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Lakes & Lodges - East Bound Fly Drive

  • Vancouver
  • Gold Bridge
  • Clearwater
  • Jasper
  • Moraine Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Banff
  • 13 nights from
  • £3,159 per person
  • Trip Code: 867

Holiday Overview

Lakes & Lodges - a great fly-drive holiday road trip from Vancouver to Calgary

 

A superb 14-day self-drive holiday featuring some of the best lakes & lodges in western Canada.

Pick your rental car in Vancouver and travel to Tyax Lodge, Alpine Meadows Resort, Jasper Park Lodge, Moraine Lake Lodge and Emerald Lake Lodge.

The Lakes and Lodges road trip is one of our most popular Western Canada self-drive holidays.

Lakes & Lodges - East Bound Fly Drive includes:

  • Accommodation for 13 nights
  • Intermediate Car Hire - (We recommend adding Sat Nav)
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Banff choose 1 of 4 excursions/admission : 1) Banff Gondola 2) Lake Minnewanka Cruise 3) River Explorer Canoe Tour 4) Bow River Horseback Adventure
  • Jasper choose 1 of 3 excursions/admissions : 1) Maligne Lake Cruise 2) Jasper River Float 3) Jasper Nature Walk
  • 1 Breakfast at Moraine Lake Lodge
  • 2 Dinners and 2 Breakfasts at Emerald Lake Lodge
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Day 1 - Fly to Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel. (transfer included)

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

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Hotel Opus

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 2 - Explore Vancouver

You have a day at leisure to explore Vancouver. This is a vibrant coastal city with stunning views across the water and over to the mountain ranges.

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

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Hotel Opus

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 3 - Vancouver

Spend your last day in Vancouver at your leisure.

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

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Hotel Opus

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 4 - Vancouver to Gold Bridge (233 km/145 mi)

This morning 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. Continue on to Whistler where a stop is a must for a short stroll through this charming alpine resort before continuing on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet for 2 hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Mountain Lake Resort, nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

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Tyax Lodge

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Day 5 - Tyax Lodge

Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages, including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and gold panning lessons, mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single tracks, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness, as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows.

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Tyax Lodge

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Day 6 - Gold Bridge to Clearwater 378 km/235 mi

Return through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘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. Visit the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek where we recomend a visit the Historic Hat Creek, which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush.

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Alpine Meadows Resort

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Day 7 - Clearwater to Jasper (338 km/210 mi)

Set out for Jasper along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Leaving British Columbia, you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and is now a quaint mountain village (breakfast included)

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 8 - Jasper - Freedom of Choice

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of three excursions :

Option 1. Maligne Lake Cruise - Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island. Option 2. Jasper River Float - Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. Option 3. Jasper Nature Walk -  A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes..

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 9 - Jasper to Moraine Lake (237 km/148 mi)

This morning depart on the scenic Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You 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 Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at Moraine Lake Lodge. The lodge is situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June).

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Moraine Lake Lodge

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Day 10 - Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake (36 km/23 mi)

A short drive today through majestic mountain passes into 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. (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

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Emerald Lake Lodge

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Day 11 - 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. (Breakfast & Dinner Included)

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Emerald Lake Lodge

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Day 12 - Emerald Lake to Banff (93 km/60 mi)

Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon, explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. (breakfast included)

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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Day 13 - Banff Exploring - Freedom of Choice

Today you can personalize your day by choosing one of four excursions :

Option 1. Banff Gondola - Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Option 2. Lake Minnewanka Cruise - Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.

Option 3. River Explorer Canoe Tour - Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.

Option 4. Bow River Horseback Adventure -Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure. 

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Buffalo Mountain Lodge

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Day 14 - Banff to Calgary (115 km/72 mi)

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown location.

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