Bring the kids, bring your camera, bring your hunger for adventure on this escape from the ordinary. Western Dreams is a true family affair, with destinations and scenery to stimulate, motivate and rejuvenate both young and old. From the wildly western city of Calgary you will travel in the footsteps of dinosaurs across the ancient rockscape of Drumheller.
Leaving the plains far below, you will then ascend the spectacular Rocky Mountains for a rendez vous with Banff and the Bow River, before stepping upon a mammoth glacier near Jasper. Harrison Hot Springs brings a warm, welcome and wet respite for weary bones amid the natural splendour of Manning Provincial Park. Further westward, your journey carries you to the Pacific in search of whales, before delivering you to the glittering urban spectacle of Vancouver.
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Today is your excursion to Dinosaur Badlands. Venture into 65 million years of
history at Drumheller and visit the Royal Tyrell Museum of Palaeontology,
housing the world’s largest display of dinosaurs. From Horseshoe canyon, you’ll
survey the Badlands of Alberta before stepping back into prehistoric times.
Follow the 50-km Dinosaur Trail through rugged terrain marked with mysterious hoodoos, and spend hours exploring the vast dinosaur fossil digs in this region. Overnight in Calgary
Distance: 86 miles
Today you’ll explore Canada's oldest national park. Banff National Park is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, and offers a wide range of activities, including flightseeing and river rafting. Keep your eyes open, you are bound to encounter a variety of wildlife along the way. The charming mountain village of Banff offers a number of interesting attractions for you to discover. You may visit Cave and Basin, Bow Falls and take a thrilling gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Overnight in Banff .
Your drive today takes you along the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Jasper. This majestic highway meanders in the shadow of towering mountains-revealing a panorama of peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and valleys. Don't miss an forgettable ride by Ice Explorer over the Columbia Icefield. Overnight in Jasper.
Fun for the whole family. Following your tour we suggest a Maligne Lake boat cruise, a visit to Miette Hot Springs, or a ride on the Jasper Tramway. Take in the breathtaking panorama of Jasper National Park’s serene lakes and gentle meadows standing in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. Overnight in Jasper
Distance: 293 miles
Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Sun Peaks. Before leaving the Rocky
Mountains encounter one of its most spectacular sights, the mist-shrouded peak
of Mount Robson. The highest peak in the Rockies can be seen for miles as you
wind your way south through a vast unspoiled wilderness.
A visit to the volcano-shaped landscape of Wells Gray Provincial Park is worth the detour . Hike through the rugged beauty to see the amazing Helmcken Falls or Dawson Falls. Overnight in Sun Peaks .
Distance: 266 miles
Driving past Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning, sagebrush-covered
ranchlands along the South Thompson River. This is still the land of vast herds
of cattle and cowboys on horseback. Entering between the towering rock walls of
the Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the whitewater 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.
Further downstream in the Fraser Valley, you’ll encounter Harrison Hot Springs where you can unwind in the soothing waters of the mineral hot springs or enjoy time with the family on the beach. Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs .
Distance: 193 miles
Today your road leads to Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, on Vancouver Island . You’ll get there via a B .C. Ferry cruise across the Strait of Georgia, passing the rugged coastline and tranquil beaches of the Gulf Islands en route. You’ll also pass through Nanaimo and Chemainus - where the world-famous murals attract thousands of curious visitors every year . Overnight in Victoria .
Take to the ocean today in search of in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a covered ocean cruiser with a viewing deck giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whalewatching experience. Following your excursion we suggest a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Drop in for an afternoon High Tea at the Empress Hotel, or visit the famous Butchart Gardens. Overnight in Victoria .
Distance: 46 miles
Back aboard B .C . Ferries, you’ll cruise across the Strait of Georgia, past the Gulf Islands to dock in the thriving port of Vancouver. Take the rest of the day to explore the many culturally rich neighbourhoods of this world-class city . Overnight in Vancouver
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Western Dream Family Adventure.