Vancouver & The Rockies - Canada
See the very best of western Canada as you journey by train, plane and automobile. Enjoy cosmopolitan Vancouver and quaint Victoria, search for whales and fly in a float plane. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer not once but twice as you journey via alpine Whistler to the dramatic Rockies and Jasper. Drive the Icefields Parkway with its dramatic scenery of lakes, glaciers and cascading waterfalls, said by many to be one of the most scenic drives in the world, and ride on the surface of a glacier. Then stay on the shores of Emerald Lake and explore the scenic town of Banff.
Day 1: Arrive Vancouver
On arrival in Vancouver a private transfer is included. Hotel for 2 nights: Standard - Rosedale on Robson Deluxe Suite; Superior - Sheraton Wall Centre; Deluxe - Fairmont Waterfront Deluxe Partial Harbour View Room
Day 2: Vancouver (Free Day)
Today is a free day to enjoy the city. We highly recommend taking the Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour which take will take you from sea level to 4,100 feet above Vancouver on the Grouse Mountain Skyride for breathtaking views of the city, the ocean and surrounding mountains. The tour also includes a visit the Grizzly Bear & Grey Wolf Refuge and Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure.
Day 3: Vancouver - Victoria
Depart Vancouver this morning and cruise across Georgia Strait. Arriving on Vancouver Island, tour the Butchart Gardens (admission included). A two-hour stop allows time to enjoy these magnificent gardens. Tour scenic Ocean Drive, Uplands, Oak Bay, University of Victoria as well as the Victoria City before being taken to your hotel. Hotel for 2 nights: Standard - Chateau Victoria; Superior - Inn at Laurel Point; Deluxe - Fairmont Empress.
Day 4: Victoria (Whale Watching)
This morning depart on an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres aboard the Orca Spirit, a 50 foot, 45 passenger covered boat, in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. The afternoon is free to explore Victoria.
Day 5: Victoria - Vancouver (Floatplane*)
Around midday depart Victoria Harbour by floatplane for an unforgettable trip over the Gulf Islands into downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour. Overnight in Vancouver. Hotels as day 1.
*Due to space and weight limitations on the floatplane, luggage is restricted to 25lbs per person. We suggest that you pack an overnight pack for the Victoria portion of your itinerary; your Vancouver hotel will be able to store luggage until you check in again. Transfers to & from the floatplane terminals are not included.
Day 6: Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Whistler
Depart Vancouver this morning aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Whistler and enjoy panoramic vistas of the Howe Sound and the Coastal Mountain Range. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliff s. Upon arrival in Whistler you will be transferred to your hotel.
Hotel allocated by Rocky Mountaineer
Day 7: Whistler - Rocky Mountaineer - Quesnel
Early this morning depart on the Rocky Mountaineer train through Caribou Country to Quesnel. This rail journey takes you along the historic Caribou Goldrush Trail. Highlights along the way include towering views of the Fraser Canyon, Anderson and Seton Lakes. Upon arrival into Quesnel you will be transferred to your overnight accommodation. (B,L) Hotel: allocated by Rocky Mountaineer.
Day 8: Quesnel - Rocky Mountaineer - Jasper
This morning, re-board the Rocky Mountaineer for your continuing journey to Jasper. Your route today follows the famous Fraser River. Keep your eyes open for grizzly bears, moose, beaver and osprey! You will pass Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres this is the Rockies’ highest peak. Crossing into the province of Alberta, you will arrive by early evening in the peaceful alpine town of Jasper. (B, L) Hotel for 2 nights: Standard - Lobstick Lodge; Superior - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room; Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room.
Day 9: Jasper - free day
This morning transfer to the Avis Depot in Jasper (transfer included) to collect your rental car. The day is then free for your to explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Perhaps take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included).
Day 10: Jasper - Lake Louise (130 miles)
This morning depart on the scenic drive that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald colour lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June). Hotel: Standard - Deer Lodge; Superior – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room; Deluxe - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Mountain View Room.
Day 11: Lake Louise - Emerald Lake (40 miles)
A short drive today through Majestic Mountain passes into Yoho National Park. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) National Park is filled with gem coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge. Emerald Lake Lodge is built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces is located on the shores of Emerald Lake.
Day 12: Emerald Lake - Banff (70 miles)
Enjoy the leisurely drive from Field and Lake Louise to Banff. At Lake Louise take the lovely Bow Valley Parkway, a low-speed, two-lane undivided roadway with numerous scenic outlooks and pullouts. Be sure to stop for a quick nature walk at Johnston Canyon, where you can stand in the spray of a roaring mountain waterfall. This rest of the day is free to explore Banff and area. Hotel for 2 nights: Standard - Irwin’s Mountain Inn; Superior - Banff Caribou Lodge; Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs - Deluxe Room
Day 13: Banff
A full day to explore Banff and area, in town you’ll find lots of things to do - shopping, cafés, nightlife, museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.
Day 14: Banff - Calgary (75 miles)
Drive to Calgary today. En-route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (admission not included) before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary Airport or downtown location, where your tour ends..
Tour also available in the reverse direction from Calgary to Vancouver, please ask for itinerary.
- 13 nights accommodation as shown
- Meals on days shown (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch)
- Intermediate hire car days 10 - 15 with GPS
- 3 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service
- Floatplane Victoria – Vancouver
- Whale Watch cruise
- Butchart Gardens
- Banff Hot Springs
- Banff Gondola & Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer
- Station/ hotel transfers in Vancouver, Whistler and Quesnel
- Airport transfer in Vancouver
- Comprehensive document pack
- Flights to/from Canada
- Meals, sightseeing and attractions not shown as included
- Transfer to/from floatplane
- National Park entrance fees
- Fuel, tolls and parking (including at hotels)
- One way rental fee of $40 + tax payable locally