Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound (National Geographic Journey)
12 days with
Day 1 Calgary
Arrive at any time.
Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage.
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. (B)
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. (B)
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.
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. (B)
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.
Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable. (B)
Day 6 Jasper National Park/Blue River
View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt 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. Look out for wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. (B, D)
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.
Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where 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. (B)
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.
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. (B)
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. (B)
Day 10 Victoria
Today is free for optional activities such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, exploring Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel. (B)
Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver
Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver. Here, discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown. (B)
Day 12 Vancouver
Depart at any time.
If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. (B)
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.
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 safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
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.
Hotels/lodges (11 nts)
11 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
Transportation: Private vehicle, hiking, walking, ferry, boat.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
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
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
Hotel/lodges (11 nts)
Lake Louise, Canada: Lake Louise Inn (or similar)
Victoria, Canada: Quality Inn Downtown Inner Harbor (or similar)
Wells Gray Park, Canada: Mike Wiegele Heliskiing Resort (or similar)
Calgary, Canada: Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire (or similar)
Banff, Canada: Brewster's Mountain Lodge (or similar)
Vancouver, Canada: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Vancouver Downtown (or similar)
Jasper, Canada: Tonquin Inn (or similar)
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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