This exciting Rocky Mountaineer adventure takes you on an 11 day journey through Western Canada featuring hiking, rafting, and canoeing from Vancouver to Calgary.
About the Tour
Experience the natural beauty of Western Canada and get out and about. In addition to relaxing sightseeing journeys, you’ll enjoy guided hiking in Jasper, rafting on the Bow River, canoeing on Lake Louise, and more!
Itinerary is available Westbound from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.
- 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches
- Vancouver Lookout
- Zodiac tour on Howe Sound or a guided cycling tour of Vancouver
- Jasper Highlights Tour
- Guided hiking in Jasper
- Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
- Voyageur canoeing on Lake Louise
- Yoho National Park Tour
- Bow River raft float trip
- Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
- Panoramic Helicopter Tour
- Calgary Tower
- Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Jasper
- National Park Pass
Day 1 - VancouverArrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 - Vancouver Outdoor Activities
Today, select your choice of one of two outdoor activity options. You can experience the Howe Sound coastline from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on a “Sea Safari.” With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water’s surface, surrounded by BC’s unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation. Or enjoy a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver’s highlights, and experience the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture while being active. The 23km ride takes in the seawall and rainforest of Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island (including the Aquabus ferry), False Creek, Chinatown, Gastown, and Coal Harbour. Includes helmet and bicycle rental. Please note: guests will need to make their own way to/from 648 Hornby St. for the tour.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 3 - Vancouver to KamloopsTravel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Overnight in Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 4 - Kamloops to JasperYour rail adventure continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)
Day 5 - Jasper Highlights Tour and Guided Hiking Tour
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. This morning you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. In the afternoon, experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. A 3-hour guided nature walk will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the month of June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of larch and aspen trees. Transportation to and from the trailhead is included. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper. (B)
Day 6 - Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake LouiseTravel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Center. Afterward, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise. (L)
Day 7 - Voyageur Canoeing on Lake LouiseCanoes are a historic way in which to experience Lake Louise as they have been on the water for over a century. Paddle on the sparkling emerald surface of the lake from the comfort of an authentic 26’ cedar strip group canoe. As you journey across the lake, your guide will share local stories about the wildlife, the indigenous people, and the early explorers. Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure in Lake Louise. Popular activities include hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 8 - Experience Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to BanffThis morning explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Afterward, you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Please note: While departure from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Day 9 - Bow River Raft Float TripEarly this morning, make your way to the launch point at the base of Bow Falls (less than 2.5km from downtown Banff, near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course). You will travel approximately 7 km down the Bow River encountering extraordinary views of Buffalo, Rundle, Cascade, and Tunnel Mountains. Float past the Hoodoos, and your interpretive guide will land the rafts near the towering north face of Mount Rundle. This gentle raft float is the perfect way to intimately encounter this natural mountain beauty. You will see and experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. A shuttle bus will return you to your starting point on a scenic 10-minute mountain meadow drive. The morning before the float trip and the remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Banff independently. Soak in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoy a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visit Banff’s historic museums, or play a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
Day 10 - Banff to Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter TourToday you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 11 - CalgaryYour vacation ends with checkout from your Calgary hotel.
SilverLeaf Service & Hotel
Take in the scenery through the windows of our custom-designed, single-level glass-domed coach with oversized windows. Delicious, hot entrée options served at your seat and plated to your preference, complimentary beverages, including wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks will be served throughout your journey, along with gourmet snacks. Hotel accommodations include the Georgian Court Hotel Downtown Vancouver, Marmot Lodge, Jasper, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Ptarmigan Inn, and the Delta Calgary Downtown.
GoldLeaf Service & Hotel
The luxury and comfort are simply beyond compare. No wonder this is our most popular service. Two-level, glass-domed coach with full-length windows, exclusive dining room, gourmet hot meals, and complimentary beverages and snacks. Hotel accommodations include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, and the Hyatt Regency Calgary.
GoldLeaf Service & Hotel Upgrade
Absolutely spoil yourself. Our GoldLeaf Deluxe Service offers the finest accommodation experience. Guests booking GoldLeaf Deluxe Service will travel in GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Hotel accommodations include the Signature Harbour View Room at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Vancouver, Deluxe Rooms at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Fairmont Banff Springs, the Deluxe Lakeview Room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and the Junior Suite at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
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