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Western Canada Rocky Mountains - Self-drive

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Take in the stunning landscape and natural wonders of Western Canada as you journey from Vancouver via the rugged Rocky Mountains during this epic, 17-day self-drive itinerary.
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Highlights

Be ready to take in the splendid landscapes as you travel across the rugged Rocky Mountains

Cross the 137m-long Capilano Suspension Bridge over a spectacular canyon

Drive past the beautiful Lake Louise, reflecting the Columbia Glacier

Overnight in picturesque Whistler Village set at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains

Discover the urban hub of Calgary

Glimpse the stunning vineyards as you arrive in Osoyoos region

Explore Waterton Lakes National Park where the prairies of Alberta meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains

Explore Sun Peaks, encircled by three mountains, an authentic Canadian destination with over 40 locally-owned restaurants

From the azure coastline of Vancouver to the quiet riding trails delving through the pleasant valleys and passes of the Rocky Mountains, this British Columbia and Alberta adventure will showcase a stunning variation of landscapes, climates and cultures.

Travelling up the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler marks the beginning of the journey inland.  Crossing the provincial border to Alberta, the natural wonders of Jasper and Banff National Parks are revealed. Taking the less travelled southern highways, experience the quiet majesty of Waterton Lakes National Park featuring high alpine rivers and lakes surrounded by lush carpets of wildflowers on mountain slopes.

The road winds back through the passes and valleys of the Rocky Mountains and their characteristic communities before descending down to the sparkling lights of Vancouver.

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Included

3 nights at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown- 3*
2 nights in Whistler at Listel Hotel Whistler- 3*
2 nights in Sun Peaks at Sun peaks Lodge- 3*
1 night in Jasper at Lobstick Lodge- 3*
2 nights in Banff at Elk + Avenue Hotel- 3*
2 nights in Waterton Lakes Resort - 3*
1 night at Clearwater Lodge- 3*
2 nights in Osoyoos at Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel - 3*
1 night at Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland- 3*
5-hour Vancouver city tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge

FLEXI CAR HIRE CREDIT

This self-drive package includes a $1700 ($100/day) Flexi Car Hire Credit. This provides the flexibility of selecting a vehicle based on your own preferences and requirements. As each location has vehicle limitations, please speak to our team for options. 

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.),
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
Optional Extras
Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Daily: 21 May - 05 September
WHISTLER
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola provides an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia's rooftop providing incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers Disembark and the experience is far from over.

River Safari

River Safari

Duration: 1 hour
BLUE RIVER
Wildlife Viewing River Safari starts your exploration on a 40 ft catamaran ride to a magical waterfall, where a jet boat awaits. Skim through glacier fed rivers, only inches deep, on this unique rainforest valley adventure.

Banff Gondola Ride

Banff Gondola Ride

Duration: 2 hours
BANFF (Transfers not Included)
A breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an aweinspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty Enjoy the interpretative hiking trails that lead along the ridge of the mountain After
an invigorating hike why not enjoy one of the two excellent restaurants at the summit.
 

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Day 1
Vancouver

Arrive Vancouver International Airport, transfer independently to your downtown hotel The Jonview Roadbook you received will have all the information needed for your holiday/trip/journey The rest of the day is yours
to create your own urban adventure amid the stores, parks, restaurants, theatres and other attractions of downtown Vancouver.

Overnight stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown.

Vancouver
Day 2
Vancouver

Today you embark on a city tour of Vancouver.

This guided coach features such attractions as Canada Place, the dynamic Robson Street, Chinatown and historic Gastown. The tour makes stops in Stanley Park en route to Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Suspension Bridge in the North Shore rainforest Cross the 137m-long bridge over a spectacular canyon to the Treetops Adventure observation structure for even more incredible views of this old growth forest.

Return to downtown Vancouver and perhaps enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many dining venues featuring cuisine from around the world.

Overnight stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown.

Vancouver
Stanley Park
Day 3
Vancouver → Whistler

Today you depart on your journey to Whistler - the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics and one of the premier outdoor recreation villages in North America.

