The Victoria Departure - West Trek Tours

The Victoria Departure

West Trek Tours–now in our 20th year–offering the best value tours for the budget minded traveller.  We are the Rocky Mountain experts and the #1 choice for budget travellers for 20 years! With a Victoria departure at $425, ($100 cheaper compared to competitors) you won’t find a better price anywhere! 

Island friends! Travel to the Rocky Mountains directly from beautiful Victoria. Meet a tour guide at 7:00 am downtown and we’ll organize your shuttle to the ferry, ferry ticket, and trip from Vancouver to the Rockies. 

This tour, as with all of our Rocky Mountain Tours, is the perfect mix of beautiful sightseeing, and awesome activities. Specifically, this tour includes visits to Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, a night at the famous Mountain View Cabins!

 

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Emerald Lake Canoeing

Emerald Lake Canoeing

The beautiful town of Banff. Photo by Banff National Park.

banff gondola

Banff Gondola

Day 1 – Travel from Victoria to Valemount

Meet at 7:00 am at the Royal BC Museum to begin our journey to the Rocky Mountains. Your tour guide will start introductions and go over the schedule for the weekend while you drive to the ferry and travel across the gorgeous Georgia straight (with a chance to see dolphins and orcas!). Once on the mainland, we’ll pass through Vancouver and head to the beautiful and scenic Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops, where we will stop for lunch. From Kamloops, we continue to Valemount. We stop en route for you to pick up some dinner supplies. After checking into our hotel in Valemount we get the campfire going and invite you to bring your dinner out to the fire and meet new friends.  After dinner you can take part in a game of Hockey in the Rockies!  Great fun!

Day 2 – Valemount to Golden

Breakfast (included) before departing Valemount at approximately 8:00 am.  Our first stop is Mount Robson – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.  From there we head to Jasper before heading south on the famous Icefields Parkway – named one of the most beautiful drives in the world!  Our first stop on the Parkway is Athabasca Falls before we reach the Columbia Icefields. At the Icefields we strongly recommend that you join the Glacier Snowcoach tour.  This is a highlight for many of our guests.  The enormous Snocoach will take you up onto the Athabasca Glacier for a great photo opportunity (remember your water bottle to taste some of the freshest water in the world!).  After the Columbia Icefields we head to stunning Peyto Lake followed by Bow Lake where the brave can try a Polar Wolf Swim!  After a full and busy day we check in to our in Golden.  There are a number of great restaurants, pubs and sports bars you can visit in Golden.

Day 3 – Banff, Mountain View Cabins (SPECIAL BONUS)

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel (included) before we head to world famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.  We strongly recommend the Lake Louise Gondola and all-you-can-eat buffet lunch.  We LOVE all-you-can-eat buffets!  Amazing value and incredible views all the way to Lake Louise.   After the Lake Louise area we head over the Kicking Horse Pass to Emerald Lake, one of the most beautiful places to go canoeing (optional). Next is a highlight of the trip for many, spending a few hours in the village of Banff eating, shopping and sightseeing. Stroll down the streets admire the 360 view of mountains. Eat at a local favourite, Tommy’s or enjoy something a little fancier at The Grizzly House. That evening we check into the famous Mountain View Cabins. In the evening we’ll either have a campfire and smores for our last night together.

Day 4 – Golden to Victoria

Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! After breakfast we begin our journey home traveling over Rogers Pass before stopping at The Last Spike on the trans-continental railway.  From there we head through the Okanagan Valley.  We stop for a relaxing lunch in Kelowna – home to a legendary water monster called Ogopogo!  If the weather cooperates we have a beach stop in Kelowna and you have the opportunity for a dip in a beautiful lake.  From Kelowna we drive through the Coquihalla Valley. We plan to arrive back in Vancouver at approximately 7:00 pm, where we’ll catch the ferry and be back at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria around 11:30 pm, where your unforgettable journey to the Rocky Mountains will come to an all too soon end.

*Please note that depending on the tour date, this itinerary may be done in reverse.

*Times are estimated to the best of our ability and are subject to change.

  • Lake Louise
  • Moraine Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Banff
  • The Icefields Parkway
  • Bow Lake
  • Peyto Lake
  • Jasper
  • Mt. Robson
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Scenic BC Ferries ride to / from the mainland
  • Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
  • Icefields Snocoach (optional)
  • Lake Louise Gondola (optional)

Included:

  • All tips and taxes
  • All accommodation
  • Three breakfasts
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • End of tour party
  • A fantastic tour guide
  • Discounts on optional activities
  • Tons of amazing sightseeing
  • Round trip shuttle to and from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Round trip on BC ferries

Not Included:

  • Meals (other than those mentioned above)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Any other expenses
  • Optional Activities (See “Prices and Dates” for details)

What to Bring:

  • All weather clothing
  • Swimming suit & towel
  • ID / Passport / Student ID
  • Proof of medical insurance
  • Good walking shoes
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc)
  • A water bottle with a lid
  • Your camera!
  • Cash for meals & souvenirs

Tour Prices

Tour Prices

Student rate (Oct 6th – 9th) – $425 (Cash) $445 (Credit Card)

Adult rate (Oct 6th – 9th) – $465 (Cash and Credit Card)

NEW! West Trek’s 20th Birthday Family Pricing – Fill a QUAD room with 4 people and everyone pays student rates!

Departure Dates

  • October –6th – 9th

Room Upgrade Costs

All prices are based upon four people sharing one room and two queen sized beds.

  • Double room upgrade (2 people in a room with 2 queen beds) – $105
  • Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $45

No solo traveller room upgrades available.

Optional Activities

The Lake Louise Gondola & All You Can Eat Buffet Lunch – $45.  Cruise high up in to the Rockies for breathtaking views.  On the ride up and down, look out below for the wildlife – including the possibility of seeing bears!  To make it even more appetizing, this package includes a delicious buffet lunch!  (Note this activity is seasonal and may be replaced by the Banff Gondola at $49 in early and late season.)

Banff Gondola – $49

Cruise for fourteen glorious minutes in a fully enclosed gondola to one of the Banff National Park’s greatest views! From 2088m (6850ft), the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will. Take a stroll along the 2 kilometre ridge top boardwalk to the peak of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond!

Snocoach Glacier Experience – $65

One of the most unique attractions in the Rocky Mountains, you will be taken in an Ice Explorer designed for glacial travel, onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. (HINT – Bring your water bottle to get a sample of the freshest water in the world.)

Activity Package – $105

If you would like to partake in both of the optional activities, you can purchase the Activity Pass which includes the Snocoach, Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet lunch for a discounted price.

"I had such a nice weekend! It was worth the money and because if papa wolf we laughed sooo much! Thanks a lot for that amazing experience."

- Annaaha

Annaaha November 13, 2014

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