9 days

Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies

Vancouver

Caribou Country

Yoho National Park

Jasper National Park

Banff National Park

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  • There are five national parks within the Canadian Rockies:  Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho and Waterton. All but Waterton are interlocking parks that make up the UNESCO Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site. These cover a total protected area of over 20,000 square kilometres. The wildlife in Banff National Park crosses the best Trans-Canada Highway on specially built over and under passes. These 'animal highways' are designed to reduce accidents on the road          

     

     

    Why we love it

    • The Canadian Rockies are a kaleidoscope of mountains, lakes, glaciers and awe-inspiring beauty.
    • Walking and rafting at Yoho National Park is the way to experience a park whose name is actually the native word for ‘awe’.
    • The incredible view at the iconic Lake Louise is mesmirising. At Banff you'll canoe, bike and search for wildlife, and join a guided glacier hike at Athabasca Glacier.
    • Pay homage to Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to city life with a stay in cosmopolitan and vibrant Vancouver.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Vancouver - Kamloops

    • Your tour will start at 7:30am at the gateway hotel in Vancouver. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour. The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver has a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million and is one of the most attractive cities in the world, surrounded by water on many sides.
    • After leaving Vancouver you will enjoy a scenic drive to Kamloops, gateway to the Canadian Rockies, where we overnight in a local hotel. This British Columbia town is located by the banks of the Kamloops River near Kamloops Lake.
    Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport or similar

    Day 2-3 - Golden - Yoho National Park

    • Continuing by road you'll see the towering Mount Revelstoke and travel through Glacier National Park on your way to Yoho (a native word meaning ‘awe’). Your home for the next two nights is the small town of Golden, located in Kicking Horse River Valley. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden gem of the Canada national parks system.
    • It is a photographer’s dream with several hiking opportunities that will take you amongst Yoho’s pristine alpine landscape that includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. You can experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion or choose to canoe and hike at magnificent Emerald Lake. An excellent alternative option is walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls.
    Sandman Inn Kamloops or similar

    Day 4 - Lake Louise - Banff National Park

    • With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is ‘the gem of the Canadian Rockies’. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies!
    • You will continue on to your hotel in Banff National Park for a two-night stay.
    Prestige Mtnside Resort Yoho or similar

    Day 5 - Banff National Park

    • Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. It is the veritable outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities for canoeing on Bow River, mountain biking or a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with an abundance of wildlife around, there is always a chance of seeing something. There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff’s nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants.
    Tunnel Mtn Resort Banff or similar

    Day 6 - Icefields Parkway – Jasper National Park

    • You will travel on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), a scenic road that cuts through the heart of the Rockies and offers surely one of the world’s most spectacular drives. It links Banff National Park with Jasper National Park.
    • You will have the chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on a guided glacier hike. Peyto Lake's turquoise hues are sure to startle you with their brilliance. You'll end your day by continuing to Jasper National Park for a two-night stay.
    Becker's Chalet or similar

    Day 7 - Jasper National Park

    • Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres (4200 square miles). It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper.
    • You will start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Mount Edith Cavell for tremendous views of Angel Glacier and various other hiking options.
    Becker's Chalet or similar

    Day 8 - Hope

    • You'll make your way from Alberta back to British Columbia. Just over the border you will have the opportunity to see Mount Robson. At 3954 metres (12,972 feet), this is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies and makes for a great photo opportunity before you continue on to your hotel in Hope. There is also an optional visit to Othello Tunnels today.

    Day 9 - Vancouver

    • Your final drive takes us back to Vancouver, a city where Native American culture is very much alive here as evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park. On arrival you will enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes us to the thriving Gastown area as well as Stanley Park.
    • Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour. If you are planning to fly out of Vancouver tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs).
    • You may wish to extend your tour by adding on post tour accommodation to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades.
    • In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters. Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture, and sampling the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader.
    • Sightseeing and entrance fee to national parks.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPCR
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
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