Mountain Country, 19 Days
The Mountain Country itinerary features fixed departures. These dates access all sailings of BC Ferries from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy. If requesting changes to this programme prior to Day 16, days added or deleted must accommodate dates that the ferry operates.
Departure dates with an "*" will have an overnight ferry and no overnight hotel in Port Hardy on Day 15 that are replaced with: Inboard cabin on the overnight ferry.
- ARRIVAL IN VANCOUVER
Arrive Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The Roadbook you received will have all the information needed for your journey. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
You will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some of the city’s highlights include: the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. You may wish to pay a visit to Klahowya Village in Stanley Park where you travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train, watch cultural performances, shop the Artisan Marketplace, and much more. Overnight in Vancouver.
- VANCOUVER TO PENTICTON (417km)
Enjoy the scenic drive to Penticton via the dense forests of Manning Provincial Park and approach your destination from the south. In the park, you can take a walk on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats. The town of Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. The region is also renowned for its beaches and hot, dry climate. Overnight in Penticton.
- PENTICTON TO REVELSTOKE (260 km)
Morning is at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area. Overnight in Revelstoke.
- REVELSTOKE TO BANFF (283 km)
Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the bustling resort town of Banff. We suggest a visit to Lake Louise. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Entire day to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum. You may also try river rafting or a gondola ride. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF TO JASPER (288 km)
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight in Jasper.
- JASPER NATIONAL PARK
You will have the full day to relax and tour Jasper and surrounding area. We suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise or a ride on the Jasper SkyTram. Overnight in Jasper.
- ASPER TO CLEARWATER (318 km)
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. We suggest a stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Overnight in Clearwater.
- CLEARWATER / WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK
Many activities are available in the park including hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or river rafting. Overnight in Clearwater.
- CLEARWATER TO 100 MILE HOUSE (133 km)
From the park, it is a short drive into the dramatic cattle ranching country of the Cariboo Region. 100 Mile House was born in the 19th-century during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, when a roadhouse was built here to service gold seekers heading into the goldfields. They travelled along the Cariboo Wagon Road, beginning in Lillooet and frequently stopped at the roadhouse that became known as 100 Mile House. Overnight in 100 Mile House.
- 100 MILE HOUSE TO PRINCE GEORGE (326 km)
We suggest a visit to Barkerville, a restored pioneer settlement from the Gold Rush era. Overnight in Prince George.
- PRINCE GEORGE TO SMITHERS (371 km)
Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges. This is also a region with cultural and historical ties to many native bands. Overnight in Smithers.
- SMITHERS TO PRINCE RUPERT (348 km)
Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert. In Hazelton, you may want to visit Ksan Native Village and its tribal houses, museum, carving shed and totem poles of the Gitksan First Nation. Situated on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert was home to the Tsimshian and Haida nations for 5000 years and their legacies can be seen in the totem poles of Service Park, Roosevelt Park and the Sunken Gardens. Overnight in Prince Rupert.
- PRINCE RUPERT TO PORT HARDY (CRUISE)
Enjoy a full day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline*. The famous Inside Passage cruise comes to an end in Port Hardy. Overnight in Port Hardy.
- PORT HARDY TO CAMPBELL RIVER (233 km)
Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing. Overnight in Campbell River.
- CAMPBELL RIVER TO VICTORIA (265 km)
Continue along the coast, past Nanaimo and Chemainus, and enjoy the scenic Malahat Drive. Overnight in Victoria.
Today, explore this elegant capital city. We suggest a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Drop in for afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or visit the famous Butchart Gardens. Overnight in Victoria.
- VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER / END OF TOUR (70 km, land only)
Traverse the charming Saanich Peninsula before enjoying a mini-cruise on BC Ferries back to Vancouver through the Strait of Georgia. Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.
- DAY 15. Port Hardy. Ferry crossing: Inside Passage cruise Prince Rupert to Port Hardy. Select departures will include an overnight ferry.
- DAY 19. Vancouver. Ferry crossing: Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen, 1 hour 35 minutes