This self-drive tour will have you explore some of the most stunning and less crowded areas Western Canada has to offer.
- 6-nights accommodation including:
○ 1 night in Whistler: Hilton Whistler Resort or similar
○ 1 night in Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Grand Resort or similar
○ 1 night in Jasper: Sawridge Inn (continental breakfast) or similar
○ 2 nights in Banff: Brewsters Mountain Lodge (continental breakfast) or similar
○ 1 night in Revelstoke: Sutton Place Resort or similar
○ Sun Peaks Sightseeing Chairlift
○ Ice Explorer (Columbia Icefields)
○ Banff Gondola Admission
- Self-drive itinerary with all of the suggested things to see and do
- Regional Travel Guide including highlights and facts about the areas
Oct 25, 2021
|$1149 + $88 tax||$889 + $60 tax||$749 + $53 tax||$2139 + $137 tax|
|Rates are starting from and per person|
|Children (6-16) Reduce the total package price by $250 per child|
|Children (up to 5) Reduce the total package price by $350 per child|
· Cancel up to 8 days in advance: 100% refundable, less $130 per booking ($100 processing fee + $30 booking management fee). Cancel 7 days or less prior to departure are 100% non-refundable
· Guaranteed Departure Dates 2021
· Up to 4 people per room, based on sharing beds
· Additional nights and room upgrades (please ask us for details)
· Personal expenses
· All other meals and attractions not indicated as being included in the package
· Parking fees
· National Park Pass
Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler
Today there is very little driving, but it will be packed with some gorgeous sightseeing opportunities. As you leave Vancouver, you will travel onto the Sea-to-Sky Highway as you make your way to Whistler. We recommend a stop at the impressive Shannon Falls and/or Brandywine Fall before continuing onto Whistler. When you arrive in the village, you can explore the village and you will have the option to take part in some extreme activities like the amazing zip-trekking through the forests that surround the village. There is also something for the very brave, a bungee jump in one of the gorges in the area. There is also the option to take the Peak-to-Peak Gondola, where you will be wowed by the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. There are also several hikes in the area as well as bike trails that you can explore. Your hotel is located at the base of Whistler Mountain, where you will be able to enjoy leisure time to enjoy the hotel amenities and explore Whistler Village. This evening there is also the option to participate in the Vallea Lumina, a multi-media night walk in pursuit of hidden wonders.
Day 2: Whistler – Sun Peaks
Depart Whistler for Sun Peaks. On the way, we recommend a stop at the Joffre Lakes and take a leisurely walk to the lower lake for some photo opportunities. Then on to Kamloops for lunch with many options in town or you can enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Monte Creek Winery. You will then arrive at Sun Peaks and check into the beautiful Grand Hotel. After settling in enjoy an included excursion on the sightseeing chairlift. Once you reach the top at 6000 ft elevation you can explore the mountain playground with 18 hiking trails that range from relaxing strolls to exhilarating summits, all featuring magnificent wildflower displays. After this, you will have plenty of free time to enjoy the hotel amenities, including a big outdoor pool and have the evening at leisure to explore the pedestrian village of Sun Peak and sample some of the fine dining the town has to offer.
Day 3: Sun Peaks – Jasper
Depart for Jasper. The first stop we recommend is at Spahats Falls in Clearwater. This waterfall is an idyllic venue for a photo opportunity. The cut in the mountain that the water has created over millennia is the funnel point for this gushing waterfall as it cascades down into the bowl below. Moving on, you can stop at Mount Rob m. On a clear day, this is one of the more impressive sights of the tour. That being said, even if there is some cloud around, it makes that photograph all the more mysterious. As you cross into Alberta, you will then carry onto the town of Jasper, where you will stay overnight. Tonight you will have free time to explore the town of Jasper and dinner.
Day 4: Jasper – Icefield Parkway – Banff
Today you will have another early-ish start as there is so much to see and do. After you enjoy breakfast in the hotel, we recommend a drive to Maligne Lake. Enjoy the beautiful views on the way and then there is the option for an additional cost to take a boat tour to one of the most photographed spots in Canada, Spirit Island. After leaving the lake, you will drive down the famous Icefields Parkway, where you will have the chance to glimpse hundreds of glaciers. You will stop at the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefields, where you will take the included world-renowned Ice Explorer onto the glacier. Here you will be able to walk around, take in the beauty and even have a sip of millennia-old water. You will get the feeling of just how fragile our planet really is while you are up there. You will then travel on the turquoise beauty of the Athabasca Falls and Bow Lake. This will be your first taste of the unique colours that the lakes and rivers have in the Rocky Mountains. Your accommodation will be in the Town of Banff for the next two nights at a hotel located in the heart of downtown Banff.
Day 5: Banff
Following breakfast at your hotel, get ready for a day of exploring. You can start the day off with a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain (included). Here you will take in the magnificent views of the valley and mountains surrounding the Town of Banff before doing a tour through the townsite of Banff. Next we recommend a stop for a stunning photo opportunity at Bow Falls before heading to the magical spires of the Banff HooDoos. You will then circle around to the Banff Springs Hotel, a site with many tales of ghosts, including the mystery of room 873. You will then have the rest of the day to navigate your way around this quintessential Rockies town. There are some fantastic shops for those needing retail therapy along Banff Avenue as well as well-marked paths running beside the turquoise Bow River, both on the town side and the golf course side. Several optional activities can be booked for a discounted rate. These include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, canoeing, known as the Bow River float, hiking, caving, hot springs, fishing (early booking essential) and more. Tonight you will have the option to choose from one of the many dining options the town offers this evening.
Day 6: Banff – Lake Louise – Revelstoke
Get ready for the day! Today is lake day. Start the day with a continental breakfast at your hotel. You will then check out and head to the Rockies lakes. You will get to see Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake, definitely three of the most beautiful lakes in the area. You will have plenty of free time to walk around the lakes or to rent a canoe and head out across the lakes to see parts that are not accessible by foot. From the lakes, you will travel through Roger’s Pass, a pass steeped in history before arriving in Revelstoke. You will stay overnight at the beautiful Sutton Place Hotel at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Enjoy the many resort amenities.
Day 7: Reveltsoke – End of Trip
Enjoy a lovely continental breakfast in the hotel. As you leave one mountain range, the Selkirk Range, and move toward the Coastal Mountains, there are many stops you can make along the way. The first recommended stop of the day will be a Craigellachie, the site of the famous Last Spike. This location is the historic meeting point of east and west construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. As you travel into the Okanagan Valley, the desert region of Canada, you can stop at a local farmers market for lunch, followed by a cidery visit. You can finish up the adventure with a stop at Othello Tunnels. These tunnels were cut from the granite cliffs in 1914 by the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting the Kootenays to the Coast. A total of five tunnels were cut out as part of the Kettle Valley Railway grade. The engineering effort it took to build this route was impressive, especially considering the limited infrastructure of the time. You will have the opportunity to walk through the tunnels and cross the cascading Coquihalla River. This area is also rich in film history, with several blockbuster film scenes shot at Othello Tunnels. You will be arriving back in Vancouver at approximately 8:00 pm after a week of amazing sights, fantastic memories and friendships that will last far into the future.