Discover the wonders of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. From the big cities of Vancouver and Victoria to the superb scenic delights of Jasper National Park, pull on some hiking books, grab a paddle or gear up in a swimsuit to explore this region from all angles. Make tracks to Banff, keeping eyes peeled for cougars, elks and grizzly bears, and be wowed by the spectacular blue lakes, snow-capped mountains and dense emerald forests of this spectacular national park.

Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Calgary, Canada
Countries
Canada
Themes
Explorer
Code
SSSK
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
398kg pp per trip

Explore the natural wonders of Canada from Vancouver to Calgary


Highlights

  • Get a taste of the Rocky Mountains in Vancouver
  • Enjoy a coastal walk in Victoria
  • Travel the scenic countryside by train
  • Hike up Whistler's Mountain in Jasper
  • Explore the natural wonders of Banff
  • Hit up the nightlife in Calgary

Itinerary

Stroll down the streets of downtown Vancouver, dine in Chinatown or catch a gig at the Orpheum Theatre. Otherwise find a restaurant with a view of the Rockies and admire the craggy peaks that line the horizon.
Catch a bus to the ferry terminal in Vancouver before boarding a ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Take an educated stroll through the Royal BC Museum, wander around the landscaped gardens of Beacon Hill Park, go on a whale-watching or bear-spotting tour, or enjoy some of the region’s very best seafood.
Ferry back to Vancouver, then catch a train north-east to Jasper. It is a long ride but the spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains along the way will inspire the days to come.
Known for its amazing wildlife, including elk, moose, deer, coyotes, grizzly bears and mountain lions, Jasper is also the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks, with a greater area than Banff, Yoho and Kootenay combined. Hike up Whistler's Mountain, bike in the Valley of Five Lakes or cruise the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake. For a more relaxing option, head to the Miette Hot Springs for a soothing dip or have a drink at Jasper Brewing Company, where premium hops and malts are on tap late into the night.
After stopping at Columbia Icefields Centre, Athabasca Falls, Sunwapta Falls, Weeping Wall and Crowfoot Glacier, arrive in Banff for some seriously stunning views. This is a thrill-seeker's paradise, so perhaps take a nice long trek, paddle a canoe over aqua waters or cycle beside snow-capped mountains. Then retire to bed with a hot chocolate and some killer mountain views.
Chill out in Prince's Island Park, head up the Calgary Tower for fantastic views across the city or learn a new sport at Canada Olympic Park. Later, get the group together for a final meal in Calgary's expansive Chinatown before raising a few Labatt Blue beers to the end of an incredible Canadian adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Bus, Ferry, Train
Accommodation
Hostel (3 nights), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight seated train (1 night)
Included activites
  • Jasper National Park

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Notes

A Single Supplement is available on this trip. On the following nights a single supplements is not available:
Day 4 (Overnight train).

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Best of Western Canada, May 2014