Best of the Canadian Rockies & West Coast

A Grand Canadian Adventure

For the ‘kids’ aged 7 to 70, this is the ultimate self-drive adventure, with plenty of time for adventure and to relax in wonderful wilderness lodges. Enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver and Calgary, as well as the small-town resorts of Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Tofino.

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  • Trip length

    16 days

    15 nights
  • Hot Spots
    Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Clearwater, Kamloops, Whistler, Tofino, Vancouver
LET’S PERSONALIZE THIS TRIP

Make The Most Of Every Day


We’ve picked the best selection of outdoor adventures in each destination. Scale a mountain in Banff on a VIA Ferrata adventure, hike to the world’s tallest waterfall in a remote mountain park, or paddle with whales in West Coast Tofino. We’ll make sure each activity suits your ability.

Ever Changing Scenery


The turquoise blue lakes of the Canadian Rockies, the desert-like valleys of the Thompson region, and the windswept surf of Pacific Rim National Park will keep your camera snapping at every bend in the road.

Your Style Of Accommodations


Choose from unique ‘off the beaten track’ accommodations or our favorite hotels in the heart of the action. We’ll help you pick the perfect place to rest your head at night.

YOUR TRIP
DAY-BY-DAY

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Our experienced Canadian Insiders will create a personalized experience for you that matches your schedule, travel style and budget.

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Day 01

Arrive in Calgary - Drive to Banff

Pick up your car rental at Calgary Airport and drive to Banff.

Intermediate Sized SUV Rental

(1 of 1 activities)

Enjoy the freedom of exploring by vehicle. Your rental includes a GPS, loss damage waiver, unlimited mileage, and one additional driver.

Overnight in Banff

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as the Moose Hotel & Suites. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 02

Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air and head out to explore Banff National Park in your chosen way.

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour

(1 of 3 options)

The most action-packed twelve minutes of your life! Get up close and personal with the world-famous Three Sisters. You will want to reach out and touch them as you whisk by them before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes.

Family Friendly Kananaskis River Rafting

(2 of 3 options)

This exciting whitewater paddle on the Kananaskis River is a wonderful introduction to rafting! The Canadian Rockies provide a dramatic backdrop as a professional guide navigates and provides insights into the natural history. Maybe even swim in the river – you will get wet!

Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village & Hosted Trail Walk

(3 of 3 options)

Begin your day with a scenic ride up to a mountainside resort. Take in the spectacular views before a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows. Learn about the wildlife, vegetation and ecosystem of this fascinating world above the treeline.

Day 03

Exploring Banff National Park

Keep exploring Banff National Park

Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Savour an early dinner in warm log cabin ambiance before spending time at Lake Louise at one of the best and quietest times of day. Then head to Moraine Lake for the famous lake view from a scenic viewpoint, before heading back to Banff.

Via Ferrata Explorer Route

(2 of 3 options)

Exhilarate your senses and experience views of Banff rarely seen on this introductory tour into the exciting world of Via Ferrata!

Sundance Loop Horseback Ride

(3 of 3 options)

Horseback ride along the tranquil Bow River, an area home to wildlife in among the thick marshes and grassy meadows – and pass by the historic Cave and Basin, the birth place of Banff National Park. Enjoy fantastic scenery as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint.

Day 04

From Banff to Jasper

Travel through the Icefields Parkway today

Glacier Helicopter Tour

(1 of 2 options)

From the Icefields heliport, you'll soar over the spectacular Cline Pass at 2900 m (9000 ft.). This heli tour is full of natural beauty, glaciers and waterfalls, including amazing sights you can only see by helicopter.

Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Enjoy a glacier adventure on an ice walk with short stops along the trail. Learn more about active glaciation and understand the features you are seeing. There are constant views of the Canadian Rockies, along with glacially carved landscapes such as moraines, millwells, and crevasses.

Overnight in Jasper

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Chateau Jasper. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 05

Explore Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park, the biggest in the Canadian Rockies, is a magical place - and we have lots of ideas to help you enjoy it.

Jasper's Bear's Paw Bakery offers delicious homemade stuff - one of our favourite spots!

