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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound (National Geographic Journey)

12 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

Itinerary
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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. (1B)

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. (1B)

Day 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park 
Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto 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. (1B)

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. (1B)

Day 6 Jasper National Park/Blue River 
View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. (1B, 1D)

Day 7 Blue River/Whistler 
Pass through the Caribou Mountains into Coastal Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving to the village of Whistler, host to some of the events of the 2010 Winter Olympics. (1B)

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. (1B)

Day 9 Whistler/Victoria 
Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience, exclusive to Journeys travellers. 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. (1B)

Day 10 Victoria 
Today is free for optional activities such as zodiac whale watching cruise, museums and Butchart Gardens visits, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel. (1B)

Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver 
Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver, and discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown. (1B)

Day 12 Vancouver 
Depart at any time. (1B)

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All This Included
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.
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Banff Historical Walking Tour, Banff National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Indigenous Cultural Experience, Whistler Recharge: 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 Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre visit
  • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels/lodges (11 nts).
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking, ferry, boat.
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Highlights
  • Explore Banff during a walk with an expert from the Whyte Museum
  • Enjoy breathtaking views from a gondola headed to Sulphur Mountain
  • Embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide
  • Soak and unwind in natural hot springs
  • See Jasper from its highest peak
Accommodations
Hotel/lodges (11 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.
  • Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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