Explore the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies

Canada’s Rocky Mountains provide a stunning landscape of craggy, towering rock faces, snow-capped mountains, thick forests and picturesque lakes. Wander the streets of Vancouver and admire the views each direction you turn. Hike or bike the breathtaking trails of Whistler, Sun Peaks, Jasper, and Banff. Experience the renowned expanse of Lake Louise, or wrap your hands around a mug of hot chocolate while admiring the superb alpine scenery of the Rockies. Ready for a grand adventure? Jump aboard and witness the sheer beauty of this exceptional part of the world.


Start
Vancouver, Canada
Finish
Calgary, Canada
Destination
Canada
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 13

Why you'll love this trip

  • Sit back and enjoy the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Banff, one of the most scenic drives on earth, without the hassle of driving.

  • Head to Whistler to learn more about First Nations history at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre – the first of its kind in Canada.

  • Ride a canoe to an outpost of Sun Peaks and enjoy a four-course meal in the style of the old fur traders.

  • Experience the seasonal moods and beauty of Lake Louise for yourself and cross off one of those must-see bucket list experiences.

  • Keep your eye on the roadside for extraordinary wildlife like elk, black bears, grizzly bears, eagles, Rocky Mountain goats, and – if you're lucky – beavers, wolves and moose.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers a lot of ground, as Canada is a huge country. Please be prepared for some long days of driving. The drive between Sun Peaks and Jasper, for example, takes around six hours.

  • You'll be spending a lot of time in a van with other travellers. Free space is limited, especially if the group is full. This is all part of the adventure though and you might even make some long-term friends.

  • As we're travelling through the mountains, the weather can be unpredictable. We advise wearing layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so make sure you have warm clothing with you.

  • In summer, especially in July and August, be prepared for insects. This is mosquito and black fly season so it's important to bring insect repellent, which will help prevent you from being bitten.