You will travel along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, traversing five distinct climatic zones from rainforest to semi-arid alpine forest. The road also crosses the historic Pemberton Trail and Gold Rush Trail, used by prospectors in the 18th century. Travelling through small towns such as Squamish and skirting the shores of Daisy Lake, you arrive in picturesque Whistler Village set at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Overnight stay at Listel Hotel Whistler.

Vancouver → Whistler
Whistler
Day 4
Whistler

The many charms of Whistler are yours to discover today.The 2010 Winter Olympics showcased the multitude of sights and activities available in Whistler, many of them operating year round. The many cafes and restaurants of the village provide the perfect destination for visitors leisurely exploring the pedestrian walkways and town squares Woodland trails surround the village, as does a well developed network of biking and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts of all ability.

Alternatively, check out our optional extras such as Peak to Peak Gondola to fill your day with a pre-booked experience (own expense).

Overnight stay at Listel Hotel Whistler.

Whistler
Peak to Peak Gondola
Day 5
Whistler → Sun Peaks

Today you weave you way though the mountains of British Columbia and pass by the long shores of Lillooet Lake and the small community that has grown up around it. Passing between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the white water rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below.

Over 750,000 litres of water surge through the 34-metre Hell’s Gate gorge every minute. Following the winding waters of the South Thompson River area, you’ll enter a land home to vast herds of cattle and
cowboys on horseback. Continuing on to Kamloops and then Sun Peaks, you will have seen a wonderful cross-section of the many environments and landscapes of the Rockies.

Overnight stay at Sun Peaks Lodge.

Whistler  → Sun Peaks
Day 6
Sun Peaks

Today you’ll discover the year round mountain community of Sun Peaks. Encircled by three mountains, this authentic Canadian destination features over 40 locally-owned restaurants, shops and accommodations Just steps from your hotel you can join a local guide for a cross country bike tour or
head up the Sunburst Chairlift (mid June- early Sept) to hike through the lush alpine wildflowers. Perhaps finish off the day with a round of golf at British Columbia’s highest golf course or a serene paddle on a nearby lake in a rented canoe or kayak Activities, rentals and admissions are payable on site.

Overnight stay at Sun Peaks Lodge.

Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks
Day 7
Sun Peaks → Clearwater

Today you depart your ranch and after passing through the surrounding rural woodlands, you begin your journey along the Yellowhead Highway. This route spans 4 provinces from Saskatchewan to British Columbia and ranges thousands of feet in elevation. You follow the Thompson River as your journey takes you through windswept cowboy country and into the gorges of the North Thompson River before opening up into Clearwater Lake Beyond the town, the pristine parklands of Wells Gray Provincial Park feature the terminus of the river in a spectacular, towering waterfall of Helmcken Falls.

Overnight stay at Clearwater Lodge.

Sun Peaks →  Clearwater
Clearwater Highway
Day 8
Clearwater → Jasper

Taking your leave of beautiful Clearwater, you continue on the Yellowhead Highway as it descends down the eastern face of the Rockies into the fertile valleys of the Jasper region. The mountains part to reveal the aquamarine, glacier-fed lakes perched above the emerald valleys and grazing elk of Jasper National Park, one of Canada’s premiere wildlife and environmental refuges.

Overnight stay in Jasper at Lobstick Lodge.

Clearwater →  Jasper
Jasper National Park
Day 9
Jasper → Banff

Today you have the rare experience of driving through two of Canada’s first and most prestigious national parks. Departing Jasper, the highway will take you past beautiful Lake Louise, reflecting the Columbia Glacier in the distance between mountain peaks.

Arriving in Banff, you will instantly be charmed by this perfect mountain village with its quaint restaurants, boutique retailers and lush forest surroundings The Elk population nearly surpasses the human as they casually meander up and down the town streets.

Overnight stay in Banff at Elk + Avenue Hotel.

Jasper →  Banff
Banff National Park
Day 10
Banff

The entire day is free to tour Banff and the surrounding area.

We suggest a visit to the Luxton Muse​um, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain or a stroll through town admiring the many shops You may also try river rafting on the Bow River or take a boat tour on beautiful Lake Minnewanka.

Overnight stay in Banff at Elk + Avenue hotel.

