Canadian Rockies Encompassed - GCR
Number of Days: 19
CANADIAN ROCKIES ENCOMPASSED
19 days, Vancouver to Vancouver small group tour (Max 12 travellers)
The Indigenous history, beautiful natural landscapes, and lively cowboy culture of western Canada come together on this 19-day tour through British Columbia and Alberta. Spot wildlife on a ferry ride through glacial fjords and immerse yourself in First Nations culture on a day tour of Smithers. Experience the cowboy roots of Calgary and admire the emerald blue hue of Lake Louise. There are stunning vistas and photos ops along the way, as well as opportunities to bond with like-minded travel mates.
Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive at any time.
Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour.
Day 2 - Vancouver/Victoria
Catch a ferry to Vancouver Island, and travel to the city of Victoria. Opt to visit a museum, Butchart Gardens, or explore the city.
Day 3 - Victoria/Port Hardy
Enjoy free time in Victoria this morning. In the afternoon, take in the scenery while travelling to Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island.
Day 4 - Port Hardy/Prince RupertEmbark on a ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife, including orcas and porpoises.The ride is long, but spectacular. With a full day to relax, enjoy the scenery, read a book, or dine at the onboard restaurants. Reach Prince Rupert late in the evening.
Day 5 - Prince Rupert/Smithers
Discover the First Nations cultures of Northern BC on a day tour around Smithers. Get immersed in the First Nations culture of Northern BC. Start by visiting the Hazeltons, an area with one of the highest concentrations of totem poles in the world, with over 50 standing poles. After, stop at Gitwangak National Historic Site and learn about the fort and battles fought by the warrior Nekt on Battle Hill. Wrap up the day with a tour of the Ksan museum and historical village.
Stay overnight in a remote lodge surrounded by nature.
Day 6 – Smithers
Enjoy a free day to explore the wilderness around Smithers. Opt to visit Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Moricetown Canyon, Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, or hike one of many trails in the area.
Day 7 - Smithers/Prince George
Enjoy a free morning for activities around Smithers before travelling to Prince George, the largest city in Northern British Columbia.
Day 8 - Prince George/Jasper
Travel to Jasper National Park. En route, stop at the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Stop at the visitor centre and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.Visit the Interpretation Centre and go for a short hike to take in the views.
Day 9 – Jasper
Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper National Park. Jasper National Park might be less known, but no less mighty. As the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. Experience mountain landscapes complete with waterfalls, canyons, glacier lakes, and the Columbia Icefield. Get out and explore on rugged backcountry trails chock-full of wildlife and take part in outdoor activities like, mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking to experience the true essence and beauty of this impressive park.
Opt to hike at Maligne Canyon, go for a boat cruise, or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting. In the evening, visit the Miette Hot Springs.
Day 10 - Jasper/CanmoreTravel to Canmore via one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area. Stop at the Columbia Icefield en route.
Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. We stop a number of times along the way to take in the scenery and search for wildlife.
Day 11 - Canmore/Calgary
Travel to Calgary, a modern city that honours its cowboy roots. Opt to visit museums, the Olympic Park, or wet your whistle at a cowboy bar.
Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, meaning you can still ride in a four-man bobsleigh reaching speeds of 120kph (85 mph) here. Luge down the track on a wheeled cart or soar across the zipline.
Day 12 - Calgary
Enjoy a free day to explore Calgary. This evening opt to meet new members of the group at a welcome meeting.
Day 13 - Calgary/BanffDiscover the beautiful town of Banff; view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views.With free time upon arrival, Banff has tons to offer. There are plenty of optional activities for all interests and activity levels. It's also just as pleasant to wander the main streets, pop in and out of shops or walk along the river.
Magnificent Banff—Canada’s first and most famous National Park. Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, scenic drives, and a quaint mountain town. First, gaze in wonder, then immerse yourself in a park that has it all! Hike alongside picture-perfect mountains, glaciers, lakes, ice fields, canyons, and even hoodoos. Keep an eye out for wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mountain lions. Banff’s blend of towering peaks and flower-strewn meadows make it a dream location to enjoy the great outdoors and mountain scenery.
Day 14 - Lake Louise/Golden
Continue to Lake Louise, view the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to the Tea House. Lake Louise is that iconic Canadian Rockies locale. Don't miss the chance to snag the perfect photo.
Day 15 - Golden/Kelowna
Travel to Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, stopping for a tasting at a local winery en route. Learn about the local grape varieties, wine making process, tour the vineyard, and have a sample (or two). Kelowna has become a foodie haven in recent years – opt to visit one of the many craft breweries in the city this evening.
Day 16 - Kelowna/Whistler
Drive through the beautiful coastal mountains to the village of Whistler, one of the locations of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Day 17 – Whistler
Enjoy a free day to explore Whistler. Opt to ride a gondola to the top of the mountain, hike, or zipline.
There's plenty to see and do in Whistler, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!
Day 18 - Whistler/Vancouver
Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. In the picturesque setting of Canada’s Coast Mountains, the First Nations people have come together to establish the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. This facility showcases unique customs, art, and music and provides opportunities for local youth to train in the tourism industry. As a non-profit organization, the centre relies on visitors to help fund their ongoing programs, meaning everyone who comes here helps make this important work possible.
Go on an interpretive walk through the forest before participating in a medicine bag making activity. Join an Indigenous tour guide at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on an interpretive walk through the surrounding forest. Learn how the Indigenous ancestors lived while learning about plant species used for food and medicine. After, participate in a medicine bag making activity, using traditional materials like buckskin, beads and hide.
Travel to Vancouver, and spend the afternoon in this beautiful, easy-going city.
Day 19 – Vancouver
Tour concludes after breakfast, depart anytime.
Tour Inclusions / Highlights
- 16 breakfasts
- Tour guide throughout
- Transport - Private vehicle, ferry, walking.
Accommodation - Hotels (14 nts), lodges (4 nts).
- Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit, Whistler
- Miette Hot Springs Visit, Jasper National Park
- Okanagan Valley Wine Tasting, Kelowna
- Inside Passage cruise.
- First Nations day tour (Smithers).
- Mt Robson stop with visit to Interpretation Centre.
- Icefields Parkway drive.
- Columbia Icefield stop.
- Lake Louise visit.
- Free time in Victoria,
- Jasper National Park,
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 16 breakfasts
- $7,559 per person based on twin share.