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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound tour
Calgary Canadian Rockies Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound Trip

Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
12 days
From: $ 4,199 $ 350 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore banff during a walk with an expert from the whyte museum
  • Embark on a glacier walk with an expert guide
  • Soak and unwind in natural hot springs
  • Enjoy a historical tour through banff with an expert from the whyte museum
  • Search for grizzly and black bears on a float trip at blue river

Short Description

Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in western Canada. This 12-day adventure hits crisp Jasper and serene Lake Louise, a scenic ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley, and a drive along the jaw-dropping Icefields Parkway. Whether you’re walking atop a glacier or meandering the gorgeous streets of Whistler Village, you’re sure to feel that Rocky Mountain high.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Calgary
End City Vancouver

Destinations

Canada

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Banff Historical Walking Tour
  • Banff Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Indigenous Cultural Experience
  • Whistler Your G for Good Moment: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit
  • Whistler Your Wellness Moment: Miette Hot Springs Visit
  • Jasper National Park
  • All park fees in Jasper and Banff National Parks
  • Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island
  • Vancouver
  • Calgary
  • Victoria
  • Whistler
  • and Banff orientation walks
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley
  • Stops at Kamloops Lake and Seton Lake
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre stop
  • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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Itinerary

Day 1 Calgary

Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage. Additional Notes: Please make your own way to the joining hotel. If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Calgary/Banff (1B)

Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town. Included Activities: Banff Historical Walking Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 3 Banff/Lake Louise (1B)

Continue to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake and opt to hike to the Tea House. Included Activities: Lake Louise Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km)

Day 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park (1B)

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. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters. Included Activities: Columbia Icefields Center Visit Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 290km)

Day 5 Jasper National Park (1B)

Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable. Included Activities: Miette Hot Springs Visit

Day 6 Jasper National Park/Blue River (1B, 1D)

View the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River. Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Look out for wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles. Included Activities: Mount Robson Visit River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 230km)

Day 7 Blue River/Whistler (1B)

Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie. Included Activities: Joffre Lakes Visit Marble Canyon Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.50-8.00 hours)

Day 8 Whistler (1B)

Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.

Day 9 Whistler/Victoria (1B)

Visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre on a G Adventures for Good experience. Enjoy a traditional tea ceremony with bannock and explore the grounds and museum with an Indigenous guide who has come through the centre’s training program. After, drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO. Included Activities: Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre Visit Indigenous Cultural Experience Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Ferry (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.50-1.75 hours)

Day 10 Victoria (1B)

Today is free for optional activities such as a zodiac whale watching cruise, exploring Butchart Gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.

Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver (1B)

Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver. Here, discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown. Included Activities: Stanley Park Visit Gastown Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours) Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 12 Vancouver (1B)

If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights. Included Activities: Departure Day

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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

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Breathtaking! I had the time of my life. Beautiful scenery, amazing activities, incredible adventures,... I'll cherish every moment this trip for a long time to come.
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My first long haul holiday so a bit apprehensive, no need, Excellent itinery,stunning scenery,impecably well organised

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My first long haul holiday so a bit apprehensive, no need, Excellent itinery,stunning scenery,impecably well organised. A delight from start to finish.
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The awesome scenery just went on and on and on

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The awesome scenery just went on and on and on. Every day there where more amazing things to experience. Bears, eagles, Orka's, walking on a glacier and bathing in thermal pools in the moonlight. A sensual,adrenalin overload.
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Very good trip. One comment though- as we were all non Canadians , I felt G Adventures could have supplied us with more information on the social and economic history of Canada.This could have been done in a written handout before we travelled or at the preliminary talk by the CEO , or during the trip for instance and would have given us valuable background on Canada.
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Wonderful trip, knowledgeable CEO, great people, fabulous time

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Wonderful trip, knowledgeable CEO, great people, fabulous time. I loved it!

Great trip, with a fantastic CEO

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Great trip, with a fantastic CEO. I loved every minute of it and met great friends in the process. I won't definitely do another trip with g adventures and definitely recommend it to all my family and friends.
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private vehicle, hiking, walking, ferry, boat. We use 15-passenger vans for up to 12 people plus the CEO/Driver for this trip. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Max 12, Avg 10.

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels/lodges (11 nts).

This trip uses comfortable 3 star hotels, lodges and inns, well located in cities or near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character, and amenities, but are of a very good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. TRAVEL DAYS In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days. 2. HIKES AND WALKS All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It’s a healthy way to discover North America’s beauty and landscape. 3. LEGAL DRINKING AGE Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.

Meals

Some of the meals on this tour are included in the tour price. When a meal is not included, this is because there are often many options available - we would like to give you the opportunity to explore a bit and taste the local cuisine yourself. In these cases, your CEO will be able to suggest some good local restaurants or options for you to choose from. Vegetarian meals and other dietary requirements need to be specified prior to arrival.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

11 breakfasts, 1 dinner

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