Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Take a slowcoach ride on Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on the Rocky Mountaineer train, and enjoy ferry crossings to / from Vancouver Island, these are just a few of the many highlights on this memorable Western Canada vacation.
Here is how you will spend your time
Day 1: Calgary.
Enjoy time at leisure. Your Tour Director can answer any questions this evening.
Day 2: Calgary – Banff National Park.
The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Upon arrival, take the optional gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views. Then, visit sparkling Bow Falls.
Travel from Calgary to Banff National Park
Bus Greyhound Canada
Day 3: Banff National Park.
Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 4: Banff National Park–lake Louise–columbia Icefield–jasper National Park.
First stop is Lake Louise, its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. Upon arrival in Jasper, an orientation tour showcases Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Travel from Banff National Park to Jasper
Day 5: Jasper National Park.
Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.
Day 6: Jasper National Park–rocky Mountaineer–kamloops.
An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. En route, pass Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the Thompson River and enjoy vistas of the Monashee Mountains.
Travel from Jasper to Kamloops
Line 5020 bus
Day 7: Kamloops – Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver.
Reboard the train and head through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River. Continue through the stark beauty of Fraser Canyon and the turbulence of mighty Hell’s Gate. Then, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Arrive in Vancouver at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in early evening and transfer to your hotel.
Travel from Kamloops to Vancouver
Day 8: Vancouver – Ferry Crossing–victoria.
Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.
Travel from Vancouver to Victoria
Fly Coal Harbour Spb to Victoria Inner Harbour Apt
Bus and ferry
Drive, car ferry
Day 9: Victoria – Ferry Crossing–vancouver.
Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.