Welcome to Calgary and the province of Alberta. Meet your driver and begin making your way to the town of Banff and Canada’s first National Park. Check into your downtown hotel, then enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening with your travel companions.
Overnight: Caribou Lodge (Dinner)
Explore Banff on a sightseeing tour with stops at Cascade Gardens and beautiful Bow Falls, then ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unparallel view of the mountains and valley below. Also included is time at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.
Overnight: Caribou Lodge (Breakfast)
This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, deer, and occasionally, bears, are common so keep your cameras handy. We stop at Johnston Canyon for a walk through the deep rugged canyon with several waterfalls and then cross the Continental Divide to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The awe inspiring Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald, are next on our itinerary for today. Our final destination is Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks.
Overnight: Lake Louise Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below.
A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. We rejoin the parkway and later arrove at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans; we visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Finally, at the end of this exciting day, we see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the charming town of Jasper, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Mount Robson Inn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Start the day with a ride up Whistler Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive takes you to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This evening enjoy a float trip down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty.
Overnight: Mount Robson Inn (Breakfast)
We start our journey into British Columbia, Canada’s western most province. A stop is made at the foot of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The panels and kiosks at the location are informative while the views on a clear are stunning. A highlight today is a river safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. We will hope to see bears and wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the best opportunities for the perfect photograph. Our destination today is Kamloops, known for its dry semi-arid climate, rolling hills, two converging rivers, the Thompson and the Nicola and the abundance of parks.
Overnight: South Thompson Inn (Breakfast)
We head south west through Coquihalla Pass and the rugged BC Interior and then travel through the fertile Fraser River Valley to Vancouver on the Pacific coast. A vibrant metropolitan city, Vancouver is nestled between the majestic Coast Mountains, the rugged Pacific coastline, and surrounded by a pristine wilderness of temperate rainforest, lakes, valleys and peaks. It’s location and cosmopolitan culture makes Vancouver one of the most beautiful as well as highly live-able of the world. Its equitable climate and variety of indoor and outdoor attractions makes Vancouver a year-round sought after travel destination.
Overnight: Georgian Court (Breakfast)
Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities in Canada, with its multicultural fusion and spectacular mountain and ocean setting. On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver like Shaughnessy. This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia’s Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We have a farewell dinner this evening after our week long introduction to Canada’s Pacific coast.
Overnight: Georgian Court (Breakfast, Dinner)
Today we say farewell to Vancouver, British and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for our journey home.
Tour Includes: 8 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star), professional Tour Leader, transportation on deluxe motorcoach, airport transfers in Calgary and Vancouver, 14 meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners.
|9 Day Best of the Canadian Rockies|
|Pricing is per person|
|CAD (does not include 5% tax)|
|Note: Tour departs from International Hotel Calgary at 10:00am on Day 1, flights can depart at any time from Vancouver on the last day.|
|Calgary Stampede Packages available as pre-tour add on for BRWB01-19|
|Guaranteed Departures highlighted in green|