Excursions Included

Ultimate Western Canada

17 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2199

With flights from £2695

Combine the best of the West on this incredible self drive around British Columbia and Alberta, including Jasper, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria.

Highlights:

  • Visit the stunning Butchart Gardens and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway and Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Enjoy and unforgettable Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Your choice of whale watching or a bear viewing tour in Tofino
  • Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver, make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this wonderful city at your leisure.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson (Breakfast included)

Superior Hotel: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Day 2 - Vancouver

The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multicultural ambiance. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge so we have included this for you today.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson (Breakfast included)

Superior Hotel: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Day 3 - Kelowna (247 miles)

Today, travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin.

Standard Hotel: Prestige Beach House

Superior Hotel: The Cove Lakeside Resort

Day 4 - Kelowna (Wine Tour)

Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. You will be picked up at your hotel at around 10:00 and visit a minimum of 5 wineries. Each winery has its own personality and wines that they specialise in. You will visit Mission Hill Estate Winery, which is the flagship of this region and never fails to impress – wine tasting is included. Next is Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery, a family-owned and operated winery that is home to many award-winning wines. Your tour continues with a lunch at the Old Vines Restaurant at Quails Gate, which was recently named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada by OpenTable. More wineries will be explored in the afternoon before going back to Kelowna.

Standard Hotel: Prestige Beach House

Superior Hotel: The Cove Lakeside Resort

Day 5 - Emerald Lake Lodge (252 miles)

Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. Just before Revelstoke you will find Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (833 feet), Takakkaw Falls.

Standard & Superior Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 6 - Emerald Lake Lodge

Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Standard & Superior Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge

Day 7 - Banff National Park (50 miles)

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Banff National Park today. We recommend you choose to take the Bow Valley Parkway which runs along side the Bow River, it’s a lovely scenic drive. Along this route there’s an option for you to make a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls, beautiful!

Standard Hotel: Elk & Avenue Hotel

Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge

Day 8 - Banff National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Banff Gondola
Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Option 2: Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.

Option 3: River Explorer Canoe Tour
Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.

Option 4: Bow River Horseback Adventure
Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure.

Standard Hotel: Elk & Avenue Hotel

Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge

Day 9 - Jasper National Park (via Lake Louise) (163 miles)

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop en route to enjoy the 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. We have included an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and a stop at the Glacier Skywalk enroute to Jasper

Standard Hotel: Moderate Hotel

Superior Hotel: Sawridge Inn

Day 10 - Jasper National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise
Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island.

Option 2: Jasper River Float
Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.

Option 3: Jasper Nature Walk
A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

Standard Hotel: Moderate Hotel

Superior Hotel: Sawridge Inn

Day 11 - Lac Le Jeune (297 miles)

Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to Lac Le Jeune Resort Located in a stunning wilderness setting where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake and ospreys soar overhead. Please note this rustic lodge offer peace and relaxation without having phones or televisions in the rooms.

Standard & Superior Hotel: Lac Le Jeune Resort

Day 12 - Whistler (194 miles)

Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town of Whistler. The winding road leads through an arid landscape that gradually changes to lush forests lined with snow-capped mountain ranges.

Standard Hotel: Listel Whistler Hotel

Superior Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort

Day 13 - Whistler

Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snowcapped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May – Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

Standard Hotel: Listel Whistler Hotel

Superior Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort

Day 14 - Tofino (192 miles)

Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry (included) to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rainforests, steep ravines and windswept beaches.

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Superior Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 15 - Tofino

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Coastal Bear Watch Cruise
Search for bears from the comfort and safety of a 24’ Zodiac vessel. Abundant on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, black bears roam the shores at low tide in search of their favorite delicacy, the Rock Crab.

Option 2: Whale Watching Cruise
Cruise through the waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

Option 3: Tofino Food Tour
Taste why Tofino is truly one of Canada’s best food scenes, combined with local stories & fascinating history. This tour includes 7 delicious tastings from some of Tofino’s best restaurants & food vendors.

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Superior Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 16 - Victoria (201 miles)

This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En-route you might want to visit Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Grove. The coastal road winds through quaint seaside towns and the murals of Chemainus and the quaint Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan are well worth the visit. The day winds down in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

Standard Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Superior Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

Day 17 - Depart Vancouver (43 miles & Ferry)

Before departing Victoria for Vancouver today, you can personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Butchart Gardens Admission
On its 100th birthday in 2004, the Butchart Gardens was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Explore 55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 130 acre estate.

Option 2: Eat like a Canadian Food Tour
Not many people can define exactly what Canadian food is. From local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is the best way to experience Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

Option 3: Whale Watch Cruise
Get up close with the killer whales on the Salish Sea with this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Climb aboard a covered or open boat equipped with hydrophones to hear the whales and bring the underwater experience to light.

After, cruise across Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries to Vancouver where your fabulous Western Canada road trip comes to an end..

17 day Self Drive Holiday - from £2199

With flights from £2695

OPTIONS

  • Upgrade to superior hotels from £444
  • Add extra nights in Vancouver or any locations en route
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 16 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard or superior hotels
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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