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Totem Discovery

16 Days / 15 Nights
Vancouver to Vancouver
From USD$2,730 per person
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Perfect for those interested in exploring the rich culture of British Columbia's First Nations people. Passing through historic sites and villages will bring you face to face with diverse people, unique art, centuries old stories and fascinating history. Witness the province's most beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery as you travel over land through the heart of the province and sail the Inside Passage down through the coast's magnificent fjords and rainforests.

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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Vancouver to Victoria (68 km/42 mi + ferry) Your destination today is the city of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. Departing Vancouver, stop at the fishing village of Steveston - home to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (admission not included). Continue to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for your 90 min. ride to Victoria (ferry toll included). Arriving on Vancouver Island, it is a short and scenic drive to Butchart Gardens (admission included) - fifty-five acres of floral display, before arriving into the charming harbour city of Victoria.

Day 2 Victoria to Quadra Island (269 km/168 mi) Travelling north on the Island Highway, pass through Duncan the “City of Totems”. If time permits, visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours - admission not included) Further north is the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. By late afternoon arrive in Campbell River to board a BC Ferries (ferry tolls included) for a short ride to Quadra Island. Your destination is April Point Resort for a 2-night stay.

Day 3 Eco Wilderness Tour Today cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out Black Bears in their natural habitat. See Mitlenatch Island Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary, sea lions, dolphins, eagles, timber wolves, deer and more (included).

Day 4 Quadra Island to Port Hardy (241 km/150 mi) This morning take the ferry back to Vancouver Island and continue your journey north. Near Port McNeill you may wish to take an Orca watching cruise into the waters of Johnstone Strait (not included). Your day ends in the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Day 5 Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (Ferry) Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage with BC Ferries (ferry tolls included). During the length of the 15-hour crossing, a wonderful array of snow-capped mountains combined with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords.

Day 6 Prince Rupert to Smithers (364 km/227 mi) Today, follow the winding and narrow Yellowhead Highway, hugging the Skeena River for most of the way. Pass through the mining town of Terrace and into Smithers. Located in the centre of the Bulkley Valley at the foot of the Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers offers excellent opportunities for outdoor adventures.
(breakfast included)

Day 7 Smithers to Prince George (372 km/232 mi) Depart Smithers today, continuing along the Yellowhead Highway. Passing through Houston - known as the Steelhead Capital and home to the world’s biggest fly rod; over 18 metres in length! Next you will travel through Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and into Prince George. Prince George is the largest service centre for the northern part of British Columbia; perfectly situated at the crossroads of two major highways and two railways.

Day 8 Prince George to Jasper (376 km/234 mi) Today is another unforgettable day of passing scenery. Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to an overnight stop in Jasper - ‘the Jewel of the Rockies’.

Day 9 Jasper Exploring Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (admissions not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Day 10 Jasper to Banff (265 km/164 mi) Your scenic drive on the Icefields Parkway today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included) Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Day 11 Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola) A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. (included)

Day 12 Banff to Sun Peaks Resort (496 km/310 mi) Leaving Banff National Park, travel to Yoho National Park where you cross the continental divide. Then, travel on through Glacier National Park and ‘Rogers Pass’ with spectacular mountain vistas in every direction. Continue through the Monashee Mountain Range and past the breathtaking views of Shuswap Lake.

Day 13 Sun Peaks to Gold Bridge (327 km/203 mi) Begin the day travelling along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Lodge nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Day 14 Tyax Lodge
Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single track, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness and drop off’s at remote alpine lakes; as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows (additional cost). Other activities that are complimentary include the use of the canoes, row boats, paddle boats and tennis courts.

Day 15 Gold Bridge to Whistler (150 km/94 mi) Departing Gold Bridge, travel back to Lillooet and onto the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue on through to the mountain village of Whistler for an overnight stay.

