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Spirit of the West Self Drive

  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Jasper
  • Sun Peaks Resort
  • Vancouver
  • 11 nights from
  • £1,439 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-596

Holiday Overview

The Spirit of the West - A sensational Canadian Road Trip

 

Experience the delights of the Rockies at your own pace. Enjoy Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper before travelling the "Yellowhead" route to Sun Peaks. Head down the Sea to Sky route as you approach the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, where you have 4 days at leisure to explore Vancouver.

 

This trip can be taken in reverse - ask for details.

 

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Spirit of the West Self Drive includes:

  • Return flights from UK
  • Hotels & Car Hire ((We recommend adding Sat Nav)
  • Admission to Hat Creek Ranch
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
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Day 1 - Fly 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.

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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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Irwin's Mountain Inn

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 3 - Banff

A day at leisure to take in Banff National Park and everything that it has to offer. Perhaps even book an organised excursion such as a Helicopter tour of the Rockies, Cowboy Horseback Cookout, Lake Minnewanka cruise, Wildlife Safari and much much more.

Featured accommodation

Elk+ Avenue Hotel

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 4 - Banff to Lake Louise (62 km/38 mi)

This morning, ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola, and enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view (Gondola Ride Included) Later this afternoon, drive along the Bow Valley Parkway, and enjoy a short nature walk at Johnston Canyon. Continue on to the "Jewel of the Rockies," Lake Louise, for your overnight accommodation.

Featured accommodation

Lake Louise Inn

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Deer Lodge

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Day 5 - Lake Louise to Jasper (208 km/129 mi)

Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefield Parkway. You’re sure to be enthralled by the scenery, wildlife, incredible blue lakes and sparkling waterfalls en route (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June). A stop at Peyto Lake along the way is a must. Don’t miss the Columbia Icefield for a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier on board an Ice Explorer (included) before continuing your journey to Jasper.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 6 - 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 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.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 7 - Jasper to Sun Peaks (444 km/277 mi)

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 the resort village of Sun Peaks where you will enjoy a nights stay.

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Nancy Greene`s Cahilty Hotel and Suites

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Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

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Day 8 - Sun Peaks to Vancouver (326 km/203 mi)

Begin the day travelling along Logan Lake route to the gold rush town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the 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 breath-taking views of Joffee Glacier and snow capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue on through the mountain village of Whistler and along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver. 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. This self drive can also be taken in reverse - from Vancouver to Banff or Calgary

Featured accommodation

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Georgian Court Hotel

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Day 9 - Explore Vancouver

Day at leisure to explore Vancouver. With a waterfront location and stunning views over the mountain ranges it's hard not to fall in love with this vibrant, cosmopolitan city which is home to no less than 3 beaches and world famous Stanley Park. We highly recommend hiring bicycles to go around Stanley Park or perhaps pack a picnic and have a leisurely walk.

Featured accommodation

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Georgian Court Hotel

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Day 10 - Explore Vanvouver

Day at leisure to take in the rest of Vancouver's sights/attractions. Granville Island Market, FlyOver Canada and Vancouver Harbour Cruise are firm favourites. Alternatively not ask one of our Canada experts about the full day tour options available from Vancouver. Whistler and the Shannon Falls tour with Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride is a favourite as is Victoria with Butchart Gardens.

Featured accommodation

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

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Georgian Court Hotel

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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Day 11 - Fly Vancouver to the UK

Depart Vancouver this afternoon for your flight back to the UK.

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