Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound

National Geographic Journeys, Vancouver to Calgary

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits 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 sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.

What’s included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff Your G for Good Moment: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit, Whistler Your Discover Moment: Whistler Your Wellness Moment: 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 Joffree Lake and Marble Canyon
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre stop
  • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver Please make your own way to the joining hotel. Additional Notes: If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Vancouver/Victoria (1B) Take a stroll around the city with your CEO to get familiar with your surroundings before you can enjoy the evening on your own. Included Activities: Gastown Visit Stanley Park Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.50-1.75 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Victoria (1B) Today is free for optional activities, such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, exploring 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. 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. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit Indigenous Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-1.75 hours) Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Whistler (1B) Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.
Day 6 Whistler/Blue River (1B, 1D) Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the Coastal Mountain Range and set foot into the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region. Aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie. Included Activities: Joffre Lakes Visit Marble Canyon Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
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. Spot 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. Included Activities: River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley Mount Robson Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 8 Jasper National Park (1B) Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable. Included Activities: Miette Hot Springs Visit
Day 9 Jasper National Park/Lake Louise (1B) Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters. Included Activities: Columbia Icefields Center Visit Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk Lake Louise Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 290km)
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. Included Activities: Banff Historical Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)
Day 11 Banff/Calgary (1B) Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)
Day 12 Calgary (1B) If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Departure Day
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