Best of the Canadian Rockies
11 days from £1,721 (was £2,025)
- 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.
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!
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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!
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 2 dinners
- Group leader
- All on-trip transport
- Mt Robson visit
- Maligne Canyon hike
- Maligne Lake
- Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer experience
- Peyto Lake & Lake Louise
- Banff Springs Hotel visit
- Banff National Park
- Spiral Train Tunnels
- Stanley Park 9 totem poles
- Help with onward travel
- 24 hour emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Some meals and drinks
- Acitivites not listed in the inclusions (optional activities)
10 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip. Most accommodation is in hotels on a twin-share basis, apart from two nights in an elegant quad-share chalet in Banff. If you are travelling with a friend or partner, make sure you let us know so we can place you together.
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.
The trip kicks off on day 1 in Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver International Airport (YVR). We’ll be travelling on to Whistler today, 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!
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.
Please note, this trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.