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Full Tour Itinerary
  • Days / nights15 / 14
  • PRICE (Starting at) CA$3799

Day 1

Meet your fellow adventurers and tour leader at 6 pm at the joining hotel in Vancouver. Be sure to have your insurance documents and passports available for presentation to your tour leader. After your briefing, you may want to go out together for dinner at one of the many renowned restaurants nearby.

Overnight at the joining hotel

Included meals: none

Day 2

Breakfast on your own, then board your vehicle for the 2 hr-drive to the Chilliwack River area, taking in the beautiful scenery of the Fraser Valley. Here we hike either Elk Mountain (4–5 hours, 8.5 km, moderate, elevation gain 830 m) or Lindeman Lake (2-3 hours, 4.5 km, easy, elevation gain 215 m). Both are great tune-ups for the trip. The Elk Mountain hike is a steeper climb that takes us up to grand views of the Fraser Valley and North Cascade Mountain peaks, including the snow-capped Mount Baker, which is still an active volcano. The alternative, gentler hike, is that to Lindeman Lake, a gorgeous little lake in a fantastic mountain setting. Your tour leader will make the decision after surveying the group. Completing our hikes, we return to the main highway, then drive through Hope to Manning Park, which will be our home for tonight.

Overnight: camping

Included activities: Elk Mountain or Lindemann Lake hike

Included meals: dinner

Day 3

Today we’ll likely do the high alpine Three Brothers’ Mountain hike (7 hrs, 21 km, moderate, elevation gain 480 m.) where, especially later in the season, we’ll be treated to a palette of alpine flowers in addition to the great views. Alternatively, your guide may choose one of several other great hikes in the area. After completing the hike, we travel on to Penticton, in the heart of the Okanagan, with a scenic stop or two along the way.

Overnight: hotel

Included activities: hiking

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 4

This morning we travel up past the turquoise waters of the Okanagan lakes. Along the way we make several photo stops and one or two stops at wineries. This is an area recently named as the #1 wine region in the world. Shortly after noon, we arrive at Sicamous in the Shuswap country where we board our houseboat, the Remote Escape, our home for the next day. We sail into beautiful Shuswap Lake, with several potential stops and a lot of fun activities along the way, that include swimming, sun-tanning, simply relaxing—on the houseboat or on shore, or sitting in the on-board hot-tub. Shared cooking responsibilities for dinner.

Overnight: houseboat berths

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: wine touring, sight-seeing, house-boating

Day 5

After a gentle night’s sleep on the water and a shared breakfast on board, we re-board our minibus for a day of sight-seeing as we drive through the grandeur of the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain ranges. We stop frequently for jaw-dropping photos. At Rogers Pass, we’ll take in the extensive glaciers of the region. We’ll also stop along the way to stretch our legs on one of the short hikes in Glacier Park. After Golden we enter Yoho National Park, one of four contiguous Rocky Mountain national parks. Anywhere in the parks there is a chance we will spot wildlife such as sheep, deer, moose, elk, maybe even bear. We’ll take a side trip to the emerald waters of Emerald Lake (what else?). At Field we turn off the Trans-Canada Highway and make our way into the Yoho Valley to view Takkakaw Falls, Canada’s second highest. We’ll set up camp for the next three nights at Lake Louise.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing, park entrance fees

Day 6

We spend today at Lake Louise. Besides the incredible scenery the Lake is known for, there are numerous hiking trails, from easy to challenging. On this trip we plan to do a combination of the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, the Victoria Glacier viewpoint, the cut-off up to Lake Agnes, then follow that trail back down to Lake Louise Lodge. Altogether about 20 km. of moderate hiking at relatively high elevation. The views along the way are stunning! If you’ve still got some energy left, other activities at Lake Louise include canoeing, rock-climbing, exploring the world-famous Lake Louise Lodge, cycling, horseback riding, or simply drinking in the spectacular views.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: Hiking and sight-seeing

Day 7

We leave early to catch the road up to Moraine Lake before it’s too overrun with people. Today’s hike is the toughest of the included hikes on this trip. We’ll take plenty of time first to get those iconic photos of Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks that, for many, define the Canadian Rockies. Then we’ll hike the Sentinel Pass trail (7 – 9 hours, 17 km, elevation gain 724 m/2375 ft, high point 2612m/8570 ft), ending in Paradise Valley. We’ll likely be exhausted tonight!

