Ultimate Western Canada

20 day Self Drive - from £2639

Combine the best of the west on this 20 day self drive around British Columbia and Alberta, including the magnificent Jasper and Banff National Parks, beautiful scenery and wildlife in Vancouver Island and the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver.


  • Whale watching in Tofino
  • Visit Butchart Gardens
  • Grouse Mountain Skyride and Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway & Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver, transfer (included) to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore 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. Today, experience Grouse Mountain Skyride (included) and Capilano Suspension Bridge (included) at your own leisure.

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 am 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.

This tour includes a minimum of five wineries, a gift card for lunch, all tasting fees and a picnic platter of gourmet cheeses and crackers.

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 the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Standard Hotel: Elk & Avenue Hotel

Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge

Day 8 - Banff National Park

A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement, including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley.

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 is at your leisure to explore the uniquely beautiful landscape of Jasper National Park where serene lakes and gentle meadows stand in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers.

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 - Gold Bridge (203 miles)

Begin the day travelling along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Lodge nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Standard & Superior Hotel: Tyax Lodge& Heliskiing

Days 13 & 14 - Gold Bridge

Enjoy your days at Tyax Lodge, where you will find a unique combination of wilderness, outdoor adventure and first-class facilities. You can discover the surrounding area on a hiking excursion on one of the many eco trails.

Standard & Superior Hotel: Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing

Day 15 - Whistler (80 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 16 - Whistler

Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) 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 17 - 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 Resort

Day 18 - Tofino

Your day is at leisure to explore the rugged coastline along the network of hiking trails or walk the shoreline of Long Beach in search of shells and driftwood. Also today, enjoy either a Whale Watch cruise in search of gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles, or a Bear Viewing Cruise in search of black bears who head for the closest food source – the ocean!

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Superior Hotel: Black Rock Resort

Day 19 - 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 20 - Depart Vancouver (43 miles & Ferry)

Before you leave Vancouver Island we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry (included). Enjoy a mini-cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia (ferry included). The rest of the day is at your leisure to enjoy the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver.

20 day Self Drive - from £2639

With flights from £3049

Optional Upgrade

Our Superior Ultimate Western Canada self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior or deluxe hotel accommodation.

20 day Ultimate Western Canada Self Drive Superior – from £3345

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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 1st April 2021 onwards.

Ultimate Western Canada


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
  • 19 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


Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.


Upgrade your self drive from Standard to Superior. This includes superior or deluxe hotels with a higher standard of accommodation.

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