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Vancouver Island & Northern Rockies

  • Smithers
  • Prince George
  • Victoria
  • Port Hardy
  • Vancouver
  • Jasper
  • Canmore
  • Calgary
  • Prince Rupert
  • 10 nights from
  • £2,995 per person
  • Trip Code: ES-1250

Holiday Overview

Vancouver Island & Northern Rockies

 

Discover the many landscapes, animals, and ways of life in the Canadian Rockies through an engaging 11-day tour. Venture to Vancouver Island and embark on the Inside Passage ferry, which takes you through glacial fjords to spot orcas and porpoises. Visit a collection of totem poles and immerse yourself in First Nation cultures. After all of these incredible encounters, you'll soon agree that the west coast is the best coast.

Travel Style: Classic All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group Small group experience; Max 12, avg 11.

Age requirement: 12+ All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Vancouver Island & Northern Rockies includes:

  • Return Flights
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced CEO
  • Transport as detailed
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Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive at any time.

Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Overnight: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre (or similar)

Featured accommodation

Sheraton Wall Centre

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Day 2 - Vancouver - Victoria

Catch a ferry to Vancouver island, and travel to the city of Victoria. Opt to visit a museum, Butchart Gardens, or explore the city.

Private Vehicle: Vancouver – Tsawwassen 1h-2h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Ferry: Tsawwassen – Swartz Bay1h30m-1h45m Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

Private Vehicle: Swartz Bay – Victoria 1h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time Victoria: Afternoon Enjoy free time for optional activities or wander along the waterfront.

Overnight: Days Inn Victoria Uptown (or similar)

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Day 3 - Victoria - Port Hardy

Enjoy free time in Victoria this morning. In the afternoon, take in the scenery while travelling to Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Free Time Victoria: Morning Enjoy a free morning in this coastal city.

Private Vehicle: Victoria – Port Hardy 6h-7h 500km Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Overnight: Kwa'lilas Hotel (or similar)

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Day 4 - Port Hardy - Prince Rupert

Embark on a ferry through the famous Inside Passage. The glacial fjords provide spectacular scenery along the route and a safe haven for all types of wildlife, including orcas and porpoises.

The ride is long, but spectacular. With a full day to relax, enjoy the scenery, read a book, or dine at the onboard restaurants. Reach Prince Rupert late in the evening.

Due to ferry schedules, there may be layovers at certain stops along the route. If this occurs, your CEO will arrange to visit nearby local towns (time permitting).

Inside Passage Cruise: Port Hardy – Prince Rupert 16h-17h Relax aboard the ferry through the stunning Inside Passage. Spot wildlife and soak in the views on one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world.

Overnight: Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel (or similar)

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Day 5 - Prince Rupert - Smithers

Discover the First Nations cultures of Northern BC on a day tour around Smithers. Stay overnight in a remote lodge surrounded by nature.

Private Vehicle: Prince Rupert – Smithers 4h-5h 350km Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

First Nations Day Tour: Smithers Get immersed in the First Nations culture of Northern BC. Start by visiting the Hazeltons, an area with one of the highest concentrations of totem poles in the world, with over 50 standing poles. After, stop at Gitwangak National Historic Site and learn about the fort and battles fought by the warrior Nekt on Battle Hill. Wrap up the day with a tour of the Ksan museum and historical village.

Overnight: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

Featured accommodation

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Day 6 - Smithers

Enjoy a free day to explore the wilderness around Smithers. Opt to visit Babine Mountains Provincial Park, Moricetown Canyon, Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park, or hike one of many trails in the area.

Free Time Smithers Full Day Take advantage of free time in the Canadian wilderness. Opt to visit a Provincial Park or go for a hike.

Overnight: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

Featured accommodation

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge

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Day 7 - Smithers - Prince George

Enjoy a free morning for activities around Smithers before travelling to Prince George, the largest city in Northern British Columbia.

Free Time Smithers: Morning Take advantage of a final morning for outdoor activities around Smithers.

Private Vehicle: Smithers – Prince George 5h-6h 370km Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Overnight: Coast Inn of the North (or similar)

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Day 8 - Prince George - Jasper

Travel to Jasper National Park. En route, stop at the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson. Visit the Interpretation Centre, and go for a short hike to take in the views.

Private Vehicle: Prince George – Jasper 4h30m-5h30m 375km Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Mount Robson Visit: Mount Robson 30m-1h 1-3km Stop at the visitor centre and, if it’s a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Overnight: Jasper Inn (or similar)

Featured accommodation

Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise

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Day 9 - Jasper

Enjoy a free day to explore Jasper National Park. Opt to hike at Maligne Canyon, go for a boat cruise, or get the adrenaline pumping with whitewater rafting. In the evening, visit the Miette Hot Springs.

Free Time: Jasper National Park Full Day Prepare for an exciting day! With lots of optional activities and incredible scenery, you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable day in Jasper.

Your Wellness Moment: Miette Hot Springs Visit Enjoy the stunning landscape of lakes and mountains as you drive to the hot springs. Soak in one of the four pools as you take in the peaceful panoramic views.

Jasper National Park Visit: Jasper National Park Jasper National Park might be less known, but no less mighty. As the largest park in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is wild in every sense of the word. Experience mountain landscapes complete with waterfalls, canyons, glacier lakes, and the Columbia Icefield. Get out and explore on rugged backcountry trails chock-full of wildlife and take part in outdoor activities like, mountain biking, skiing, or kayaking to experience the true essence and beauty of this impressive park.

Overnight: Jasper Inn (or similar)

Featured accommodation

Jasper Inn & Suites by Sunrise

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Day 10 - Jasper - Canmore

Travel to Canmore via one of the most scenic drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Stop at the Columbia Icefield en route.

Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. We stop a number of times along the way to take in the scenery and search for wildlife.

Private Vehicle: Jasper – Canmore 8h-10h Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Columbia Icefields Center: Visit Columbia Icefield 1h-2h View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.

Icefields Parkway Drive: Banff – Jasper The Icefields Parkway is a breathtaking drive situated between Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. Experience the wild beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a winding drive through jagged mountain peaks and past glaciers feeding into brilliant blue lakes. Along the way expect to see postcard mountain vistas, huge valleys, and loads of hiking trails that will get you out and about in this truly incredible area.

Overnight Quality Chateau Canmore (or similar)

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Day 11 - Canmore - Calgary

Travel to Calgary, a modern city that honours its cowboy roots. Tour ends on arrival to Calgary.

Private Vehicle Canmore – Calgary 1h 30m- 2h. 100km Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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