Big West, 10 Days
Valid for select departures 4 May - 21 September 2019
10 day trip departing Vancouver.
Travel two of the world's most scenic drives: Icefields Parkway & Sea to Sky Highway.
Explore Western Canada's wilderness stopping at stunning viewpoints along the way, and for hiking and swimming.
Tour through Banff, Jasper, and Yoho National Parks.
Visit Rocky Mountain landmarks such as Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, and Moraine Lake (seasonal).
See majestic waterfalls including 335m Shannon Falls, Athabasca Falls, and 381m Takakkaw Falls (seasonal).
Check out the Olympic sites in Whistler village.
Enjoy the cafes, shopping and nightlife in the exciting party towns of Whistler & Banff.
Day 1 Vancouver to Whistler. Our trip begins at the Cypress Mountain lookout, where we'll get a unique view of Vancouver from above. Heading north on the Sea to Sky Highway, enjoy the views of jagged mountain peaks, sparkling glaciers, and peaceful lakes. We'll make stops en route at not one, but two waterfalls: Shannon Falls (one of the highest in BC) and Brandywine Falls. Then, arriving in Whistler in the afternoon, there's time for relaxing, activities, or exploring the village. Enjoy dinner and then rip it up in the bars and nightclubs
Day 2 Whistler to Vancouver. We don't leave until the afternoon today, so you'll have plenty of time to get your thrill on by ziplining, bungee jumping, downhill mountain biking, or hiking on either Whistler or Blackcomb Mountains. If you're looking to relax, find a spot in one of the beautiful parks. The day is yours to enjoy as you please After departing Whistler, we'll make a few more picturesque stops en route before finishing the day back in Vancouver.
Day 3 Vancouver to Kelowna. Leaving the city behind, we'll head east through the Fraser Valley. At our first stop, we'll take a short walk in a west coast rainforest to check out Bridal Veil Falls before stopping for lunch in the quaint town of Hope. After crossing through the Coastal Mountains, we arrive in the semi-arid grasslands of the Okanagan where we'll go for a paddleboard on Skaha Lake in Penticton. Then it's onto Kelowna on Lake Okanagan, our destination for the night.
Day 4 Kelowna to Banff. We'll be in two provinces, completely cross three mountain ranges, and travel through four National Parks today as we continue east to Banff. Leaving the Okanagan, we'll stop en route in Revelstoke, where you'll have the option to go lake kayaking in beautiful, hand crafted wooden boats. Continuing onwards, we'll finally enter the Rocky Mountains and cross over the Kicking Horse Pass into Alberta and Banff National Park. Tonight, we'll settle in the historic town of Banff, in the heart of the mountains.
Day 5 Banff to Lake Louise to Rampart Creek. Our day begins with visits to the stunning Moraine Lake (seasonal), and one of the world's most famous lakes, Lake Louise Then it's onto the Icefields Parkway, to take in the jagged mountain peaks, glaciers, raging rivers, and more turquoise lakes, all the while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife. We'll make stops to see the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, our favourite Peyto Lake, and the impressive Mistaya Canyon, before arriving at our rustic, wilderness hostel alongside Rampart Creek. Why not take a dip in the creek, then relax in the wood-burning sauna, before enjoying a campfire under the stars tonight?
Day 6 Rampart Creek to Jasper. Our journey continues north along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world by National Geographic. Tick another National Park off your list today because we're entering Jasper NP Our first stop in the park is at the Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rocky Mountains at 325 square kilometres. You'll have the chance to get up close to the Athabasca Glacier, or just enjoy the views from the Discovery Centre. Then it's on to Maligne Canyon, the deepest canyon in Jasper, for a scenic hike that crosses several bridges with amazing views into the canyon. Afterwards, we'll roll into the Jasper townsite where you'll have the rest of the afternoon and evening free to explore on your own.
Day 7 Jasper to Banff. It's another day of jaw dropping vistas and scenic hikes as we make our way back south. Our first stop is at Athabasca Falls, one of the most powerful and picturesque waterfalls in the Rockies. We'll also stop for a photo opportunity at Tangle Falls, and for an energizing hike at Johnston Canyon, before arriving back in Banff. Tonight, enjoy the great nightlife, or relax at the Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Day 8 Banff. Today is a free day and is yours to enjoy as you like in the heart of the Rocky Mountains Enjoy the sites in the Banff area, hike a local mountain, or for an optional extra cost, go whitewater rafting, canoeing, or mountain biking.
Day 9 Banff to Kelowna. We leave the Rockies today, but not before stopping at the towering Takakkaw Falls (seasonal), the pristine Emerald Lake and the Natural Bridge. We'll also make a fun stop at the quirky Log Barn after reaching the Okanagan Valley. This area is known for sandy beaches on crystal clear lakes, and lots of fun in the sun. Relax at the lake, or rock out in Kelowna tonight - it's a university city with plenty of bars and nightclubs
Day 10 Kelowna to Vancouver. Today we cross the beautiful Okanagan Lake and climb over high mountain passes as we make our way to the west coast. We'll explore the Othello Tunnels, before entering the Fraser Valley, and making a stop for lunch in the town of Hope. Then it's onto Vancouver and time to say goodbye to your new friends.
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