- 15 Days
- 15 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,276
MODERATE | SELF-DRIVE: A superb trip, offering two weeks of British Columbia’s and Alberta’s breathtaking scenery. Enjoy the fabulous city of Vancouver before travelling into the charming Okanagan Valley. Spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes accompany you as you drive to Glacier National Park, and the resort regions of Banff and Jasper. From there, Mount Robson and the Cariboo region are enthralling landmarks as you head north to the Pacific Coast and sail the magnificent Inside Passage to Vancouver Island, where delightful Victoria awaits you.
Adventure looms on the horizon of this 15-day trip, taking you into the wild interiors and beautiful waterways of British Columbia and Alberta. Your tour includes accommodations as you loop from Vancouver to Banff and back again with stops at pristine glacial lakes, snow-capped mountain peaks, and all the rushing waterfalls in between.
As Western Canada’s largest urban centre, Vancouver meets all your desires for an energetic city stay. Whether you choose to bike through the sprawling Stanley Park or sample some eclectic local eats in neighbourhoods like Yaletown or Gastown, there’s an art gallery, brewery, indie boutique, underground music venue, or bookstore waiting for you to discover.
British Columbia’s verdant interior has no shortage of rolling vineyards, dizzying hikes, and lakes so blue that you won’t believe your eyes. Take in a deep breath as you breathe in the smell of pine, hearing birds chirp and water pass calmly through wide riverbeds that snake through the trees, stopping in the towns of Penticton, Revelstoke, Smithers, and Prince George. Take some time to learn about the local Indigenous cultures and their deep connections to the land, giving you a new perspective as you surround yourself in nature and consider their stories that have been passed down for thousands of years.
In Alberta, Banff and Jasper National Parks will stun you with their alpine forests giving way to floral meadows, sparkling lakes, and snow capped mountain peaks. You’ll have plenty of options to take in the fresh air and dramatic views, whether you set off down one of the many hiking trails or opt for something more adventurous like mountain biking or rafting. For those looking to relax with a view, the resort towns of Banff and Jasper have no shortage of hot springs or spas to help you find an inner tranquility that matches the harmony of the woods. Watch blue shimmer before your eyes at places like Peyto Lake or Lake Louise, which you can explore via kayak or canoe in warmer months.
Discover the sunshine coast of British Columbia as you board the ferry at Prince Rupert and cruise south to Port Hardy, your point of entrance for the wild beauty of Vancouver Island. Calm seaside towns dot the landscape, inviting you to wander their quaint streets and sample the fresh catches of the day. Fishing enthusiasts will love Campbell River, whose immense fjords allow for incredible salmon fishing, pleasing those who are fans of the sport, snorkelling, or sushi. In Victoria, you’ll discover a reputation as the “City of Gardens” with a tour of the fairytale-like colours at the Butchart Gardens, a perfect complement to the historic buildings that stretch across this pretty town.
Returning to Vancouver, the decision is yours whether or not you’d like to head home to share photos with your family and friends or continue exploring the wild beauty of Western Canada.
