National Parks of the Canadian Rockies

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Breath taking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains! Walk the Capilano bridge in Vancouver, View Mount Robson, the highest peak in Canada.  Dip your feet in Moraine Lake and take in the magnificent views of Banff!

Days
14
Style
Land
From
$2549

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies

14 days, Vancouver to Calgary

Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper national parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing excursions, and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you’re guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. You might even find yourself face-to-face with a moose, deer, or maybe even a bear. The Great Outdoors – now all yours.

Service Level: Camping

Camping most nights with some hotel stays to start and throughout; affordable public and private transport.

Map of the route for National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the scenery of Western Canada

  • Create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper

  • Sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver

  • Be awed by the mighty Rockies

  • Road trip through two Canadian provinces

Full Itinerary

Vancouver
Arrive at any time.

This tour departs Vancouver early on Day 2. 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 1h18:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Optional Activities – Day 1
Welcome Dinner
You’ve arrived! Why not share a meal and a drink with your new travel mates?
Accommodation
HI Vancouver Downtown (or similar)

Vancouver/Victoria
Discover Vancouver on a brief orientation with the CEO. In the afternoon, ferry over to the island and hit the pubs in Victoria.

Orientation Drive
Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area.
Private Vehicle Vancouver – Tsawwassen 1h-2h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Ferry Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay2h-2h30m


Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Private Vehicle Swartz Bay – Victoria 1h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Goldstream Provincial Park (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Lunch

Victoria/Tofino
Move north up Vancouver Island. Take in the island scenery and make a stop at a local market. Arrive in time to watch the sunset in Tofino.

Private Vehicle Victoria – Tofino 325km
Travel time includes stops and lunch at Old Country Market in Coombs
The Old Country Market Coombs
Come by this beloved Vancouver Island attraction near Parksville to grab a meal, explore the market, and watch the goats on the roof — yes, really!
Accommodation
Green Point Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Tofino
Search for orca whales in the morning on a Zodiac tour. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and witness Tofino’s unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe.

Whale Watching Zodiac Tour Tofino2h30m-3h
Your excursions take you through the pristine waters of Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife, such as gray whales, sea lions, seals, porpoise and killer whales (orcas).
Free Time Tofino Afternoon
Get out and leave no stone unturned.
Accommodation
Green Point Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Tofino/Whistler
Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan Provincial Park en route to the ferry. Once back on the mainland, enjoy a stunning drive to Whistler.

Private Vehicle Tofino – Nanaim o2h 30m-3h 30m
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
MacMillan Provincial Park Visit MacMillan Park30m-1h30m 1-3km
Enjoy a visit to beautiful MacMillan Provincial Park. Cathedral Grove, located in the park, is one of the most accessible stands of giant Douglas fir trees on Vancouver Island. Stroll through a network of trails under the shadow of towering ancient Douglas fir trees, majestic pillars untouched by the modern world, some more than 800 years old.
Ferry Nanaimo – Horseshoe Bay2h-2h30m
Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.
Private Vehicle Horseshoe Bay – Whistler
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation
Whistler RV Park Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Whistler
Wake up in one of Canada’s greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and surroundings.

Today’s hike can be opted out of if you’d prefer to spend the whole day exploring other parts of Whistler.

Hiking Whistler
Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction.
Carte BlancheWhistler Full Day
There’s plenty to see and do in Whistler, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like rafting, hiking, and ziplining. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities – Day 6
HikingWhistler
Hike one of the many beautiful trails in the Whistler area. The scenery here is stunning. Head to Shannon Falls or the Stawamus Chief and enjoy the sight of the waterfall. Opt to Hike to Brandywine Falls for incredible views of Daisy Lake, the mountains, and of course the waterfall. Or set off for Chekamus Lake for an easier route. Ask your CEO to point you in the right direction.
Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre VisitWhistler 18CAD per person
Take a trip back to a time of ancient traditions, and learn about the history and culture of two First Nations groups who have called this region home for centuries. Try playing drums, making traditional crafts, and listen to stories from members of the Squamish and Lil’wat communities for an authentic First Nations experience.


