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Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Rockies and Rainforest Self-Drive

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,325 pp incl. flights

Free car hire on this itinerary

Summary

Short description

Sample the spectacular sights of western Canada on this luxury road trip

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Highlights

  • Discover the delights of Vancouver, a Pacific Coast city surrounded by mountains and a peaceful harbour
  • Explore the remote wilderness of the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast
  • Finish your journey with a memorable drive through the striking scenery of the Rocky Mountains

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Vancouver
  • 2 Nights Victoria
  • 2 Nights Tofino
  • 1 Night Parksville
  • 2 Nights Whistler
  • 1 Night Clearwater
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 2 Nights Banff

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Natural world | Self-drive | Summer | Wildlife

This is the spectacular backdrop for an incredible luxury, tailor-made self-drive tour that takes you from one city to the other via Vancouver Island, Whistler and then through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and some of Canada's most spectacular sights, including Banff National Park and Jasper.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-3
Vancouver

Depart from London to Vancouver. On arrival transfer to your city hotel. 

Regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world, the coastal playground of Vancouver boasts an enviable setting, surrounded by mountain peaks. Bursting with a multi-cultural vibe this busy city invites you to make the most of the great outdoors, will tempt your palate with cuisine of every kind and allow you to indulge a passion for the arts with a superb array of museums and galleries.

Soaring high above the Douglas Firs with breath-taking views of Vancouver and the surrounding mountain peaks a trip on the Grouse Mountain sky ride puts your location into true perspective; combine this with the Capilano Suspension Bridge for a leisurely day exploring. Other must-see sites include historical Gastown, the colourful markets of Granville Island and Chinatown.

Stay: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (Superior) or Fairmont Waterfront (Deluxe)

Days 4-5
Victoria

Today leave Vancouver behind as you collect your rental car and head south to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The 90 minute crossing to Vancouver Island gives time to enjoy the beautiful scenery as you cruise past the Gulf Islands. 

Victoria is a charming city filled with turn-of-the century architecture and a bustling waterfront. There is a distinctly English feel with shops displaying woollens and china and afternoon tea is a highly regarded tradition. Your time at Butchart Gardens takes you back over 100 years to when the garden was first planted; it is now regarded as one the finest floral display gardens in the world.

Stay: Inn at Laurel Point (Superior) or The Fairmont Empress (Superior)

Days 6-7
Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park)

The rugged west coast of Vancouver Island beckons today, this coastline is battered by the mighty Pacific Ocean and home to the Pacific Rim National Park. Enroute take time to see Duncan ‘City of Totems, visit the artist community at Chemainus and enjoy the magnificent views as you travel through Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains. 

This coastline offers miles of pristine, deserted beaches, perfect for beachcombing and an abundant, lush rainforest. Spend the morning exploring before joining a zodiac whale watching tour this afternoon. Sailing through Clayoquot Sound this three-hour cruise will reveal stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife including orcas, gray whales, sea lions and porpoises. If you are lucky you may also see tufted puffins and the resident bald eagles. 

Stay: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort, Ucluelet, British Columbia (Superior)

Day 8
Parksville

Your drive today takes you back to the east coast, recommended photo stops include Cathedral Grove and the Mars-Water Bombers at Sproat Lake – the world’s two largest water bombers designed purposely to extinguish forest fires.

Stay: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort & Spa (Superior)

Days 9-10
Whistler

The crossing back to mainland BC takes just under two hours. From Horseshoe Bay join the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway for the drive to Whistler. Must-see stops en-route include Shannon Falls and Stawamus Chief Rock. Sitting between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains this renowned resort is a year round adventure playground. Summer activities are innumerable and include water sports, hiking, mountain biking and golf.

One of the best ways to experience the full drama of the region is with a trip on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and Peak Chair.

Stay: Hilton Whistler (Superior) or Fairmont Chateau Whistler (Deluxe)

Day 11
Wells Gray Provincial Park

You continue north today via the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road. See wonderful views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie as you head for Lillooet, known as the land of the Goldrush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush era. A visit to historic Hat Creek Ranch takes you back, quite literally, to the days of the Gold Rush.

Stay: Alpine Meadows Resort (Superior)

Days 12-13
Jasper

A day of never-ending vistas awaits today. From the scenic Yellowhead Highway through steep sided gorges and the crashing falls of the North Thompson River and if the weather is on your side glimpses of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Crossing the provincial line brings you into Alberta and the Jasper National Park.

Jasper started life as a tent city that served the railway, today this quaint mountain village is filled with life and a multitude of attractions. A trip to Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, is high on our list of ‘must-sees’. The 90 minute cruise is a perfect way to take in the scenery.

Stay: Sawridge Inn (Superior) or Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Superior)

Days 14-15
Banff

As you head south to Banff your journey takes you along the Icefields Parkway, the backbone of the Rockies and it is a seemingly endless procession of jaw-dropping panoramas, mammoth mountains, glaciers and emerald lakes, each more incredible than the last. At the Columbia Icefields take an Ice Explorer trip out onto the glacier. Lake Louise is next on the list, spend time exploring before continuing on to Banff.

Enjoy a day free to explore Banff at your leisure. A ride on the Banff Gondola gives panoramic views of the valley before a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.

Stay: Banff Caribou Lodge (Superior) or Fairmont Banff Springs (Superior)

Day 16
Departure

Leave the mountains behind as you make your way to Calgary for your overnight flight to London.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

16-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,325 incl. flights

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Low Season

from £2,325 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,800 pp. incl. flights

Valid for travel: 14 May - 01 Oct 2018

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return scheduled flights from UK to Vancouver and returning from Calgary
  • 15 nights accommodation
  • ferry crossings
  • Admission to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge from Vancouver
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens in Victoria
  • 3 hour whale watching cruise from Tofino
  • Peak to peak Gondola Ride in Whistler
  • Visit Historic Hat Creek ranch
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs in Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Banff Gondola offering panoramic vies of the Bow Valley
  • car hire with personalised self-drive information pack with maps and driving directions.


Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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