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Coast Discovery & the Rockies
Depart from Calgary (Tour Code: SD71) Jun 15, 17, 23, 29 Jul 1, 7, 13, 15, 21, 27, 29 Aug 4, 10, 12, 18
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15 Jun - 18 Aug, 2020
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Grab hold of the wheel and embark on a 16-day self drive through Canada’s west coast and the Rockies on this one-way tour from Calgary to Vancouver.
With the open road ahead and stunning sights along the way, you’ll discover everything from mountain towns like Banff and Jasper to seaside escapes like Hornby Island and the Sunshine Coast.
Itinerary at a Glance
The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.
Day 1 Calgary to Banff (115 km/72 mi) Upon arrival into Calgary, pick up your rental car and begin your Rockies adventure. Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in and the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure.
Day 2 Banff Exploring 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 (not included), and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).
Day 3 Banff to Jasper (292 km/182 mi) 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 Sarbach Glacier, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival into Jasper.
Day 4 Jasper Exploring Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. 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 (Maligne Lake cruise 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 5 Jasper to Clearwater Region (340 km/212 mi) Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to Blue River. Continue south along the Yellowhead Highway to the town of Clearwater. The balance of the day is yours to spend exploring Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to Helmcken, Dawson and Spahats Falls.
Day 6 Clearwater / Wells Gray Provincial Park A full day to enjoy all the wonders Wells Gray has to offer. Hike to thundering Helmcken Falls, explore the park on horseback, try river rafting or canoe the serene waters of Clearwater Lake.
Day 7 Clearwater Region to Williams Lake (229 km/142 mi) Today drive along Highway 24 renowned for the many lakes dotted along the highway. Highway 24 follows the historic Bridge Trail, originally used by the Shuswap people as a trade route and was later developed by the Hudson’s Bay Company in the early 1800s’ to bring furs from northern BC out to Fort Kamloops. Then onto Highway 97 following what was once the old Cariboo Wagon Road to 100 Mile House and see the original Barnard Express BX stagecoach until you reach Williams Lake.
Day 8 Williams Lake to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (394 km/245 mi) This morning depart Williams Lake and follow Highway 20 to Bella Coola Valley. Arrive to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge. Enjoy a stroll down to the river, visit our Wildlife Viewing Station, go for a short hike on the Esker Trail through old growth forests. (dinner included)
Day 9 Tweedsmuir Park Lodge The day’s activities start with a Scenic Drift down the Atnarko River. Keep your eyes open for wildlife! The Atnarko is home to trout and 5 species of salmon, which sustain healthy populations of bald eagles, grizzly bears, river otters and black bears. After lunch your guide will take you for a hike on the Valley Loop Trail. (breakfast, lunch & dinner included)
Day 10 Tweedsmuir Lodge to Bella Coola (60 km/ 37mi) Today drive from Tweedsmuir Park Lodge to Bella Coola. Take the scenic Highway 20 that lies along Bella Coola River and surrounded with rugged terrain. (breakfast included)
Day 11 Bella Coola to Port Hardy (Ferry) Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Discovery Passage with BC Ferries (ferry tolls included). During the length of the 10-hour crossing, a wonderful array of snow capped mountains combine with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords.
Day 12 Port Hardy to Quadra Island (239 km/149 mi + Ferry) Near Port McNeil you may wish to take an optional Killer Whale watching cruise into the waters of Johnson Strait. By late afternoon arrive into Campbell River to board a BC Ferry (ferry tolls included) for a short ride to Quadra Island. Your destination is April Point Resort for a 2 night stay.
Day 13 Wildlife Adventure Cruise By Zodiac, cruise among the Discovery Islands and observe local BC wildlife in their natural habitat. Watch for Stellar sea lions, seals, Minke whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. You’ll see bald eagles swoop from the tree tops and majestic herons fishing in the tidal pools. At low tide, there is an opportunity to see black bears. (included)
Day 14 Quadra Island to Sunshine Coast (78 km/47 mi + Ferry) Today, travel south from Quadra Island to Comox for BC Ferry ride to Powell River (ferry tolls included), continue following the coast to board another BC Ferries service (ferry toll included) to Earls Cove. Your destination is West Coast Wilderness Lodge.
Day 15 Sunshine Coast The beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast will allow you to take part in a host of outdoor adventures.
Day 16 Sunshine Coast to Vancouver (103 km/64 mi + Ferry)
Depart Sunshine Coast and sail for 45 minutes on BC Ferries to Vancouver (ferry toll included). This scenic cruise takes you through fjord-like waters with mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks. Your self-drive ends upon arrival in Vancouver.
- Accommodation including provincial taxes for 15 nights
- BC Ferries tolls for vehicle & passengers between :
– Bella Coola and Port Hardy
– Campbell River and Quadra Island
– Comox and Powell River
– Earls Cove and Saltery Bay
– Langdale and West Vancouver
- Wildlife Adventure Cruise
- Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
- Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
- Glacier Skywalk Admission
- Banff Gondola
- Maligne Lake Cruise
- Tweedsmuir Park Lodge Inclusions
– All meals
– Welcome orientation for wildlife viewing
– Guided activities
– Entrance fees to parks
– Use of all sporting equipment, including mountain bikes
- Travel Documentation
- Rental Car
- Road Tolls
- BC Ferries Reservation Fee
- Banff - Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)
- Jasper - Moderate Hotel (Standard Room)
- Clearwater - Alpine Meadows Resort (One Bedroom Alpine Chalet) (Continental breakfast included)
- Williams Lake - Coast Fraser Inn (Comfort Room) (Breakfast included)
- Tweedsmuir Provincial Park - Tweedsmuir Park Lodge (Standard Room)
- Port Hardy - Quarterdeck Inn (Standard Room) (Breakfast included)
- Quadra Island - April Point Resort (Standard Water View Room)
- Sunshine Coast - West Coast Wilderness Lodge (Forest View Suite)