ROCKIES FALL & SPRING EXPLORER
This tour includes the best sightseeing stops in the Rocky Mountains at a stunning time when the winter and summer seasons merge together, displaying a magical colours show over the lakes, mountains and roads. In addition to the natural attractions, this tour also includes a fun night out in downtown Banff, where guests will enjoy delicious pizza and try your hand at bowling at one of the local spots. It’s a great way to experience the local culture and have some fun with new friends!
The Halloween departure has extra special inclusions such as a stop at a Pete Murray’s Corn Farm, where guests can visit a corn maze and check out the pumpkin patch.
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Departure times may vary by date, please see your confirmation email for exact departure times.
Vancouver to Revelstoke
- Depart Vancouver from Canada Place. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time
- Enjoy incredible sights travelling through the Fraser Valley with a stop at Bridal Falls
- Travel the scenic Coquihalla Highway
- Lunch stop in Kamloops
- Visit Craigellachie, the famous location of the ‘Last Spike’ of the Canadian Pacific Railway
- Halloween tour only: Visit Pete Murray’s Corn Farm and pumking patch
- Arrive in Revelstoke and check in to your hotel
- Free time for dinner and option to join your fellow travellers at the pub (19+)
Revelstoke to Banff
- Enjoy breakfast included at the hotel
- Travel through Roger’s Pass
- Visit Lake Louise in the afternoon and have free time to enjoy the views or go for a hike
- Afterwards, enjoy a sightseeing tour in the town of Banff – among the highlights are visits to Banff Avenue, Bow Falls and Banff Springs Hotel
- Check into your centrally located hotel in Banff
- Enjoy pizza and bowling in downtown Banff
Banff to Golden
- A bagged breakfast is included
- Option to take the Banff Gondola for an additional cost. Enjoy amazing views of the Rockies from the top of Sulphur Mountain
- Free time for shopping and lunch in the town of Banff
- Drive to Golden this evening and check in to your hotel
- Enjoy a campfire, make s’mores (fire ban dependent) and end-of-tour party with your guide
Golden to Vancouver
- Breakfast included at the hotel
- Make your way back to Vancouver with a lunch stop along the way
- Return to Vancouver at approximately 7:30 p.m
Am I going to see the lakes frozen? Can I swim in them?
The lakes in the Rockies usually freeze by the end of November and stay frozen until April. However, it is important to note that this depends on the weather conditions that vary each year, so the timings cannot be guaranteed. The beauty of travelling to the Rocky Mountains during fall or spring is that you never know the wonderful views you’ll get to see!
While you might not see the lakes frozen on this tour, we strongly advise against swimming in them, as the water temperature can be extremely low.
What is the weather like in the Rockies during fall and spring?
The weather in the mountains is very unpredictable, so it’s hard to give an accurate answer. During the fall season (October & November departures), temperatures are mild cold; around 10°C, so it is recommended to pack warm clothes, thermal and waterproof layers, and warm shoes or boots to ensure you are comfortable and enjoy your adventure to the fullest!
In spring (April departure), when the scenery is shaking up the snow and flowers are blooming, you will likely find nice, sunny days and mild temperatures, although there is a high chance of light rain. For travelling during these months, we recommend wearing multiple thin layers to adapt to the ever-changing weather.
What makes this tour different from the Rockies Summer or Winter Explorer tours?
The Rocky Mountains are a breathtaking view any time of the year, and there is something magical about the seasons in between summer and winter. The Rockies Fall & Spring Explorer tour has limited departures, and they are the only time of the year that you can get to see the transition between the snowy mountains and blue lakes. During fall, you will likely encounter a mesmerizing show of reds, oranges and yellows in the National Parks. During spring, you will see the icy lakes starting to melt and the flowers blooming around them.
Due to the changes in weather, some winter and summer activities are closed during fall and spring, which allows for the itinerary of this tour to include unique activities and stops for these seasons, as well as a pizza and bowling party in downtown Banff!
Am I guaranteed to see wildlife?
Wild animals may change their behaviour and lifestyle when there’s a change of season and weather in the Rockies. You may be able to see some species all year long, like mountain goats or eagles, while some others need to hibernate, like bears. During the fall season, some wild animals are going into hibernation, so there is a possibility you see them if the weather is not too cold. During spring, bears and cubs start to come out of their dens. If you do come across wildlife, remember to never feed them and to not stand too close to them, as they may feel threatened in their own home.
While we can never guarantee wildlife sightings on any tour, there is a very high chance you will spot different creatures along the way!
- Tons of amazing sightseeing in the Canadian Rockies with fall colours or spring bloom
- Have fun on the road with games, entertainment and prizes on the bus
- Go bowling and enjoy pizza in downtown Banff with your new friends for free
- Get a discount on the Banff Gondola admission (optional)
- Experience the Canadian bonfire & marshmallow roast to make s’mores (weather dependent)
What to Bring:
- Warm, waterproof layers
- Hat and gloves (optional)
- Warm, comfortable shoes for walking and hiking
- Swimsuit for hotel pools and hot tubs
- 2 pieces of ID (drinking age in British Columbia is 19, and 18 in Banff, Alberta)
- Reusable water bottle
- Bug spray/repellent for mosquitoes