Best of Western Canada
Glaciers, mountains and national parks!
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Group Size: Avg 30-35
Trip code: CTKCA
Duration: 11 days
With majestic glaciers, snow-capped mountains and pine-fringed lakes, British Columbia is a natural wonder. There’s more to it than spectacular views though - Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city worthy of a trip in itself. Take an unforgettable ride over Athabasca Glacier, hike into soaring canyons in Jasper, ride Fraser River’s white waters, and head to the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff for views that are out of this world!
- Take a ride on the Ice Explorer over the mighty Athabasca Glacier.
- Fly over Whistler, on the Superfly zipline
- Hike through Maligne Canyon in jaw-dropping Jasper National Park.
- Opt to white-water raft on Fraser River.
- Visit Banff National Park.
- Discover Vancouver - historic Gastown, Stanley Park, Chinatown and more.
Day 1: Vancouver to Whistler. Meet the gang in Vancouver and take the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. The views are insane, so sit back, plug in the tunes and take it in. In Whistler, op to fly through the air at 102kmh on the Superfly zipline before a mouth-watering dinner and a few brews with your new friends.
Day 2: Whistler. Whistler is a looker – think snow-capped peaks and pine-fringed lakes. Breathe the fresh mountain air, choose to canoe along the River of Dreams, take a hike through picture postcard scenery, or take a gondola to the top of the mountains – what a place!
Day 3: Whistler to Sun Peaks. Grab a window seat and watch the craggy mountains and sparkling lakes of the Lillooet Mountain Range go past. Our destination today is Sun Peaks. Soak up your spectacular surroundings and take a gondola ride when we get there for the best views.
Day 4: Sun Peaks to Jasper (via Mt. Robson). Take a panoramic picnic at Mt Robson. Then you can get your adrenaline pumping with a white-water rafting optional excursion on the Fraser River. Dry off and hop back on the coach to Jasper.
Day 5: Jasper. Get ready for a day of non-stop incredible. We’re talking wildlife, vast icefields and glacial lakes. Hike into Maligne Canyon, check out the azure waters of Maligne Lake and cruise to Spirit Island, the most photographed view in the Rockies (you’ll know it when you see it).
Day 6: Jasper to Banff. We’re hitting the Columbia Icefield Parkway with stops at Athabasca Falls, bright blue Peyto Lake, Lake Louise and a ride on the Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier. Try the glacier water (just don’t get your tongue stuck!) Roll into Banff ready for drinks and dinner.
Day 7: Banff. Banff is mountain scenery, hiking trails, grizzly bears and cute lodges. Take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain for views to die for. We’ve got some stellar activities on offer. Mountain climbing, helicopter over Assiniboine Glacier or a horse ride with fire-cooked steak anybody?
Day 8: Banff to Vernon. Cross three national parks today, including the Spiral Train Tunnels, Glacier National Park (home to over 400 glaciers), Roger’s Pass and Mt Revelstoke National Park. Arrive in Vernon, dump your stuff and head out for dinner in a traditional pub – cheers!
Day 9: Vernon to Vancouver. Take a drive through Canada’s wine country on your way back to beautiful Vancouver. See the nine Totem Poles in Stanley Park, hit the boutique stores in Gastown and pick up some dim sum in Chinatown. Later, how about some live music in Yale Town?
Day 10: Vancouver. It’s your last day in Vancouver so make the most of it! Check out some independent art galleries, pick up souvenirs on Main Street, visit Lynn Canyon Park or catch a hockey game. Round off your amazing adventure in style, with a dinner cruise with your new friends.
Day 11. Trip end. It’s time to swap contact details and say goodbye to the group. Our Canadian adventure comes to an end today. See you again soon!
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Most expensive: £905 December, 2023
The trip kicks off on day 1 in Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver International Airport (YVR). We’ll be travelling on to Whistler today at 10am sharp, so we recommend that you arrive the day before or earlier. We can book pre-trip accommodation for you (at an additional cost).
The trip ends on day 11 in Vancouver. If you’re heading home, you’ll need to make your way to the airport. If you’re continuing your travels around Canada, enjoy!
Where you will be staying...
We have selected some unique places for you to stay during your trip. 10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. You’ll spend 8 nights in twin-share 3* hotels and 2 nights in an elegant quad-share chalet in Banff. Below are some examples of the hotels that you may stay in on this trip:
Vancouver - GEC Suites
Whistler - Pangea Pod
Sun Peaks - Sun Peaks Lodge
Jasper - Athbasca Lodge
Banff - Tunnel Mountain Resort
Vernon - Days Inn
If you are looking for a more outdoor experience we also have a camping trip in Canada. Check out the National Parks of the Canadian Rockies trip!
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners are included on this trip. You’ll have to buy the rest of your meals yourself. This is a great opportunity to sample some of the local cuisine.
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-35 year olds.
British passport holders don’t usually need a visa for a short visit Canada, but you’ll need to get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), which you can apply for online. Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay.
The legal drinking age in Canada is 18 for Alberta, Manitoba and Quebec, and 19 for the rest of the country, so if you’re under 19, there may be some areas where you’re not able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 19, you always carry a valid form of ID.
Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.