9 days departing VANCOUVER from

Style: Active
Destination: Canada
Tour Code: PCR

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Trip Overview

Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers in the Canadian Rockies! Explore some of North America's grandest scenery and take advantage of the countless activities on offer in this adventure lodging tour. Walk and raft at Yoho National Park; canoe, bike and watch wildlife in Banff, enjoy the scenic Icefields Parkway and join a guided glacier hike; see Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and return to city life with a stay in Vancouver. This 9 day Canadian Rockies tour covers it all.

Included Highlights
  • Spectacular scenery and great photo opportunities
  • Many scenic walks and hikes
  • Visit Glacier National Park
  • Two nights at Yoho National Park
  • Two nights at Banff National Park
  • Drive the famous Icefields Parkway
  • Visit the stunning Peyto Lake
  • Two nights at Jasper National Park
  • Relax at Sulphur Mountain hot springs
  • View Mt Robson, highest point in the Rockies
  • Sightseeing in Vancouver
  • Wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Visit Othello Tunnels in Hope
Tour Facts & Features
Accommodation: 8 hotel nights in 3 star twin share accommodation. For your own room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see Dates & Prices tab).
Transport: All transportation by private vehicle
Meals: All meals paid locally
Guided: Services of a professional tour leader
Group size: Maximum 13
Age range: 18+
Wifi: Wi-fi available in some hotels

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Trip Itinerary

Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.

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Optional Activities (paid locally)
  • Mountain biking in Jasper CAD$8-$75
  • Aerial gondola/tramway in Banff CAD$35
  • Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River CAD$85-$130
  • Scenic glacier flight, Banff CAD$265
  • Guided glacier walk in Icefields Parkway CAD$55
  • Jasper Tramway cable car US$32

Itinerary Update

Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour will become a 10 day trip with a night in Whistler and Wells Gray National Park, instead of the town of Hope. Kamloops will also be replaced by the Okanagan Valley. To read more click here >

Trip Departure Time

As this tour departs at 0730 we recommend that you book pre-tour accommodation. Please request hotel details at the time of booking.

Day 1: Vancouver to Kamloops

Departing the buzzing city of Vancouver we enjoy an incredibly scenic first day's drive. Once we hit British Columbia it's all national forest and mountain passes, with hardly a town, house or streetlight in sight. We arrive in the city of Kamloops, the gateway to the Rockies', located by the banks of the Kamloops River near Kamloops Lake.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 2-3: Glacier National Park & Yoho National Park

We view the towering Mount Revelstoke this morning as we take a short walk at Glacier National Park before heading to Golden near Yoho National Park, our home for the next two nights. Overshadowed by the neighbouring parks of Banff and Jasper, Yoho National Park is the hidden treasure of the Canada national parks system. It is a photographer's dream with several hiking opportunities that take us amongst Yoho's pristine alpine landscape that includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. We can experience the raging Kicking Horse River first-hand with an optional exhilarating half-day white water rafting excursion or choose to canoe and hike at magnificent Emerald Lake. An excellent alternative option is walking the challenging trails overlooking Takakkaw Falls.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 4: Lake Louise & Banff National Park

With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is 'the gem of the Canadian Rockies'. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it is no surprise that it is the most photographed destination in the Canadian Rockies! We continue on to our hotel in Banff National Park for a two-night stay.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 5: Banff National Park

Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada's oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers. Take a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain or view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with an abundance of wildlife around, there is always a chance of seeing something. There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than an included soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff's nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally

Day 6: Icefields Parkway & Jasper National Park

The Icefields Parkway, cutting through the heart of the Rockies, is recognised as one of the top scenic drives in the world, travelling for 230 miles past hanging glaciers, sheer rock walls and broad sweeping valleys. We have a chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on an optional guided glacier hike and be amazed by Peyto Lake's turquoise hues. We end our day by continuing to Jasper National Park for a two-night stay.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally.

Day 7: Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in Canada, covering an area of 18,878 square kilometres. It is much less developed than other areas of western Canada and offers a true wilderness feel. There are several options on offer in Jasper. We can start by taking the cable car to Whistler Mountain for a bird's eye view of this splendid park. There are also opportunities for mountain biking or hiking amidst glorious lakeside scenery, or visit Maligne Lake and various other hiking options.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally.

Day 8: Hope, British Columbia

We make our way from Alberta back to British Columbia where Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, offers a great photo opportunity. Set in the eastern Fraser Valley the gateway town of Hope has a rich cultural heritage with its early trading days and gold rush pioneers. And with a network of parks, rivers and pathways, Hope offers an abundance of outdoor activities and wildlife. Visit the Othello Tunnels which are set in the magnifient Coquthalla Gorge. Walk through the hand carved tunnels, enjoy views of the surrounding gorge and admire the perseverance of the early settlers to build this stretch of railway.
Accommodation: Hotel included. Meals paid locally.

Day 9: Vancouver

We cross the Camelsfoot Range and follow the Fraser River during a captivating drive this morning before arriving into Vancouver, Canada's most spectacularly situated city. With a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million, this is one of the most attractive cities in the world, surrounded by water on many sides. Native American culture is very much alive here as evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park. We enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes us to the thriving Gastown as well as Stanley Park.

You may wish to extend your stay and book post tour accommodation (recommended) to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades. In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters. Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture, and sampling the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer.

This tour ends at our gateway hotel at approximately 17:00 hrs. We can book you post-tour accommodation at our gateway hotel if required. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hrs.

Special Departures

If you want to make sure you're right in the heart of the action at the absolute best time to be there, then why not book one of our Special Departures.

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Visit the Calgary Stampede

Canada's rugged Western spirit comes alive during the world famous Calgary Stampede. Rodeo shows, live music and some wacky food and drink (deep fried butter, anyone?) ensure an unforgettable day! (Please note, this special departure will be an alternative to visiting Banff on day 5.)

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Solo Sleepers   Optional Solo Sleeper

There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person. This will guarantee you your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.

Important Notes

We highly recommend you book this trip at least 60 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request and subject to availability of en-route accommodation.

Itinerary Update: Please note from 01/01/2015, this tour will become a 10 day trip with a night in Whistler and Wells Gray National Park, instead of the town of Hope. Kamloops will also be replaced by the Okanagan Valley.

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Private Departures

Why not arrange your own Grand American Adventures departure? For groups of 8 or more, we can offer private departures on any of our published itineraries enabling friends, families or organizations to enjoy our style of travel at special rates. Although tours will run as per our standard itinerary shown here, slight modifications may be considered and dates can be chosen to suit your needs. (Subject to seasonal/operational restrictions). So contact us today and start planning your own adventure.

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Tour Extras

We've offer a whole range of travel extras with everything from city sightseeing, additional hotel nights, insurance and more so you can organise everything you'll need for your trip in one easy place

Hotels Before and After your trip

Tours begin and end at designated hotels in the departure and arrival cities, starting at 7.30am (check your tour voucher for exact details) and finishing at around 5pm, so it's a great idea to book a room for the night before and after your tour. You can book hotels either online when you book your tour or by call our sales team.

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport

This hotel is located in the tourist and commercial area of Richmond, close to the airport and 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

Best Western Chateau Granville

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this hotel features concierge services, and elegant social club and grill and complimentary Wi-Fi.

  • Twin share:  per person per night
      Matched with another traveller of the same sex.
    Full room:  per room per night
      Single or double room for travellers on the same booking.

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Before you join your Grand American Adventures tour you MUST be covered by insurance that includes adequate coverage for baggage, medical expenses and the cost of repatriation. We can offer you a comprehensive travel insurance policy which is completely tailored for your trip and is specially designed to include all the activities listed.

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