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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

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: 155215
Starts: Calgary, Canada Finishes: Vancouver, Canada
You will visit
  • Calgary
  • Vancouver

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Calgary

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

Additional Notes:
Please make your own way to the joining hotel. 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: Calgary/Banff (1B)

Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town.

Included Activities:
Banff Historical Walking Tour

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

03

Day 3: Banff/Lake Louise (1B)

Enjoy the morning in Banff before continuing to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to the Tea House.

Included Activities:
Lake Louise Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)

04

Day 4: Lake Louise/Jasper National Park of Canada (1B)

Along the 300 km (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

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

05

Day 5: 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

06

Day 6: Jasper National Park of Canada/Blue River (1B, 1D)

View the highest peak in Jasper, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor center before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rain forest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.

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

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

07

Day 7: Blue River/Whistler (1B)

Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where 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
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: 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.

09

Day 9: Whistler/Victoria (1B)

Drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

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

10

Day 10: 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.

11

Day 11: Victoria/Vancouver (1B)

Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver, and discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown.

Included Activities:
Stanley Park Visit
Gastown Visit

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

12

Day 12: Vancouver (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 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore Banff during a walk with an expert from the Whyte Museum
  • Enjoy breathtaking views from a gondola headed to Sulphur Mountain
  • Embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide
  • Soak and unwind in natural hot springs
  • See Jasper from its highest peak