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Rockies to Vancouver Canadian Style

14 days fr £1313pp

Banff • Jasper • Lake Louise • Vancouver

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £1313pp
Validity:
  • 06/05/2019 00:00:00 - 09/05/2019 00:00:00
Also included:
  • 13 Nights Accomodation
  • White water rafting in Jasper (2.5 hours)
  • Sightseeing Cruise of Maligne Lake
  • Ice Explorer ride on Columbia Icefield (1.5 hrs)
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver and Capilano Bridge
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Car Rental
  • Parking Charges
Overview
There are lots of great driving adventures all over the world, but none can surpass this exciting and scenically magical road trip from the Rockies to Vancouver. Beginning in Calgary you travel to the picturesque ski town of Banff, across the famous Icefields Parkway to Jasper then on to stunning Lake Louise. Spend time at Baker Creek Mountain Resort and Lake Le Jeune Resort and Nature Centre before arriving into the buzzing capital of British Columbia.
Day 1
Calgary to Banff
After arriving in Calgary, you pick up your car and leave the city and head up towards the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Experience the majesty of the mountains as you first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park where the lofty peaks form a picturesque crown around the parklands. After you have arrived in the bustling town of Banff, the remainder of the day is free to explore its many dining and shopping venues. Overnight at Buffalo Mountain Lodge.
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Day 2
Banff - Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Today is yours to explore the beautiful surroundings of the lodge, set it one Canada’s most spectacular parks. Perhaps take one of the many hiking trails that are accessible from trail heads near the lodge. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the numerous mountain bike trails and several road riding areas near both the lodge and the town. Trails range from easy to difficult and are one of the best ways to experience both the natural wonders of the area and discover the charms of the town and its amenities. Overnight in Banff.
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Day 3
Banff to Jasper
One of the road-trip highlights of the tour today when you leave Banff and drive around 250 miles across the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park. This is considered one of the most spectacular drives in the world and along the way you can stop at Peyto Lake. Here you have glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows. This is one car journey that you won't want to end. On arrival at Jasper check into the Pyramid Lake Resort.
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Day 4
Jasper
Today you take to the rapids on a thrilling white water rafting trip. Travelling around seven miles you will encounter many Class two white water rapids on this introductory-level excursion. A licensed guide provides commentary on the local and natural history, and throughout you have incomparable views of Jasper National Park. Returning to the resort, perhaps take some time to independently explore the local hiking trails, or go for a relaxing paddle boat or canoe on the calm waters of the lake. Overnight in Jasper.
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Day 5
Jasper
Embark on a tour of one of the most spectacular areas of Jasper National Park. The first stop is at Maligne Canyon where 10,000 years of erosion have created a 49-metre deep gorge. Set off on a short walk to marvel at the Maligne River, see the “mysteriously” disappearing Medicine Lake before arriving at Maligne Lake for a 90-minute boat cruise to the world-renowned Spirit Island, followed by a tasty treat at the Lake Chalet. Then return to Jasper for another night at the Pyramid Lake Resort.
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Day 6
Jasper to Baker Creek
A long drive today as you retrace your route along the Icefield’s Parkway, giving you another opportunity to stop and photograph some of the canyon landscapes and towering mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, you board the specially designed Ice Explorer for a journey on to the massive Athabasca Glacier and experience the thrill of walking on centuries-old glacial ice. Then continue to the small town of Lake Louise for a two night stay at the Baker Creek Chalets.
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Day 7
Lake Louise
The next two days are yours to discover why this quiet area is the perfect location to reconnect with nature and either challenge your adventurous spirit, or find a place of serenity and personal reflection. Hiking trails that lead to all levels of routes are close by the resort, making it easy to plan either a short walk or a series of hikes for the day. The resort’s proximity to Lake Louise gives you easy access to the outfitters and adventure suppliers based there.
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Day 8
Lake Louise
Another wonderful day to enjoy Lake Louise and all the activities you can try while staying at Baker Creek Lodge. The town is named after the glacier-fed lake that boasts emerald green waters set against the white of the ice shelf in the distance. Guides, equipment rentals and tours can make any stay here an unforgettable one and you shouldn't leave without at least one visit to the famous Chateau Lake Louise, an imposing building on the edge of the lake.
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Day 9
Lake Louise to Lac Le Jeune Resort
On this full day of travelling, journey through the pristine landscapes that mark the border between Alberta and British Columbia that lie at the very heart of the Rocky Mountains. First traversing the forests, plains and passes of Yoho National Park, you cross over the provincial border and into Glacier National Park - home of the towering Mt.Robson. Continuing west, the road passes by the picturesque southern shores of Shuswap Lake and its contributing waterways. On arrival check into your hotel the Lac le Jeune Resort.
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Day 10
Lac Le Jeune
The Lac Le Jeune resort is your playground for the next two days, inviting you to enjoy the wide range of water and land activities both at the resort and the surrounding area. It is a fabulous area for fishing, wildlife photography and viewing, rowing, paddling, bird watching, geocaching, mountain biking and hiking. There is a public beach at the provincial park just a short walk away and many places to just hang out and read a book and catch some sun.
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Day 11
Lac Le Jeune
The second of your wonderful relaxing days at Lac Le Jeune so make the most of it. Today you can request the hotel chef make you up a picnic lunch so can enjoy your day on the water or out on the trail. Large powerboats are not permitted on the lake so it is the perfect place to paddle around. The scenery in this part of the Rockies is stunning and your luxury resort is the perfect spot to unwind after all the driving you have been doing.
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Day 12
Lac Le Jeune to Vancouver
Leave your resort today for the 200 mile drive to Vancouver passing sagebrush-covered ranch land along the South Thompson River and its vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback. Between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, marvel at the thunder of the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below. More than 750,000 litres of water surge through Hell’s Gate gorge every minute and you can take a gondola ride over this part of the canyon. Overnight at the Holiday Inn Vancouver.
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Day 13
Vancouver
Today you discover the unforgettable sights and sounds of this oceanside metropolis on your Vancouver city tour. See such city highlights as Robson Street, sports venues, the library, theatres, Chinatown and historic Gastown. The tour also makes stops in Stanley Park en route to the Capilano Suspension Bridge in the North Shore rainforest. Cross over a spectacular canyon to the Treetops Adventure observation structure before concluding with a visit to Granville Island with its public market, shops, eateries and galleries.
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Day 14
End of tour
Today you great driving tour from Calgary through the majestic Rocky Mountains to Vancouver comes to an end. Possibly time for some more sightseeing or shopping in the city before heading to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home. This memorable road trip makes a great introduction to Canada and during the 14 days you will have seen so many of the iconic natural wonders that attract visitors from all around the world.
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