Welcome to British Columbia & The Canadian Rockies

A Natural Show

Western Canada has historic sites, music venues and wonderful restaurants, but the real ‘show’ in these three provinces isn’t hidden away in some dark, dusty museum; it’s paraded outside in a dramatically expansive landscape of mountains, lakes, plains, forests, rocky bluffs and storm-lashed beaches. You haven’t fully experienced this spectacular corner of the planet until you’ve gone for a swim in a glacier-fed lake, run with delight across an alpine meadow, followed in indigenous footsteps across a remote mountain pass, and watched a bear foraging for wild berries. Get in training!

Epic Adrenaline Rushes

Steely calved West Coasters have been discovering ways to interact with the outdoors for decades, and there are hundreds of operators here that can help you do the same. Whistler morphs from skiing capital to mountain-biking bonanza depending on the season. Banff and its satellite national parks contain an A-to-Z of trails, and Tofino is the original Canadian 'surf city'. Recent years have brought more creative inventions, including scarily long zip lines and numerous via ferrate (fixed-protection climbing routes). Alternatively, you can do what the First Nations have been doing for thousands of years and take to the water in a canoe or kayak.

Urban Adventures

It's easy to be seduced by the Canadian wilderness, but this region also offers sparkling city action. Alberta puts on a show with Edmonton's arts scene and Calgary's contemporary cowboy vibe, but it's British Columbia that offers the best city-based shenanigans, with two very different approaches. Provincial capital Victoria frames its increasingly cool scene with a backdrop of historic buildings, while Vancouver, Western Canada's largest city, provides a full menu of ethnically diverse neighborhoods that are ripe for exploration. From slick Yaletown to hipster-haven Main St, cool Gastown and the 'gayborhood' of West End, the 'City of Glass' is a place with many personalities.

First People

Responsible for 95% of the region’s history in a trajectory that stretches back over 10,000 years, Western Canada’s indigenous culture – once rudely ignored, but now proudly exhibited – is part of a complex story of creation beliefs, against-the-odds survival and diverse First Nations traditions. Piecing it together will take you from the towering totems of Haida Gwaii to the chronicles of Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology. BC alone has 198 First Nations groups, nearly one-quarter of the Yukon’s population claims indigenous heritage, while Alberta is the heartland of the Blackfoot and Cree. Uncover their legends in art galleries, cultural centers, festivals and hotels, or listen to their mythical stories retold in over 30 indigenous languages.

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$160.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour by Bus

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: BC Ferries, Tsawwassen, Delta, British ColumbiaEnjoy a 90 minute scenic cruise across the Strait of Georgia aboard BC Ferries. Your mini-coach will drive right onto the ship.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Chinatown, Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaThe Chinatown in Victoria is the oldest Chinatown in Canada and the second oldest in North America after San Francisco's. Victoria's Chinatown is now surrounded by cultural, entertainment venues as well as being a venue itself.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Victoria Capital Regional District, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaFounded in 1886 the Royal BC Museum, located in the Inner Harbour of Victoria, is a profound sight-to-see! Visit the famous ‘Woolly’, a full-scale woolly mammoth model that roamed the earth during the Pleistocene Era, and a broad First Nations set that features thousands of photos and artifacts from the Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: The Butchart Gardens, Central Saanich, Victoria Capital Regional District, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaTravel to The Butchart Gardens. Relax along the drive through the countryside before arriving at a garden that leaves horticulturists in awe. Spread across 55 acres, stroll along twisting paths and grand lawns. Experience the five unique areas, including the Sunken Garden and Japanese Gardens.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: BC Ferries, Sidney, Victoria Capital Regional District, Vancouver Island, British ColumbiaOn the return crossing, enjoy the dining options onboard as the sun starts to set. Your adventure is complete once we arrive at your hotel.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

$129.93 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver North Shore Tour: Capilano Bridge, Grouse Mountain

Your Vancouver North Shore day trip starts with pickup from Vancouver or Richmond (select hotels only) and a drive over the Lions Gate Bridge, a 5,890-foot (1,823-meter) suspension bridge that offers unparalleled views of Vancouver Harbor, and beyond.Once you get across to the North Shore, continue on a short drive up the mountain to the Capilano Fish Hatchery (11am departure only). Learn about the life cycle of salmon from your guide and, depending on the season (July - August), watch as they leap their way upriver.Next, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you'll meander along the surrounding temperate rain forest and learn the traditions of the Indigenous People. Then, walk across the 460-foot (140-meter) bridge to the other side of the river, where you can climb to the canopy and walk through the Treetops Adventure walkway high above the canyon and river below.For those seeking a more thrilling experience, try the Cliffwalk, the newest attraction at the bridge. This adrenaline-pumping journey will take you through the rainforest on a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face to unexplored territories of the park.At the Grouse Mountain Skyride, hop on the tram and travel to a 3,937-foot (1,200-meter) viewpoint above the city and enjoy nature’s spectacular view. In the summertime, you can see Mount Baker and Vancouver Island off British Columbia’s coast. You can also get up-close views of grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.After your North Shore experience, relax on the drive back to Vancouver.Please note: You must include hotel information at checkout and call tour operator ahead to confirm.

