Unlimited adventures, 16 Days
- ARRIVAL IN CALGARY
Arrive at Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. The Roadbook you received will have all the information needed for your journey. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to create your own urban adventure and form your first impressions of Western Canada. Overnight in Calgary.
- CALGARY TO BANFF (127 km)
Leaving Calgary behind, you will set your sights today on the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Experience the majesty of the mountains as you first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park where the craggy peaks look larger the closer you get. After you have arrived in the bustling town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its charms. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Banff National Park is a stunning wilderness and your outdoor playground for the day. Enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for some panoramic views, visit the Cave and Basin, hike along one of the groomed trails or stroll through the town site of Banff to shop in the many boutiques and shops. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF TO JASPER (288 km)
Today you drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route for a stretch and a short walk. Dozens of incredible photo opportunities of ancient forests and crisply outlined mountain peaks present themselves around every bend of the road. Abundant small roadside waterfalls and alpine meadows delight travellers along this route, considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight in Jasper.
- JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Today is at your leisure to explore the uniquely beautiful landscape of Jasper National Park where serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. We suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise, a visit to Miette Hot Springs, or a ride on the Jasper SkyTram. Overnight in Jasper.
- JASPER TO WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK/CLEARWATER (318 km)
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. Before leaving the Rocky Mountains you will encounter one of its most spectacular sights, the mist-shrouded peak of Mount Robson. The highest peak in the Rockies can be seen for miles as you wind your way south through a vast unspoiled landscape. A visit to the volcano-shaped wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park is worth the detour. Explore the park’s mineral springs, serene lakes, dormant volcanoes and rushing falls. Not to be missed are the towering Helmcken Falls near the entrance to the park. Overnight in Clearwater.
- WELLS GRAY PROVINCIAL PARK/CLEARWATER TO TYAX LODGE & HELISKIING / SPRUCE HILL RESORT & SPA (397 km)
This morning perhaps visit the Yellowhead Museum for a taste of frontier life or Spahats Creek Park before travelling through the ‘Lakes Country’ region. As you follow the Cariboo Highway south, you will visit towns and villages that echo the past, as this route was travelled by gold seekers and traders during the famous Cariboo Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Arrive at either Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing to enjoy bird and wildlife watching, horseback riding, mountain biking and gold panning, or at Spruce Hill Resort & Spa boasting mountain orienteering, hiking and canoeing. Overnight at Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing or Spruce Hill Resort & Spa.
- TYAX LODGE & HELISKIING / SPRUCE HILL RESORT & SPA
Enjoy your day at one of two premier outdoor adventure resorts. Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing features outdoor adventure options such as a hiking excursion on one of the many eco-trails, or perhaps a refreshing swim in the calm and clear waters of Tyaughton Lake. Spruce Hill Resort and Spa is surrounded by over 150 km of hiking trails that lead throughout a diverse landscape of mountain trails, abandoned historical camps, valleys and waterside routes. Additional guided excursions to suit every taste are available for booking onsite at both resorts. Overnight at Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing or Spruce Hill Resort & Spa.
- TYAX LODGE & HELISKIING / SPRUCE HILL RESORT & SPA TO WHISTLER (182 km)
Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town of Whistler. The winding road leads through an arid landscape that gradually changes to lush forests lined with snow-capped mountain ranges. Once in Whistler, you may decide to play a round of golf in the shadow of towering mountains, hike along endless trails and high alpine meadows, ride on horseback past spectacular glaciers or white water raft down one of the turbulent rivers. You may wish just to relax in the enchanting setting of the pedestrian village and enjoy the boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Overnight in Whistler.
A full day to enjoy the wonders and delights of western Canada’s premier resort village! You may decide to perhaps play a round of golf in the shadow of towering mountains, hike along endless trails and high alpine meadows, ride on horseback past spectacular glaciers or white water raft down one of the turbulent rivers. You may wish just to relax in the enchanting setting of the village and enjoy the boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Overnight in Whistler.
- WHISTLER TO PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK (275 km, land only)
Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rainforests, steep ravines and windswept beaches. Overnight in Pacific Rim National Park.
- PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK
Your day is at leisure to explore the rugged coastline along the network of hiking trails or walk the shoreline of Long Beach in search of shells and driftwood. Overnight in Pacific Rim National Park.
- PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK TO VICTORIA (194 km)
This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En route you might want to visit Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Cove. The coastal road winds through quaint seaside towns and the murals of Chemainus and the quaint Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan are well worth the visit . The day winds down in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. This beautiful city has a fascinating maritime heritage and has carefully preserved its colonial charm. Visit the harbour area, the totem poles of Thunderbird Park or the Royal British Columbia Museum. For an unforgettably elegant end to your day, visit the Fairmont Empress Hotel for traditional High Tea. Overnight in Victoria.
- VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER (70 km)
Before you leave Vancouver Island we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
You have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Situated in a magnificent setting among the sea, the beaches, the harbour and the steep Coast Mountains, Vancouver is considered to be the "Jewel" of North America’s Pacific Coast. Explore its cosmopolitan atmosphere with its diverse cultural, recreational, shopping and dining facilities that appeal to all tastes. Don’t miss a visit to the amazing Capilano Suspension Bridge. Overnight in Vancouver.
- END OF TOUR
Return to Vancouver International Airport in time to check-in for your departure flight.
INCLUSIONS (Ferry crossing):
- Day 11 — Pacific Rim National Park area: Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo
- Day 14 — Vancouver: Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen