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Discover snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and dense rainforests; ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for stunning views and on the surface of the Athabasca glacier for the thrill of a lifetime.
Stay in pretty mountain villages, lakeside resorts, and on the Pacific coast with its crashing rollers. Watch for whales as you cruise on Clayoquot Sound and for bear, elk and mountain sheep as you drive the famous Icefields Parkway.
Driving from Vancouver through Vancouver Island and on to the Rockies you can experience all this and more.....
This itinerary can be taken in reverse order, from Calgary to Vancouver, please call for full details.
• 3 nights Vancouver hotel
• 2 nights Victoria hotel
• 2 nights Tofino hotel
• 1 night Parksville hotel
• 2 nights Whistler
• 1 night Clearwater, Wells Gray Provincial Park
• 2 nights Jasper hotel
• 2 nights Banff hotel
• Car Hire
• Admission to Hat Creek Ranch
• Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
• Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
• Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
• Whistler Peak 2 Peak Adventure Gondola Ride
• BC Ferries Passenger Fare (Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay)
• BC Ferries Vehicle Fare (Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay)
• Whale Watching from Tofino
• Butchart Gardens Admission
• BC Ferries Passenger Fare (Vancouver to Victoria)
• BC Ferries Vehicle Fare (Vancouver to Victoria)
• Grouse Mountain Admission
• Capilano Suspension Bridge Admission
Day 1 Fly UK Vancouver
On arrival at Vancouver Airport, transfer to your Vancouver hotel. Transfer not included
Day 2 Vancouver Sightseeing (Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge)
The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada's third largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more. Experience Grouse Mountain Skyride (included) and Capilano Suspension Bridge (included) at your own leisure. Be sure to see such sights as Chinatown, Historical Gastown, the markets of Granville Island, and the famous shopping district of Robson Street.
Day 3 Vancouver to Victoria (69 km/43 mi + Ferry)
Leaving Vancouver drive south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Swartz Bay. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria.
Day 4 Victoria Exploring (Butchart Gardens)
Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn-of-the-century architecture, British traditions such as high tea, and shops full of woollens and china. Admission is (included) to the Butchart Gardens with its over 50 acre display of magnificent colour.
Day 5 Victoria to Ucluelet (313 km/195mi)
Travel to the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island and head to Pacific Rim National Park. En-route stops should be made at Duncan, the ‘City of Totems’, where you may visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village, which will provide you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included). Make a stop in the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. Drive through majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Ucluelet around mid afternoon.
Day 6 Tofino/Ucluelet (Pacific Rim National Park)
You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Also today enjoy either a whale watch cruise in search of gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles, or a Bear Viewing cruise in search of black bears who head for the closest food source - the ocean!
Day 7 Tofino/Ucluelet to Parksville (221 km/138 mi)
Depart Tofino for your return journey to the East Coast and the city of Parksville. En-route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees, as well as the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world’s two largest waterbombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires.
Day 8 Parksville to Whistler (108 km/68 mi + Ferry)
From Departure Bay sail for 1 hr 45 min on BC Ferries (ferry toll included) to Horseshoe Bay. Travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. 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 cliffs.
Day 9 Whistler Exploring (Peak to Peak Gondola Ride)
This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak2Peak Gondola (included) to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chair lift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.
Day 10 Whistler to Wells Gray Provincial Park (421 km/262 mi)
Travel north today from the mountain village via the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road. Enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue the journey north to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Visit the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush.
Day 11 Clearwater/Wells Gray Provincial Park
A full day to enjoy all the wonders Wells Gray has to offer. Hike to thundering Helmcken Falls, explore the park on horseback, try river rafting or canoe the serene waters of Clearwater Lake.
Day 12 Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper (318 km/198 mi)
Set out for Jasper along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Leaving British Columbia, you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and is now a quaint mountain village (breakfast included).
Day 13 Jasper Exploring
Jasper offers many terrific scenic highlights to explore. 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 (admissions not included).
Day 14 Jasper to Banff (289 km/180 mi)
Your scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured 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. From Lake Louise, choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.
Day 15 Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola)
A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included), 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 16 Banff to Calgary (115 km/ 72mi)
Depart the Rocky Mountains at your own leisure to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Your tour concludes with the return of your rental vehicle at Calgary Airport, in time for your return flight to the UK.