouver
  • Calgary

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Vancouver

Please make your own way to the joining hotel.


Additional Notes:
If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Vancouver/Victoria (1B)

Take a stroll around the city with your CEO to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own.

Included Activities:
Gastown Visit
Stanley Park Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)
Ferry (1.50-1.75 hours)
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)

03

Day 3: Victoria (1B)

Today is free for optional activities, including a zodiac whale watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.

04

Day 4: Victoria/Whistler (1B)

Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the village of Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.50-1.75 hours)
Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

05

Day 5: Whistler (1B)

Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.

06

Day 6: Whistler/Blue River (1B, 1D)

Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the Coastal Mountain Range and set foot into the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region. Aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie.

Included Activities:
Joffre Lakes Visit
Marble Canyon Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))

07

Day 7: Blue River/Jasper National Park of Canada (1B)

Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Head to Jasper National Park, crossing the Rockies, and view the highest peak, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre.

Included Activities:
River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley
Mount Robson Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230 km)

08

Day 8: Jasper National Park of Canada (1B)

Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable.

Included Activities:
Miette Hot Springs Visit

09

Day 9: Jasper National Park of Canada/Lake Louise (1B)

Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters.



Included Activities:
Columbia Icefields Center Visit
Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk
Lake Louise Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 290 km)

10

Day 10: Lake Louise/Banff (1B)

Enjoy the morning in Lake Louise with the option to hike to the Tea House. Continue to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff.

Included Activities:
Banff Historical Walking Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)

11

Day 11: Banff/Calgary (1B)

Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honoring its cowboy heritage.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)

12

Day 12: Calgary (1B)

If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • All park fees in Jasper and Banff National Parks
    • Vancouver and Calgary orientation walk
    • Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island
    • Victoria, Whistler, and Banff orientation walks
    • Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon
    • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
    • Visit Mount Robson Visitor Centre
    • Admission to Miette Hot Springs
    • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
    • Banff historical walking tour
    • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel/lodges (11 nights)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the popular resort town of Whistler
  • Enjoy a historical tour through Banff with an expert from the Whyte Museum
  • Search for grizzly and black bears on a float trip at Blue River
  • Soak in natural hot springs
  • Take an ice walk on an active glacier