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10-day Adventure through the Rockies to Vancouver

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10 Days
Calgary
Canada
Max People : 200

HIGHLIGHTS

Our self-drive tour along the Canadian Rockies will take you through the major highlights of the region, exposing you to the majesty of this land teeming with natural beauty and cultural delights – combining the best of both the Rockies and Pacific regions.

From Banff to Jasper, you will discover glaciers and postcards emerald lakes along the Icefield Parkway, one of the most scenic roads of Canada. Canyons, lakes, crystalline rivers, wildlife will invite you to hike or canoe to enjoy the most of the Rockies.

Take you time and relax in the Whistler region, on the road to the coast before immersing yourself in the vibrant and cultural atmosphere of Vancouver, a mix of populations, trapped between sea and mountains.

The personalized roadbook will drive you to the best hikes, stops of interests and encounters to optimize every moment of your journey. Drive, hike, fly and just contemplate.

Departure & Return Location

Calgary International Airport 

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • 9 nights accommodation in double room
  • English speaking guide in excursions
  • Wildlife safari on day 5
  • Entrance Fees
  • Seaplane flight on day 8
  • Zodiac trip on day 9
  • Personalized roadbook with suggestions
  • Car rental with GPS from day 1 to day 10

Price Excludes

  • Hotel per day taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • International flights
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Canada!

Upon arrival into Calgary International Airport, pass through security and collect your baggage before heading to the desk at the car rental to pick up your vehicle for the duration of your stay. Once the bags are packed and the keys in the ignition, you’ll journey between the airport and the city of Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Don’t forget to look out the window and be awed by the towering mountains and cascading rivers. Whether in the heat of summer or the cold of winter, there is no shortage of breathtaking panoramas! Once you’ve checked into your hotel, the Rundlestone Lodge, feel free to freshen up and relax before enjoying the rest of the evening at your own pace and leisure discovering the city.

Day 2Discover the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Today you can discover the bustling city of Banff and its surroundings. Between its colorful city center, its hot springs, and its cable car to Mount Sulphur, there is no shortage in the choice of activities. Climb aboard the cable car to Sulphur Mountain, at an altitude of 2281 meters, for a 360-degree view of the Rocky Mountains. You can choose between hiking, having a drink at Sky Bistro restaurant, or strolling around enjoying the scenery. Near the entrance of the cable car are the Banff hot springs. Come and recharge your batteries in the thermal and mineral waters of the Mont Sulphur mountains. All suggestions for hikes and visits will be included in your roadbook.

Day 3Hit the Road Headed for Jasper

After a comfortable night’s rest, it’s time to hit the road between Banff and Jasper, on the mythical Highway 93, commonly known as the Icefields Parkway – one of the most beautiful roads in the country. The 229-kilometer-long road contains the treasures of the rocky outcrops: more than 100 ancient glaciers, starting points for hikes to the green and blue lakes, icefields, and impressive waterfalls. Outside the village of Banff, you will admire the jewel of the road, Lake Louise, dominated by the impressive Fairmont Hotel. Its turquoise waters make it one of the most photographed of the Rockies. Continue onto Sunwapta Falls, the most beautiful on the road. Do the 2.6 km round trip to reach the lower falls formed by three large waterfalls. End your day with your arrival in the village of Jasper.

Day 4Explore the Tranquility of Jasper National Park

We hope that after a comfortable sleep and a delectable breakfast that you are ready for your next adventure in Canada. The goal of this day is to explore the Rockies in all their splendor! We suggest a route that allows you to discover the magnificent Jasper National Park and the Maligne Valley, discovering spectacular landscapes, the same ones that can be found in the pictures promoting the Rockies. There will be no shortage of suggestions for stops and excursions which are included in your roadbook. Don’t forget to take the time to really take it all in. With every breath, you’ll feel the crisp Canadian air, a small yet refreshing difference from those used to life in big cities.

Day 5Set Sail in Search of Local Wildlife

After a comfortable night’s rest and a hearty breakfast, we will leave Jasper for Clearwater in British Columbia, where along the way, we will explore the region’s local fauna. On the road there, in the heart of the Blue River forests, you will embark on a water safari in search of wildlife. Aboard a small catamaran and then a boat designed to sail up shallow rivers, some as shallow as 8 centimeters, you will sail on calm waters to observe wildlife, including grizzly bears. It’s an excursion that lasts approximately two hours so buckle up for one thrilling adventure. Once finished, continue onto Clearwater where you’ll be able to check into the comfort of your log suite at the Alpine Meadows Resort.

Day 6Head for the Slopes of Whistler

We hope that after yesterday’s adventure, you have had a restful night’s sleep because this morning we will be making the journey towards the city of Whistler. On the road between Clearwater and Whistler, you’ll drive on an inland route with beautiful views along Highway 1 and the Fraser Canyon for approximately six hours. You will discover the Cariboo region, its ranches and atmosphere of the 1850s, the era of the gold rush. Of the latter, you’ll see remnants of when the region was at its height leaving some areas all but ghost towns.

Day 7Scale the Heights of the Rockies

We hope that after a comfortable sleep and a delectable breakfast that you are ready for one of your last days of adventure in Canada. Take the time to sleep in this morning before getting ready to embark on a hike of the area surrounding Whistler on your way to Squamish. A true walker’s playground, the area between Whistler and Squamish is full of beautiful trails with breathtaking views. The area is a region of natural beauty, one that will leave a lasting impression on the heart, body, and soul long after you’ve left. Whether you are amateurs or experienced hikers, there is something for all levels and route suggestions will be included in your roadbook.

Day 8Experience the Sights from Above

This morning you’ll get to fly aboard a seaplane, a unique experience in Canada! You’ll embark on a 50-minute flight over the Squamish – Whistler area glaciers. During this flight, your pilot will introduce you to the beauty of this still wild region, with its breathtaking views of volcanic formations, glaciers, and wild rivers. You will then have an important meeting today to learn the history of the First Nations people. Whistler is home to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, a center exhibits many works of art including a 12-meter canoe, totems, masks, and traditional clothing. Once you’ve finished your cultural immersion, hit the road between Squamish and Vancouver, via the mythical “Sea to Sky” highway.

Day 9Explore Vibrant Vancouver

We hope that after yesterday’s adventure, you have had a restful night’s sleep because this morning we will be discovering the secrets of Vancouver’s oldest and most emblematic neighbourhood. Stroll with your guide through the lively and paved streets of Gastown. Between two “tastings,” you will not miss the pilgrimage in front of Gassy Jack statue, whose district owes its name. Then it’s time to embark on a zodiac trip around Vancouver. You will leave Granville Island to discover Vancouver from the ocean, an excellent way to see the city from another angle. Your guide will give you many explanations about the different neighborhoods of Vancouver before finish the trip under the huge Lions Gate Bridge overlooking the North Vancouver Mountains.

Day 10Say Farewell to Vancouver

This morning you’ll have the morning in Vancouver for a free day in town. Feel free to spend it at your own pace and leisure, enjoying everything that this quaint city has to offer. Depending when your flight is, you may need to head straight to the airport to drop off your car. All good things must come to an end but we hope you have enjoyed your time exploring the very best that the Canada has to offer. The rich natural beauty history, the effervescent culture, and the people that make the country what it is. We hope you have had a memorable trip and wish you pleasant onward travels!

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