Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you’re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you’re sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.
Banff Historical Walking Tour, Explore the beautiful town of Banff on a scenic walking tour led by an expert from the Whyte Museum. Learn about the fascinating history of this town, its people, and the iconic Canadian Pacific Railway.
Columbia Icefields Center Visit, View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.
Mount Robson Visit, Stop at the visitor centre and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Day 1 Calgary
Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage.
Please make your own way to the joining hotel. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Calgary/Banff (1B)
Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town.
Banff Historical Walking Tour
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
Day 3 Banff/Lake Louise (1B)
Continue to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake and opt to hike to the Tea House.
Lake Louise Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km)
Day 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park (1B)
Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters.
Columbia Icefields Center Visit
Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk
Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 290km)
Day 5 Jasper National Park (1B)
Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable.
Miette Hot Springs Visit
Day 6 Jasper National Park/Blue River (1B, 1D)
View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Look out for wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.
Mount Robson Visit
River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230km)
Day 7 Blue River/Whistler (1B)
Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie.
Joffre Lakes Visit
Marble Canyon Visit
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Whistler (1B)
Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.
Day 9 Whistler/Victoria (1B)
Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an Indigenous guide who has come through the centre’s training program. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO.
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit
Indigenous Cultural Experience
Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.50-1.75 hours)
Day 10 Victoria (1B)
Today is free for optional activities such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, exploring Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.
Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver (1B)
Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver. Here, discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown.
Stanley Park Visit
Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours)
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Vancouver (1B)
If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.