Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies with an 8-Day Self Drive Tour from Calgary to Vancouver.
From the bustling metropolis to serene mountain scenes, the Mountain Adventure tour offers eight exciting days to experience all the best of Western Canada. Your journey begins in historic Calgary, where you’ll have ample time to explore the Stampede City before heading into the mountains. Spend the following days in the resort town of Banff, browsing unique shops and museums, relaxing at the spa, riding the peak-to-peak gondola, and enjoying an array of seasonal outdoor activities. A drive down the scenic Icefields Parkway will bring you to Jasper, home to the world famous site Maligne Canyon. Soak in the scenery by embarking on a guided tour or relax in one of the area’s famous hot springs. Travel in the footsteps of early fur traders down Yellowhead Highway until you reach Sun Peaks, where the highest peak in the Rockies awaits. Explore the pristine wilderness, ranchlands and towering canyons as you head towards Vancouver, Canada's gateway to the Pacific. Spend a day sightseeing, shopping and dining in this exciting cosmopolitan city before your trip comes to an end.
Features & Inclusions
Day 1 - Arrival Calgary
Welcome to Calgary! Arrive at the Calgary International Airport where you will pick up your rental car and drive to your centrally located hotel. Check-in and begin exploring this historic city at your leisure. There is so much to see in the Stampede City, including horseback riding tours, an array of unique museums, and exciting dining and nightlife options. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2 - Calgary to Banff
As Calgary falls from your rearview mirror, look ahead for your first glimpse of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Travel through picturesque foothills before entering Banff National Park, where you’ll have the day to explore the town. Browse the unique shops in the bustling downtown, or escape to a serene nature trail and take in the sights before settling into your hotel for the night. Overnight in Banff.
Day 3 - Banff National Park
Day three is yours to explore Banff National Park further. We suggest a visit to the Luxton Museum, a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain or a stroll through town admiring the many shops and restaurants. You may choose to indulge in a spa treatment, go river rafting on the Bow River, or take a boat ride on beautiful Lake Minnewanka. Perhaps you will embark on a two-hour horseback tour where you’ll see panoramic views of the valley from the Bow River and Sulphur Mountain. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4 - Banff to Jasper
On day four, you’ll depart on a three-and-a-half-hour drive along Icefields Parkway, known as one of the most scenic routes in the world! As you travel from Banff to Jasper, take it slow and admire the amazing views as you drive through towering mountains and past sparkling lakes. Make sure to plan a few stops along the way! We recommend stopping at Lake Louise for a walk around the lakeside trail and an afternoon picnic. You won’t regret stopping for a visit to Maligne Canyon to see the majestic waterfalls, and Jasper National Park also makes a great stop before entering the resort town. The true adventurers will enjoy an optional excursion to Columbia Icefield, home to the largest masses of ice south of the arctic circle. This adventure includes a unique opportunity to venture directly onto the Athabasca glacier for a guided tour in a specially-designed Ice Explorer! Return to the road for the final stretch toward your destination and use the remainder of the day to explore Jasper or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 - Jasper to Sun Peaks
When you awake on day five, take the morning to shop and dine in Jasper before departing for Sun Peaks. The trek is nearly five hours, but there’s never a dull moment as you travel down Yellowhead Highway in the footsteps of early trappers and traders. You’ll pass by unforgettable sights like Mount Terry Fox as well as Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. If time permits, we suggest exploring Wells Gray Provincial Park, a nature preserve that prides itself on the untamed and pristine state of its wilderness. Continue on to Sun Peaks, a year-round resort town catering to families and sports enthusiasts. Arrive early to allow time for an optional one-hour river safari aboard a specially designed jet boat! This exciting adventure takes you along 12 km of the North Thompson River through the spectacular Grizzly Bear Valley. An expert guide will accompany this wildlife viewing tour and provide colorful commentary along the way. While black bears, grizzly bears and moose are commonly spotted, you are sure to see mountain waterfalls and a clear glacier-fed lake. Overnight in Sun Peaks.
Day 6 - Sun Peaks to Vancouver
Day six is packed with more beautiful scenery as you travel from Sun Peaks to Vancouver. As you leave Sun Peaks through Kamloops, you’ll traverse the stunning sagebrush-covered ranch lands along the South Thompson River, where vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback are common sights. Entering between the towering rock walls of the Fraser Canyon, you’ll be amazed at the whitewater rapids of the Fraser River gushing far below. Over 750,000 liters of water surge through the 34-metre Hell’s Gate Gorge every minute and a gondola ride over this part of the canyon is sure to become a lasting memory. Further downstream, the lush Fraser Valley opens up into the maritime basin as you approach Vancouver, Canada’s gateway to the pacific. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 7 - Vancouver Sightseeing
Day seven is yours to explore the excitement of Vancouver! Get ready for a guided hop-on/hop-off tour of the city. Sightsee at your own pace at the area’s many parks, gardens, galleries, museums, shops and restaurants. End your Western Canadian vacation with a bang by dining at one of the city’s many critically acclaimed restaurants, followed by a night exploring Vancouver’s exciting nightlife scene. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 8 - End of Tour
On day eight, your Canadian vacation comes to an end. Return your rental car and check-in at the Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.
Delta Calgary Downtown, Elk & Avenue Hotel, Lobstick Lodge, Nancy Greene's Cahilty Hotel & Suites, and Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites*
The Westin Calgary**, Buffalo Mountain Lodge, Sawridge Inn & Conference Center, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Center, and Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
Fairmont Palliser, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Center, and Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
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