Journey through the unspoiled wilderness, spectacular beauty and bustling cities on this escorted tour holiday to Canada
Your tour of Western Canada begins in Calgary, a city where historic landmarks mix freely with the skyscrapers of its commercial district, all against the backdrop of the majestic Rockies Mountain in the distance. The Rockies is where you will be headed for as the tour continues to Banff National Park. Explore the region around Banff surrounded by snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes. The next few days will be spent enjoying breathtaking natural beauty as you travel through such renowned areas such as Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore and Kamloops. Marvel at sparkling glaciers, plunging canyons and fierce rivers as you travel along the famed Trans-Canada highway.
Expect a marked change in scenery as you travel to your next location, the town of Whistler where you can spend a day at leisure or take an optional floatplane sightseeing tour over Giribaldi Park that offers you an inspired view of volcanic peaks and alpine lakes. From Whistler, your tour continues to Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway through jagged fjords and mountain peaks. Vancouver is the last destination on the tour and you’ll have a full day to explore this city before your holiday to Canada comes to an end.
Experience the Wild in British Columbia
Calgary to Banff National Park/Canmore
Canmore/Banff National Park
Canmore to Kamloops
Kamloops to Whistler
Whistler to Vancouver
Day 1 Calgary
Arrive at Calgary’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. After an individual check-in, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city, famous for its annual Stampede. The tour director will contact you in the late afternoon.
Day 2 Calgary to Banff National Park/Canmore
This morning we set out to meet fellow travellers at breakfast before we tour the sights of Calgary. We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. We tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes and see landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain.
Day 3 Canmore/Banff National Park
The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff area and browse through the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue. An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield. The tour starts with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies. From the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Louise, we enter rugged wilderness as we travel up the world-famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield, we board the Ice Explorer that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. We return to Banff late in the afternoon. You may also take an optional helicopter tour of the world famous Three Sisters mountains. Overnight in Canmore.
Day 4 Canmore to Kamloops
Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid-1800s. We continue our tour of the Canadian parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park. We continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops.
Day 5 Kamloops to Whistler
We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 Whistler to Vancouver
We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. We leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more. The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem.
Day 7 Vancouver
The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver. You might want to do some shopping down on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island. If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain. You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage. See the beautiful 19th century landmarks and enjoy its lively atmosphere. Before taking the ferry back to Vancouver, you will visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry.
Day 8 Vancouver
The time has come for some last-minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada. Individual transfer to Vancouver’s International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.