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The Coastal Way - Self Drive

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Experience the spectacular scenery of Canada's coastline and beyond, into the Rocky Mountains on this 14 day self-drive adventure, with views of snow-capped mountains combined with rich forests and dramatic fjords.
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Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages

Highlights

Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage
 

Head out on a grizzly or Orca whale watching tour
 

Travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway

5 Freedom of Choice Activities

Explore the fishing community of Port Hardy
 

Cross the Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Victoria
 

Explore Vancouver, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with a choice of tours to suit all kinds of travelers. Sightseeing options can take you from city to nature, and across air, land and sea. In just one day you can find yourself on a culinary walking tour of Granville Island Public Market to cruising the harbour in search of seal colonies.

Pick up your rental car and depart Vancouver to Victoria. Cruise across Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries to Vancouver Island to explore Butchart Gardens or get up close with the killer whales on the Salish Sea.

Travelling north on the Island Highway, pass through Duncan, the “City of Totems” to Quadra Island where you'll enjoy some of the best fishing in the world. You might like to head out on a grizzly or whale watching
tour or paddle a sea kayak along the shores of the Campbell River.

Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage. Along the passage, you'll encounter a wonderful array of snow-capped mountains combined with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords.

Follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the Skeena River, passing through the mining town of Terrace and into Smithers. Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to an overnight stop in Jasper.

Discover the picturesque alpine town of Jasper on a Malligne Lake Cruise, Jasper River Float or Guided Nature Walk. Embrace the spectacular scenery including glacier-fed lakes, lush forests, and mighty rivers.

Experience the thrill of the amazing Icefields Parkway and enjoy the ultimate glacier exploration. Take in stunning aerial views on the Glacier Skywalk, standing on a glass platform almost 300 meters in the air.

Explore the charming resort town of Banff with a wide choice of excursions. Take in the views of Banff National Park on a scenic Gondola or marvel at the Canadian Rockies by boat cruising across Lake Minnewanka. Navigate the waters of Banff National Park on a River Explorer Canoe Tour or saddle up for a guided horseback adventure through the National Park.

Take in the last glimpses of the Rockies before heading to Calgary where this incredible journey ends.

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Included

2 nights in Vancouver
2 nights in Victoria
2 nights in Quadra Island
1 night in Port Hardy
1 night in Prince Rupert
1 night in Smithers
1 night in Prince George
2 nights in Jasper
2 nights in Banff
1 night in Calgary
Private SUV transfer from Vancouver Airport
12 days car hire including GPS
BC Ferry transfer from Vancouver to Vancouver Island
BC Ferry transfer from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Meals Included as per Itinerary
Admission to FlyOver Canada
Ice Explorer Ride to Athabasca Glacier + Glacier Skywalk
Freedom of Choice Days

Freedom of Choice

For this package we have included Freedom of Choice days in the itinerary. Our per person price includes at least one tour on each Freedom of Choice day.

Pre-select your tours on the following days:

  • Two "Freedom of Choice" tours on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 3
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 12
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 14

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Optional Extras

  • Upgrade Option: Gastronomic Gastown Tour with alcoholic pairings on day 2 - $60 per person

Itinerary

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Day 1
Vancouver

Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will be greeted at the airport and transferred by private car to your hotel located in the historic Downtown Vancouver.

The rest of your day is at your leisure to enjoy the sights.

Overnight stay in Vancouver at Listel Hotel in a Standard Room.

Day 2
Vancouver

It's time to explore the city! Today you can personalise your day by pre-selecting two of five Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Vancouver City Tour
    This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.

OR

  • Granville Island Market Food Tour
    Granville Island is Canada’s second most-visited destination, behind Niagara Falls, and Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture. During the tour, guests eat their way through the world-famous Public Market and hear the intriguing stories, culture, and history behind the tasty creations.

OR

  • City and Seals Boat Tour
    Join us on the City and Seal Tour, a zodiac tour you won’t forget, where you will travel along the coastline of English Bay, out to Lighthouse park, over to the Seal Colony and back into False Creek. This tour departs from Granville Island.

OR

  • Vancouver Classic Panorama Flightseeing
    During this aerial seaplane tour you will get to see the city and North Shore Mountains! This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city and surrounding parks and beaches. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.

OR

  • Upgrade Option: Gastronomic Gastown Tour with alcoholic pairings ($60 per person)
    Eat and drink your way through Vancouver’s #1 foodie district, just like the locals love to do! Indulge in the boozey, foodie, historic neighbourhood with Canadian poutine, Vancouver’s best pizza, wicked desserts, cocktails, craft beer, wine and more!

Overnight stay in Vancouver at Listel Hotel Vancouver in a Standard Room.

Day 3
Vancouver → Victoria

This morning pick up your rental car and drive south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min ferry ride to Swartz Bay. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria.

Time to explore Victoria, with its turn-of-the-century architecture, and British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woolens and china. Today you can personalize your day by pre-selecting one of three Freedom of Choice excursions:
 

  • Butchart Gardens Admission
    On its 100th birthday in 2004, the Butchart Gardens was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Explore 22 Hectares/55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 53 hectare/130 acre estate.

OR

  • Eat like a Canadian Food Tour
    Not many people can define exactly what Canadian food is. From local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is the best way to experience Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

OR

  • Whale Watch Cruise
    Get up close with the killer whales on the Salish Sea with this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Climb aboard a covered or open boat equipped with hydrophones to hear the whales and bring the underwater experience to light.

Overnight stay in Victoria at Inn at Laurel Point in a Laurel Wing Guest Room.

Day 4
Victoria → Quadra Island

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 North West Coast People (seasonal hours - admission not included).

Further north is the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. By late afternoon arrive in Campbell River to board BC Ferries for a short ride to Quadra Island.

