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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights15 / 14
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$3509

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in downtown Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many fantastic nearby restaurants.

Overnight at the joining hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 2

This is the longest driving day of the trip, but we will enjoy a wide variety of landscapes and see a lot of the history that built this province. We will depart relatively early from Vancouver and travel first through the verdant Fraser Valley that produces most of the British Columbia’s fruits, vegetables, dairy and egg products. At Hope, we turn off the Freeway, following the Trans-Canada highway into the scenic Fraser Canyon. This is the gold rush trail, as well as the route of the railroad project that brought the country together. We follow the spectacular river canyon past Hell’s Gate, where the mighty Fraser River gushes through a very narrow gorge, then on to Cache Creek and into the rolling hills of Cariboo Country. Our goal today is Quesnel, the staging point for tomorrow’s adventure.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 3

We will have a full day to explore historic Barkerville. In its time, when it was the terminus of the Gold Rush trail, it was the largest city north of San Francisco and west of Chicago. The restored town is now the largest such exhibit in North America. We’ll spend a full day here; it takes that long to fully explore this landmark. After concluding our visit, we’ll travel on to Prince George for the night.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Barkerville entrance fees

Day 4

We’ll leave relatively early and travel about three hours to the Mt. Robson Visitor Centre where we get a grand view of this giant massif, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. An hour later we reach Jasper National Park, the first of three contiguous parks that we will visit. This afternoon, your driver will take you on an included excursion to Mt. Edith Cavell, a magnificent peak above a lake with glaciers calving directly into it. You may choose, rather to begin your explorations of this park on foot or by bicycle. This is a cyclist’s paradise. There are numerous trails, numerous lakes, and abundant wildlife within close proximity to the town site of Jasper. You might choose to ride the Jasper Sky Tram to get the grand overlook of the valley or hike to Whistlers Mountain summit.

Overnight: cabins

Included meals: none

Included activities: Mt Edith Cavell excursion, park entrance
Additional suggested activity options in Jasper
Hiking and sight-seeing: free
(at additional cost) Jasper Sky tram, Bike rentals, Spirit Island cruise, Trail Rides(Jasper Riding Stables),
Canoe/kayak rentals(Maligne Lake)

Day 5

A full day to spend in Jasper, picking up on the activities you didn’t get a chance to start yesterday. Your tour includes a trip to Maligne Lake, where you can add a boat trip to the famous Spirit Island, one of the most photographed scenes in North America, rent canoes or kayaks or hike. After a full day of adventure, we’ll spend another night in Jasper. In any of the national parks you may see a variety of wildlife such as elk, bighorn sheep, dear, moose or bear, and also a large variety of birds.

Overnight: cabins

Included meals: none

Included activities: Maligne Lake excursion

Day 6

This may be the most magical day of the trip as we travel down the Icefields Parkway, one of the great road trips of North America. Early on, we’ll stop at several striking waterfalls. Midpoint, we’ll stop at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, where we board an Ice Explorer for an included glacier experience, then step onto the glass-floored deck of the Glacier Skywalk, suspended 918 ft. (280 m.) above the valley floor. On the second half of the trip we’ll stop at several gorgeous lakes, and take the short hike to iconic Peyto Lake. We’ll end the day at Lake Louise.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Glacier Adventure, Skywalk, sightseeing stops

Day 7

Today is a full day to explore some of the many attractions of Lake Louise. Besides the incredible scenery this lake is known for, there are numerous hiking trails, from easy to challenging. Other options include canoeing, rock-climbing, exploring the world-famous Lake Louise Lodge, cycling, horseback riding, relaxing in any of several tea houses, or simply drinking in the spectacular views. Your tour leaders will also take you on a side trip to the picturesque Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. When we’ve concluded our activities for the day, we’ll travel about two hours to Calgary, the Stampede City.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Included activities: Excursion to Moraine Lake
Additional suggested activity options at Lake Louise
Hiking and sight-seeing: free
(at additional cost)Lake Louise gondola, Horseback trail rides, Canoe rental, Guided hikes, Mountain bike rental, Tea at a Tea house or River rafting: Kicking Horse Classic

Day 8

Today is a full day to explore the attractions of Calgary. Several of our departures will include entrance to the Stampede itself. Our hotel is close to the nightlife area of town, for those who enjoy that kind of activity.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Stampede entrance fees for July 1, July 8 departures.