Jasper Motorcycle Sidecar Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy a privately guided tour of Jasper's alpine passes and winding mountain roads, on a professionally-driven Harley Davidson motorcycle and sidecar.

Privately Guided Nature Walk

(2 of 3 options)

Explore the wildlife, alpine meadows and magnificent views on a privately guided walk/hike - with one of Jasper’s most knowledgeable mountain guides.

Pyramid Lake Guided Evening Canoe Paddle

(3 of 3 options)

An evening on a mountain lake is breathtaking – the call of a loon, a beaver gliding though the water, or perhaps a moose grazing on the shore. Paddle with a guide across the lake, in a large canoe for a peaceful way to end your day.

Day 06

Jasper to Clearwater

Today, drive from Jasper to Clearwater. You’ll pass through Mount Robson Park before arriving in Clearwater, gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park.

Overnight in Clearwater

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Clearwater Lodge. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 07

Explore Wells Gray Park

Wells Gray Park, often known as the Waterfall Park, is one of British Columbia's most spectacular wilderness areas. It is not a well-known tourist destination, making it a good place to get away from the crowd.

Wells Gray Park Corridor Tour

(1 of 4 options)

Discover Wells Gray Park in one day! Your guide will show you as much as they can of the great variety of habitats and landscapes.This vehicle-based hiking tour combines some of the best roadside sights in the Park with some short hiking trails.

Helmcken Canyon and Gattling Gorge

(2 of 4 options)

A true taste of Canadian river wilderness! From the famous Helmcken Falls, you will follow a backcountry trail along the rim of the 240m deep canyon with some of the best views in the park, before descending into the Gorge.

River Rafting

(3 of 4 options)

Work your way through thrilling whitewater against the backdrop of canyon walls and pristine forests, giving you a chance to experience Wells Gray Park from an entirely different angle. The breathtaking thrills and beautiful scenery are rounded out with chances to swim and enjoy a short hike to a massive Class V Rapid!

River Rafting Tour

(4 of 4 options)

Enjoy an introduction to whitewater rafting with lots of fun waves and splashes in a section of the lower canyon on the Clearwater River. During this trip, you will also hike to a waterfall!

Day 08

Clearwater to Kamloops

Drive south to the semi-arid landscape of the Thompson Valley.

Kamloops Heritage Walking Tour

(1 of 2 options)

Hear about tales of fur traders, train robbers and pioneers of Kamloops. Stories of Kamloops finest artists and artisans will introduce you to the rich history of Kamloops, one of the first settlements as the arrivals moved west.

Monte Creek Ranch Winery Tour

(2 of 2 options)

Enjoy a guided walking vineyard tour with great views of the South Thompson River and Lion’s Head Bluffs, stop at a honey bee colony and rows of Haskap berries and keep an eye open for wildlife. Then experience an intimate wine tasting in the mezzanine overlooking the wine cellar.

Overnight in Kamloops

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the South Thompson Inn & Guest Ranch. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 09

Kamloops to Whistler

Travel through the high desert region of interior British Columbia, on your way to the mountain resort of Whistler.

Overnight in Whistler

Overnight in a Comfort level hotel, such as the Crystal Lodge. Our well-situated Comfort level hotels are typically rated at 3 stars. You'll enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations, plus great service.

Day 10

Explore Whistler

Enjoy Whistler to the fullest and choose one of the following 3 experiences.

Spectacular Whistler Glacier Seaplane Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Enjoy panoramic views of Whistler Village as you fly beyond the valley to explore the rugged peaks, majestic glaciers and lush alpine meadows of the Coast Mountain range. Marvel at the turquoise glacial waters of mile-high Garibaldi Lake.

Zipline Adventure - Eagle Tour

(2 of 3 options)

This tour features five different ziplines, perfect for anyone who wants a heart-pounding adventure! Experience spectacular panoramic views of Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains as you cross treetop suspension bridges and sky high viewing platforms in the old-growth rainforest.

Whistler Guided River Paddle

(3 of 3 options)

With epic views around every bend, the River of Golden Dreams features lush, old growth forest and wildflower-lined banks, as well as stunning snow-capped mountain vistas. While paddling, your guide will share their knowledge of Whistler’s fascinating history, geography and wildlife.

