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Best of British Columbia

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Vernon
  • Field
  • Osoyoos
  • 14 nights from
  • £2,289 per person
  • saving £100 per person
  • Trip Code: 942

Holiday Overview

This self drive road trip takes in the best of British Columbia at a leisurely pace. Starting in vibrant coastal Vancouver, before travelling along the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky highway to the alpine resort of Whistler. During your stay in Whistler experience the famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola, giving you access to spectacular scenery, wildlife viewing and miles of hiking trails.

You will then depart for the Gold Rush trail to the sun and vineyards of Vernon in the Okanagan region of British Columbia, offering some of the warmest lakes in Canada. Your stay at the the Sparking Hills Resort in Vernon can be as relaxing or as active as you wish with a wide range of facilities and activities on offer.

Next stop on your drive is Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park, followed by Invermere, part of the Kootenay National Park. Before you embark back to Vancouver you will have a two night stay at Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos, taking in a winery tour to taste to some of the best wine made in British Columbia.

Best of British Columbia includes:

  • Return UK flights
  • 14 nights superior accommodation
  • Intermediate Car Hire (We recommend adding Sat Nav)
  • Peak to Peak Gondola Ride (operates daily May 26th to September 16th 2018, price for non operating dates will be adjusted at time of booking)
  • Admission to Historic Hat Creek
  • Osoyoos Wine Tour
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Day 1 - Fly to Vancouver

Fly into Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel.

Transfer not included.

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 2 - Enjoy Vancouver

Today is yours to spend at your leisure taking in this vibrant coastal city. During your stay be sure to take in Stanley Park, a sunset at English Bay, lunch at Granville Island Market, aquabus to/from Granville Island and the Steam Clock at Gastown.

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 3 - Vancouver

Spend today at your leisure taking in the sights. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts about some pre-bookable excursions such as the day trip to British Columbia's capital Victoria, sunset dinner cruise in Vancouver, whale watching trips and much much more.

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 4 - Vancouver to Whistler (122km/76 miles)

This morning pick up your hire car and depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Whistler by early afternoon.

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Whistler Pinnacle

Four Seasons Whistler

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Day 5 - Whistler Exploring with Peak 2 Peak Gondola

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf on one of the 4 championship designer golf courses, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine café’s and restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May - Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Whistler Pinnacle

Four Seasons Whistler

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Day 6 - Whistler to Vernon (419km/260 miles)

Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and onto Cache Creek where you stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek (included) From here travel towards the sun & vineyards of Vernon. With over 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 13” of precipitation annually this allows for a wide range of outdoor activities and grape growing for various wines.

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Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon

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Day 7 - Vernon

Today is yours to experience serenity and well-being at Sparkling Hill Resort, a European-style BC resort spa and world-renowned wellness destination or tour around the Okanagan Valley visiting some of the vineyards that the valley is becoming quite famous for; most are open to the public, and do sell wines on the spot. They can arrange shipment home for you too. If you prefer a little more activity, try one of the many golf courses this region has to offer.

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Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon

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Day 8 - Vernon to Field (348km/216 miles)

Your destination today is Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada’s highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

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Emerald Lake Lodge

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Day 9 - Emerald Lake Lodge

Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

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Emerald Lake Lodge

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Day 10 - Emerald Lake Lodge to Invermere (177km/110 miles)

Today your destination is Invermere, which borders Kootenay National Park and the mighty Columbia River, and offers guests a recreational playground unparalleled in beauty and amenities. The Columbia River Valley is home to dozens of golf courses, endless hiking and fishing opportunities, and the breathtaking scenery of both the Rocky Mountains to the east, and the Purcell Mountains to the west. Situated along the shores of one of the warmest lakes in the valley, the town of Invermere is all about sun and fun. People come here to relax, spend summer afternoons at the beach, go boating, river rafting and golfing. There are spectacular parks in the area, offering hiking, fishing and even wild hot springs.

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Copper Point Resort (Invermere)

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Day 11 - Invermere to Nelson (363km/225 miles)

Highway 95 will lead you to Cranbrook, the ‘Key City to the Rockies’. Along the way visit Fort Steele Heritage Town, a local settlement whose name was changed in 1888 to honour Superintendent Samuel Benfield (Sam) Steele of the North-West Mounted Police, who peacefully reduced tensions between the Ktunaxa and the white and Chinese settlers who were relatively new to the area. In Cranbrook, the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is famous for the restored complete set of the TransCanada Limited, a million dollar train set built in 1929. Continuing on the way into Nelson, take a short detour over to Harrop and back to experience the Harrop Proctor Cable Ferry. Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, set on the shores of Kootenay Lake and clustered with some 350 heritage buildings, Nelson’s storybook charm and stunning scenery create the quintessential small town setting. Perhaps enjoy an evening cruise on the S.S. Moyie paddle wheeler.

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Prestige Lakeside Resort (Nelson)

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Day 12 - Nelson to Osoyoos (261km/162 miles)

Today continue traveling westward to Osoyoos, winner of the “Best small town museum in BC”. Osoyoos is Canada’s only desert town, with a unique interpretive centre to experience this phenomenon. With expanses of orchards and vineyards, lake swimming and boating, this area has all the amenities a visitor could ever want.

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Watermark Beach resort

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Day 13 - Osoyoos Winery Tour

Today enjoy a winery tour of the Osoyoos and Oliver region and visit wineries along the Black Sage bench and the Golden Mile. This tour will include 5 of the following wineries: Adega on 45th, Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Cassini Cellars, Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, Church & State Wines, Desert Hills Estate Winery, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, La Stella, Maverick, Mooncurser, Nk’Mip Cellars, Oliver Twist Winery, Road 13 Vineyards, Silver Sage Winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, Tinhorn Creek Vineyard. Gourmet lunch is included.

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Watermark Beach resort

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Day 14 - Osoyoos to Vancouver (398km/247 miles)

An amazing trip awaits you today, travel via the Okanagan Connector to the Coquihalla Highway. Along the way stop at any of the roadside stalls offering cherries, apples, apricots, pears, peaches, grapes and plums for sale during the long summer days. Turning onto the Coquihalla Highway climb to an elevation of 1244 metres where over 10 metres of snow can fall in an average winter. You will witness incredible feats of engineering as you travel through the Great Bear snow shed, crossing the Dry Gulch Bridge (over 280 metres long and 175 metres high). Begin descending from the summit pass through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from bright sunlight on the high rock faces to misty coastal cedars and tall firs in half an hour. Approaching the Pacific Coast, the canyon opens into the broad, fertile Fraser Valley. On arrival in Vancouver drop off your hire car.

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 15 - Fly Vancouver to UK

You will be transfered from your hotel to Vancouver Airport today (included).

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