- Campbell River
- Port Hardy
- Prince Rupert
- Prince George
- Banff & Lake Louise
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While many hightail it to the slopes, Canada’s Rockies-framed West isn’t just snow and après-ski. Four incredible journeys await: trailing the seaside towns north of Vancouver, sailing the Inside Passage, driving the super-scenic Yellowhead Highway, and traversing those Rocky Mountains themselves. Jumping off point for many, Vancouver doesn’t just satisfy urbanites, it puts you minutes from natural adventures like walking the treetop Capilano Suspension Bridge. Neighbouring Victoria’s an ideal second stop, with its flower-packed Butchart Gardens, while journeying north promises treats like Duncan’s countless totem poles, seaside stopovers in Campbell River and Port Hardy, and orca and humpback whale watching in the Johnstone Strait. Every journey’s eye-opening. Swapping wheels for water, a cruise along the Inside Passage showcases the rugged Pacific Northwest. While Yellowhead Highway takes you along Skeena River valley for insights into native Canadians: first at ‘Ksan Indian Village, then at fur trade revealing Fort St James National Historic Site. Reaching the Rockies, the drives and views get no less spectacular: crossing their highest passes, journeying through national parks like Jasper and Banff, taking Ice Explorer trucks onto Athabasca Glacier, and stopping at spots like Lake Louise, and Craigellachie, where the ‘Last Spike’ was driven into place for the railroad linking Canada coast to coast in 1885.
Day 1: UK – Vancouver
Arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Individual transfer to your centrally-located hotel. After a check-in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free. Spend 2 nights in Vancouver.
Day 2: Vancouver
Get better acquainted with your travelling companions at breakfast before setting out on our morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Highlights include Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown, Capilano Suspension Bridge and much more. The afternoon is free for independent exploration or relaxation. (B)
Day 3: Vancouver – Victoria
Today we depart Vancouver and cross the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Victoria and begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays. Ample time is allocated for browsing through these regal gardens. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city or take part in an optional floatplane sightseeing tour* over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Overnight in Victoria. (B)
Day 4: Victoria – Campbell River
Today is a sampling of modern and ancient British Columbia culture as we travel up the coast of Vancouver Island. We step back into the province’s distant past with visits to Chemanius and its spectacular native murals and to the towering totem pole grotto of Duncan. We arrive in the small coastal town of Campbell River in the afternoon. Overnight in Campbell River. (B)
Day 5: Campbell River – Port Hardy
Today we continue farther north up the road as it turns inland for a time before arriving in Port Hardy. We will also embark on a fascinating whale watching and marine wildlife tour in Telegraph Cove. Afterward, relax at the hotel or independently explore this pleasant seaside town. Overnight in Port Hardy. (B)
Day 6: Port Hardy – Prince Rupert (Inside passage cruise)
Cameras at the ready! This morning we board a spectacular BC Ferries ship to set sail on an incredible full-day cruise along the coast of British Columbia to the inlet community of Prince Rupert. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most spectacular waterways in Canada, showcasing the rugged shorelines of the Pacific Northwest. Overnight in Prince Rupert.
Day 7: Prince Rupert – Smithers
Today we begin our journey into the British Columbia interior eastward along the scenic Yellowhead Highway as it follows the Skeena River Valley. Along the way, we’ll stop for a tour of ‘Ksan Indian Village — a recreation of an ancient traditional community of the Gitxsan First Nation peoples. Arriving at our destination, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Smithers. (B)
Day 8: Smithers – Prince George
Continuing east, we travel the Yellowhead Highway and are treated to some of Canada’s most forested and rugged terrains. We enjoy a visit to Fort St James National Historic Park to relive the days of the fur trade. In the afternoon, we settle into Prince George, located at the tip of British Columbia’s Cariboo Region. Overnight in Prince George. (B)
Day 9: Prince George – Jasper National Park
Today we ascend to the highest passes of the Rockies as we travel towards the Alberta provincial border and stop at the Mount Robson Viewpoint. We may even see the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies before entering the national parks that have made the province famous. Close to Jasper, you have the chance to go on an optional raft trip* on the Athabasca River, with an experienced guide conducting the group through short rapids and stretches of calm waters. Overnight in Jasper. (B)
Day 10: Jasper – Banff National Park/Canmore
Today’s journey through Jasper and Banff National Parks promises to be a highlight of your Rocky Roundup programme. We travel south on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield we board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Afterwards, we visit the dramatic scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada before arriving Banff. Spend the next 2 nights in Banff/Canmore. (B)
Day 11: Banff National Park/Canmore
Today we will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour* will give you the chance to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You may also take part in an optional gondola ride* up spectacular Sulphur Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery. (B)
Day 12: Banff National Park/Canmore – Vernon
We start our journey back to the west coast, first passing through the narrow Kicking Horse Canyon, then over the heights of Rogers Pass. At Craigellachie, we view the monument marking the spot where the famous “Last Spike” was driven into place in 1885 linking Canada by rail from sea to sea. We enter the bountiful Okanagan Valley as we arrive at Vernon. Overnight in Vernon. (B)
Day 13: Vernon – Vancouver
Today after breakfast we continue our journey through the lush Okanagan Valley, famous for its fruit orchards and vineyards. We will make a brief stop at scenic Kalamalka Lake before continuing on across a great maritime plain set against beautiful mountain vistas. We descend to the coast and the sparkling lights of Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver. (B)
Days 14-15: End of Tour
Time for last-minute shopping and sad farewells. Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. (B)
*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions listed on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally. Passengers must pay by Visa or MasterCard credit card only. Cash or other methods of payment cannot be processed by our Tour Directors.
Please note: 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.
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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.
GMT -8 hours Western Canada.
- Transportation by modern tour coach
- Accommodation and sightseeing as listed above
- Service of an English Speaking guide
- International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
- Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
- Optional activities and excursions
- Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature such as drinks, meals, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
- The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
- Anything not detailed on the itinerary
12 breakfasts included.
Tours listed in 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.
Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.
Minimum 20 passengers, maximum approximately 50 passengers (full coach).
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.