Cosmopolitan Vancouver is the starting point for this 18-day circular tour that showcases the national parks and lakes of the spectacular Canadian Rockies. You’ll discover historic Victoria on Vancouver Island, cruise through the vineyards of the Okanagan Valley and explore the lakes and mountains of Glacier, Banff and Jasper National Parks on this journey through breathtaking British Columbia and Alberta.
Please note that this holiday is available as a motorhome or fly-drive option.
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This cosmopolitan city sits right on the edge of nature, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crammed with delightful green space. Choose to explore the city on foot or take a hop-on/hop-off bus which will include stops at Canada Place, Jack Pool Plaza and Stanley Park, which includes the famous Totems and Prospect Point, English Bay, Yaletown, Chinatown and historic Gastown.
Only 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver you'll encounter the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. At 230 feet high and 450 feet long, the bridge has been thrilling visitors since 1889.
In the evening take a stroll around the lively Vancouver waterfront or head to Granville Island, a peninsular famed for entertainment, art galleries and its famous fresh food market.
Distance: 40 miles
Pick up your car and then take a short and scenic ferry ride through the Strait of Georgia, past the San Juan Islands to Vancouver Island.
At 280 miles long, Vancouver Island is the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand. Your two-night base is at the southern tip of the island in the charming town of Victoria. Home to the world famous the Butchart Gardens, endless cosy tea rooms and a history dating back to the 1840s. This is also a great opportunity for an exhilarating whale watching tour. Fingers crossed, you'll spot grey whales, orcas and minke.
Distance: 92 miles
Follow the scenic coast to an area known as 'The Sandcastle Capital of Canada'. Take a stroll on the wide sandy beaches, watch the daily catch being brought into the harbour or enjoy the thriving arts scene. In the evening, dine on seafood with million dollar views over the Strait of Georgia.
Distance: 86 miles
It's another short and relaxing ferry ride today from Parksville to Horseshoe Bay at the start of the incredible 'Sea to Sky Corridor'. Along this highway you'll encounter dramatic vistas and soaring mountains before you arrive into the pretty town of Whistler, located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.
Spend your time enjoying countless outdoor activities such as hiking, sailing or golfing. Alternatively, escape to the peaceful surroundings of Whistler's wetlands where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery.
For 360 degree views of Whistler Village, jump on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. From the glass bottom you can gaze down over glaciers, lakes and forests. Three hour bear viewing tours are also available from Whistler and Bon Voyage will discuss and pre-book these and other must-do Whistler attractions for you.
Distance: 282 miles
It's scenery galore today as you skirt Wells Gray Provincial Park and travel along the Thompson River to Jasper National Park. You'll see snow-capped Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, looming in the distance. You'll cross the continental divide between British Columbia and Alberta as you cruise into the park via the scenic Yellowhead Pass.
Once in the park you may want to consider a ride on the Jasper Tramway or a relaxing soak in Miette Hot Springs. If you're feeling more adventurous, the Athabasca River offers exciting whitewater rafting excursions. For a more gentle option do a boat cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake, the second-largest glacier fed lake in the world.
Distance: 155 miles
Drive to Banff today via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Be sure to venture onto the ice of the Athabasca Glacier in one of the mammoth Ice Explorer buses, and stop for a picnic lunch at Peyto Lake
Once in Banff, you have three days to explore Canada's oldest park. We'd recommend a trip to Bow Falls and a ride on the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. Nearby Lake Minnewanka is a delightful place to enjoy a relaxing boat trip in sensational scenery. Lake Louise is only a 40 minute drive away, but plan on an early morning visit as 'Canada's Diamond in the Wilderness' does get busy.
Distance: 177 miles
Distance: 265 miles
Depart Vancouver on an early afternoon flight back to the UK. However, your stay doesn't have to end here and you may decide to extend your time. Perhaps you want to travel to Niagara Falls and include a city stop at New York before heading home.
Call the USA and Canada experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Great Parks and Lakes of Western Canada adventure.