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Great Parks of Western Canada
Beautiful Vancouver is the starting point for this two-week circular tour that showcases the national parks of the Canadian Rockies. Eastbound from Vancouver, the itinerary ventures through the Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, and Banff and Jasper national parks. Drive west from Jasper through the Yellowhead Pass, Wells Gray Provincial Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park before returning to Vancouver.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Vancouver
Mid size car hire
13 nights accommodation in sought after locations
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Vancouver and Coastal Mountain Ranges
Orchards and Vineyards of the Okanagan Valley
National Parks, Banff and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield
The Lakes, Whistler Village, wildlife and scenic drives
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you’d like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : Vancouver
Arrive Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver
Day 2 : Vancouver
Full day in Vancouver and the surrounding area. Climb aboard a San Francisco-style trolley for a fully commented Vancouver city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop-on and hop-off for any length of time at many premier attractions, parks, gardens, galleries and restaurants. Overnight in Vancouver
Day 3 : Penticton
Distance: 259 miles
Travel through the Coastal Mountains and Manning Provincial Park. In the park, you can take a walk on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats. The town of Penticton lies at the lower end of Okanagan Lake and the lush orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley. The region is also renowned for its beaches and hot, dry climate. We suggest a visit to the 560-acre Okanagan Game Farm near Penticton. Overnight in Penticton/Kelowna
Day 4 : Revelstoke
Distance: 173 miles
Morning is at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Then drive past spectacular
waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area.
Overnight near Revelstoke
Day 5 : Banff
Distance: 186 miles
Scenic drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to Canada's oldest national park and the bustling resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Day 6 : Banff
Entire day to tour Banff and the surrounding area. We suggest a visit to the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or Bow Falls or ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. You may also try river rafting or a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka. Overnight in Banff / Canmore.
Escape into the Canadian Rockies for a 2-hour trail ride. Follow the Bow River and traverse the side of Sulphur Mountain. This is an excellent opportunity to capture panoramic views of the valley from the Bow River and Sulphur Mountain. This excursion is suitable for novice to experienced rider.
Day 7 : Jasper
Distance: 190 miles
Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at
Peyto Lake and an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield. Overnight in
Day 8 : Jasper
You have a full day to relax and tour Jasper and the surrounding area. We suggest a boat cruise on Maligne Lake, exploring the depths of Maligne Canyon, a ride on the Jasper Tramway or a visit to Miette Hot Springs. If time permits, the Athabasca River can offer exciting whitewater rafting excursions. Overnight in Jasper.
Let Maligne Tours take you on a 90-minute cruise on one of the Rockies' most picturesque lakes. The tour is operated in a glass-enclosed, heated cruise boat and is fully narrated by a Transport Canada licensed crew. Mid-way through there is a photo stop at Spirit Island where passengers disembark for a short walk to the lookout point. This is a wonderful photo opportunity not to be missed.
Day 9 : 100 Mile House
Distance: 305 miles
Drive through the Yellowhead Pass, beside Mount Robson, the highest peak in
the Rockies, and continue south along the Thompson River, skirting the perimeter
of Wells Gray Provincial Park. We suggest stops in Blue River and Clearwater en
route to 100 Mile House. Overnight in 100 Mile-House
Day 10 : 100 Mile House
100 Mile House was founded during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, when a roadhouse was built here to service gold seekers heading to the goldfields. They travelled along the Cariboo Wagon Road, beginning in Lillooet and frequently stopped at the roadhouse that became known as 100 Mile House. The area is now known primarily for prime cattle ranching and leisure activities. Overnight in 100 Mile House.
Day 11 : Whistler
Distance: 199 miles
Scenic drive south along the Cariboo Highway and Duffey Lake Road to the edge
of Garibaldi Provincial Park and the popular year-round resort of Whistler.
Overnight in Whistler.
Day 12 : Whistler
Full day to relax and enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, windsurfing, golfing, tennis and boating, as well as shopping in Whistler Village. Overnight in Whistler.
Escape to the peaceful surroundings of Whistler’s wetlands on this guided canoe trip. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery forming anew around every bend. Take the opportunity to observe wild birds and other wildlife.
Day 13 : Vancouver
Distance: 78 miles
Morning at leisure to visit the village. Scenic two hour drive to Vancouver.
Evening free to do some last-minute shopping or sample the fine cuisine and
nightlife of Vancouver. Overnight near Vancouver airport.
Day 14 : Vancouver
This is your last day before heading back to the UK, however your adventure doesn't have to end here. Why not extend your stay and head over to Victoria on Vancouver Island, or cross the border to America and explore the Cascade Mountains?
Call the travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Great Parks of Canada adventure.