RaftingWhistler4h-5h 99CAD per person
Get your adrenalin fix on on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, and keep your eyes peeled for bears.
Ziplining and Treetop AdventuresWhistler1h-4h 129CAD per person
Spend the day in the sky, floating through Whistler’s rainforest on one of Canada’s longest ziplines.
Peak 2 Peak Gondola RideWhistler1h30m-3h 53CAD per person
Soak up the scenery with 360-degree views of mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Hop out at the top and take a short hike or grab a coffee and snack at the mountaintop restaurant. Catch a glass bottom gondola to get an even better view.
Accommodation
Whistler RV Park Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Whistler/Wells Gray Park
Drive from the coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP.

Private Vehicle Whistler – Wells Gray Park8h-10h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Marble Canyon Visit Marble Canyon30m-1h 1km
The clear waters of Turquoise Lake in Marble Canyon PP make it an ideal spot to stop for a swim in the summer.
Accommodation
Wells Gray Ranch Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Wells Gray Park
Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls.

Canoeing in Wells Gray PP Clearwater Lake4h-6h 2-5km
Get in a boat and start paddling! Enjoy a day of canoeing on beautiful Clearwater Lake with local guide and an included shore lunch.
Dawson Falls Visit Wells Gray Park30m-1h 1km
Enjoy a visit to this wide waterfall that spans the Murtle River. In spring and early summer, thousands of litres of water rush over the falls every second — it’s a spectacular sight.
Helmcken Falls Visit Helmcken Falls30m-1h 1km
Set in a lush canyon, the world famous Helmcken Falls is the most iconic in the “Waterfall Park” — it’s three times the height of Niagara Falls! Enjoy the spray and beautiful scenery on your visit here.
Accommodation
Wells Gray Ranch Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Wells Gray Park/Jasper
Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Jasper.

Private Vehicle Wells Gray Park – Jasper10h380km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Mount Robson Visit Mount Robson30m-1h 1-3km
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.

Optional Activities – Day 9
Spahats Creek Falls VisitWells Gray Park
Visit an impressive waterfall in Wells Gray Park. Spahats is the First Nations term for bear, which has is the name of the stream that flows to the falls.
Accommodation
Whistlers Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Jasper
Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.

Maligne Canyon Hike Maligne Canyon30m-1h30m 1-4km
Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots.
Free Time Jasper Afternoon
Check out the many shops in this mountain town. If you are looking for Canadian souvenirs, this is your chance!

Optional Activities – Day 10
Boat Cruise to Spirit IslandMaligne Lake 65CAD per person
Glide across the beautiful blue waters of Maligne Lake, the Canadian Rockies’ largest glacial fed lake, on your way to the famous Spirit Island.
Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River Jasper National Park of Canada 65CAD per person
Pass through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allow your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the fur traders many years ago.
Accommodation
Whistlers Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Jasper/Lake Louise
Make the stunning drive to Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway, one the world’s most spectacular drives. Visit beautiful Peyto Lake and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Lake Louise for the evening.

 

Private Vehicle Jasper – Lake Louise8h-10h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Columbia Icefields Center Visit Columbia Icefield1h-2h
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.
Peyto Lake Visit Peyto Lake30m-1h30m 1-2km
This astonishingly blue lake will truly take your breath away.

Optional Activities – Day 11
Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk Athabasca Glacier 3h-4h 2-5km 85CAD per person
At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a glacier walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Walking on this glacially carved landscape is an experience you won’t soon forget.
Snow Coach Tour Columbia Icefield


Travel onto the glacier in an oversized ice rover. Get out and experience the stunning alpine glacial vistas at the mid-point of your journey.
Accommodation
Lake Louise Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Lake Louise
Head into Yoho NP and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.

