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Coast Discovery & the Rockies

  • Banff
  • Moraine Lake
  • Jasper
  • Clearwater
  • Whistler
  • Campbell River
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • 18 nights from
  • £5,149 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-996

    • Book by 30th April and save £150 per person
    • Receive a free case of wine

Holiday Overview

Discover Canada’s lakes, glaciers, wildlife, wilderness and famous Rockies all in one terrific trip.

 

This self-drive will take you from Banff and Jasper, in the heart of the Rockies to the wilderness of West Coast Wilderness Lodge before continuing down to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver. During your stay in Banff, we have included a ride on Banff Gondola which overs spectacular views over the town, mountain ranges and Bow Valley, before relaxing in the Hot Springs. Stay at Moriane Lake one of Canada’s most picturesque lakes before taking in one of the world’s most scenic routes along the Icefields Parkway where you will see lakes, glaciers and waterfalls in abundance. Take in Wells Gray Provincial Park during your stay at the nearby Alpine Meadows Resort before an overnight at Williams Lake, Cariboo region.

Continue your stay in the wilderness by traversing to West Coast Wilderness Lodge in Egmont. Travel to Quadra Island for a 2-night stay. Leave Quadra for the Sunshine Coast, a beautiful natural landscape of Canada’s Pacific Coast which allows you to take part in a host of activities. Stopping at Victoria taking a whale watching cruise with the opportunity to spot orcas and humpback whales. End this incredible holiday with a 2-night stay in coastal Vancouver.

Coast Discovery & the Rockies includes:

  • Return UK Flights
  • 18 Nights accommodation
  • Car Hire
  • Banff Gondola
  • BC Ferries
  • Whale Watching Crusie - Victoria
  • Banff Hot Springs
  • Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk
  • Maligne Lake Gudied Walk
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Whistler
  • West Coast Wilderness Lodge (meals, accomidation, boat tour & full access to amenities)
  • Hop on Hop off bus, Vancouver
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Day 1 - Fly from UK to Calgary

Upon arrival into Calgary, pick up your rental car and begin your Rockies adventure. Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in and the remainder of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure.

Featured accommodation

Elk+ Avenue Hotel

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The Moose Hotel and Suites Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 2 - Explore Banff - take a gondola ride & relax at the Hot Springs

A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

Featured accommodation

Elk+ Avenue Hotel

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The Moose Hotel and Suites Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Unmissable Experiences

Banff Gondola

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Day 3 - Banff to Moraine Lake

Today take the scenic journey along the Trans-Canada Highway, where you will drive through the mountains to Moraine Lake. This picturesque lake is one of the most pictured lakes in Canada. Moraine Lake has several walk trails with a popular trail being The Rockpile Trail, which takes you along beside the lake and taking you up hill providing amazing views across the lake.

Featured accommodation

Moraine Lake Lodge

Unmissable Experiences

Glacier Skywalk

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Day 4 - Moraine Lake to Jasper

View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald-coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival into Jasper. Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

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Forest Park Hotel

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 5 - Explore Jasper – Visit Maligne Lake

Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a guided walk around the lake. Or enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

* Maligne Lake Cruise is only operational from Mid June to September. 

Featured accommodation

Chateau Jasper

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Forest Park Hotel

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Unmissable Experiences

Jasper Experiences

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Day 6 - Jasper to Clearwater via the Yellowhead Route

Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to Blue River. Continue south along the Yellowhead Highway to the town of Clearwater. The balance of the day is yours to spend exploring Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to Helmcken, Dawson and Spahats Falls.

Featured accommodation

Alpine Meadows Resort

Unmissable Experiences

Clearwater Experiences

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Day 7 - Enjoy Wells Gray Provincial Park

A full day to enjoy all the wonders Wells Gray has to offer. Hike to thundering Helmcken Falls, explore the park on horseback, try river rafting or canoe the serene waters of Clearwater Lake.

