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13 Day Rockies and Western Canada

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13 Day Rockies and Western Canada

The glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff.

You'll enjoy moments like… spotting buffalo and other wildlife and enjoying a meal of delicious Alberta beef with the trimmings on the Guinn Family's ranch, followed by hopping on an authentic wagon.

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Day by day

First Day welcome to Vancouver 

Welcome to Vancouver. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel:    Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

Second Day ferry to Vancouver Island then stay in Victoria  

Set out for Stanley Park and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit a family-owned winery and enjoy a taste of their delicious wines. Later, arrive in quaint Victoria.

Hotel:    Marriott Inner Harbour

Third Day enjoy some sightseeing and free time in Vancouver  

Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer questions and then spend some time exploring. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of restaurants for your choice dining.

Hotel:    Marriott Inner Harbour

Fourth Day its Chemainus and Squamish then stop at Whistler

Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge, enjoying sweeping views. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler.

Hotel:   Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Fifth Day see the sights of Whistler with free time 

Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Your Local Specialist, an authentic First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. This afternoon is free.

Hotel:    Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Sixth Day we journey to Sun Peaks 

Leaving Whistler, continue toward the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and enjoy an interpretive walk before your Regional Meal dinner. After, a Local Specialist will regale you with tales of voyageurs and the fur trapping industry.

Hotel: Sun Peaks Grand

Seventh Day see Rocky Mountain National Park then stop at Banff 

Sample the best of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel through Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, cross the Columbia River and Yoho National Park. Arrive at your mountain resort in Banff National Park for a relaxing stay. Enjoy drinks and a Local Specialist presentation where you will learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

Hotel:  Banff Park Lodge

Eighth Day enjoy sightseeing in Banff with free time

Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and hoodoo rock formations. Enjoy a free afternoon before setting off for Boundary Ranch where your hosts, the Guinn family, welcome you for a scenic Be My Guest experience and dinner.

Hotel:  Banff Park Lodge

Ninth Day its onto Lake Louise then stay in Jasper 

Arrive on the shores of Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Enjoy a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you climb aboard an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park. Join your fellow travellers for a "Farewell to the Rockies" Dinner. After dinner, enjoy a presentation about the area's history and wildlife with a Local Specialist.

Hotel:    The Sawridge Inn

Tenth Day sightseeing and free time in jasper 

Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is free.

Hotel:    The Sawridge Inn

Eleventh Day we visit Mount Robson then head to Chase

Head west and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak. On arrival to your hotel, meet with a member of the Secwepemc Nation, stroll the grounds and view a traditional kekuli built by the First Nations people.

Hotel:    Quaaout Lodge and Spa

Twelfth Day we return to Vancouver 

Return back to Vancouver and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including the famous Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk-a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms following a granite precipice, and Treetops Adventure-comprised of 7 suspension bridges and a platform. This evening, enjoy dinner with your newfound friends.

Hotel:    Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfont

Thirteenth Day farewell Vancouver 

Transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to Canada Place if you are extending your trip with an optional Alaska cruise.

Dining

12 Full Breakfasts.

5 Dinners.

(including Be My Guest).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Banff.
  • Cruise across Maligne Lake.
  • Scenic drives along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Icefields Parkway.
  • View Lake Louise, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks and a traditional kekuli built by the people of the First Nations.
  • Visit the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and Chase.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. You may choose a zodiac or covered vessel. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Choose between a zodiac or sightseeing boat experience. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

From our ancient, volcanic peaks with their 360 degree views, to our vibrant and sophisticated village with its incredible vibe, Whistler Blackcomb has summer covered from top to bottom. Travel across BC’s rooftop on the world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, explore over 31 miles (50 km) of high alpine hiking trails, then head to the valley for a bike ride on Whistler’s paved valley trail, or its renowned single-track network in the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Approx. duration: 1 hour.

Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet (2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Sky-walk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Explore the Rockies Tour

Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Canada rises up from the Kananaskis Base and soars away over the valley, crossing snow-capped mountains, rivers, and lakes. Rising to 9,500 feet, gaze upon all of these breathtaking panoramic views as you glide smoothly by on the Explore the Rockies tour. The tour is long enough to get beyond the face of the Rockies and “behind” the peaks. This exciting option typically will provide the excitement of flying through or over a mountain pass with frequent sightings of Big Horn Sheep and occasionally herds of Elk. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 20 minutes.

Grand Rockies Tour

The thrill of flight and the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies as seen from an eagle's perspective - the Grand Rocky Mountain Tour is Rockie Heli's most popular flight from our RHT-K base, the tour will introduce you to the spectacular scenery of the Spray Lakes Valley, the Iconic Three Sisters Mountains of Canmore as well as stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. Subject to weather conditions. Flight duration: 30 minutes.

Summit Helicopter Tour

The Summit Tour will provide you with you first glimpse into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Flying up to 7,000 ft. (2,300 m) above sea level, this tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Transportation included. Approx. flight duration: 12 minutes.

Jasper Float Trip

Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Life-jackets and the specially designed, 25 foot (7 meter) 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. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes.

Travel Highlights

Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing.

Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals.

Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).

Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.

Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted.

Hand-picked Insider Experiences.

Optional Experiences and free time.

Porterage and local charges included.

Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.

An expert Travel Director and separate Driver.

All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.

Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday.

VIP entry to many sights.

The Difference

Enjoy a hosted dinner at a family-owned and operated ranch in Kananaskis Valley.

Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

For included sightseeing at the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with a First Nations ambassador, learning about fur trapping and trading, meeting a Mountie and enjoy a presentation about Jasper's history and wildlife.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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