National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound
Vancouver's North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper national parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing excursions, and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you're guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. You might even find yourself face-to-face with a moose, deer, or maybe even a bear. The Great Outdoors now all yours.
Enjoy the scenery of western Canada, create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper National Park, sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver, be awed by the mighty Rockies, road trip through two Canadian provinces.
Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry, canoe, Zodiac
Hotel (1 nt), participation camping (12 nts)
Carte Blanche: Whistler. Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions. Stop at Columbia Icefield. Half-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Half-day whale watching tour by Zodiac. Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Vancouver
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Vancouver/Victoria (1L)
Discover Vancouver on a brief orientation with the CEO. In the afternoon, ferry over to the island and hit the pubs in Victoria.
Day 3 Victoria/Tofino (1B, 1D)
Move north up Vancouver Island. Take in the island scenery and make a stop at a local market. Arrive in time to watch the sunset in Tofino.
Day 4 Tofino (1B, 1L, 1D)
Search for orcas on a whale watching tour by Zodiac. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and witness Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe.
Day 5 Tofino/Whistler (1B, 1D)
Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park en route to the ferry. Once back on the mainland, enjoy a stunning drive to Whistler.
Day 6 Whistler (1B, 1L)
Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and surroundings.
Day 7 Whistler/Wells Gray Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive from the coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP.
Day 8 Wells Gray Park (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls.
Day 9 Wells Gray Park/Jasper (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, en route to Jasper.
Day 10 Jasper (1B, 1L, 1D)
Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.
Day 11 Jasper/Lake Louise (1B, 1L, 1D)
Make the stunning drive to Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular drives. Visit beautiful Peyto Lake and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Lake Louise for the evening.
Day 12 Lake Louise (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head into Yoho NP and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.
Day 13 Lake Louise/Banff (1B, 1L)
Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or along the Six Glaciers Trail. Make the short drive to Banff in the afternoon.
Day 14 Banff/Calgary (1B, 1L)
Spend the morning discovering the town of Banff. View wildlife, walk the streets, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views before continuing on to Calgary. Trip ends upon arrival to Calgary.
Day 15 Calgary
Depart at any time.