Inspired by Nature
|1||Arrival in Calgary|
|2||Calgary → Banff||133 km|
|4||Banff → Jasper||286 km|
|7||Jasper → Wells Gray Provincial Park||349 km|
|8||Wells Gray Provincial Park|
|9||Wells Gray Provincial Park → Whistler||451 km|
|11||Whistler → Qualicum Beach||218 km|
|12||Qualicum Beach → Pacific Rim||142 km|
|14||Pacific Rim → Victoria||265 km|
|16||Victoria → Vancouver||135 km|
|17||Vancouver → Okanagan Valley||405 km|
|18||Okanagan Valley → Revelstoke||330 km|
|20||Revelstoke → Lake Louise||232 km|
|21||Lake Louise → Calgary||183 km|
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Welcome to Calgary, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Be sure to take in the most interesting tourist attractions of Canada's cowboy capital: enjoy a spectacular 360° view of the city from the top of the Calgary Tower, do some shopping on 8th Avenue, visit Glenbow Museum to learn about the Aboriginal peoples and the colonization of the West, and take a stroll through the National Historical District of Stephen Avenue Walk.
You pick up your full set of camping gear including a tent, sleeping bags, camping mats, ice chest, propane stove, pots and pans, firelighter, tarp and more and then set a course for Banff and the Rocky Mountains.
At an elevation of 1380 metres, this small resort town is known for its superb alpine setting.
Banff is also a renowned national park whose glaciers and mountains make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
DAY 3 - Banff
Take a hike on Sulphur Mountain. The mountain trails will take you up through picture-postcard landscapes, and the summit provides a stunning view across the entire region. A gondola also goes up to the summit.
The area's most spectacular natural attractions include Johnston Canyon, the Bow River Valley and Lake Minnewanka.
Be sure to take a relaxing break at the Cave and Basin Hot Springs. After all, you are on holiday!
This morning you set out for Jasper via the Icefields Parkway, considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
In addition to the breathtaking scenery, you may well have the opportunity to see some wildlife beside the road: black bears, grizzly bears, elk, mountain goats, moose and bighorn sheep are common in the area.
Plan for a stop at Athabasca Glacier. Along the way, the Sunwapta Falls and Canyon are a typical example of the geological formation known as a ''hanging valley''.
DAY 5 - Jasper
You have an entire day to spend in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Visit the most beautiful attractions, including the picturesque Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, the most photographed island in the world.
Take a hike along the spectacular trails of Maligne Canyon and Mount Edith Cavell.
DAY 6 - Jasper
Don't be surprised to see elk wandering the streets of Jasper... Maybe they will join you for breakfast!
For families with children or visitors looking for a less strenuous activity, the Peyto Lake trail offers an easy 15-minute walk to spectacular vistas.
If you are looking for a little relaxation, we suggest a visit to Miette Hot Springs, the hottest springs in the Canadian Rockies.
Today's destination is Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Opportunities to see wildlife along the scenic Yellowhead Highway between Jasper and Mount Robson are excellent, and are considerably higher during the two hours after sunrise.
Along the way, stop for a break at the foot of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of British Columbia's most spectacular wilderness parks, famous for its impressive waterfalls.
DAY 8 - Wells Gray Provincial Park
Must-see natural attractions include the magnificent Helmcken Falls, cascading in a straight drop of 141 metres into an immense canyon.
In July and August, hiking trails lead to incredible sub alpine meadows of wildflowers on the slopes of Trophy Mountain.
And swimming enthusiasts are sure to want to cool off in the limpid waters of Clearwater Lake.
The road trip continues in the direction of Whistler.
Nestled in a beautiful natural mountain setting, Whistler is a vibrant and lively resort town with a wide assortment of restaurants, boutiques and sidewalk cafes.
It is hardly surprising that Whistler, the number one ski resort in North America, was chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games!
DAY 10 - Whistler
Spend the day discovering Whistler's many attractions.
If you look up, you will see the "Peak 2 Peak" gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, offering the ultimate alpine experience. With a maximum height of 436 metres over Fitzsimmons Creek, Peak 2 Peak is the highest lift in the world.
Today you take the panoramic ''Sea to Sky'' highway to the Pacific coast. Its stunning views will take your breath away.
A ferry takes you across to Vancouver Island and today's destination, Qualicum Beach, with its magnificent views of the Straight of Georgia and the snowy peaks of the Coast Mountains.
Welcome to a haven of peace! Enjoy a walk along one of Qualicum Beach's many waterfront or beach trails and drink in the calm of your surroundings.
The adventure continues in the direction of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Along the way, be sure to stop at Cathedral Grove, a sacred place for the First Nations people and a magical place where you will find enormous 800 year old Douglas firs.
Your destination, Ucluelet, is on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park, where you will find the most beautiful beaches in Canada, bordered by lush temperate rainforest.
DAY 13 - Pacific Rim
Today will be dedicated to exploring Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
The Long Beach section, a long stretch of fine sandy beach pounded by the Pacific surf, is definitely a must-see. Discover this magical place with the help of several easy hiking trails.
You won't want to miss watching the sun set over the ocean from Radar Hill: the view is just incredible!
And why not pay a visit to Tofino, a charming fishing village on the Pacific coast?
Today you set a course for the southern end of Vancouver Island and Victoria, capital city of British Columbia.
Along the way, you could stop in the village of Duncan. Also known as the ''City of Totems'', Duncan is a real Indian village, with more than 80 totem poles lining its streets.
The Wharf Street Visitor Centre's Art Deco walking tour offers a stunning architectural perspective of Victoria: an excellent way to begin your visit.
DAY 15 - Victoria
In Victoria, be sure to take a scenic tour through the historic part of the city, with a view of the ocean. If you're lucky, you may even spot a whale.
The Capital is also a good point of departure for a whale watching tour.
Victoria's most renowned attractions include the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Butchart Gardens.
Next the adventure leads to Vancouver.
An enjoyable ferry ride takes you to Canada's most beautiful metropolis, ranked as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.
Once in downtown Vancouver, pay a visit to the Harbour Centre Tower lookout. At a height of 167 metres, the panoramic view is a spectacular way to begin your stay in Vancouver.
Spend some time exploring the city's attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown, and do some shopping on Robson Street and Broadway Avenue.
Today you set out to discover the Okanagan Valley, the warmest region in Canada.
The Okanagan Valley is a lush valley lined with fruit trees, vineyards and a large lake.
Be sure to take in a vineyard tour and wine-tasting: a classic activity for visitors to the region.
You won't want to miss the "Nicola Valley Loop" driving tour, starting in Kamloops.
Your next destination, Revelstoke and Glacier National Park, is known as a real photographers' paradise.
Pay a visit to Mount Revelstoke National Park and take the road that winds up to the summit of Mount Revelstoke. The view is simply breathtaking!
DAY 19 - Revelstoke
This morning you enjoy a gentle awakening in the quiet lakeside setting of your campground.
We invite you to spend the day hiking off the beaten track in nearby Glaciers National Park.
Be sure to stop at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, where you can admire the magnificent scenery and learn about the region's fascinating history.
Today's route takes you to Lake Louise. Be sure to stop along the way to visit Yoho National Park with its many attractions including the Emerald Lake trails and Takakkaw Falls.
And for the "cherry on top", you find yourself in the famous Lake Louise. The nearby hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers is one of the most spectacular hikes in the region.
Enjoy the last moments of your Canadian vacation before heading back to Calgary, where you return your camping equipment.
Then you make your way to the Calgary airport for your flight home.
It's time to say goodbye to the land of lakes and rivers, your hearts filled with beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!