Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

National Geographic Journeys, Calgary to Vancouver
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Tour description

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 float trip along the Athabasca river, 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: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler Your G for Good Moment: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit, 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
  • River float tour
  • Stops at Kamloops Lake and Seton Lake
  • 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 banff during a walk with an expert from the whyte museum
  • Embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide
  • Soak and unwind in natural hot springs
  • Explore the popular resort town of whistler
  • Search for wildlife on an athabasca river float trip

Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Calgary/Banff Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town.

Day 3: Banff/Lake Louise Continue to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake and opt to hike to the Tea House.

Day 4: Lake Louise/Jasper National Park Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Bow 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 on to Jasper National Park.

Day 5: Jasper National Park 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 6: Jasper National Park/Blue River In Jasper, follow the route of the fur traders on a river float tour in the national park with a licensed guide along the Athabasca river. Look out for wildlife, which can include bears, elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, and mountain sheep. Continue to the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River.

Day 7: Blue River/Whistler Pass through the Caribou Mountains into the Coastal Mountains, and enjoy stops at Kamloops Lake and the emerald coloured Seton Lake before arriving to the village of Whistler, host to some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Day 8: Whistler 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 9: Whistler/Victoria 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. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO.

Day 10: Victoria Today is free for optional activities such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, exploring Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at a historic hotel.

Day 11: Victoria/Vancouver Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver. Here, discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown.

Day 12: Vancouver Depart at any time.