Western Discovery
Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
Highlights : Daily Breakfast, 13 Days Car Rental, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, Cruise on BC Ferries through Gulf Islands, Butchart Gardens, Whale Watching Tour, Shannon Falls, Peak-2-Peak Gondola, Maligne Lake Cruise, Ice Explorer Ride at Columbia Icefields, Lake Louise Gondola, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Minnewanka Cruise, 12 Minutes Summit Helicopter Ride
Day 01 : Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver International Airport, pick up vehicle from car rental agency and proceed to hotel. Take the rest of the day to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions in downtown Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 02 : Vancouver
After breakfast you will have the entire day to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Visit MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain and Stanley Park. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 03 : Vancouver/Victoria – 70 KM
After breakfast checkout and proceed to Tsawwassen Terminal to board BC Ferries sail across the Strait of Georgia pass the rugged coastline of the Gulf Islands to Swartz Bay. Disembark and drive through the serene beauty of the Saanich Peninsula for a visit to Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria’s most celebrated sites and rated amongst the most beautiful gardens in the world. Later make your way to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia with its maritime heritage and colonial charm. Overnight in Victoria.
Day 04 : Victoria/Whistler – 225 KM
After breakfast proceed on whale watching tour. You will seek out orca, minke and grey whales, seals, porpoises and other marine wildlife. Afternoon checkout of hotel and back on the road through scenic ocean vistas to Nanaimo to board BC Ferries scenic ride back through the Strait of Georgia to Horseshoe Bay. From there follow the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler Resort located at the foot of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. En- route visit Shannon Falls and explore dramatic canyons. Overnight in Whistler.
Day 05 : Whistler
After breakfast the many charms of Whistler are yours to discover today. Fly like an eagle and travel the breathtaking 3-kilometre (1.9 mile) span between the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. The Peak-2- Peak Gondola offers unparalleled views of these spectacular mountains. Overnight in Whistler.
Day 06 : Whistler/Kamloops – 295 KM
After breakfast checkout and drive north along the Cariboo Highway to Kamloops. The vast, rugged landscape of Kamloops showcases a variety of terrain, from silt bluffs to rolling hills, that attracts visitors from all over the world. Check out the unbelievable panoramic views of mountain ranges, lush agriculture fields, Kamloops Lake and the meeting of the North and South Thompson Rivers right in the heart of the city.
Day 07 : Kamloops/Jasper – 440 KM
After breakfast checkout and drive North along the Thompson River through the Yellowhead Pass, as it descends down the Eastern face of the Rockies into the fertile valleys of the Jasper region. The Mountains part to reveal the aquamarine , glacier-fed lakes perched above the emerald valleys and the grazing elk of Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 08 : Jasper
After breakfast day is at your leisure to explore the uniquely beautiful landscape of Jasper National Park where serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. We suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise, a visit to Miette Hot Springs or a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 09 : Jasper/Lake Louise – 230 KM
After breakfast checkout and drive to Lake Louise via the spectacular Icefields Parkway, said to be one of the most scenic routes in the entire world. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake and a visit to Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park. At the Columbia Icefields, take an Ice Explorer ride onto the massive glacier and experience the thrill of walking on centuries-old glacial ice. After this exciting experience return to the road for the final stretch beautiful Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 10 : Lake Louise/Banff – 75 KM
After breakfast morning at leisure to admire Lake Louise, the acclaimed “Jewel of the Rockies” and said to be Canada’s most photographed lake. With the Victoria Glacier in the background, this emerald-coloured lake is sure to leave an indelible impression. Admire the beauty of the lake from inside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which stands atop a giant glacial moraine. Afternoon checkout and drive through the Bow Valley to the bustling town of Banff. The remainder of the day is free to explore its charms. Overnight in Banff.
Day 11 : Banff
After breakfast day at leisure. Banff National Park is a stunning wilderness and your outdoor playground for the day Enjoy a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for some panoramic views, visit the Cave and Basin, hike along one of the groomed trails or stroll through the town site of Banff to shop in the many boutiques and shops. Overnight in Banff.
Day 12 : Banff/Calgary – 130 KM
After breakfast checkout of hotel and drive through the forest of Banff National Park and head down the foothills of the mountains into the rolling grasslands of the Kananaskis plains. Here enjoy the most powerful experience in the Rockies, a 12 minute Summit Helicopter Tour offering stunning views and remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Later continue your journey to Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 13 : Calgary
After breakfast morning at leisure to explore the city’s rapid growth as a booming oil economy. Afternoon checkout and proceed to drop off vehicle at car rental agency’s location at Calgary Airport.
 

 

 

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