Best of Canada's West - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $3750 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Quality of activities was first rate"
Natalie , Jun 2014

The glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff.

It's Insider moments like… walking past wine barrels stacked floor-to-ceiling at Church and State Wines in Saanich on your way to taste award-winning wine crafted from grapes and aged in oak barrels, on this estate of more than 100 acres. It's walking on the icy surface of the majestic Athabasca Glacier after reaching it on a mammoth Ice Explorer vehicle. And it's getting to know Canadian lifestyles and landscapes – from your meeting with a ‘Mountie' to your interpretive walk along incredible Maligne Canyon.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DBCW

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER

    Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's third largest city! Check into your hotel and get settled or head out to explore the jewel of British Columbia on your own. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

  • 2.

    VANCOUVER – STRAIT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Set out for Stanley Park and the towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, home to fashionable tearooms and old English charm. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages, carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines followed by a tour of the winery. This afternoon, tour the exhibit of free-flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

    Hotel

    Marriott Inner Harbour

  • 3.

    VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Site of an old cement plant in the early 20th century, it was transformed by the Butchart family into a world-famous preserve of exotic plants and flowers. Meet with a representative of the gardens who can answer any questions you have, and then spend some time exploring on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day on your own. Walk around town, do some shopping or perhaps join an optional whale-watching trip. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of delectable restaurants for a Your Choice dinner.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Your Choice

  • 4.

    VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY-HIGHWAY – WHISTLER

    Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 1,105 foot (337 metre) high Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler where you'll check into your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

  • 5.

    WHISTLER – KAMLOOPS

    Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. End your day's journey in historic Kamloops, which means “the meeting of the waters.”

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Doubletree by Hilton Kamloops

  • 6.

    KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS)

    Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest of alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Then, enter Glacier National Park and climb over stunning Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and grizzly bears. After crossing the Columbia River, arrive in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and a natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort. Enjoy dinner and a Local Expert presentation where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 7.

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goats. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you'd like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home during an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Chateau Jasper

  • 9.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING

    Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets of Jasper or join an optional guided alpine experience to Mount Edith Cavell (June through September only).

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 10.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK– MOUNT ROBSON – SUN PEAKS

    Head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,959 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. After arrival into SunPeaks, enjoy an interpretive walk and learn all about local medicinal plants. Upon completion of the walk, join your new friends and travelling companions for a unique Farewell Dinner and get a true insider's perspective on the fur trapping and trading industry of the region while tasting authentic regional food.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

    Hotel

    Sun Peaks Grand

  • 11.

    SUN PEAKS – DEPART VANCOUVER

    Returning to the Pacific coast, arrive back in Vancouver, where the journey ends. Take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel if you want to extend your stay in Vancouver. Please do not schedule any flights before 6pm.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Attend a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Expert

    Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
    Learn about the Canadian Mounted Police at a "Meet a Mountie" presentation in Banff.
  • Your Choice

    Choose between three delectable dinner options in Victoria.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver.
  • Orientation tour of quaint Banff.
  • Scenic drives along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Icefields Parkway.
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks.
  • Visit scenic Victoria.

Dining

  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 4 dinners

    (including Your Choice Dining, 2 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).
  • Be My Guest lunch.

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 10 nights first class accommodation (Land-only)
  • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jasper

  • Maligne Lake Boat Cruise

    Adult Price: $67.00 Maligne Lake is Jasper’s oldest attraction and one of the most photographed lakes in the world. It is the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies and was known to the Stoney Indians as “Chaba Imne” or Great Beaver Lake. This 90-minute boat cruise will take you past glacier studded mountain peaks to world famous Spirit Island. Unsurpassed for the scenery it affords, this cruise is also known for its insightful interpretation of the area. Bring your cameras and binoculars – this cruise is a true photographer’s delight! Operates Jun – Sep, subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).
  • Jasper Rafting

    Adult Price: $72.00 Enjoy a unique perspective of Jasper National Park as you raft down the Athabasca River. This safe, comfortable ride along 10 miles (16 kilometers) of river passes through small sets of rapids and calm stretches for a ride that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Your journey will be narrated by a licensed National Park guide who will point out the natural and human history of Jasper National Park and the famous route that was used by fur traders many years ago.Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 6 guests).
  • Mount Edith Cavell Guided Walk

    Adult Price: $72.00 Join your guide on the “Path of the Glaciers” with Mount Edith Cavell's snow-capped peak towering a mile overhead. See the emerald green of the “Lake of Forgiveness” and look out for incredible glacial formations, including icebergs and ice avalanches. Be sure to wear your good walking shoes for this 90-minute moderate walk. You'll have plenty of stops for picture taking, enjoying the scenery and learning about the local history and geography. You may also spot wildlife during the 40-minute drive to and from this area. Operates seasonally. Tour length: 3 hours.

Banff

  • Banff Float Trip

    Adult Price: $58.00 Grab your camera and join us for a marvelously scenic float trip down Banff’s Bow River. Friendly, experienced oarsmen will guide you gently downstream along the scenic curves and beneath the majestic Rockies. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! Look out for spotted elk, deer and even an occasional bear along the banks. The tranquility of the river makes this one of the best opportunities for an intimate experience with nature at her most magnificent. Operates seasonally. Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 10 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Royal Canadian Tour

    Adult Price: $260.00 Your 25 minute journey will take you to new heights through the Goat Range Pass and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park where you will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes.  An extraordinary adventure not to be missed! Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 25 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).
  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Three Sisters

    Adult Price: $135.00 This will be the most action packed 12 minutes of your life.  Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley.  You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes.  Your return flight will provide views of the Bow River as it meanders back towards the Town of Canmore. Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 12 minutes.(Minimum: 2 guests).

Victoria

  • Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

    Adult Price: $110.00 Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. You may choose a zodiac or covered vessel. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Tour length: 3 hours.

Banff

  • Evening Steak Fry and Wagon Ride

    Adult Price: $101.85 An evening ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious BBQ. Relax at 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail. While the guides cook your meal, try your hand at calf roping or a game of horseshoes. The return ride will take you along the banks of the Bow River. Duration: 3 hours
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