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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights22 / 21
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$5309

Day 1

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

Included meals: none

Day 2

We depart Vancouver for the ferry terminal that will take us across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The scenery on the crossing is exceptional. We arrive in Victoria about noon and have a day-and-a-half to explore this historic, very British city. From hiking sections of the Juan de Fuca trail to visiting the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, there is incredible variety to explore in this region. Charter a fishing trip. Visit Craigdarroch Castle or Miniature World or the Royal British Columbia Museum or stroll the BC Parliament Buildings, Government House or the iconic Empress Hotel. Stroll the Inner Harbour or check out the Oak Bay marina.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: ferry crossing

Day 3

Continue with the activities you started yesterday. Or do something totally different. Take a hike; there are a lot of hiking trails in the region. Today, your driver will give you the option of driving as far as Port Renfrew, the terminus of the Juan de Fuca Trail, where you can explore Botanical Beach with its unique geological and botanical tidal pools. You’ll also have the option of hiking one or more sections of that trail, or relaxing on one of the beaches along the way.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 4

We leave the Greater Victoria area this morning and make our way up the Island. We’ll take in the breath-taking views of the Malahat Drive on our way, stop at the totem poles of Duncan, then on to Chemainus. Here we’ll make a brief stop to wander around this artsy community. Then it’s off to Parksville. Here you can take a tour to explore the Horne Lake Caves, take a short hike to Little Qualicum Falls or explore Coombs Country Market, world famous for its goats grazing on the roof. You may want to check out the Errington animal Rescue Centre, or spend a lazy afternoon on Rathtrevor Beach

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 5

Today we cross the Island to the Pacific Coast, stopping along the way to see Cathedral Grove, the aptly named giant forest preserve. We’ll arrive at Long Beach and the Tofino area about noon. Here we have a great variety of activities associated with the coast. Surf the waves of Long Beach, or simply relax on the beach; rent a kayak or canoe; hike in the rainforest. Explore the art galleries of Tofino, or simply grab your camera and capture the exquisite scenery of Clayoquot Sound and the Pacific Coast.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 6

Today we take an included whale-watching excursion to Hot Springs Cove. More often than not, we’ll be treated not only to whales but also various other sea life such as harbour seals and porpoises. At Hot Springs Cove, we’ll relax in the soothing hot mineral waters as ocean waves surge up to meet us. A true bucket list experience.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: whale watching tour

Day 7

We’ll retrace our journey across the Island to Nanaimo, to board a ferry back to the BC Mainland. There we’ll head up the gorgeous Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish, billed as the “outdoor adventure capital of Canada.” Kite surfing and rock climbing the face of the Stawamus Chief are some of the more extreme activities available here. Less challenging are the hikes up the Stawamus Chief or to Shannon Falls, the fourth highest in Canada. Or take the easier route up the Sea-to-Sky gondola for breathtaking views of Howe Sound. Or, if you’d prefer to do something more relaxing, take a tour of a local distillery. You’ll wish you had more time to take in all the options.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: ferry ride

Day 8

This morning we retrace the short drive back down the Sea-to-Sky Highway, something you’ll be more than happy to do a second time. This is one of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever find. We’ll likely say good-bye to some of our fellow travellers on our arrival back in Vancouver, but the rest of us will have time to catch an afternoon city excursion. As there will likely be some new people joining us at this point, there will be another group meeting this evening. After your tour briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of Vancouver’s many fantastic restaurants.

Overnight: hotel.

Included meals: none

Day 9

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 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 starting point for tomorrow’s adventure.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Day 10

We 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 11

We 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 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

Day 12

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 13

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 azure lakes, and take the short hike to iconic Peyto Lake. We end the day at Lake Louise.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Glacier Adventure, Skywalk, sightseeing stops

Day 14

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 either today or on Day 18. 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

Day 15

We have a full day to explore Calgary’s attractions. Several of our departures will include entrance to the Stampede itself. Our hotel is close to the City’s nightlife, for those who enjoy that kind of activity.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: Stampede entrance fees for some departures.

Day 16

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. You are free to explore the town or participate in some 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 accommodations in Banff for the next two nights.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: hot springs admission, park fees

Day 17

This is a full day to enjoy the many options around Banff. You may want to add white-water paddle rafting to your “to do” list. Or get your adrenaline rush by doing the Via Ferrata. 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 18

We leave Banff National Park today, travelling through the Great Divide, 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 an included ghost town tour.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included attractions: park fees, site-seeing stops, Rogers Pass Visitor Centre

Day 19

We spend a few hours at Three Valley Gap this morning, 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, taking a helicopter flight to upper alpine glaciers. Today’s drive is less than an hour, to the Shuswap. 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

Day 20

After a gentle night’s sleep on the water and a shared breakfast on board, we sail back to the marina 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 21

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

Day 22

We leave for the last leg of our trip back to Vancouver, travelling the Sea-to-Sky Highway for one more dose of its splendour. 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.