West with the Family
|3||Vancouver → Whistler||120 km|
|4||Whistler → Ashcroft||227 km|
|5||Ashcroft → Wells Gray Provincial Park||218 km|
|6||Wells Gray Provincial Park|
|7||Wells Gray Provincial Park → Jasper||322 km|
|10||Jasper → Banff||292 km|
|13||Banff → Calgary||135 km|
|14||Excursion to Drumheller (3:30 return trip)|
- 14 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
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DAY 1 - Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's most beautiful metropolis, ranked as one of the best cities in the world in which to live.
We wish you a great vacation in the land of lakes and rivers!
DAY 2 - Vancouver
Vancouver is a relatively small city that is best explored on foot.
Spend the day exploring the city's attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown, and do some shopping on Robson Street and Broadway Avenue.
Don't miss a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to a large number of marine mammals.
Your road trip begins in the direction of Whistler via the panoramic ''Sea to Sky'' highway. Its stunning views will take your breath away.
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.
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.
Next the adventure leads to Ashcroft in the beautiful Cariboo region.
Ashcroft was the departure point for gold prospectors heading North in the 1860s. Be sure to visit historic Hat Creek Ranch for a trip back in time to the Gold Rush days!
This morning you head for Wells Gray Provincial Park.
Along the way, stop to take some photos at Helmcken Falls, cascading in a straight drop of 141 metres into an immense canyon.
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of British Columbia's largest and most rugged recreational areas, famous for its many magnificent falls and rapids.
DAY 6 - Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Park, often known as the Waterfall Park, is one of British Columbia's most spectacular wilderness parks.
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.
Today you set out for Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Along the way, take the time to stop at Athabasca Glacier.
Your route takes you past the Sunwapta Falls and Canyon, a typical example of the geological formation known as a ''hanging valley''.
With its plentiful elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer and other large mammals and predators, Jasper National Park is one of the last great protected ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains.
DAY 8 - Jasper
You have an entire day to spend in Jasper National Park.
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 9 - 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.
Your route continues towards Banff. Be sure to stop along the way at Lake Louise: this magnificent glacial lake is known as the "Jewel of Canada", and for good reason.
The spectacular scenery and shimmering blue green waters of Lake Louise will leave you speechless; it's easy to see why this is one of the most famous sights in the Canadian Rockies.
At the end of the day you reach Banff, a charming mountain town at an elevation of 1380 metres, nestled in a superb alpine setting.
DAY 11 - Banff
Today you set off for 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.
Next you pay a visit to the famous town of Banff for a bit of shopping. The town's streets are lined with an assortment of boutiques where you are sure to find that something special.
DAY 12 - Banff
Banff is also a renowned national park whose magnificent glaciers, mountain lakes and mountain peaks make it one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Its most spectacular natural attractions include Johnston Canyon, the Bow River Valley and Lake Minnewanka.
Today's destination is Calgary, the flourishing metropolis of Western Canada.
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.
Today you head north of Calgary to visit a unique attraction for the whole family: the gigantic Tyrrell Museum!
The Tyrrell Museum houses over 80,000 specimens, including 50 complete dinosaur skeletons, and offers a wide variety of fascinating interactive exhibits.
You can even watch scientists at work cleaning bones and preparing specimens for exhibit.
Return to Calgary at the end of the day.
DAY 15 - Calgary
Enjoy the last moments of your western Canadian vacation before heading 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 !