Private Vehicle Lake Louise – Yoho National Park of Canada1h-2h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Emerald Lake Hike Emerald Lake Lodge1h30m-2h 5-6km
Discover the beautiful wilderness setting of Emerald Lake and its surroundings, popular for sightseeing, canoeing, and hiking. Skirt around the lake and enjoy the incredible scenery.
Takkakaw Falls Visit Takakkaw Falls
Get ready for an awesome sight: Takkakaw Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, with a free fall of 254m (833 ft)!
Private Vehicle Yoho National Park of Canada – Lake Louise1h-2h
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 12
Kicking Horse River White Water RaftingKicking Horse River3h-4h 85-135CAD per person
Raft on one of the most famous rivers in Canada. The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains and is guaranteed to provide the thrill of a lifetime.
Grizzly Bear Refuge VisitGolden 24CAD per person
Visitors are given the opportunity, as part of a one-of-a-kind interpretive tour, to watch a grizzly bear interacting much as it would in the wild: foraging, hunting, playing, swimming, and, of course, snoozing.


The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Visit one of the most iconic hotels in Canada. This beautiful hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1924 and stands looking out at the breathtaking Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier.
Accommodation
Lake Louise Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Lake Louise/Banff
Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or along the Six Glaciers Trail. Make the short drive to Banff in the afternoon.

Lake Agnes Tea House Hike Lake Louise2h30m-5h 6-7km
Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.
Private Vehicle Lake Louise – Banff1h-1h30m
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 13
Plain of Six Glacier Hike 4h-6h 10-14km Free
This historic trail follows the shores of Lake Louise, eventually pushing out into a scenic assembly of peaks and glaciers. Stop and enjoy a cup of tea at the cozy, remote Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House.
CanoeingBanff2h-3h 18-36CAD per person
Rent a canoe and leisurely enjoy the scenery from a calm section of the Bow River.
Accommodation
Tunnel Mountain Village Campground (or similar)Campground
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Banff/Calgary
Spend the morning discovering the town of Banff. View wildlife, walk the streets, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views before continuing on to Calgary.

Private Vehicle Banff – Calgary2h-3h130km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Optional Activities – Day 14
Johnston Canyon HikeJohnston Canyon1h30m-2h30m 1-5km Free
Johnston Canyon is certainly an area that shows the power of nature and time; rushing water carves a path through the limestone canyon and potholes form over the years from plunging waterfalls.
Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain 2h-3h 0-2km 40 CAD per person
Take a gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view of the whole mountain range and the village below.


Canada Olympic Park  65CAD per person
Calgary hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, meaning you can still ride in a four-man bobsleigh reaching speeds of 120kph (85 mph) here. Luge down the track on a wheeled cart or soar across the zipline.


Tunnel Mountain HikeTunnel Mountain2h-3h 1-5km Free
Hike up the well marked trail for a central view of the town of Banff and the surrounding mountains.
Accommodation
Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary (or similar)Hotel
Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Calgary
Depart at any time.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Allow USD195-255 for meals not included.

 

 

Transport

  • Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, ferry

Entrance Fees

  • Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions

Activities

  • Columbia Icefield stop
  • Visit to hot springs in the Rocky Mountains
  • Half-day canoeing excursion in Wells Gray PP
  • Half-day Zodiac tour including whale watching
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping

Accommodation

  • Hotels/hostels (2 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)

Transport

  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International Airfare into Vancouver and home from Calgary

This tour is operated by
G Adventures

Departing: June 17, 2019

From: $2549 USD

Days: 14

Style: Land

Physical Rating: +3 Moderate

Age Requirement: 18-39

At A Glance

  • Enjoy the scenery of Western Canada

  • Create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper

  • Sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver

  • Be awed by the mighty Rockies

  • Road trip through two Canadian provinces

June 17/19 $2549
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