Banff
Lake Minnewanka | Credit: Lake Louise Tourism Paul Zizka
Day 11
Banff → Waterton Lakes national Park

Leaving behind the quiet forests of Banff, you drive southwest today on your journey to the southern reaches of Alberta. After passing through the urban hub of Calgary, today’s route takes you near the historic Fort Macleod, one of the first operational posts of the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police Formed as a frontier law force that ranged over the western provinces, the RCMP grew to become Canada’s national police force in service today.

Approaching the United States border, the protected, pristine beauty of Waterton Lakes National Park dominates the horizon with its stark and captivating beauty.

Overnight stay at Waterton Lakes Resort.

Banff → Waterton Lakes national Park
Calgary
Day 12
Waterton Lakes

The beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is yours to further explore today. A relatively unknown park in the national park system, this area of plateaus, forests, prime fishing rivers and hectares of mountain wildflowers is truly the hidden gem of Alberta.

Many marked scenic drives such as the Akamina Parkway and Chief Mountain Highway allow visitors to see the interior of the park with its shallow, clear alpine lakes and old growth forests without long overland hikes.

Overnight stay at Waterton Lakes Resort.

Waterton Lakes
Waterton Lakes National Park
Day 13
Waterton Lakes → Rossland

Driving west today, you drive through the British Columbia interior and the mountain village of Fernie, known to skiers all over the world for its superb alpine skiing with some of the heaviest snowfalls and most dependable powder conditions.

You cross the provincial boundary back into British Columbia to and pass through Cranbrook, a small community that grew up around the development of the Crowsnest Railway line at the end of the 19th century.

Keeping just north of the United States border, you travel farther west across the rugged interior of the Rocky Mountains. Later you arrive in Rossland, home to many outdoor activities such as horseback riding, championship golf courses, mountain biking tours as well as various outdoor dining patios around town with spectacular views.

Overnight stay at the Prestige Mountain Resort Rossland.

Waterton Lakes → Rossland
Waterton Lakes National Park
Day 14
Rossland → Osoyoos

Today you depart Rossland and embark on the Crowsnest Highway as it cuts though the heights of the Monashee Mountains. One of the most dramatic intersections is the Bonanza Pass, offering a splendid photo opportunity as you leave the Kootenays for the Western Boundary regions.

Driving into the Osoyoos region, you may glimpse the developing vineyards as they flourish in the warming, temperate climate.

Overnight stay at Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel.

Rossland → Osoyoos
Crowsnest Highway
Day 15
Osoyoos

Today is at leisure to further explore the quiet town of Osoyoos.

We suggest spending part of the day walking along the 19kms of sandy beaches of Osoyoos Lake. You may also wish to visit the unique Haynes Point Provincial Park where the park access road takes you out on a narrow spit in the middle of the lake. Spend the afternoon at one of the pubs or wine bistros that line the shoreline near the middle of town.

Overnight stay at Coast Osoyoos Beach Hotel.

Osoyoos
Osoyoos
Day 16
Osoyoos → Vancouver

Today you head westward for the coast on your return trip to Vancouver.

Travelling along the northern edge of North Cascades National Park, the terrain quickly becomes more mountainous as you pass through small towns such as Merritt, Hope and Chilliwack. Descend down from the mountains to the shining spires and elegant bridges of Vancouver.

If time permits, enjoy a late afternoon visit to some of the high-fashion boutiques of the downtown core, or relax at your hotel before perhaps indulging in an evening of fine dining at one of the dozens of restaurants of the downtown area.

Overnight stay at Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown.

Osoyoos → Vancouver
Vancouver
Day 17
Vancouver

Today your tour comes to an end as you check out of your hotel and proceed to Vancouver International Airport for your flight.

Vancouver
Vancouver

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Western Canada Rocky Mountains - Self-drive

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Lobstick Lodge
Lobstick Lodge

Jasper
Lobstick Lodge welcomes you to the Canadian Rockies. Recently renovated and conveniently located in the town of Jasper, you will experience a serene atmosphere in a majestic mountain setting. We offer oversized accommodations in Jasper, expert service, and numerous activities right outside our door.

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