Western wonders, 14 Days
Calgary • Kananaskis • Banff National Park • Jasper National Park • Sun Peaks • Harrison Hot Springs • Victoria • Vancouver
2021 DEPARTURE DATES (Daily): May 1 — October 24
- ARRIVAL IN CALGARY
Arrive Calgary 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 for visiting Heritage Park or the Calgary Tower. Overnight in Calgary.
- CALGARY TO KANANASKIS (75 km)
Leave Calgary for the Kananaskis Valley in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Kananaskis Country is noted for its rugged mountain surroundings by the edge of the scenic Kananaskis River. Overnight in Kananaskis.
- KANANASKIS VALLEY
Beautiful scenery surrounds you in Kananaskis, with numerous outdoor activities at your disposal. We suggest golfing, swimming, tennis, horseback riding, hiking or biking. Overnight in Kananaskis.
- KANANASKIS TO BANFF (144 km)
Scenic drive to the famous resort town of Banff, past Canmore and Harvey Heights. Visit the Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls or ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Overnight in Banff.
- BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Entire day to tour Banff and the surrounding area. Visit the Banff Natural History Museum, 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 Lake Louise and Peyto Lake en route. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield. Overnight in Jasper.
- JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Full day to relax and tour Jasper and the surrounding area. We suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise, Miette Hot Springs visit or a ride on the Jasper SkyTram. Overnight in Jasper.
- JASPER TO SUN PEAKS (430 km)
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Sun Peaks. We suggest a stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Overnight in Sun Peaks.
- SUN PEAKS TO HARRISON HOT SPRINGS (301 km)
Drive past Kamloops and continue into the breathtaking landscape of the Fraser Canyon. Go through Hell's Gate and the Fraser Valley to the resort of Harrison Hot Springs. Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs.
- HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
Enjoy a relaxing day in the soothing waters of the mineral hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs. Harrison Lake offers a wide sandy beach and numerous recreational activities. Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs.
- HARRISON HOT SPRINGS TO VICTORIA (170 km, land only)
Today you head westward to the coast en route to Vancouver Island and British Columbia’s provincial capital, Victoria. Passing through the outlying Vancouver suburbs of Abbotsford and Surrey, board the ferry at Tsawwassen and cross over to Swartz Bay before driving south to Victoria. Perhaps make a short stop at Butchart Gardens and marvel at the thousands of ornamental flowers and plants that cover this former aggregate quarry. Overnight in Victoria.
- VICTORIA TO VANCOUVER (70 km, land only)
This morning you drive northward for a taste of small town island life. The communities of Duncan and Chemainus are a mixture of ancient First Nations culture, colonial history and a modern embracing of outdoor and eco-tourism. The Quw'utsun Cultural Centre in Duncan tells the story of the original inhabitants of the area, while the over 40 murals around the streets of Chemainus depict both modern life and a reverence of those that founded the community. Board the ferry in Nanaimo and arrive in Horseshoe Bay before continuing along the coast to Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Entire day to explore Vancouver and the surrounding area. Some suggestions to see in this thriving seaside city: the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. Overnight in Vancouver.
- END OF TOUR
Drive to Vancouver International Airport in time for check-in for your return flight.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS ($):
- Day 5 - Banff: 2-hour Evening Wildlife Safari
Join this tour through Banff National Park in search of some of its most visible wildlife, with animal sightings on over 95 percent of departures. A knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the threats to wildlife today and explain how the National Park environment helps protect animals and their natural habitat. Frequent sightings include black bears, bull, elk, bighorn sheep and osprey. Stops on the tour include a variety of interpre-tive locations and participants will have access to binoculars and a spotting.
May 1 - Oct 11: Adult - $47, Child (6-12) - $27, Child (0-5) - free
- Day 7 - Jasper: 2.5-hour river raft float trip on Athabasca River
This fun and easy rafting/scenic float trip travels down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A Jasper National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating along the same route used by the fur traders over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 m long, oar-powered rafts offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first-time rafter will enjoy. The guides do all the rowing while the group sits back and enjoys the ride and spectacular scenery. There is a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. This trip is designed for the whole family; toddlers to seniors - ages 2-99 are welcome.
May 10 - Oct 6: Adult - $72, Child (6-17) - $27, Child (2-5) - $13
- Day 11 - Victoria: 3-hour whale-watching tour by covered boat
This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife . You will ride aboard a zodiac or a regular covered boat with commentary by a certified marine biologist and naturalist . Full-length cruiser suits are provided on the Zodiac boat.
Apr 1 - Oct 31: Adult - $99, Youth (12-17) - $77, Child (6-11) - $69