|3||Vancouver → Victoria||116 km|
|4||Victoria → Discovery Islands||280 km|
|6||Discovery Islands → Port Hardy||245 km|
|7||Port Hardy → Prince Rupert||521 km|
|8||Prince Rupert → Stewart||456 km|
|10||Stewart → Smithers||338 km|
|11||Smithers → Prince George||374 km|
|12||Prince George → Jasper||379 km|
|15||Jasper → Banff||292 km|
|17||Banff → Calgary||131 km|
- 17 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- The Port Hardy / Prince Rupert ferry
- Bedding and kitchen equipment if cottage stays
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
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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.
And let your Canadian road trip adventure begin!
First you take a memorable ferry ride to beautiful Vancouver Island and Victoria, capital of British Columbia.
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 Wharf Street Visitor Centre's Art Deco walking tour also offers a stunning architectural perspective of Victoria.
Today you head for the northern end of Vancouver Island and Quadra Island.
Along the away, 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.
We also recommend visiting Skookumchuck Narrows Provincial Park to see the Sechelt Rapids, which can exceed 3 metres in height, depending on the tides.
When you reach Quadra Island, the historical centre of Kwagiulth First Nations culture, prepare yourselves for an idyllic nature experience.
DAY 5 - Discovery Islands
Located between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Quadra Island is the ideal spot to get back in touch with Mother Nature!
Quadra Island offers a wide range of outdoor activities. There is something to please everyone: canoeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, ocean fishing, sailboat excursions, nature observation, and much more.
Today's destination is Port Hardy.
Along the way, make a stop in a little out-of-the-way paradise, Telegraph Cove, the best place in the world for orca (killer whale) watching! This small village will charm you with its small old houses built on piles, lined up along long wooden boardwalk.
Port Hardy is a charming fishing village.
Next your adventure leads to Prince Rupert via one of the most spectacular cruises in the world, the Inside Passage.
No driving today! You set sail on the ''Queen of Prince Rupert'' very early in the morning. A few hours later the fog rises, revealing stunning views of inlets, fjords, wooded islands and the majestic Coastal Mountains.
The cruise ends 16 hours later and 500 km to the north in Prince Rupert, where you spend the night.
Today's route follows the Yellowhead Highway along the scenic Skeena River Valley.
The glaciers become larger and closer as you approach Stewart; some are simply dazzling. Stop to admire the magnificent Bear Glacier, with its magical blue glow.
Your final destination is the small town of Stewart, at the head of Portland Canal, a deep fjord marking a natural border between Canada and the United States (Alaska).
Just before sunset, pay a visit to the renowned Fish Creek, where you will see grizzly bears catching and eating salmon in the wild rapids.
DAY 9 - Stewart
We suggest exploring this rugged wilderness with a drive up to the spectacular Salmon Glacier, the fifth largest glacier in the world.
At the end of the day, stop off in the Sealaska Pub for a taste of the gold diggers' drink!
You could also treat yourself to a meal of Snow Crab at the King Edward Hotel.
After breakfast, you set out to discover the Gitksan First Nation.
You begin with the village of Hazelton, home to the renowned Ksan Native Village and Museum, a replica of a Gitksan village where visitors can learn about Gixtan culture and watch artists at work.
On your way to Smithers along the Bulkley River you will find a fishing site used by the First Nations for thousands of years. Known today as Moricetown Canyon, here you can observe ancestral salmon fishing methods.
The serene beauty of your majestic surroundings will captivate you in the early morning light. Many Europeans, seduced by this village and its way of life, have ended up settling here.
On the way to Prince George, be sure to visit the Fort St. James Historic Site, an authentic fur trading post dating from 1896 and an important part of Canada's history.
Today you set out for Jasper National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Along the way, stop for a break at the foot of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies
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 13 - Jasper
You have an entire day to spend in Jasper National Park, the largest of Canada'a Rocky Mountain parks.
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 14 - 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 16 - 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.
Before leaving the region, 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.
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.
DAY 18 - 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!