Day 16 Whistler to Vancouver (122 km/76 mi) Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Vancouver where your Flexi-Drive ends.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation including provincial taxes for 15 nights
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens
  • Wildlife Adventure Tour
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert including Aurora Lounge Seating
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Campbell River and Quadra Island
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Banff Gondola
  • Travel Documentation

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls
  • BC Ferries Reservation Fee

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Victoria - Chateau Victoria (One Bedroom Suite)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Banff - Elk+Avenue Hotel (Standard Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Hotel (Lodge Room)
  • Whistler - Aava Whistler Hotel (Deluxe Guest Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Victoria - Inn at Laurel Point (Laurel Wing Guest Room)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Sawridge Inn (Outside Room with Balcony)
  • Banff - Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  • Whistler - Delta Whistler Village Suites (One Bedroom)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • Victoria - Fairmont Empress Hotel (Fairmont Room)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (Deluxe Room Balcony)
  • Whistler - Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Fairmont Room)

The following 3 star hotels will be used in all categories:

  • Port Hardy - Quarterdeck Inn (Standard Room) (Breakfast included)
  • Smithers - Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Prince George - Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites (Signature Room)
  • Prince Rupert - Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel (Standard Room) (Breakfast included)
  • Gold Bridge - Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing (Forest View Room)

Moderate Grade

Chateau Victoria

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Lobstick Lodge

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Jasper

Elk Avenue Hotel

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Banff

Nancy Greene Cahilty Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Aava Hotel

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Whistler

Superior Grade

Inn at Laurel Point

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Sawridge Inn

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Jasper

Banff Caribou Lodge

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Banff

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Whistler

Deluxe Grade

Fairmont Empress Hotel

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Jasper

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Banff

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Whistler

The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Vancouver to Victoria (68 km/42 mi + ferry) Your destination today is the city of Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. Departing Vancouver, stop at the fishing village of Steveston - home to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site (admission not included). Continue to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for your 90 min. ride to Victoria (ferry toll included). Arriving on Vancouver Island, it is a short and scenic drive to Butchart Gardens (admission included) - fifty-five acres of floral display, before arriving into the charming harbour city of Victoria.

Day 2 Victoria to Quadra Island (269 km/168 mi) Travelling north on the Island Highway, pass through Duncan the “City of Totems”. If time permits, visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours - admission not included) Further north is the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. By late afternoon arrive in Campbell River to board a BC Ferries (ferry tolls included) for a short ride to Quadra Island. Your destination is April Point Resort for a 2-night stay.

Day 3 Eco Wilderness Tour Today cruise through breathtaking Desolation Sound and enjoy the majesty of Toba Inlet to seek out Black Bears in their natural habitat. See Mitlenatch Island Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary, sea lions, dolphins, eagles, timber wolves, deer and more (included).

Day 4 Quadra Island to Port Hardy (241 km/150 mi) This morning take the ferry back to Vancouver Island and continue your journey north. Near Port McNeill you may wish to take an Orca watching cruise into the waters of Johnstone Strait (not included). Your day ends in the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Day 5 Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (Ferry) Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage with BC Ferries (ferry tolls included). During the length of the 15-hour crossing, a wonderful array of snow-capped mountains combined with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords.

Day 6 Prince Rupert to Smithers (364 km/227 mi) Today, follow the winding and narrow Yellowhead Highway, hugging the Skeena River for most of the way. Pass through the mining town of Terrace and into Smithers. Located in the centre of the Bulkley Valley at the foot of the Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers offers excellent opportunities for outdoor adventures.
(breakfast included)

Day 7 Smithers to Prince George (372 km/232 mi) Depart Smithers today, continuing along the Yellowhead Highway. Passing through Houston - known as the Steelhead Capital and home to the world’s biggest fly rod; over 18 metres in length! Next you will travel through Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and into Prince George. Prince George is the largest service centre for the northern part of British Columbia; perfectly situated at the crossroads of two major highways and two railways.

