|2||Vancouver → Victoria||116 km|
|4||Victoria → Pacific Rim||314 km|
|6||Pacific Rim → Qualicum Beach||163 km|
|7||Qualicum Beach → Port Hardy||340 km|
|8||Port Hardy → Prince Rupert||521 km|
|9||Prince Rupert → Stewart||456 km|
|11||Stewart → Smithers||338 km|
|12||Smithers → Prince George||374 km|
|13||Prince George → Jasper||379 km|
|15||Jasper → Banff||292 km|
|18||Banff → Revelstoke||285 km|
|19||Revelstoke → Ashcroft||303 km|
|20||Ashcroft → Vancouver||351 km|
- 20 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
- Protection for foreign travellers through the Compensation fund for customers of travel agents
- 1 tree planted in the Authentik Forest to compensate your CO2
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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.
Vancouver is a relatively small city that is best explored on foot.
Spend some time exploring the city's attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown, and do some shopping on Robson Street and Broadway Avenue.
And let your Canadian road trip adventure begin!
First you take a memorable ferry ride to Victoria, capital of British Columbia, on beautiful Vancouver Island.
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 3 - 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.
This morning you set out for Ucluelet and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, a treasure waiting to be discovered.
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.
Ucluelet is on the edge of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, where you will find the most beautiful beaches in Canada, bordered by lush temperate rainforest.
DAY 5 - 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!
This morning you set out for Qualicum Beach. 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.
Qualicum Beach is a haven of peace with a magnificent view of the Straight of Georgia and the snowy peaks of the Coast Mountains.
Enjoy a walk along one of Qualicum Beach's many waterfront or beach trails and drink in the peace of your surroundings.
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 10 - 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 14 - 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.
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.
This morning you set out for Banff via the magnificent Icefields Parkway, considered to be one of the most beautiful roads in the world.
Plan to take a break at Athabasca Glacier. Along the way, the Sunwapta Falls and Canyon are a typical example of the geological formation known as a ''hanging valley''.
Be sure to stop off at Peyto Lake. 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.
You won’t want to miss stopping at Lake Louise. Lake Louise is known as the "Jewel of Canada", and for good reason: its spectacular scenery and shimmering blue green waters will leave you speechless.
At the end of the day you reach Banff, a small mountain town at an elevation of 1380 metres, nestled in a superb alpine setting
DAY 16 - Banff
Today you go hiking on Sulphur Mountain. The mountain trails 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.
You might enjoy 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 17 - Banff
Banff is also a renowned national park whose magnificent glaciers and mountains make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Its most spectacular natural attractions include Johnston Canyon, the Bow River Valley and Lake Minnewanka.
Your next destination, Revelstoke, is known as a real photographers' paradise.
Along the way, make a stop at Yoho National Park with its many attractions including the Emerald Lake trails and Takakkaw Falls.
You can't leave Mount Revelstoke National Park without taking the road that winds up to the summit of Mount Revelstoke. The view is simply breathtaking!
Next you head for 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!
It's time to head back to Vancouver via the panoramic ''Sea to Sky'' highway. Its stunning views will take your breath away.
Don't miss a visit to Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to a large number of marine mammals including dolphins, belugas, seals and sea otters.
DAY 21 - Vancouver
Enjoy the last moments of your western Canadian vacation before heading to the Vancouver 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!