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Included activities: hiking and sight-seeing

Day 8

Today we transition to Banff, taking the Old Banff Coach road, where we’re more likely to spot wildlife. It’s a much more relaxing day than the last two, but we’ll stop midway to Banff to hike the short Johnston Canyon trail to several gorgeous waterfalls (altogether, 5.4 km of easy hiking). We arrive in Banff around noon, and the afternoon is yours to explore the town. Haven’t done enough hiking for today yet? We suggest the Tunnel Mountain trail for some grand views over the town and valley. Or get the views the easy way, on the Sulphur Mountain gondola or the Mt. Norquay chairlift. Or just explore the town, visit a museum, do your gift buying, or simply relax. This evening, we’ve included a soak in the world famous Sulphur Hot Springs. As it’s Saturday night, you may just want to spend the night kicking up your heals, too, at one of the hot spots. In Banff, we enjoy the comforts of hotel accommodations for two nights.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: breakfast

Included activities: Johnston Canyon hike, sight-seeing, hot springs admission

Day 9

You have your choice of a variety of options today. If you’re keen to keep hiking (this is a hiking trip, after all), Sunshine Meadows offers some of the best hiking in the Rockies, with a range of trails of various challenges and lengths. You may, however, want to enjoy an alternative adrenaline rush, like the Via Ferrata or a paddle white-water rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. Gentler activity options include horseback trail riding, helicopter tours, canoe and paddle boat rentals, a Lake Minnewanka cruise, the gondola or chairlift if you didn’t do so yesterday, or several museums. You’ll want to retire early, as it’s an early rise tomorrow.

Overnight: hotel

Included meals: none

Included activities: none

Day 10

We rise early to travel up the incomparable Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most scenic road trips anywhere on the planet, with spectacular lakes to our left under the backdrop of rugged peaks and glaciers. To our right, another impressive mountain range keeps us wondering which window to look out of. We stop at several viewpoints along the way, and do the short hike to the picturesque Peyto Lake. Soon after crossing into Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest, we arrive at Columbia Icefield. Here we enjoy an included Glacier Experience. Continuing on, we stop at Sunwapta and/or Athabasca Falls. Arriving in Jasper fairly late in the day, setting up camp and having dinner together.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: Glacier Experience, sight-seeing stops, park entrance

Day 11

Today we get active in the Jasper area. Like Banff and Lake Louise, Jasper has a great variety of short hikes (and a few longer ones) for all skill levels. Most likely, the agenda today will include hikes to Mt. Edith Cavell and the Old Fort Trail, but your tour leader may adjust the selection of hikes depending on the group and whether we had time to take in a hike on arrival in Jasper yesterday.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: hikes to Mt Edith Cavell and Old Fort Trail, or equivalent, as determined by tour leader

Day 12

Today, we have several options to choose from. The itinerary takes us to Maligne Lake where you have the option of hiking the Bald Hills trail, or the Maligne Canyon, or going on a cruise to world famous Spirit Island, or rent a canoe and relax on the lake. Alternatively, you can choose to stay near town, and do some hiking or cycling there. Jasper is very popular with cyclists, and it is relatively easy to rent a bike and enjoy several hours or a full day of cycling. Alternatively, you may want to take the Sky Tram up Whistlers Mountain, and perhaps even do the hike at the top of that ride. Your tour leader will have informed you of the details of the various options, so that you can plan a full day.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: excursion to Maligne Lake.

Day 13

After breaking camp, we head west through the Yellowhead Pass, shortly stopping to view Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then we turn southward toward Clearwater and Wells Grey Provincial Park. Entering the park, we have the option of seeing several more amazing waterfalls! At Clearwater Lake we board canoes for an overnight guided wilderness canoe trip. Previous canoeing experience is not required. After several hours of canoeing, perhaps lazily under a hot sun, we reach our campsite and set up camp for the night. Options here include more canoeing, sight-seeing, exploring the wilderness or simply relaxing. While this is wilderness camping, it will not be a Survivor-like experience.

Overnight: camping

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: sight-seeing, guided canoe trip

Day 14

After breakfast, we clean up our wilderness camp and canoe back to the starting point, re-boarding our minibus for our journey back toward Vancouver. After Kamloops we climb up to the high plateau region of BC’s interior, and eventually end up at an artistically designed and hand-built guest ranch for this, our final night. At the ranch, we have an optional horseback trail ride before our final dinner together. Spend the evening in the attached lounge; kick up your heels and enjoy the last night of this tour.

Overnight: guest ranch

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Included activities: canoeing

Day 15

After a hearty breakfast at the ranch, we return to the main freeway and travel the scenic Coquihalla Highway back to the Fraser Valley and on to Vancouver. If you are flying out today, please don’t book flights leaving before 5 pm, to allow adequate time to get to the airport. If you are continuing on to another West Adventures tour, your tour leader will meet you at the joining hotel for a group meeting at 6 pm. In the meantime, enjoy one of many optional downtown tours of Vancouver. You may also want to consider extending your trip by a few days, with a visit to Whistler or Victoria or the Sunshine Coast. All of these options are offered by West Adventures under our “Short Trips” menu.

Included meals: breakfast

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