  • Canada is becoming increasingly popular, and this increase in visitors is putting a lot of pressure on accommodation. As a result, it can be difficult to strike a balance between price, location and quality and we sometimes have to sacrifice one for the others. There may be times when your hotel is a little way out from the centre of town. At other times it may be a bit simpler than what you are expecting. Your accommodation will still be clean and comfortable, however, and if you are located slightly out of town your leader will assist in shuttling you back and forth.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020.
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Welcome to Canada! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. If you do arrive early, perhaps explore the happening neighbourhood of Yaletown, or head to Granville Island to visit the colourful markets full of fresh produce and handcrafts. Vancouver’s coastal setting is beautiful, bordered by an ocean harbour to the north and a river to the south. The majestic Coastal Mountains, often snow-capped, provide the eastern horizon, making it a picturesque place to spend a few days before the tour begins. After your welcome meeting, perhaps wander around downtown Vancouver, seek out a cheap dumpling joint in Chinatown or a craft beer in the Gastown neighbourhood.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, or if you simply wish to explore Vancouver independently, we can assist with securing extra accommodation for you at the time of booking.
On your way out of Vancouver today, check out Stanley Park’s carved totem poles, representing the historical crests of First Nations families and their clans. During the drive to Whistler you’ll stop at the beautiful Shannon Falls, then learn more about First Nations art, history and culture at Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre. If you choose, you can refuel with a late lunch at the onsite cafe, serving a modern take on traditional First Nations food. In Whistler Village, enjoy free time to wander the bustling hub of shops and award-winning restaurants, all surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Later, you may like to join in on the Whistler nightlife by sampling one of the town’s lively bars.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Stunning Whistler is ready to be explored, up the mountain or back down in the village. Perhaps buy yourself a ticket to ride the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola to enjoy unparalleled views of towering volcanic peaks and surrounding forest on the world’s longest and highest lift. Once at the top, check out the nearby scenic walking trails, mountaintop restaurants and indoor interpretive displays. Otherwise, you could hire a bike and ride along the Valley Trail to Lost Lake, or go wildlife or wildflower spotting. If you're after something a little more cultured, perhaps hit the Audain Art Museum to see a selection of First Nations and British Columbian artwork.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Whistler - Zip Trek Tour (1.5 hrs) - CAD129
  • Whistler - Mountain Bike Rental - CAD99
  • Whistler - PEAK2PEAK Gondola - CAD64
  • Whistler - Audain Art Museum - CAD18
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Drive through the mountains to Sun Peaks (approximately 4–5 hours). Sun Peaks township is set on one of many peaks along the mountain range and the views from the top are incredible. On arrival you may have time to explore the area by bike or on foot prior to your evening adventure, where you’ll head out by canoe to an outpost for a four-course feast consisting of salad, bannock, soup, salmon, ribs and cookies. This is a taste of how the old fur traders used to travel and what they ate along the way.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Sun Peaks - 4 Course Fur Trader's Feast & Voyageur Canoe experience
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Head to Jasper, one of the most photographed places in Canada. Jasper is the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain parks, famous for wildlife such as elk, moose, deer, coyotes, grizzly bears and mountain lions, as well as smaller mammals and birds. During your free time in Jasper you’ll have options to explore including hiking Whistler Mountain, mountain biking in the Valley of Five Lakes and riding the Jasper SkyTram – the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada. Climbing to 2300 metres, the SkyTram provides spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jasper National Park - Entrance Fee
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today is a free day in Jasper. Join the group on a visit to Maligne Lake for some hiking, and perhaps book yourself a cruise on the lake’s shimmering blue waters past the much-photographed Spirit Island. Alternatively, a ride on the Jasper SkyTram is highly recommended if you didn’t do it yesterday, as it provides stunning views over the township and surrounding mountains. For adventure seekers, Jasper is an excellent destination to hire a mountain bike and explore the surrounding trails which weave through dense forest and pass stunning lookouts.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Visit to Maligne Lake
Optional Activities
  • Jasper - SkyTram - CAD49
  • Jasper - Mountain Bike Hire - CAD75
  • Jasper - Cruise on Maligne Lake - CAD79
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Buckle up for Banff. Today is a long day, with many scenic stops and visits along the way (in total, up to 12 hours). In the morning, travel towards Banff, stopping off at the Columbia Icefields Centre, Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls. Head into Banff National Park in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Banff is considered the oldest national park in Canada, showcasing the Rockies’ valleys and mountain chains which began forming up to 75 million years ago. The group will stop by the cliffs of the Weeping Wall and the Crowfoot Glacier on the way to the evening's accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Icefields Parkway - Athabasca Glacier tour - CAD90
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today pay a visit to Lake Louise with the group. Take a walk around the turquoise lake (season depending) or check out the interior of the luxury mountain resort, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Later, don an old-fashioned swimsuit and soak in the hot mineral waters of the local hot springs. If there is extra time today, you may like to take part in one of the many adventure activities available within the park. With its coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers, the park is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. There are opportunities for canoeing, mountain biking, hiking or riding the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Banff Upper Hotsprings
  • Visit to Lake Louise
Optional Activities
  • Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum - CAD10
  • Banff - Canoe Hire - CAD50
  • Banff - Sulphur Mountain gondola - CAD62
  • Banff - Horse Riding (1 hour) - CAD60
  • Banff - Mountain bike hire (full day) - CAD45
  • Banff - Cruiser bike hire (full day) - CAD38
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Complete your crossing of the Rockies today on a drive to Calgary. Home to the famous Calgary Stampede, the city is growing at a rapid rate, largely thanks to oil and mining. While it may not be the most picturesque of cities, Calgary makes up for it with a budding dining and nightlife scene. Enjoy free time to chill out in Prince's Island Park, head up the Calgary Tower for great views or learn a new sport at Canada Olympic Park. In the evening perhaps head for dinner at one of the city's great restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Calgary - Olympic Park Entrance - Free
  • Calgary - Calgary Tower - CAD18
  • Calgary - Studio Bell (home of the National Music Centre) - CAD18
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for today and you can depart the accommodation at any time, though please be sure to comply with any hotel check-out times.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Lodge (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit
  • Sun Peaks - 4 Course Fur Trader's Feast & Voyageur Canoe experience
  • Jasper National Park - Entrance Fee
  • Visit to Maligne Lake
  • Banff Upper Hotsprings
  • Visit to Lake Louise

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