- 15 Days
- 15 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,276
Arrival in Vancouver
Following your arrival at Vancouver International Airport, transfer independently to your downtown hotel. The Roadbook you received has all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife in neighborhoods such as Yaletown or Gastown, venture along the meandering pathways along the ocean, visit a gallery, or indulge in some shopping on Robson Street. Overnight Vancouver
A full day is barely enough to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area. Among the city’s highlights are the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. For a quite unique experience you might visit Klahowya Village in Stanley Park where you travel through the forest on the Spirit Catcher miniature train, watch cultural performances, and shop the Artisan Marketplace. Overnight Vancouver
Vancouver to Penticton (417 km / 259 miles)
Enjoy the scenic drive to Penticton via the dense forests of Manning Provincial Park and approach your destination from the south. In the park, you can take a walk on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats. The town of Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. The region is also renowned for its beaches and hot, dry climate. Overnight Penticton
Penticton to Revelstoke (260 km / 162 miles)
You have time in the morning to see more of the Okanagan Valley. Afterwards, on your way to Revelstoke, the drive takes you past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks, and beautiful lakes. Overnight Revelstoke
Revelstoke to Banff (283 km / 176 miles)
Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass on the way to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border where it meets Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park. Visit Kicking Horse Pass, a scenic highlight of the park. Before you continue to the bustling resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise. Overnight Banff
Banff National Park
You have an entire day to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to Banff Natural History Museum, or you might like to visit the famous Bow Falls and Cave and Basin National Historic site, both of which have trails. A thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain is another great option or try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka. Overnight Banff
Banff to Jasper (288 km / 179 miles)
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake enroute. Enjoy glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls, and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Overnight Jasper
Jasper to Prince George (375 km / 233 miles)
The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region. Overnight Prince George
Prince George to Smithers (371 km / 231 miles)
The wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges gets a little more rugged as today’s drive shows, but it is an incredibly interesting one as this is a region with cultural and historical ties to several native bands. Your overnight stop, Smithers, was once a stop on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad and its downtown has an Alpine feel. Overnight Smithers
Smithers to Prince Rupert (348 km / 216 miles)
Driving along the scenic Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert makes for a marvelous day. In Hazelton, you may want to visit Ksan Native Village and its tribal houses, museum, carving shed and totem poles of the Gitksan First Nation. Situated on Kaien Island, Prince Rupert was home to the Tsimshian and Haida nations for five thousand years and their legacies are reflected in the totem poles of Service Park, Roosevelt Park, and the Sunken Gardens. All of it is quite amazing. Overnight Prince Rupert
Prince Rupert To Port Hardy (Cruise)
The magnificent scenery continues as you enjoy a full day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline*. The famous Inside Passage cruise ends in Port Hardy. Overnight Port Hardy
*For select departures, overnight will be on board the ferry in your selected accommodation type. The cruise will arrive at Port Hardy the next day.
Port Hardy To Campbell River (233 km / 145 miles)
Continue your trip, travelling down the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing and offering snorkel-with salmon tours in late summer when millions of the fish arrive here. Overnight Campbell River
Campbell River to Victoria (265 km / 165 miles)
Continue along the coast, past quaint seaside towns such as Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, and Nanaimo. In Duncan, visit the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre and in Chemainus, you can see the famous murals. As you approach Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, you will travel along the scenic Malahat Drive, which affords generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond. Overnight Victoria
Victoria to Vancouver (70 km / 43 miles Land Only)
Before you leave Victoria’s charms and the beauty of the Inner Harbor, we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands, through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia for some last-minute shopping. Overnight Vancouve
Check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight or extend your trip in British Columbia.
May 2*, 9*, 16*, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Jun 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Jul 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Aug 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Sep 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 26*
Oct 3*, 10*, 17*
Overnight accommodation on departure dates with an "*" are on the overnight ferry (Inboard cabins). Inboard cabin: Maximum occupancy is 2 adults and 1 child. Triple & Quad bookings may receive 2 cabins.
- 15 days Intermediate Car Rental with unlimited mileage (Toyota Corolla or similar)
- Customized Self-Drive Roadbook (Digital version)
- 2 night’s moderate accommodations in Vancouver
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Penticton
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Revelstoke area
- 2 night’s moderate accommodations in Banff
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Jasper
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Prince George
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Smithers
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Prince Rupert
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Port Hardy (*for select departures, overnight will be on board the ferry. The cruise will arrive at Port Hardy the next day)
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Campbell River
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Victoria
- 1 night moderate accommodations in Vancouver International Airport area
- Ferry crossing: Inside Passage cruise Prince Rupert to Port Hardy on Day 11. Select departures will include an overnight ferry
- Ferry crossing: Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen (1 hour 35 minutes)
- Car rental insurance
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
- National Park Fees
- All visitors to Banff and/or Jasper National Parks are required to obtain a National Park Visitor’s Pass. The pass can be obtained either at the airport or at the information centers in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. If arriving by car the passengers may obtain the pass at the park entrance gate.
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Road tolls
- Items of a personal nature
- Visa fees if applicable
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request. Additional terms and conditions apply for car rental - please inquire.
3 Oct 2023