Once in the West
|1||Arrival in Calgary|
|3||Calgary → Banff||133 km|
|4||Banff → Jasper||290 km|
|6||Jasper → Wells Gray Provincial Park||319 km|
|7||Wells Gray Provincial Park|
|8||Wells Gray Provincial Park → Whistler||423 km|
|9||Whistler → Victoria||245 km|
|10||Victoria → Vancouver||117 km|
|12||Vancouver → Ashcroft||346 km|
|13||Ashcroft → Revelstoke||307 km|
|14||Revelstoke → Lake Louise||229 km|
|15||Lake Louise → Calgary||181 km|
- 14 nights' accommodation as described in the program (or similar)
- Breakfasts where applicable
- Assistance from your Canadian travel specialist (before, during and after the trip)
- All applicable taxes
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Welcome to Calgary, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
We wish you a great vacation in the land of lakes and rivers!
DAY 2 - Calgary
Calgary is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies.
Be sure to take in the city's most interesting tourist attractions: 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.
In early July, Calgary is taken over by the Calgary Stampede. This cowboy festival is so popular that visitors have to book their tickets up to a year in advance!
And let your Canadian road trip adventure begin!
Your first destination is Banff, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
At an elevation of 1380 metres, this small resort town is known for its superb alpine setting.
Don't miss the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, where you will enjoy stunning view across the entire region.
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.
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.
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 7 - Wells Gray Provincial Park
Wells Gray Park, often known as the Waterfall Park for its many spectacular falls and rapids, 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.
The road trip continues in the direction of Whistler.
Along the way, stop to take some photos at Helkmen Falls, cascading in a straight drop of 141 metres into an immense canyon.
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.
Today you take the panoramic ''Sea to Sky'' highway to the Pacific coast. Its stunning views will take your breath away.
You then take a ferry to beautiful Vancouver Island and Victoria, capital city 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.
Victoria's most renowned attractions include the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Butchart Gardens.
This morning you head for Vancouver.
After an enjoyable ferry ride, you will reach 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.
DAY 11 - 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 including dolphins, belugas, seals and sea otters.
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!
Your next destination, Revelstoke, is known as a real photographers' paradise.
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!
Today's route takes you through Glacier National Park. Be sure to stop at Rogers Pass Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the region's fascinating history.
Take the time 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.