Canadian Rockies Encompassed

Classic, Vancouver to Vancouver

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

The Indigenous history, beautiful natural landscapes, and lively cowboy culture of western Canada come together on this 19-day tour through British Columbia and Alberta. Spot wildlife on a ferry ride through glacial fjords and immerse yourself in First Nations culture on a day tour of Smithers. Experience the cowboy roots of Calgary and admire the emerald blue hue of Lake Louise. There are stunning vistas and photos ops along the way, as well as opportunities to bond with like-minded travelmates.

What’s included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit, Whistler Your Wellness Moment: Miette Hot Springs Visit, Jasper National Park Your Foodie Moment: Okanagan Valley Wine Tasting, Kelowna Your Discover Moment: Whistler Your Hands-On Moment: Medicine Bag-Making Activity, Whistler
  • Inside Passage cruise
  • First Nations day tour (Smithers)
  • Mt Robson stop with visit to Interpretation Centre
  • Icefields Parkway drive
  • Columbia Icefield stop
  • Lake Louise visit
  • Wine tasting (Kelowna)
  • Free time in Victoria, Smithers, Jasper National Park, Banff, Whistler, and Vancouver
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Travel by ferry through glacial fjords
  • Discover the first nations cultures of northern bc
  • Hike through jasper national park
  • Grab a pint at calgary's cowboy bars
  • See the picturesque waters of lake louise

Itinerary

Day 1 Vancouver Arrive at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Vancouver/Victoria (1B) Catch a ferry to Vancouver island, and travel to the city of Victoria. Opt to visit a museum, Butchart Gardens, or explore the city. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours) Ferry (1.50-1.75 hours) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Victoria/Port Hardy (1B) Enjoy free time in Victoria this morning. In the afternoon, take in the scenery while travelling to Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 500km)
Day 4 Port Hardy/Prince Rupert (1B) The ride is long, but spectacular. With a full day to relax, enjoy the scenery, read a book, or dine at the onboard restaurants. Reach Prince Rupert late in the evening. Additional Notes: Due to ferry schedules, there may be layovers at certain stops along the route. If this occurs, your CEO will arrange to visit nearby local towns (time permitting). Included Activities: Inside Passage Cruise
Day 5 Prince Rupert/Smithers (1B) Discover the First Nations cultures of Northern BC on a day tour around Smithers. Stay overnight in a remote lodge surrounded by nature. Included Activities: First Nations Day Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 350km)
Day 6 Smithers (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore the wilderness around Smithers. Opt to visit Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Moricetown Canyon, Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, or hike one of many trails in the area.
Day 7 Smithers/Prince George (1B) Enjoy a free morning for activities around Smithers before travelling to Prince George, the largest city in Northern British Columbia. Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 370km)
Day 8 Prince George/Jasper (1B) Travel to Jasper National Park. En route, stop at the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Visit the Interpretation Centre, and go for a short hike to take in the views. Included Activities: Mount Robson Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.50 hours, 375km)
Day 9 Jasper (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper National Park. Opt to hike at Maligne Canyon, go for a boat cruise, or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting. In the evening, visit the Miette Hot Springs. Included Activities: Miette Hot Springs Visit
Day 10 Jasper/Canmore (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. We stop a number of times along the way to take in the scenery and search for wildlife. Included Activities: Columbia Icefields Center Visit Peyto Lake Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)
Day 11 Canmore/Calgary (1B) Travel to Calgary, a modern city that honours its cowboy roots. Opt to visit museums, the Olympic Park, or whet your whistle at a cowboy bar. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours, 100km)
Day 12 Calgary Enjoy a free day to explore Calgary. This evening, opt to meet new members of the group at a welcome meeting.
Day 13 Calgary/Banff (1B) With free time upon arrival, Banff has tons to offer. There are plenty of optional activities for all interests and activity levels. It's also just as pleasant to wander the main streets, pop in and out of shops or walk along the river. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 14 Lake Louise/Golden (1B) Lake Louise is that iconic Canadian Rockies locale. Don't miss the chance to snag the perfect photo. Included Activities: Lake Louise Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km) Private Vehicle (1.00-2.00 hours, 85km)
Day 15 Golden/Kelowna (1B) Travel to Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, stopping for a tasting at a local winery en route. Kelowna has become a foodie haven in recent years – opt to visit one of the many craft breweries in the city this evening. Included Activities: Okanagan Valley Wine Tasting Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 350km)
Day 16 Kelowna/Whistler (1B) Drive through the beautiful coastal mountains to the village of Whistler, one of the locations of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.50-7.50 hours, 500km)
Day 17 Whistler (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore Whistler. Opt to ride a gondola to the top of the mountain, hike, or zipline.
Day 18 Whistler/Vancouver (1B) Visit the G Adventures-supported Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre. Go on an interpretive walk through the forest before participating in a medicine bag making activity. Travel to Vancouver, and spend the afternoon in this beautiful, easy-going city. Included Activities: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit Medicine Bag-Making Activity Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 120km)
Day 19 Vancouver (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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