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Ultimate West Fly DriveFrom Vancouver to the Okanagan wine region, the Rockies to the Pacific Rim National Park, this 21-day Ultimate West Self Drive certainly lives up to its name.

Holiday Details

  • Ultimate West Fly Drive.
  • 21 days / 20 nights.
  • Multiple Departure Dates & Departure Airports Available
  • Visiting: Banff, Jasper, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Clearwater, Gold Bridge, Emerald Lake, Kelowna, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

From only £3,719 per person

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Ultimate West - A Canada Fly Drive Holiday 

A fantastic 21-day fly-drive holiday combining the best of Western Canada, from the wine region of the Okanagan Valley to the resorts of the Rockies, cosmopolitan Vancouver to the wildlife of Tofino and much, much more....Return flights from the UK, accommodation and car hire included!

 

Top Tip: Enhance your experience on this rural drive by upgrading your car hire to an SUV for added comfort.

 

 

 

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Fly UK to Vancouver
Upon arrival into Vancouver transfer (not included) to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

Day 2 Vancouver
The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port with a multi-cultural ambiance. Use your Hop on Hop off pass today to get around Vancouver and sightsee at your leisure.

Day 3 Vancouver to Kelowna (397 km/247 mi)
Today, travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin.

Day 4 Kelowna Wine Tour : Westside Story
Visit the Tuscan Splendor of Mission Hill with a full tour and tasting. This winery is the flagship of this region and never fails to impress. Then we can lunch at Quails Gate - life doesn't get much better than this - join us for this full day tour.  Some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan are on the south eastern flank of Mount Boucherie, where the vines are in the sunlight from early morning until late in the day. Mission Hill Estate and Quails Gate have both established themselves as leaders in the industry here in Canada. We will see 5 or six wineries today from the old stalwarts to some of the new additions on the bench. Each has its own unique personality and wines that they specialize in. We have Little Straw Winery, Mount Boucherie, Volcanic Hills, the Hatch and Rollingdale Winery. Your full tour of Mission Hill Winery is included in this tours and you are provided with a gift card for lunch - that is included which allows you to order anything off of thier delectable menu. In the after noon we explore the rest of the wineries. We will try to see all the ones that the groups is specifically interested in - we guarantee that we will visit a minimum of 5 wineries and time permitting we will see more. This a simply a great day in the Okanagan Wine Region.  Included: - return hotel transfers (from downtown Kelowna properties) - all tastings - driver/guide with dialogue about the area - snacks on the bus - gift card for lunch Not included:  - driver gratuity - shop purchases

Day 5 Kelowna to Emerald Lake Lodge (405 km/252 mi)
Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. A short drive beyond Revelstoke you will find Craigellachie, where the `last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (254 metres / 833 feet), Takakkaw Falls.

Day 6 Emerald Lake Lodge
Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Day 7 Emerald Lake Lodge to Banff (81 km/50 mi)
Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. 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 8 Banff
A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafes, 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.

Day 9 Banff via Lake Louise to Jasper (262 km/163 mi)
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. We have included an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier enroute to Jasper.

Day 10 Jasper National Park
Today is at your leisure to explore the uniquely beautiful landscape of Jasper National Park where serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers.

Day 11 Jasper to Wells Gray Provincial Park/Clearwater (317 km/196mi)
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. Before leaving the Rocky Mountains you will encounter one of its most spectacular sights, the mist-shrouded peak of Mount Robson. The highest peak in the Rockies can be seen for miles as you wind your way south through a vast unspoiled landscape. A visit to the volcano-shaped wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park is worth the detour. Not to be missed are the towering Helmcken Falls near the entrance to the park.

Day 12 Wells Gray Provincial Park/Clearwater to Gold Bridge (400 km/248 mi)
This morning perhaps visit the Yellowhead Museum for a taste of frontier life or Spahats Creek Park before travelling through the `Lakes Country’ region. As you follow the Cariboo Highway south, you will visit towns and villages that echo the past, as this route was travelled by gold seekers and traders during the famous Cariboo Gold Rush of the late 1800s. Be prepared for the largest log lodge in the West.

Day 13 Gold Bridge
Enjoy your day in Gold Bridge where you will find a unique combination of wilderness, outdoor adventure and first-class facilities. You can discover the surrounding area on a hiking excursion on one of the many eco trails.

Day 14 Gold Bridge to Whistler (235 km/146 mi)
Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town of Whistler. The winding road leads through an arid landscape that gradually changes to lush forests lined with snow-capped mountain ranges.

Day 15 Whistler Exploring
Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the newly opened Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Whistler Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May - Oct, 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 16 Whistler to Pacific Rim National Park (310 km/192 mi)
Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rainforests, steep ravines and windswept beaches.

Day 17 Coastal Bear Watching
Today you have a Coastal Bear Watching tour included.   This tour features black bears and explores the fjord inlets of Clayoquot Sound. During the winter, local black bears are in semi-hibernation. Come May, they leave their dens and head for the closest food source - the ocean! While the bears forage in the intertidal zone, you can unobtrusively observe and photograph their behaviour. You will experience the tour aboard an open-air, rescue-style, 24' rigid-hulled Zodiac suitable for this calm water program. The vessel's shallow draft is especially good for manoeuvring in the small sheltered bays while you are watching for bears and learning about this unique environment. Remote Passages provides Mustang Floater Suit, toque and gloves and complimentary hot drinks on return. Participants should dress warmly, bring a camera, binoculars, sun glasses and sunscreen. 

Day 18 Pacific Rim National Park to Victoria (325 km/201 mi)
This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En route you might want to visit Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Cove. The coastal road winds through quaint seaside towns and the murals of Chemainus and the quaint Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan are well worth the visit. The day winds down in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

Day 19 Whale Watching
Today we have included a 3 hour Whale Watching tour.  This coastal excursion is an exhilirating 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 comfortable custom-built zodiac that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilirating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided.  ZODIAC TOURS: The open zodiacs are for the adventurous at heart. The 12 passenger vessels are recommended for an exhilarating experience complete with sea spray! Designed for high speed these vessels are known around the world for durability, safety, seaworthiness and performance. The zodiacs are equipped with Yamaha 4-stroke engines, world renowned for their quiet operating and low emission levels. Passengers will be provided full body cruiser suits for the tour.

Day 20 Victoria to Vancouver (70 km / 43 mi + Ferry)
Before you leave Vancouver Island we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini-cruise on B.C. Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia. The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver.  

Day 21 Fly Vancouver to the UK

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