Iconic Rockies and Western Canada

12 Days Starting and ending in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Visiting: Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Banff, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

DIRWM19

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of Western Canada on the "Iconic Rockies and Western Canada" tour. This meticulously crafted adventure begins and ends in the vibrant city of Vancouver, taking you through breathtaking landscapes and national parks including Banff, Jasper, and the Columbia Icefield. Experience the thrill of exploring Vancouver, Victoria, and the awe-inspiring Athabasca Glacier. Delight in unique experiences such as a scenic cruise across Maligne Lake, a visit to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, and a walk through the stunning Maligne Canyon. Enjoy the comfort of luxury air-conditioned coach travel, complete with Wi-Fi, and stay in cherry-picked hotels known for their quality and service. With an expert Travel Director to guide you, all porterage, restaurant gratuities, hotel tips, charges, and local taxes taken care of, and many meals included, this tour promises a hassle-free exploration of Western Canada's most iconic sights.

Highlights

  • Explore Vancouver

  • Victoria

  • Columbia Icefield Adventure

  • Visit Kamloops

  • Banff National Park

  • Jasper National Park

  • Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

  • local Vancouver Island Ciderhouse

  • Sea-to-Sky Gondola

  • Maligne Canyon

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Day 1: Voyage To Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation: Pinnacle Harbourfront

Accommodation Name: Pinnacle Harbourfront, Vancouver

Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Tackle the ‘Great Outdoors’ on this effortlessly delivered adventure through Western Canada. Discover why Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities. Then, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2 : Sample Cider On Vancouver Island

Location: Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Pacific

Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, delve into the historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown before boarding a ferry to Vancouver Island. Dive into Culture and taste local cider at a familly-owned ciderhouse, before continuing to Victoria.

Day 3 : Explore Butchart Gardens In Victoria

Location: Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel, Grand Pacific

Accommodation Name: Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today on your Canadian Rockies tour, the Garden City comes to life as you greet the day before opening hours with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens that have colourfully transformed a once unused quarry. After breakfast, enjoy time in the garden before the crowds. Spend the rest of the day exploring the walkable capital of British Columbia perhaps treating yourself to high tea or tucking into local fish and chips. Or, join an optional Victoria Whale Watching cruise and keep your eyes peeled for orca and humpback whales, bald eagles, porpoises and seals.


Day 4: Take In The Sights Of Chemainus, Squamish, And Whistler

Location: Whistler

Accommodation: Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Accommodation Name: Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast

See the vivid murals of Chemainus. Board a ferry and then take the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Ascend to Summit Lodge, admiring the views from the Sea-to-Sky Gondola.

Day 5: Explore Whistler Make Travel Matter

Location: Whistler

Accommodation: Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Accommodation Name: Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy an insightful MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn about the First Nations at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Get a first-hand look into the traditional way of life of the original inhabitants of the area and their collection of artifacts and contemporary pieces led by Aboriginal Ambassadors who share their own stories and first-hand cultural experiences. After lunch at the Centre, enjoy your time at leisure.

Day 6: Travel To Sun Peaks

Location: Sun Peaks

Accommodation: Sun Peaks Lodge

Accommodation Name: Sun Peaks Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We continue towards Sun Peaks where we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Explore The Rocky Mountain National Parks

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Banff Park Lodge

Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive through Glacier & Yoho National Park en route to Banff. Sample the best of the UNESCO-listed Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. The excitement of Canada’s highest suspension bridges awaits at the Golden Skybridge! Explore canyon ridge walking trails with sweeping views of the Columbia Valley and the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. We then overnight in beautiful Banff National Park.

Day 8: Wander Beautiful Banff

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Banff Park Lodge

Accommodation Name: Banff Park Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Your morning is at leisure, perhaps do an optional gondola ride or explore on your own terms. Later in the morning, you will have your orientation tour of Banff National Park. This evening, meet a Mountie dressed in traditional red serge uniform and hear about their exciting history before enjoying dinner.

Day 9: Cross The Athabasca Glacier

Location: Athabasca Glacier

Accommodation: Forest Park Hotel

Accommodation Name: Forest Park Hotel, Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a lakeside walk at Lake Louise, then board an Ice Explorer and drive over the Athabasca Glacier. Continue your drive along the Icefields Parkway to your overnight in Jasper.

Day 10: Walk Through The Wilderness In Jasper Connect With Locals

Location: Jasper

Accommodation: Forest Park Hotel

Accommodation Name: Forest Park Hotel, Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Embark on an invigorating guided walk to Maligne Canyon. Board a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake (seasonal) stopping at Spirit Island. Travel on to Jasper and this evening join Matricia Bauer for a one of a kind Be My Guest experience, on traditional First Nations land. Learn how to make curated drink bitters from foraged ingredients, enjoy a designer cocktail and listen to stories and drumming over dinner.

Day 11 : Through The Coast Mountains And Fraser Valley

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation Name: Pinnacle Harbourfront, Vancouver

Meals Included: Breakfast

Drive from Kamloops, past dramatic moutainscapes toward the scenic coastal setting of Vancouver.

Day 12 : Farewell From Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our dazzling encounter with the Canadian Rockies has come to an end. Depart at leisure as you head to Vancouver International Airport.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

What's Not Included

Mode of Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

Accommodation

Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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