$61.14 Day Trips & Excursions

Vancouver Sightseeing City Tour with Stanley Park and Gastown

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Brockton Point Totem Pole, Vancouver, British ColumbiaVisit Totem Pole Park in Stanley Park featuring Indigenous Peoples’ story poles.Duration: 25 minutesPass By: Lions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, British ColumbiaIconic suspension bridge connecting Vancouver to the North Shore.Stop At: Prospect Point Lighthouse, Vancouver, British ColumbiaProspect Point's viewing platforms provide a bird's eye view of the North Shore mountains and the Lions Gate Bridge.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Granville Island Public Market, Vancouver, British ColumbiaThe Granville Island Public Market features a farmers' market, day vendors, and artists offering local Vancouver goods. Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Vancouver ChinaTown, Vancouver, British ColumbiaVancouver's cultural diversity in Canada's largest Chinatown.Pass By: Gastown, Vancouver, British ColumbiaVancouver's original downtown core is now a National Historic Site.Stop At: Vancouver Lookout, Vancouver, British ColumbiaEnjoy 360-degree panoramic views from the Vancouver Lookout’s observation deck high atop Harbour Centre Tower.Duration: 30 minutes

$110.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Sea to Sky Highway, British ColumbiaTravel along the famous Sea to Sky Highway. In fact, this route has been voted one of the best scenic drives in the world.Stop At: Shannon Falls Provincial Park, Squamish, British ColumbiaWalk up to the base of the falls, the third highest in British Columbia.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, British ColumbiaOur tour showcases Whistler Village, a must-see Canadian gem. With towering mountains and sprawling forests, this quaint village offers everything from relaxing spas and scenic strolls to adrenaline filled activities and breathtaking views. Additionally, whether you are visiting in summer or winter, Whistler has a wide array of activities to suit every guest. Enjoy four hours of free time to explore, shop and dine, or try one of our available Plus Options like ziplining.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, Whistler, British ColumbiaIncluded in your tour is an admission ticket to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Museum. Be sure to visit and enjoy a 1-hour guided tour through this First Nations cultural museum. (Optional)Duration: 1 hour

$93.75 Transfers & Ground Transport

Vancouver Airport (YVR) Private Transport to Downtown

Avoid hassling with your luggage, tracking down a taxi or sharing a shuttle with others when you arrive in Vancouver International Airport on your way to Vancouver. Why not pamper yourself instead with this private luxury transfer, offering the ultimate in comfort and privacy? Just enter your flight and accommodations details at the time of booking, pay in advance and show your voucher to your driver when you arrive. For international arrivals, your driver will be waiting to greet you with a sign through a set of glass doors outside of the baggage and customs area. For domestic arrivals, your driver will greet you with a sign at the luggage carousel. Your flight status is also monitored to ensure an on-time pick-up with minimal waiting. Choose from either a private car for up to 3 guests including a luxury Tesla Sedan, a private SUV that seats as many as 6, or a Mercedes Sprinter Van equipped with a gear bay, providing enough ceiling height for skis to stand upright and protected. If you are looking for a little more flash choose our 5 passenger sedan limo. Whatever option you choose, just sit back and enjoy the ride without worrying about taxi meters.

$85.60 Tours & Sightseeing

Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge

Your half-day Vancouver city tour starts with pickup in the late morning from your downtown Vancouver hotel. Aboard a comfortable coach, travel through Vancouver to Canada Place, Robson Street and Stanley Park, where you’ll stop to view the renowned totem poles. After crossing the historic Lions Gate Bridge and passing Cleveland Bridge – offering great views of Capilano Lake – make your way to the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge. You’ll enjoy bird’s-eye views of the spectacular canyon and thriving coastal forest as you cross the 450-foot-long (137-meter) bridge. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, do the Cliffwalk, which takes you on a thrilling journey by foot along a series of suspended walkways jutting out from the granite cliff face above the Capilano River! You’ll also have time at this attraction to browse the shops and enjoy lunch (own expense). Afterward, continue your coach tour to Granville Island for time to explore the public market, marinas, eateries and galleries. Your next highlights are Chinatown – the 2nd-largest in North America – and the historic Gastown district. Throughout your tour, your knowledgeable guide will offer commentary about the sites you see. Your tour concludes with hotel drop-off.