Totem Peaks, 15 Days
- ARRIVAL IN VANCOUVER
Arrive Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The Jonview Roadbook you received will have all the information needed for your holiday/trip/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 suggestions: Stanley Park, the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. Overnight in Vancouver.
- VANCOUVER TO PENTICTON (417 km)
Scenic drive to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush orchards, beaches and hot, dry climate. Overnight in Penticton.
- PENTICTON TO REVELSTOKE (260 km)
Morning at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Then drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area. Overnight near Revelstoke.
- REVELSTOKE TO BANFF (283 km)
Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and meets Canada’s first national park here. Kicking Horse Pass is sure to be a scenic highlight of the park. Before you continue on to the bustling resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Entire day is free to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum. You may also try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka. 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 TO PRINCE GEORGE (375 km)
The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region. Overnight in Prince George.
- PRINCE GEORGE TO SMITHERS (371 km)
Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges. Overnight in Smithers.
- SMITHERS TO PRINCE RUPERT (348 km)
Follow the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert. 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 terminates in Port Hardy. Overnight in Port Hardy.
* - For select departures, overnight will be on board the ferry in your selected accommodation type. The cruise will arrive at Port Hardy the next day.
- 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 quaint seaside towns such as Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo. In Duncan, visit the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre and in Chemainus, you can see the famous murals. As you approach Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Drive, which affords generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond. Overnight in Victoria.
- VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER (70 km, land only)
Before you leave Victoria’s charms and the beauty of the Inner Harbour, we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini-cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands, through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia for some last-minute shopping. Overnight near Vancouver International Airport.
- END OF TOUR
Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS ($):
- Day 2. Vancouver. Vancouver City Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge- Tour 2-5 hours.
Breathtakingly suspended 230 feet (70m) above and 450 feet (137m) across Capilano River, Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to towering evergreens, serene trails and the award winning attraction, Treetops Adventure. Seven suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet, take you high above the forest floor for a thrilling encounter within the heart of the forest. The Cliffwalk is a heart-stopping 700 foot (215m) long walkway taking guests along the granite cliffside of Capilano Canyon on a series of bridge, platforms and stairways cantilevered up to 30 storeys above Capilano River . Guided eco-walks, a First Nations cultural experience and voices from the past at the Story Centre mingle with the sounds of live seasonal musical entertainment. Unmatched shopping at the Trading Post and West Coast cuisine round out this entertaining West Coast experience.
Adult - $58; Child (13-16) - $39; Child (6-12) - $23; Child (0-5) - free
- Day 6. Banff. 4-hour Kananaskis River Whitewater Fun (rafting).
Winding through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country and only 45 minutes west of Calgary in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the class II-III Kananaskis River is a great whitewater experience, suitable for rafters as young as 5 years of age. Included are professional river guide on each raft, safety instruction and practice paddle, complimen-tary photos (accessible online), light snack and refreshment, 1 .5-2 hours river time, wetsuit, lifejacket, helmet, rainjacket, wetsuit booties and gloves.
Adult - $117; Child (5-15, min age: 5) - $74
- Day 7. Jasper. 1.5-hour Ice Explorer ride.
Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield, located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Covering an expanse of 325 sq.km and reaching depths of up to 320 m, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Venture directly onto the Athabasca glacier in a specially-designed Ice Explorer with guided commentary. A unique icy adventure!
Adult - $84; Child (6-15) - $41; Child (0-5) - free
- Day 14. Vancouver airport. 3-hour whalewatching tour by covered boat.