Day 11

Whistler to Tofino

Continue your adventure down the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway towards the ocean, then onto a ferry for a cruise across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island.

Ferry from West Vancouver to Nanaimo

(1 of 1 activities)

Today, you will make the scenic crosswater journey from West Vancouver to Nanaimo. En route, keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, killer whales and porpoises in the channel, and great bald eagles circling overhead.

Deluxe View

Tofino Resort and Marina is situated on the waterfront, a 10-minute walk from downtown. The resort features a restaurant and a pub, as well as a Marine Adventure Centre, offering plenty of activities and excursions. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and close proximity to coffee shops and eateries. During downtime, relax in the comfy, West Coast style rooms. Sip a cocktail or craft beer at the pub.

Day 12

Exploring Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park

The West Coast of Canada is a very special place – rugged, wild and breathtakingly beautiful.

Whale Watching from Tofino - Cruiser Tour

(1 of 3 options)

Learn about the area’s fascinating ecosystems while keeping an eye out for whales spouting, feeding, spy-hopping and breaching! You may also spot sea lions, sea otters, eagles, and lots of other wildlife from comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas.

Bear Watching Tour from Tofino

(2 of 3 options)

Enjoy a bear viewing tour with Jamie’s Whaling Station. Cruise through calm, protected inlet waters of Clayoquot Sound in search of Black Bears as they roam the shores in search of their favourite delicacy, the Rock Crab. View this magnificent creature in it’s natural habitat from the comfort of a 45’ panoramic cruiser, the Stellar Sea.

Sea Kayak Rainforest Tour

(3 of 3 options)

Dip your paddle into the pristine sparkling waters of Clayoquot Sound on route to explore the Meares Island Tribal Parks, Big Tree Trail. While on Meares Island you'll take a guided walk through the lush temperate rainforest to view ancient red cedars (1000+ years old!)

Day 13

Discovery continues - Pacific Rim National Park

This day is yours to enjoy and explore further in the Pacific Rim National Park. Enjoy long, uninterrupted stretches of sandy beach and Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, a protected area providing habitats for a vast array of species.

Day 14

Tofino to Vancouver

Drive back across Vancouver Island and take a ferry to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver.

Nanaimo to Vancouver

(1 of 1 activities)

Today, you will make the scenic crosswater journey from Nanaimo to West Vancouver. En route, keep an eye out for wildlife along the shoreline, killer whales and porpoises in the channel, and great bald eagles circling overhead.

Overnight in Vancouver

Overnight in a Superior level hotel, such as The Loden. Superior Hotels are perfect for travelers wanting great value plus more upscale accommodations. Exceptional service, location, and quality characterize these properties.

Day 15

Explore Vancouver

Vancouver is a wonderful place to end your vacation. Surrounded by mountains and ocean, it justly has a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

The Grand Vancouver Bicycle Tour

(1 of 3 options)

The bike is a Vancouverite's preferred mode of transport. With an extensive cycle lane network, this tour highlights the best of Vancouver food, history, and culture. Visit the Stanley Park seawall, savour a snack at Granville Island Public Market and see historic Gastown and Chinatown.

Vancouver Food Tour

(2 of 3 options)

Join a carefully-selected culinary experience to some of the many mouth-watering places to eat on a local Vancouver walking food tour. Depending on the day of the week, your tour can bring you through neighbourhoods such as historic Gastown, Granville Island Market, or downtown Vancouver.

Taste of the West Coast (Extra Cost)

(3 of 3 options)

Shuttle to Horseshoe Bay to enjoy a scenic zodiac tour – keep an eye out for seals, eagles, and other west coast marine wildlife. Enjoy a delicious meal in the small-town atmosphere on Bowen Island. Finish your adventure with a scenic seaplane flight back to Vancouver.

Day 16

Leaving Vancouver

Much too soon you leave the beautiful colors and crisp air of Canada behind as your vacation comes to an end.

Private Transfer to Airport

(1 of 1 activities)

A private driver will meet you at your hotel, and take you to the airport in time for your flight.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options.
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HERE'S WHAT YOU GET

To make sure that your holiday is full of only good surprises, here's a comprehensive list of what is (and isn't) included in your package.


