Best of the West from Vancouver

Witness the diverse landscapes of Western Canada on this six day tour from Vancouver to Calgary.

Tour through the arid beauty of British Columbia’s interior. Wander through the alpine wilderness of Sun Peaks, and take an exhilarating tram ride over the churning waters of Hell’s Gate Canyon. Climb and descend over rugged mountain passes, and follow the paths of the Thompson River, and Bow River. Look up at the towering peak of Mount Robson, and explore the wonders of Jasper National Park.

Step out onto the Athabasca Glacier and learn about the triple continental divide with waters flowing to the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans. At the Glacier Skywalk, tiptoe across a glass platform suspended high above the Sunwapta Valley. Visit the scenic wonders of Yoho National Park with visits to Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Photograph the spectacular setting of Lake Louise, backed by the mighty Mount Victoria and Victoria Glacier.

This Coast to Calgary holiday has it all! From big city arts and culture to alpine resort towns, paired with ample opportunities to spot wildlife, and sights that will take your breath away.
6 Days/5 Nights
from $1,869.00
per person based on double occupancy

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Highlights

  • Explore the eclectic mountain town of Jasper
  • Step out on a glass platform suspended high above the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk
  • Look way up at the rushing waters of Takakkaw Falls plunging 384 metres
  • Ride the Banff Gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for epic views of the Bow Valley
Features & Inclusions

Features & Inclusions

Accommodations

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation

Sightseeing Excursions & Tours

  • Full day touring from Vancouver to Sun Peaks
    • Includes lunch at Hell's Gate
  • Full day touring from Sun Peaks to Jasper
    • Gourmet boxed lunch enroute
  • Rockies Discovery full day sightseeing tour including the Columbia Icefield
    • Includes lunch at Columbia Icefield
  • Sightseeing excursion of Lake Louise & Yoho National Park
    • Includes lunch at Lake Louise
  • Sightseeing excursion of Banff

Activities

  • FlyOver Canada
  • Hell’s Gate Air Tram
  • Glacier Adventure
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Banff Gondola

Extras

  • Columbia Icefield or Banff Gondola photograph
  • Travel documents
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Hotel luggage handling

Transfers

  • Transfer from Banff to Calgary
Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Vancouver Arrival

Welcome to the metropolitan city of Vancouver! Enjoy a day exploring this urban oasis, with much to see and discover including Stanley Park, historic Gastown, English Bay, and the unique shops and artisan food markets of Granville Island. Get acquainted with the Canada’s scenic highlights during a coast to coast flight simulation at FlyOver Canada. Your evening is at leisure to explore downtown Vancouver or relax by the waterfront.

DAY 2 – Vancouver to Sun Peaks

Depart the beautiful coastal city of Vancouver and travel east as city-scapes transition to pastoral farmland and lush valleys as the highway follows the Fraser River. Continue north towards 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. Pass through Spence’s Bridge, a small town established during the Cariboo Gold Rush of the 1850’s. Wind along the Thompson River through the dramatic desert scenery of British Columbia’s cowboy country. The road climbs steadily up from Kamloops through the Shuswap Highlands into the mountain region of Sun Peaks. Enjoy an evening stroll through this scenic alpine village, and keep your eye out for wildlife photo opportunities. 

DAY 3 – Sun Peaks to Jasper

Depart Sun Peaks and travel north along the scenic Thompson River Valley, surrounded by pastoral farmland and ranches. Continue east through the town of Clearwater, situated amongst forested mountain peaks, and pristine lakes and rivers. Pass through the beautiful mountain corridors of the Monashee and Caribou ranges, stopping in the resort town of Blue River for lunch. This outdoor haven is home to spectacular mountain views, and a host of wildlife including deer, moose, bear, caribou and eagles. Travel through the village of Valemount, a haven for explorers, hikers, and skiers. Glimpse views of towering Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies range. Continue past glacier covered peaks and sparkling river valleys into Jasper National Park. 

DAY 4 – Jasper to Banff

Join a full day tour south along the famous Icefields Parkway to Banff. Travel through mountain corridors surrounded by rugged peaks, sparkling glaciers, and aquamarine lakes. Pass by scenic landmarks including Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, and Athabasca Falls. Take an all-terrain Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier, and step out high above the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. Continue along the Bow Valley Corridor to Banff for an evening at leisure.

DAY 5 – Lake Louise Touring

Enjoy a full day tour through the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Begin with a walk along the sheer limestone walls, pools, and waterfalls of Johnston Canyon. Stand on the shores of picture-perfect Lake Louise, and photograph the crystal blue waters of Moraine Lake. Continue over the Continental Divide into Yoho National Park, and look way up at the powerful flow of water plunging 384 metres at Takakkaw Falls. Enjoy the quiet serenity of Emerald Lake before returning to for an free evening in downtown Banff.

DAY 6 – Banff to Calgary

Get acquainted with Banff’s history and sights during a morning tour through Banff National Park. Learn the significance of the Hoodoo rock formations, and visit the popular Bow Falls. Photograph the Bow River and Banff Springs Hotel from Surprise Lookout. Gaze out over the vast waters of Lake Minnewanka, and take a gondola to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for epic views of the Bow Valley and Banff townsite far below. Continue to Calgary Airport, where your memorable holiday concludes upon arrival.


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prices

Prices

  Value Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
10 May - 24 May $1,869 $1,757 $2,337 $653
31 May - 23 Jun $2,030 $1,864 $2,658 $653
5 Jul - 30 Aug $2,030 $1,864 $2,658 $653
1 Sep - 6 Sep $2,030 $1,864 $2,658 $653
         
 
  Moderate Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
10 May - 24 May $1,896 $1,773 $2,393 $653
31 May - 23 Jun $2,051 $1,876 $2,703 $653
5 Jul - 30 Aug $2,051 $1,875 $2,703 $653
1 Sep - 6 Sep $1,691 $1,875 $2,703 $653
         
 
  Deluxe Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
10 May - 24 May $2,398 $2,221 $3,351 $653
31 May - 23 Jun $2,639 $2,401 $3,833 $653
5 Jul - 30 Aug $2,681 $2,430 $3,915 $653
1 Sep - 6 Sep $2,666 $2,420 $3,883 $653
         
 

Pricing available in US dollars


All prices quoted are per person and shown in CAD funds. Rates are for 2016 and do not include taxes. All prices include administration, planning, and operational expenses. All prices are subject to change without notice and are subject to international exchange rate fluctuations. Infants (less than 2 years old) travelling with an adult and not occupying a seat may travel free of charge. For children 2-11 years old, we provide reduced rates – please contact one of our vacation planners at 1-877-791-5500 for more information. A deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking (unless otherwise stated at the time of booking). Final payment is due 45 days prior to tour departure. Tours booked within 45 days of departure require full payment before reservations can be confirmed. 


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Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

Location Value Moderate Deluxe
Vancouver Century Plaza Hotel & Suites Sheraton Wall Centre Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Sun Peaks Moderate Hotel Sun Peaks Moderate Hotel Sun Peaks Moderate Hotel Sun Peaks
Jasper Marmot Lodge Chateau Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Banff Mount Royal Hotel Banff International Hotel Fairmont Banff Springs

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