Featured accommodation

Alpine Meadows Resort

Unmissable Experiences

Clearwater Experiences

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Day 8 - Clearwater to Whistler

Begin the day traveling via 100 mile house to the gold rush town of Cache Creek, where you should stop to visit the historic Historic Hat Creek Ranch (not included), which literally takes you back to the days of the gold rush. Continue the journey south to Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and was 'Mile Zero' of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler. On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breathtaking views of Joffee Glacier and snow capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 metres (8,518 feet). Before continuing onwards to Whistler.

Featured accommodation

Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Aava Hotel

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 9 - 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, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining. This charming alpine resort town is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Experience the beauty via the Peak 2 Peak Gondola on Whistler Mountain as you soak in the unbelievable views of Whistler Village, glaciers, lakes, forests and snow-capped peaks. For the adventurous be sure to take the peak express chairlift to the summit and take in the Cloudraker Skybridge and Raven's Eye Cliff Walk.  Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating the holiday cost will be adjusted, alternatively we can offer the Sea to Sky gondola ride.

Featured accommodation

Delta Whistler Village Suites

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Aava Hotel

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Unmissable Experiences

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

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Day 10 - Whistler to West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Depart the charming town of Whistler and make your way south towards Horseshoe Bay for the ferry to Langdale Ferry terminal. Continuing onto to the West Coast Wilderness Lodge where you will call home for the next 3 days. Located on the edge of the wilderness on the Sunshine Coast offering spectacular water views of Jervis & Hotham Sounds. This resort offers first-class adventure, gourmet dining and luxury accommodations.

Featured accommodation

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

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Day 11 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Go on a cruise of beautiful Jervis Inlet past towering, 7000 feet-high cliffs, dozens of waterfalls and historical petroglyphs (ancient rock paintings of Coast Salish First Nations origin). The tour will take you through Malibu Rapids to enter Princess Louisa Inlet, an incredible fjord renowned for its beauty and protected waters.

Featured accommodation

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

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Day 12 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge

Spend today exploring more of West Coast Wilderness Lodge.

Featured accommodation

West Coast Wilderness Lodge

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Day 13 - West Coast Wilderness Lodge to Campbell River

After breakfast check out of the West Coast Wilderness Lodge and begin travelling to Powell River for your BC Ferry to Comox (ferry toil included). Arriving onto Vancouver Island continue your drive north to Campbell River. 

Featured accommodation

Coast Discovery Inn

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Day 14 - Campbell River

A free day to explore Campbell River, ask your  My Canada Trips specialists if you wish to add on one of our Campbell River experiences. 

Featured accommodation

Coast Discovery Inn

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Day 15 - Quadra Island to Victoria

Departing Quadra Island making your way back south towards Victoria. Crossing over on the Ferry to Campbell River, why not stop and explore Campbell River along the way. Enjoy walks along Discovery Pier where you might be able to spot a whale and eagle Campbell River is famous for its salmon it is must try for a great lunch to fuel up for the rest of your journey to Victoria.

Featured accommodation

Oswego Hotel

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Fairmont Empress

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Day 16 - Whale Watching

Enjoy a whale watching  cruise from Victoria through the Haro Strait, with your on board guide is on hand to provide information about the whales and local environments. You may find orcas, humpback whales and minke whale while on board your cruise.

Featured accommodation

Oswego Hotel

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Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Fairmont Empress

Unmissable Experiences

Victoria Experiences

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Day 17 - Victoria to Vancouver

Today depart Victoria and make the short journey over to Vancouver. Board the ferry at Swartz Bay over to Tsawwassen, once you have arrived in Vancouver dropping off your car before checking into your Vancouver accommodation.

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

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Sheraton Wall Centre

The Fairmont Vancouver

Unmissable Experiences

Vancouver Experiences

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Day 18 - Hop on Hop off Bus

Explore the city of Vancouver with the Hop on Hop off bus traveling all over the city including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Robson Street and many more!

Featured accommodation

Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver

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Sheraton Wall Centre

The Fairmont Vancouver

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Day 19 - Fly Vancouver to UK

Today marks the end of your itinerary check out of your hotel and make your own way to Vancouver airport for your onward flight home.

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