Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure offers the Rocky Mountain highs of crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you’re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you're discovering some of the most iconic parts of Canada.
Activity Level: Light
Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels and will be easy to moderate level. Nothing very challenging. You may choose to participate or not.
Itinerary - 12 Days
DAY 1 CALGARY
Arrive at any time.
DAY 2 CALGARY/BANFF
Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 3 BANFF/LAKE LOUISE
Enjoy the morning in Banff before continuing to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to the Tea House. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 4 LAKE LOUISE/JASPER NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA
Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto Lake with a stop at the Columbia Icefield. Walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Continue on to Jasper National Park.
Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 5 JASPER NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA
Spend the day at leisure with the option to hike at Maligne Canyon, enjoy a boat cruise or check out some whitewater rafting. In the evening, we have an included visit to Miette hot springs. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 6 JASPER NATIONAL PARK OF CANADA/BLUE RIVER
View the highest peak in Jasper, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose and eagles. Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner
DAY 7 BLUE RIVER/WHISTLER
Pass through the Cariboo Mountains into the Coastal Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon before arriving to the village of Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 8 WHISTLER
Today is at your leisure. Take a walk through the village with options to ride the gondola up the mountain, hike or go ziplining. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 9 WHISTLER/VICTORIA
Drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 10 VICTORIA
Today is free for optional activities, including a Zodiac whale-watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 11 VICTORIA/VANCOUVER
Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver, and discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown. Meals included: Breakfast
DAY 12 VANCOUVER
Depart at any time. Meals included: Breakfast
Pricing starts at $3,700 per person, double occupancy. For a single room add $1,200.
All park fees in Jasper and Banff National Parks
Vancouver and Calgary orientation walk
Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island
Victoria, Whistler and Banff orientation walks
Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon
River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
Visit Mount Robson Visitor Centre
Admission to Miette hot springs
Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
Banff historical walking tour
Interesting articles, helpful tips and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Hotel/lodges (11 nights)
11 breakfasts, 1 dinner (Allow approximately USD $470-615 for meals not included.)
Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, walking, ferry, boat
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys
Greater exploration, insider access and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort. This trip uses comfortable 3-star hotels, lodges and inns, well located in cities or near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character and amenities, but are of a very good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.
Age Requirement: 12+
All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Trip Type: Small Group
Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.
We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travelers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
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