Great Parks of the West
- 100 Mile House
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There aren’t many places that rival Canada’s West for car-stopping scenery. And few places with such dramatic peaks, parks and lakes are so easy to cross; but this is the ultimate in civilised self-driving, with cosmopolitan resorts linked by smooth scenic roads. Before your coast to country drive, Vancouver provides a final burst of urban adventure. A long-as-you-like trolley tour gives you your bearings, before you’re left free to discover places like Stanley Park or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then it’s time to hit the highway, starting by crossing the coastal mountains for stays in lakeside Penticton and Revelstoke, where the outdoor adventures begin with hiking, fishing, and rafting. Even the mountain passes promise relaxed driving, as you cross Glacier and Banff national parks towards spa and snow hotspot Banff, and take Yellowhead Pass past the Rockies’ pinnacle, Mount Robson. But it’s Icefields Parkway that sums up Canada’s highways, with plenty of spots to pause or picnic, from Peyto Lake to Columbia Icefield, where you can ride an Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier. Your drives lead to places like Jasper, where you could raft melted glacial waters and cruise photogenic Maligne Lake; 100 Mile House, an early Cariboo Gold Rush roadhouse; and activity-central, Whistler, with its wetlands canoeing and mountain biking.
Days 1-2: Vancouver
Fly to Vancouver from the UK and on arrival, pick up your hire car. Upon check-in, you'll be handed your road book at reception which you can familiarise yourself with at leisure. On day 2, climb aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for a fully-commented Vancouver city tour. Sight-see at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off for any length of time at many premier attractions. There’s plenty to see and do in this city - visit Vancouver’s No.1 attraction, Stanley Park, for a horse-drawn carriage ride. There’s also Vancouver Lookout for stunning 360 degree views of the city. Vancouver Aquarium, home to over 70,000 aquatic species, is a great way to spend a few hours and for the brave amongst you, Capilano Suspension Bridge, offers plenty of thrills and spills! Accommodation stay - 2 nights in Vancouver.
Day 3: Vancouver – Penticton
Travel through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and is renowned for its beaches and semi arid desert climate, producing over 2000 hours of sunshine per year! There is the 560-acre Okanagan Game Farm near Penticton to explore and plenty of local restaurants in which to while away the evening. Accommodation stay - 1 night in Penticton.
Day 4: Penticton – Revelstoke
Spend the morning at leisure, exploring the Okanagan Valley, then drive past spectacular waterfalls and mountain peaks before arriving in Revelstoke. Home to some fantastic recreation opportunities, there’s mountain biking, hiking, fishing, canoeing and white-water rafting to name but a few! If you’ve any time to spare, don’t miss a self-guided tour of the massive Revelstoke Hydro Dam. Accommodation stay - 1 night near Revelstoke.
Days 5-6: Revelstoke - Banff
Enjoy a scenic drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass today, en route to Banff, Canada’s oldest national park. You’ll be staying for 2 nights in this bustling resort, jam-packed with fashionable shops, art galleries, stylish hotels and terrific restaurants. A renowned winter ski resort, there’s plenty to do all year round here, including river rafting, boat tours and hiking. You may also want to ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola* for stunning views and take a walk to the Bow Falls. Accommodation stay - 2 nights in Banff.
Days 7-8: Banff – Jasper
After Banff it’s onwards to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway, stopping en route at Peyto Lake or perhaps to enjoy an Ice Explorer Ride on the Columbia Icefield. The gateway to some of Canada’s most majestic and pristine wilderness, there’s plenty to see and do in Jasper. Explore the magnificent Maligne Valley, searching for osprey, bald eagles, deer and bears or take a cruise on Maligne Lake, one of the most beautiful in the Rockies. Athabasca River is also great for white water rafting excursions. Accommodation stay - 2 nights in Jasper.
Days 9-10: Jasper – 100 Mile House
Drive the Yellowhead Pass, beside Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Stop in Blue River and Clearwater en route to 100 Mile House, the site of one of the earliest roadhouses built during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush. Today, this area offers some of the finest cross country ski trails in winter and trout fishing in one of many lakes during summer. Nearby Centennial Park is one of the prettiest spots on earth! Accommodation stay - 2 nights in 100 Mile House.
Days 11-12: 100 Mile House – Whistler
Head into Whistler today via the scenic Cariboo Highway. You’ve 2 whole days to enjoy this world-class resort, which offers no end of outdoor activities. Take a gondola ride to a mountaintop restaurant for delicious food and stunning views, enjoy a guided canoe trip in Whistler's wetlands or head to the mountain bike park with its adrenaline fuelled descending trails. There’s also great shopping in Whistler Village for those in need of some retail therapy and a very lively nightlife scene. Accommodation stay - 2 nights in Whistler.
Days 13-14: Whistler – Vancouver
Morning at leisure to enjoy Whistler Village before you make the scenic 2-hour drive back to your overnight hotel at Vancouver Airport. Your evening is free for you to relax or head to Downtown for some last minute shopping or to sample Vancouvers fine cuisine and nightlife. Accommodation stay - 1 night in Vancouver.
Day 15: Arrive in UK
Land back in the UK.
Meals: This tour is based on a Room only basis.
*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions suggested on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally.
This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.
Dates & prices
The table below shows our escorted tour departure dates.
Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.
Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.
Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.
Pre/Post Tour information
If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.
Eastern Time Zone: GMT -5 hours
Western Time Zone: GMT -8 hours
- Accommodation listed above
- Day 2, Vancouver – Hop on/Hop off Trolley Tour
- A personalised Jonview Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights provincial maps with city guides, hotel vouchers and customised day-to-day routing maps
- All flights and airport transfers in the UK
- Travel Insurance
- Car hire and insurance unless this has been booked by the sales consultant
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
- The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary
Accommodation listed on the itinerary is a mix of 3-4V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the ‘V’ rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.
Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)
Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.
For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.