Day 8 Prince George to Jasper (376 km/234 mi) Today is another unforgettable day of passing scenery. Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to an overnight stop in Jasper - ‘the Jewel of the Rockies’.

Day 9 Jasper Exploring Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (admissions not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Day 10 Jasper to Banff (265 km/164 mi) Your scenic drive on the Icefields Parkway today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included) Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Day 11 Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola) A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. (included)

Day 12 Banff to Sun Peaks Resort (496 km/310 mi) Leaving Banff National Park, travel to Yoho National Park where you cross the continental divide. Then, travel on through Glacier National Park and ‘Rogers Pass’ with spectacular mountain vistas in every direction. Continue through the Monashee Mountain Range and past the breathtaking views of Shuswap Lake.

Day 13 Sun Peaks to Gold Bridge (327 km/203 mi) Begin the day travelling along the Logan Lake Route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet, travel for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Lodge nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Day 14 Tyax Lodge
Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single track, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness and drop off’s at remote alpine lakes; as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows (additional cost). Other activities that are complimentary include the use of the canoes, row boats, paddle boats and tennis courts.

Day 15 Gold Bridge to Whistler (150 km/94 mi) Departing Gold Bridge, travel back to Lillooet and onto the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue on through to the mountain village of Whistler for an overnight stay.

Day 16 Whistler to Vancouver (122 km/76 mi) Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Vancouver where your Flexi-Drive ends.

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation including provincial taxes for 15 nights
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens
  • Wildlife Adventure Tour
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert including Aurora Lounge Seating
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between Campbell River and Quadra Island
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Banff Gondola
  • Travel Documentation

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls
  • BC Ferries Reservation Fee

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Victoria - Chateau Victoria (One Bedroom Suite)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Banff - Elk+Avenue Hotel (Standard Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Hotel (Lodge Room)
  • Whistler - Aava Whistler Hotel (Deluxe Guest Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Victoria - Inn at Laurel Point (Laurel Wing Guest Room)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Sawridge Inn (Outside Room with Balcony)
  • Banff - Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (Deluxe Room)
  • Whistler - Delta Whistler Village Suites (One Bedroom)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • Victoria - Fairmont Empress Hotel (Fairmont Room)
  • Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)
  • Sun Peaks Resort - Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (Deluxe Room Balcony)
  • Whistler - Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Fairmont Room)

The following 3 star hotels will be used in all categories:

  • Port Hardy - Quarterdeck Inn (Standard Room) (Breakfast included)
  • Smithers - Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge (Standard Room)
  • Prince George - Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites (Signature Room)
  • Prince Rupert - Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel (Standard Room) (Breakfast included)
  • Gold Bridge - Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing (Forest View Room)

Moderate Grade

Chateau Victoria

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Lobstick Lodge

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Jasper

Elk Avenue Hotel

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Banff

Nancy Greene Cahilty Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Aava Hotel

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Whistler

Superior Grade

Inn at Laurel Point

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Sawridge Inn

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Jasper

Banff Caribou Lodge

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Banff

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Whistler

Deluxe Grade

Fairmont Empress Hotel

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Victoria

April Point Resort

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Quadra Island

Quarter Deck Inn

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Port Hardy

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Smithers

Pristige Prince Rupert Hotel

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Prince Rupert

Sandman Signature Hotel

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Prince George

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Jasper

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Banff

Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Sun Peaks Resort

Tyax Lodge Heliskiing

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Goldbridge

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Whistler

Departure dates

(Tour Code: SD27) Departs from Vancouver: Jun 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29 Jul 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31 Aug 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 Sep 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE CHILD
Moderate Grade

15 Jun - 09 Sep, 2018

$2,730

$4,838

$2,161

$356

Superior Grade

15 Jun - 09 Sep, 2018

$2,847

$5,071

$2,252

$356

Deluxe Grade

15 Jun - 09 Sep, 2018

$3,841

$6,965

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$356

Prices are per person and include all taxes.

Child age 10 yrs & under

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