Overnight stay at Quadra Island at April Point Resort in an Oceanside Studio.
 

Day 5
Quadra Island

Slow down, let go and rediscover what it means to relax. Enjoy stunning views of Discovery Passage and Gowlland Harbour from every vantage point. Start your morning with breakfast in The Point Restaurant, where the ocean views set the tone for the day’s activities to come. Enjoy some of the best fishing in the world, head out on a grizzly or whale watching tour or paddle a sea kayak along the shores of the Campbell River.

Overnight stay at Quadra Island at April Point Resort in an Oceanside Studio.

Breakfast
Day 6
Quadra Island → Port Hardy

This morning take the ferry back to Vancouver Island and continue your journey north. Near Port McNeil you may wish to take an optional Orca watching cruise into the waters of Johnstone Strait. Your day ends in the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Overnigh stay in Port Hardy at Quarterdeck Inn in a Standard Room.

Breakfast
Day 7
Port Hardy → Prince Rupert

Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage with BC Ferries . 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.

Overnight stay in Prince Rupert at Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel in a Standard Room.
 

Breakfast
Day 8
Prince Rupert → Smithers

Today, follow the Yellowhead Highway, hugging the Skeena River for most of the way. Pass through the mining town of Terrace and into Smithers.

Overnight stay in Smithers at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge in a Standard Room.

Breakfast
Day 9
Smithers → Prince George

Depart Smithers today, continuing along the Yellowhead Highway. Pass 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 and Vanderhoof into Prince George.

Overnight stay in Prince George at Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites in a Signature Room.
 

Day 10
Prince George → Jasper

Today is another unforgettable day of scenery. Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to an overnight stop in Jasper.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Sawridge Inn in an Outside Room with Balcony.

Day 11
Jasper

Time to explore all that Jasper has to offer! Today you can personalize your day by pre-selecting one of three Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Maligne Lake CruiseCruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island.

OR

  • Jasper River Float
    Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.

OR

  • Jasper Nature Walk
    A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Sawridge Inn in an Outside Room with Balcony.

Day 12
Jasper → Banff

Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway and encompass the ultimate glacier exploration. From walking on ancient ice with the Athabasca Ice Explorer Ride, to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included), today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies.

Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge in a Superior Room.

Day 13
Banff

With easy access to pristine wilderness and endless outdoor adventures, in Banff National Park you feel truly immersed in nature. Today you can personalize your day by pre-selecting one of four Freedom of Choice excursions:

  • Banff Gondola
    Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

OR

  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.

OR

  • River Explorer Canoe Tour
    Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.

OR

  • Bow River Horseback Adventure
    Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure.


Overnight stay in Banff at Banff Caribou Lodge in a Superior Room.

Day 14
Banff → Calgary

Today you will leave behind the fresh mountain air and colourful sights of the Rockies. Drop off you rental car at Calgary airport and start your journey home.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Currency
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13 nights
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Canada
Vancouver
Calgary
Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
27 May 2021 - 24 September 2021

Hotel options

The Listel Hotel
The Listel Hotel

Vancouver
The Listel Hotel, located in the West End of Vancouver, is so much more than simply a place to sleep; it is a cultural tourist’s dream, as well as a leader in environmental responsibility. 129 boutique rooms and suites are filled with limited edition and original artwork and modern amenities including high speed Wi-Fi. 

Inn at Laurel Point
Inn at Laurel Point

Victoria
Overlooking Laurel Point Park, this waterfront hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Black Ball Ferry Line and a 10-minute walk from the Royal BC Museum. Featuring private balconies with water views, the airy rooms include flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's a heated indoor pool, an exercise room and a Japanese garden, plus a Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant with a patio and harbour views.

April Point Resort & Spa
April Point Resort & Spa

Quadra Island
Set on the coast of Quadra Island, this secluded resort is a 10-minute water shuttle ride from Campbell River. The relaxed rooms feature ocean views, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, minifridges and coffeemakers. A restaurant with a wraparound deck and ocean views offers pasta and seafood. There's also a sushi bar and a cozy fireside lounge. Other amenities include a full-service spa and a marina.

Quarter Deck Inn
Quarter Deck Inn

Port Hardy
The Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort offers full-service comfort and hospitality to ensure a relaxing stay. Surrounded by nature just a short walk from downtown Port Hardy, each room offers beautiful ocean views and are equipped free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions with cable and mini fridges.

Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel
Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel

Prince Rupert
The Prestige Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of historic Prince Rupert, close to shopping and a variety of great local restaurants. The hotel is only a short stroll to Prince Rupert's Inner Harbour where you can enjoy local attractions, events and entertainment, as well as local artists' specialty shops and so much more.

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge
Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

Smithers
Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge is located minutes from downtown shops and restaurants, historic walking tours, picturesque hiking trails, outstanding mountain biking, scenic golfing and all the amazing attractions of the Bulkley Valley. Be sure to visit our two on-site restaurants, Noir Kitchen and Bar and Don Cherry’s Sports Grill. Guests are encouraged to borrow complimentary bikes, sporting equipment, board games and beach toys for added enjoyment.

 

Sandman Signature
Sandman Signature

Prince George
An 8-minute walk from Prince George Golf & Curling Club, this modern lodging is 15 minutes' walk from the banks of Fraser River. Forests for the World, a park with lakes and hiking trails, is 10 km away. Streamlined rooms have modern decor and muted tones. They offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and sitting areas.

Sawridge Inn
Sawridge Inn

Jasper
Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park. Beautiful guest rooms, on-site spa, decadent dining and heated pool with jacuzzi and steam room add to the luxury you want in your mountain getaway. 
 

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Important notes

Departure Dates:
May 27, 29, 31
Jun 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Jul 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30
Aug 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
Sep 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24

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