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Rockies & Rainforests Fly Drive

  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Jasper
  • Clearwater
  • Whistler
  • Parksville
  • Tofino
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • 15 nights from
  • £2,439 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-565

Holiday Overview

The Rockies & Rainforests fly drive holiday - an epic Canada self-drive road trip from Calgary to Vancouver.  

 

Discover snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes and dense rainforests; ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for stunning views and on the surface of the Athabasca glacier for the thrill of a lifetime.

Stay in pretty mountain villages, lakeside resorts, and on the pacific coast with its crashing rollers. Watch for whales as you cruise on Clayoquot Sound and for bear, elk and mountain sheep as you drive the famous Icefields Parkway.

Driving from Banff through the Rockies to the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island and on to cosmopolitan Vancouver, you can experience all this… and more

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Rockies & Rainforests Fly Drive includes:

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • Car Hire - A driving pack is included with your tickets and consists of regional Provincial road maps and detailed driving instructions. (We recommend adding Sat Nav).
  • Admission to Historic Hat Creek
  • Banff Gondola.
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Whistler Peak 2 Peak Adventure Gondola Ride
  • BC Ferries Vehicle and Passenger Fare (Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo)
  • Whale Watching or coastal bear cruise from Tofino (choice of yours)
  • Butchart Gardens Admission
  • BC Ferries Vehicle and Passenger Fare ( Victoria to Vancouver)
  • Grouse Mountain Admission
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Admission
  • Glacier Skywalk (for 2020)
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Day 1 - Arrive Calgary to Banff (115 km/ 72mi)

Calgary to Banff (115 km/ 72mi)

This morning 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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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 2 - Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola)

A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you'll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafes, nightlife, 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.

Featured accommodation

Elk+ Avenue Hotel

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 3 - Banff to Jasper (289 km/180 mi)

View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald colour 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.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 4 - Jasper Exploring

Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the waters edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 5 - Jasper to Well Gray Provincial Park (318 km/198 mi)

Set out for Wells Gray Provincial Park along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River.

Featured accommodation

Clearwater Lodge

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Alpine Meadows Resort

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Day 6 - Wells Gray Provincial Park to Whistler (421 km/262 mi)

Begin the day traveling via 100 mile house to the gold rush town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the historic Historic Hat Creek Ranch (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). Optional Add-On Sundance Guest Ranch (3 Day / 2 Night) Located in British Columbia's high country, with magnificent scenery and clear fresh air - a genuine bit of the old West. A vast choice of horses are available from chestnuts, sorrels, bays, pintos and appaloosas - everything from gentle trail horses to lively, frisky mounts, all with good Western gear. Sundance Guest Ranch Inclusions - All meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on morning of departure - Horseback Riding - Use of Ranch Facilities

Featured accommodation

Aava Hotel

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 7 - Whistler Exploring (Peak to Peak Gondola Ride)

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 cafes and restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb's alpine environment via the newly opened Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Whistler Gondola 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. Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack - if Gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

Featured accommodation

Aava Hotel

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Delta Whistler Village Suites

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 8 - Whistler to Parksville (108 km/68 mi + Ferry)

Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Horseshoe Bay. 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. At Horseshoe Bay, sail for 1 hr 45 min on BC Ferries (Ferry Toll Included) to Vancouver Island. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord like waters with mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks.

Featured accommodation

Quality Resort Bayside

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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

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Day 9 - Parksville to Tofino (221 km/138 mi)

Depart Parksville for Tofino on the rugged West Coast. En-route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar as well as the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world's two largest water-bombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires. After the Mars Water-Bombers drive through the majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid afternoon.

Featured accommodation

Best Western Tin Wis Resort

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

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Day 10 - Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park)

You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Mid afternoon enjoy a 3 hour whale watch cruise (included) through the Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife such as Gray Whales, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Killer Whales. The area is also known for its variety of birds, including tufted puffins and resident bald eagles.

Featured accommodation

Best Western Tin Wis Resort

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Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

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Day 11 - Tofino to Victoria (313 km/195mi)

Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route stops should be made at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town and Duncan the "City of Totems". If time permits visit the Quw'utsun' Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours - admission not included).

Featured accommodation

Hotel Chateau Victoria

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Inn at Laurel Point

Fairmont Empress

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Day 12 - Victoria Exploring (Butchart Gardens)

Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn of the century architecture, British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woollens and china. Admission is included to the world renowned Butchart Gardens with it's 50 acres display of magnificent colour.

Featured accommodation

Hotel Chateau Victoria

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Inn at Laurel Point

Fairmont Empress

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Day 13 - Victoria to Vancouver (69 km/43 mi + Ferry)

Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (Ferry Toll Included) to Tsawwassen. On board BC ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue on to downtown Vancouver.

Featured accommodation

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

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Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 14 - Vancouver Sightseeing (Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension

Bridge) Today, experience Grouse Mountain Skyride (included) and Capilano Canyon and Suspension Bridge (included) at your own leisure. Be sure to see such sights such as Chinatown, historical Gastown, the markets of Granville Island, and the famous shopping district of Robson Street.

Featured accommodation

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 15 - Vancouver

This day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada's third-largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambiance.

Featured accommodation

Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

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Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 16 - Fly Vancouver to UK

Your Canada holiday experience finishes today as you head to Vancouver Airport for your flight to the UK.

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Day 17 - Arrive in the UK

Arrive in the UK.

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