Day 9

Today we retrace our journey to Banff, the centre of Canada’s first national park. This is the true heart of the world famous Rocky Mountains, a region named by Lonely Planet as the world’s #1 most spectacular natural attraction. Today you are free to explore the town or participate in any of many available activities such as site-seeing, hiking, cycling, riding the Sulphur Mountain gondola, visiting museums or a buffalo paddock, or horseback riding. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a soak in the world-famous Sulphur Hot Springs. We’ll be in comfortable hotel accommodations in the Banff area for the next two nights. Anywhere in the national parks, we may spot wildlife.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: hot springs admission, park fees
Additional suggested activity options in Banff
Hiking and sight-seeing: free, Johnson Canyon hike: free, several free museums
(at additional cost) Trail rides, Helicopter tour, Paddle boat rentals, Motor boat rentals, Lake Minnewanka cruise, Banff gondola, Via Ferrata, Mt. Norquay chair lift, River Rafting: Kicking Horse Classic, Golf

Day 10

This is a full day to enjoy the many options around Banff. You may want to add whitewater paddle rafting to your “to do” list. Your driver and tour leader will suggest a variety of activities and will be available for a modest amount of side trips if there is sufficient group interest.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: sightseeing excursions

Day 11

Today we’ll leave Banff National Park, travel through Yoho national Park, with several idyllic site-seeing stops such as Moraine Lake Takkakaw Falls, Canada’s second highest, Emerald Lake and Mount Burgess, Natural Bridge and Rogers Pass. Our endpoint tonight is Three Valley Gap, a charming resort with a variety of attractions including a ghost town tour (included).

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included attractions: park fees, site-seeing stops, Rogers Pass Visitor Centre
Additional suggested activity options in the Rocky Mountains
Moraine Lake: free, Emerald Lake: free, Takkakaw Falls: free
(at additional cost) Canoe rentals

Day 12

We’ll spend a few hours at Three Valley Gap, enjoying such activities as exploring the ghost town (if you didn’t have time last night), taking in the gardens, playing in the water or on the beach or, if you like, take a helicopter flight to an upper mountain glacier. Today’s drive is less than an hour, to Sicamous. After grabbing lunch, we head down to the marina for our boarding time on Remote Escape, a houseboat that will be our home for the next day. We’ll sail into Shuswap Lake, stopping at various sites. Activities include swimming, sun-tanning, riding a dinghy, simply relaxing on board, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner. Note: you may have to share beds on this night.

Overnight: houseboat berths

Included meals: D

Included activities: house-boating
Additional suggested activity options at Three Valley Gap/Shuswap
(at additional cost) Scenic helicopter tours, Pioneer ghost town tour

Day 13

After a gentle night’s sleep on the water and a shared breakfast on board, we sail back to Sicamous and re-board our minibus for a day of sight-seeing as we drive alongside the picturesque Shuswap Lake, and on into the Thompson country. We’ll cross our path from Day 2 at Cache Creek and then travel the scenic Duffy Lake Road to the resort town of Whistler, site of the mountain sports of the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is the adrenaline capital of BC, if not all of Canada, with more options than one could exhaust in a week. Your tour leader will point you to the great variety of options. Here we’ll spend the final two nights of the tour.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: B

Included activities: house-boating

Day 14

Today is a free day for you to enjoy the many options available in Whistler. Go zip-lining or bungee jumping. Rent a bicycle, ride the chairlift to the top of Whistler, then enjoy same amazing hikes along the Singing Pass trails. Ride the world’s highest and longest gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. Or rent a mountain bike for some extreme downhill mountain-biking.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none
Additional suggested activity options in Whistler
(at additional cost)Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Ziptrek, Bobsleigh(advance booking required),
Downhill mountain biking, River rafting, Squamish-Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Whistler Museum,
Escape Rooms, ATV tours, Via Ferrata, Spa

Day 15

After breakfast, we’ll leave for the last leg of our trip back to Vancouver, traveling the scenic sea-to-sky highway. Depending on traffic, we should arrive there by noon, at which time we’ll say good-bye. If you are flying out today, please do not book flights earlier than 4 pm. If you are continuing on to another West Adventures tour, you will have a group meeting this evening at 6 pm. If not, you may want to consider adding a day or two in Vancouver before flying home, or a few extra days in Whistler. We can help you arrange accommodations and tours for an extended stay in either Vancouver or Whistler.