Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound
Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure offers the Rocky Mountain highs of crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you're walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you're discovering some of the most iconic parts of Canada.
Explore the popular resort town of Whistler, enjoy a historical tour through Banff with an expert from the Whyte Museum, search for grizzly and black bears on a float trip at Blue River, soak in natural hot springs, take an ice walk on an active glacier
Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat.
Hotels/lodges (11 nts).
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff Recharge: Miette Hot Springs Visit, Jasper National Park. All park fees in Jasper and Banff National Parks. Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island. Vancouver, Calgary, Victoria, Whistler, and Banff orientation walks. Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon. River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley. Mount Robson Visitor Centre visit. Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Vancouver
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Vancouver/Victoria (1B)
Enjoy a stop at Stanley Park and Gastown before boarding a scenic ferry to Victoria, where we'll take an orientation walk with our CEO.
Day 3 Victoria (1B)
Today is free for optional activities, such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.
Day 4 Victoria/Whistler (1B)
Catch the ferry back to the mainland and drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to the village of Whistler, host of some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Here we visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience, exclusive to Journeys travellers. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an indigenous guide who has come through the centre's training program.
Day 5 Whistler (1B)
Today is at your leisure. Take a walk through the village with options to ride the gondola up the mountain, hike, or go ziplining.
Day 6 Whistler/Blue River (1B, 1D)
Pass through Coastal Mountains into the Caribou Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving in the small community of Blue River.
Day 7 Blue River/Jasper National Park (1B)
Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Head to Jasper National Park, crossing the Rockies, and view the highest peak, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre.
Day 8 Jasper National Park (1B)
Spend the day at leisure with the option to hike at Maligne Canyon, enjoy a boat cruise, or check out some whitewater rafting. In the evening, we have an included visit to Miette hot springs.
Day 9 Jasper National Park/Lake Louise (1B)
Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto Lake with a stop at the Columbia Icefield. Walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Continue to Lake Louise to view its emerald blue waters and Victoria Glacier.
Day 10 Lake Louise/Banff (1B)
Enjoy the morning in Lake Louise with the option to hike to the Tea House. Continue to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff.
Day 11 Banff/Calgary (1B)
Enjoy the morning in Banff, then drive to Calgary for a short orientation walk and opt to visit museums, cowboy bars, or the Olympic Park.
Day 12 Calgary (1B)
Depart at any time.