Accommodations:

  • 15 nights accommodation

Banff Experiences:

Day 1 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Helicopter Tour
  2. River Float Trip
  3. Scenic Ride to Sunshine Village and Hosted Trail Walk

Day 2 – Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Via Ferrata
  2. Horseback Ride Loop
  3. Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour

Icefields Parkway Experiences (between Banff and Jasper):

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Icefields Heli-Sightseeing Experience Optional Add-on: Heli-Hike Extension (additional cost)
  2. Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk

Jasper Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Sidecar Motorcycle Tour
  2. Private Nature Walk or Hike
  3. Evening Canoe Paddle

Clearwater Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Wells Gray Park Highlight Tour
  2. Helmcken Canyon Guided Hike
  3. Raft Adventure

Kamloops Experience:

Choose 1 of 2:

  1. Evening Guided Walking Tour
  2. Monte Creek Ranch Winery Tour

Whistler Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Glacier Flightseeing
  2. Zipline Experience
  3. Guided Paddle on the River of Golden Dreams

Tofino Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Whale Watching Cruise
  2. Bear Watching Cruise
  3. Rainforest Hike and Kayak

Vancouver Experiences:

Choose 1 of 3:

  1. Vancouver Bicycle Tour
  2. Granville Island Market Tour and Tasting
  3. Vancouver by Land, Sea, and Air (additional cost)

Transfer Inclusions:

  • Return ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island for one vehicle and passengers including reservation fee.
  • Personalized and private departure transfer, in time for your flight home

Car Rental Inclusion:

  • 14-day Mini Van or Intermediate SUV rental between Calgary Airport (YYC) and Vancouver
  • Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) on car rental, airport surcharges, Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage (up to $1 million) and vehicle licensing fee
  • Unlimited kms & GPS
  • Fee for 1 additional driver

Other Inclusions:

  • Documentation package
  • Gratuities for private transfers and tours (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support – from the time you book, you will be assigned your own personal Vacation Coordinator with whom you can reach out to with any questions or requests.

Important Schedule and Trip Notes:

  • Occasionally, activities may vary at time of travel due to weather conditions. Your Vacation Advisor will provide advice on the best timing for outdoor activities.
  • Helicopter Tour in Banff runs on Mondays to Fridays
  • Sunshine Village and Hosted Trail Walk runs from June 29 onwards
  • Via Ferrata Tour runs from June 14 to September 8 Evening Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour runs from May 17 to September 2
  • Guided Athabasca Glacier Icewalk runs from May 25 onwards
  • The Privately Guided Nature Walk in Jasper runs from May 1 onwards, for best walking and hiking conditions we recommend taking this tour in June or later
  • The Family Friendly Raft Adventure in Wells Grey runs from July 20 to September 15. The more challenging Class 2–4 Rafting Adventure runs from May 15 to September 15, and has a minimum age of 12 or 41kg
  • Paddle on the River of Golden Dreams runs until September 15
  • Fuel and refueling fees
  • Personal Accident Insurance (PAI)
  • Personal Effects Coverage (PEC)
  • One-way drop fee on car rental (approximately $100 CAD)
  • LDW deductible of up to $500 depending on car type
  • Parks Canada Permit for Pacific Rim National Park
  • Meals, other than those mentioned
  • Airfare (but do not hesitate to ask for help)
  • Gratuities for hotel, tour & transfer staff
  • Trip Cancellation & Travel Medical Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Canadian Sales Taxes

SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Icefields Parkway Helicopter Tour: Flights are weather dependent and will not depart when conditions are too windy or too cold.
  • Afternoon Athabasca Ice Walk Tour: Tour might be cancelled in case of thunderstorm and incremental weather conditions out of their control.
  • Privately Guided Nature Walk: Operates from May 15 to Oct 15. Weather conditions may cause cancellation or unfavourable trail conditions on early and late season departures.

PRICES & DATES

This trip is available for departures between May and September.

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

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Shirley & Eoin

Shirley & Eoin

CC, NZL

05 Jul 2017

Everything was perfect!

Everything was perfect! We loved the combination of the Rocky Mountaineer with a self drive trip.

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