Summer Rockies Explorer Tour

Summer Rockies Explorer Tour

Are you an adventurous, outdoorsy traveller? Do you want to experience the trails of Western Canada by day and the best bars and restaurants by night? Well, this trip is perfectly tailored to you!

On this adventure, we will be stopping at some of the most famous sites of Western Canada. You’ll have the opportunity to try a hike at Lake Louise, or if you are not up for a hike, you can relax and take in the stunning lake views. You will also have a free night to experience the Town of Banff, one of the most famous mountain towns in Canada. Framed by mountains, the photo opportunities in Banff are endless. 

In addition to hiking and nature sightseeing, you have the opportunity to experience two amazing optional activities. The Banff Gondola offers you amazing 360-degree views of the Rockies, and the Ice Explorer Glacier Tour allows you to walk on a glacier – a once in a lifetime experience. 

We have created this tour specifically for you, the adventurer, the explorer.

Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is sometimes in reverse order (Golden – Banff – Valemount) but the hotels, sightseeing highlights and inclusions are the same. It is also subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Departure times may vary by date, please see your confirmation email for exact departure times.

It’s an early start this morning, but as they say, the early bird catches the worm! You will need to arrive at Canada Place at 7:00 am for a 7:15 am departure.  As you leave Metro Vancouver and travel through the Fraser Valley, you will be greeted with some of the most beautiful sights of our coastal rainforest. The area is steeped in history; the history of Simon Fraser, the famous annual salmon runs up the Fraser River and the importance of the river and valley to the logging industry. Along the way, about two hours from Vancouver is the tiny town of Hope. It is in this region that you will find the Othello Tunnels. These tunnels were cut from the granite cliffs in 1914 by the Canadian Pacific Railway connecting the Kootenays to the Coast. A total of five tunnels were cut out as part of the Kettle Valley Railway grade.  You will have the opportunity to walk through the tunnels and cross the cascading Coquihalla River. This area is also rich in film history, with several blockbuster film scenes shot at the Othello Tunnels. You will then cross from the coastal mountain range, up the Coquihalla Highway and into the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s desert region, famous for its wine and fruit farms. You will stop for lunch in downtown Kamloops. Your last sightseeing stop of the day is at Spahats Falls in Clearwater. This waterfall is an idyllic venue for a photo opportunity. The adventure then carries onto Valemount, where you will be spending the night. You will have free time for dinner, or you can enjoy a scenic nature walk along the nearby river.

Day two begins with a continental breakfast at your hotel before we head towards the Rockies. You will get the opportunity to stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, topping out at an altitude of 3,954m. On a clear day, this is one of the more impressive sights of the tour.  As you cross into Alberta, you will then carry onto the town of Jasper, where you will stop for lunch. The second part of the day is possibly the highlight of the tour. You will travel down the Icefields Parkway with some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. Towards the end of the Parkway, we will come to the Columbia Icefields and the famous Athabasca Glacier. For an additional fee, you can choose to join the Ice Explorer and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier. We highly recommend this. You will be able to see just how fragile our planet is when you are up there. Upon leaving the Icefields, you will have a stop at Bow Lake, the first of many glacial lakes in the region. There is the famous Polar Bear Swim if you are brave enough! You will then carry onto the stunning Town of Banff, deep in the heart of the Rockies. You will be centrally located in Banff. There is an option this evening taking the famous Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, where you will be greeted by a 360° view of the Rocky Mountains in all their glory.  You will have time for dinner in town, and then you can join your guide for a few drinks at one of the many local bars in town.

So much to do, so little time. Today you will be having breakfast on the go. That is because today is lake day! We will do a drive through the highlights of the Town of Banff before heading to our first lake of the day, Lake Louise. It’s probably one of the most famous glacial lakes in the world, and for a good reason. Here you will have time to explore the lake and try out one of the hikes nearby. Once you have taken in the beauty of the area, you will be taken through to Moraine Lake, possibly the deepest turquoise of all the lakes in the region. Framed by steep, imposing cliffs, Moraine Lake is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Your overnight accommodation is in Golden tonight, an interesting roadside town. Free time for dinner. After dinner, there will be a bonfire, and you will learn the art of making the perfect s’more, a Canadian classic.

It’s the last day, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to leave you wanting. Start the day with a continental breakfast in your hotel. Then it is time for the final hike of this adventure; the stunning Cedar Trails Boardwalk. After the trek, it is the last leg of the trip as we head back to Vancouver. We will pass through the historic Roger’s Pass, a region steeped in history. Our first stop will be at Craigellachie and the Last Spike. This is the historic landmark of the Canadian Pacific Railway, where the east and west lines joined. After leaving Craigellachie, we will take a scenic drive along the shores of Shuswap Lake and through the Coquihalla Valley. We will have you safely back in Vancouver by 7:30 pm a little richer in experience from the memories you have of your exploration of the Rocky Mountains.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

ENHANCE YOUR TRIP WITH ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND UPGRADES

Your tour includes all the essentials but you can add extra wow-factor to your tour by adding on the activities and accommodation upgrades that suit you best.

Optional activities you can add to this trip at the time of booking:

You can choose a rooming options that suits your need at the time of booking:

Important Information

Departure Point
Flyover Canada Ticket Centre, 1010 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
 
Duration
4 days
 
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
 
2022 schedule is also available!
April 15, 29 | May 13,  20, 21,27 | June 3, 10, 17, 24, 30 | July 1, 2, 8, 9, 15,16, 22, 23, 29, 30 | August 5, 6, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 | September 2, 3, 9, 16, 23, 30 | October 7, 8, 21

2021 STUDENT / YOUTH RATE (6-18)

per person. Including tax, excluding online booking fee

  • Single $1,149

    Shoulder Season $994

  • Double $769

    Shoulder Season $669

  • Own Bed (Twin Share) $769

    Shoulder Season $669

  • Triple $649

    Shoulder Season $569

  • Quad $589

    Shoulder Season $519

2021 ADULT RATE (19+)

per person. Including tax, excluding online booking fee

  • Single $1,229

    Shoulder Season $1,074

  • Double $849

    Shoulder Season $749

  • Own Bed (Twin Share) $849

    Shoulder Season $749

  • Triple $729

    Shoulder Season $649

  • Quad $669

    Shoulder Season $599

2022 STUDENT / YOUTH RATE (6-18)

Super Early Bird Discount of 5% Applied

per person. Including tax, excluding online booking fee

  • Single $1,092

    Shoulder Season $945

  • Double $731

    Shoulder Season $636

  • Own Bed (Twin Share) $731

    Shoulder Season $636

  • Triple $617

    Shoulder Season $541

  • Quad $560

    Shoulder Season $494

2022 ADULT RATE (19+)

Super Early Bird Discount of 5% Applied

per person. Including tax, excluding online booking fee

  • Single $1,168

    Shoulder Season $1,021

  • Double $807

    Shoulder Season $712

  • Own Bed (Twin Share) $807

    Shoulder Season $712

  • Triple $693

    Shoulder Season $617

  • Quad $636

    Shoulder Season $570

Private Tour Surcharges

Private guided tours are available. The below table outlines the surcharge added to the base price. Please contact an agent if you wish to book a private guided tour.