DAY 1 - Calgary to Banff
Travel from Calgary through Alberta’s cowboy country into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Continue with a tour through the landmarks of Banff National Park. Learn about the hoodoo rock formations that stand like sentinels above the Bow Valley. Photograph Bow Falls, and look down at the Bow River and Banff Springs Hotel from Surprise Corner lookout. Gaze out over the emerald waters of Two Jack Lake. Take a ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain at the Banff Gondola.
DAY 2 - Banff & Columbia Icefield
Join a full day tour along the famous Icefields Parkway to Columbia Icefields. Travel through mountain corridors surrounded by rugged peaks, sparkling glaciers, and aquamarine lakes. Pass by scenic landmarks including Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, and Bow Lake. Take an all-terrain Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier, and step out high above the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. Return to Banff for an evening at leisure.
DAY 3 - Banff to Sun Peaks
Depart Banff and travel along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway through the heart of Banff National Park. Stand on the shores of Lake Louise surrounded by towering mountains, and take a quick stroll around the lake. Continue into the province of British Columbia, as the highway ascends through the spectacular untouched wilderness of Rogers’s Pass. Stop for lunch in the Alpine Town of Revelstoke before continuing towards Okanagan Lake Country. The landscape transitions from rugged peaks to forested hills and expansive lakes. Continue through the desert-like hills surrounding Kamloops, as the road climbs through the Shuswap Highlands into the mountain region of Sun Peaks. Enjoy an evening at leisure in the quaint mountain village of Sun Peaks.
DAY 4 - Sun Peaks to Vancouver
Continue your journey toward Vancouver passing from forested mountains to the dramatic desert scenery of British Columbia’s cowboy country. Follow the Thompson River Valley through Spences Bridge, a small town established during the Cariboo Gold rush of the 1850’s. Continue south toward Hell’s Gate and the spectacular Fraser Canyon. Lunch and a tram ride at Hell’s Gate offers a chance to witness the power of water as it churns and pushes through the narrow Hell’s Gate gorge. Following lunch, wind along the mighty Fraser River through lush pastoral valleys, passing into the urban centres of Abbotsford, Langley, and Surrey. Arrive in the coastal city of Vancouver surrounded by spectacular ocean views and the impressive peaks of the Coast Mountains. Enjoy a flight simulation of Canada’s scenic highlights at FlyOver Canada, with the remainder of your evening at leisure.
DAY 5 - Vancouver Departure
This memorable holiday concludes upon checkout from your downtown Vancouver hotel.
The Alpine Explorer
package is also available starting from Vancouver.