How to choose the best Rocky Mountain tour for your travel style

By Michael Song | April 20, 2023
Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than the Canadian Rocky Mountains. With breathtaking sightseeing and an abundance of crystal-clear lakes, there's no shortage of things to explore. Drive on the most scenic roads you'll ever see. But the adventure doesn't stop there. Take a break and indulge in a traditional Canadian campfire, where you can roast marshmallows and master the art of making s'mores. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience in the heart of Canada's natural beauty.

This comprehensive guide is created to help you pick your preferred tour from our collection of Canadian Rockies Tours.

Highlights of the Rocky Mountains

Here are just a few reasons why the Canadian Rockies should be at the top of your travel bucket list:

1. Stunning Scenery

The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world. From the majestic Banff National Park to the serene Jasper National Park, the scenery will leave you awestruck. Hiking trails offer a range of difficulty levels and the reward is always worth it: picturesque views of glaciers, waterfalls, and emerald green lakes.

2. Wildlife Encounters

The Canadian Rockies are home to an array of wildlife, including grizzly and black bears, moose, elk, and bighorn sheep. While it’s important to exercise caution around these wildlives, there’s nothing quite like spotting them in their natural habitat. Just make sure to bring your camera!

3. Thrilling Activities 

From hiking and camping to skiing and snowboarding, the Canadian Rockies offer endless opportunities for adventure. Take a dip in the hot springs or try your hand at white-water rafting. In the winter months, hit the slopes at one of the many world-class ski resorts.

4. Charming Towns 

The towns of Banff, Canmore, and Jasper offer plenty of charm and characters, with a range of shops, restaurants, and various types of accommodations to suit any budget. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cabin or a luxurious resort, you are sure to find what suits your Rockies trip.

5. Friendly Locals

Canadians are known for their friendliness and hospitality, and the locals in the Canadian Rockies are no exception. Whether you need recommendations for the best hiking trails or the tastiest Canadian treats, the locals are always happy to help.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to the Canadian Rockies for an adventure you’ll never forget. Just be warned: you may never want to leave!

Before you do so, check out which one of our tours may tick off some items on your bucket list

Explore the Rockies with our Explorer Tour 

Looking for a quick but epic adventure that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime? Look no further than the Rockies Explorer Tour! This bucket list excursion starts with a scenic drive from Vancouver to Revelstoke, where you can indulge in some delicious wine tasting in the famous Okanagan Valley. After a cozy overnight in the quaint mountain town of Revelstoke, the real adventure begins as we head to Banff to explore the stunning Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier. But the excitement doesn’t end there – we’ll also be making a stop in the rustic mountain town of Valemount, nestled between the Rockies, Monashee, and Cariboo Mountains.

So, if you’re looking for a short but mighty excursion that’s sure to leave you with memories that will last a lifetime, add this bucket list adventure to your list!©Lisanne_Smeele_Bow_Lake2-scaled.jpg

Hop on the Rockies Classic Tour

Are you ready for a wild ride? Buckle up, because this excursion is not for the faint-hearted! We start our journey from the stunning city of Vancouver and make our way to the town of Revelstoke. But, what’s a road trip without some wine tasting in the famous Okanagan Valley? We’ll make a quick stop to sip on some delicious wine before we continue on our adventure. Once we’ve had our fill of wine, we’ll settle in for a cozy overnight stay in the quaint mountain town of Revelstoke. But don’t let the charm of this town fool you, because the real excitement awaits us in Banff National Park. We’ll explore all that Banff has to offer, including the awe-inspiring Columbia Icefield and the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier. But wait, there’s more! Our adventure doesn’t stop there. We’ll make our way to the rustic mountain town of Valemount, nestled between the Rockies, Monashee, and Cariboo Mountains.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Canadian wilderness!©Lisanne_Smeele_OkanaganWineTasting5-scaled.jpg©Lisanne_Smeele_Bow_Lake2-scaled.jpg

Get a Taste of the Wild 

Are you ready to taste the wilderness? Join the Taste of the Wild small group tour and travel through the breathtaking landscapes of Western Canada. This 5-day, 4-night journey is perfect for students, backpackers, and singles on a budget. You’ll meet people from all over the world and discover hidden gems while exploring some of Canada’s most iconic sights. Indulge in tastings and discover vineyards and orchards as you sample wonderful flavors along the way. Get your camera ready to capture the awe-inspiring beauty of the Okanagan and Rocky Mountains, including some of the most photographed lakes, mountains, and glaciers in Canada.

Come along and experience the adventure of a lifetime!

Still not sure which tour is the best fit for you?

Check out this table and see the main differences in the tours, so you can easily choose!

Rockies EXPLORER Rockies CLASSIC Taste of the WILD
4 days/3 nights  4 days/3 nights  5 days/4 nights 
From $499/Quad  From $779/Quad  From $999/Quad
Deluxe Coach Transportation  Deluxe Coach Transportation  Mini-Coach Deluxe Transportation 
Friendly, experienced tour guide  Friendly, experienced tour guide  Friendly, experienced driver guide 
3 Breakfasts 3 Breakfasts  1 Breakfast 
1 Group Lunch  
Optional Activities  Optional Activities  Optional Activities 
Wine Tasting  Wine Tasting 
Always tons of FUN! Always tons of FUN! Always tons of FUN!

Add some activities to sparkle up your amazing Rocky Mountains Experience 

  1. Witness a spectacular 360 view of the Rocky Mountains at Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
  2. Have a unique chance to walk on the Athabasca Glacier, ride the ice explorer truck, and drink the crystal clear glacier water.
  3. Jump on a canoe and vessel on a beautiful emerald green lake – what’s the name of it? Emerald Lake.
  4. Experience a full evening of cosmic discovery at Jasper Planetarium! Join local astronomy guides for views from the world’s largest accessible dark sky preserve.
  5. Sail 14 kilometers atop Maligne Lake, past towering peaks and glaciers, to the world’s famous remarkable Spirit Island.©Lisanne_Smeele_Rockies_Classic_July_23rd-53-scaled.jpg©DCT-LouiseMallard-EmeraldLake-Rockies.jpg

Visit our Rocky Mountains Tours page to find the right tour for you.

Written and edited by WT. Photos courtesy of ©Lisanne Smeele, ©RDV Tour Banff Gondola