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Explorer Plus

JOIN US ON A VOYAGE TO A MAGICAL WINTER WONDERLAND IN THE CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS.

Snow covered mountains, frozen lakes, snowshoeing, tobogganing, mountain campfires and more – just like in the movies!  PLUS skiing, snowboarding OR snow tubing at Mt. Norquay overlooking the Village of Banff IN the Rocky Mountains!

And it’s all yours on our Premium Winter Rocky Mountains tour.

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Explorer One

Emerald Lake Lodge

Explorer Two

Lake Minnewanka

MVC Snow

The Mountain View Cabins

Day 1 – Travel from Vancouver to Golden

 

7:00 am – Meet at the corner of West Cordova St & Seymour St opposite Waterfront Station

Hope – where the original Rambo First Blood movie was filmed

Scenic Coquihalla Highway made famous for it’s winter conditions in “Highway Through Hell”

Kamloops lunch stop

Revelstoke rest stop and pick up dinner supplies and then we journey over Rogers Pass

6:30 pm Check in to the famous Mountain View Cabins**!  These rustic cabins are tucked away in the forest overlooking the Columbia Valley with stunning views of the Selkirk Mountains.  And the best part – – they are EXCLUSIVE to West Trek!  No other tour companies stay here.  Just us.

Evening campfire with roasted marshmallows and s’mores plus try walking in snowshoes around the property (weather permitting) – another West Trek exclusive!

 

Day 2 – Golden to Banff

 

7:30 am – Breakfast at the cabins (included)

Travel through majestic Yoho National Park en route to Banff National Park.

Stop at the famous Lake Louise and go Ice Skating* (optional extra) on the frozen lake or explore the stunning chateau and area.

Enjoy a breath taking ice hike through Johnston Canyon to the Lower Falls which are best seen from inside a cave!

Arrive in the beautiful mountain village of Banff surrounded by towering snow capped peaks.

Check into our hotel in downtown Banff.

After check in we head up Mt. Norquay where you can try skiing or snowboarding IN the Rockies OR you can opt for some exhilarating snow tubing – INCLUDED!

Later in the evening join your tour guide for a ‘party night on the town’!

 

Day 3 – Banff to Golden

 

Today you have the option to ski or snowboard at the World Famous Lake Louise Ski Resort.  You can catch a shuttle from town and we will pick you up in the afternoon.  Lake Louise Ski Resort was awarded “Canada’s best Ski Resort” by the 2017 World Ski Awards.

For those not skiing or boarding:

Visit picturesque Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake.

You have the chance to do the world-famous Banff Gondola* (optional extra) for a majestic sight-seeing experience on top of Sulphur Mountain.

You have the option to go for a relaxing and refreshing soak in the Banff Hot Springs*.

Free time in Banff to visit Bow Falls made famous in the 1954 movie River of No Return with Marilyn Monroe.  Or you can explore the beautiful Fairmount Banff Springs Resort.

4:00 pm – pick up the skiers and boarders at Lake Louise.

Visit frozen Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park – – one of the most underrated lakes in the Rocky Mountains.

After stopping in Golden for some free time and dinner we check back into our home-away-from-home: Mountain View Cabins.

Last night campfire – this is often referred to as the best night of the tour, where you can party and enjoy the cabin atmosphere with your new friends from the tour.

 

Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver

 

7:30 am – Breakfast at the cabins.

Stop in Revelstoke.

Pass by Shuswap Lake – a favourite with Albertans and British Columbians alike.

Kamloops lunch stop.

Arrive back in Vancouver where your unforgettable journey to the Canadian Rocky Mountains will all-too-soon come to an end.

*These are optional activities (however strongly recommended!). Please see “Dates and Prices” for more details. The Ice Skating activity is a seasonal activity–we need snow and ice for this to happen!

**Please note that on tour dates with multiple busses, one night will be spent at the cabins, and one night will be spent in a hotel. Other variations to route and/or activities may apply due to unforeseen circumstances. Times are estimated to the best of our ability and are subject to change.**

 

  • Night Skiing or snow tubing at Mount Norquay
  • A night in the iconic mountain town of Banff
  • Mountain View Cabins
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Two Jack Lake
  • Hike to the frozen waterfalls at Johnston Canyon
  • Campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate
  • Snowshoeing through snow-covered trees
  • Emerald Lake
  • Nightclub Party (18+)
  • Banff Gondola (optional)
  • Bathing in the Banff Hot Springs (optional)
  • Ice skating at the scenic Lake Louise (optional)

Included:

  • Night skiing or snow tubing in Banff
  • Snowshoeing & a Glow Hike
  • Sledding / tobogganing
  • Three breakfasts
  • Bonfire party with roasted marshmallows, s’mores and hot chocolate
  • All tips, taxes, and park fees
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Three nights accommodation (one night in the center of Banff)
  • Nightclub entrance
  • A fantastic tour guide
  • Discounts on optional activities
  • Tons of amazing sightseeing
  • A professional tour video
  • Mountain Stargazing, and much much more!

 

Not Included:

  • Meals (other than those mentioned above)
  • Optional activities
  • Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, hairdryer, etc.)
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Any other expenses

Tour Prices

Student/Youth rate – $465

Adult rate – $550

    NOTE – participants must be 15 or older unless accompanied by an adult / parent / chaperone. Due to the nature of the tour, we can not take children under 5.

Please note: these prices are based on four people sharing two queen beds. Limited room upgrades are available (see below).

Departure Dates

January 18

February 8

March 1

Room Upgrade Costs

All prices are based on four people sharing one room and two queen sized beds, however, you can upgrade your room for a small fee:

  • Double room upgrade – $150
  • Triple room upgrade – $75

Optional Activities:

Banff Gondola $55

Cruise for eight glorious minutes in a fully enclosed gondola to one of the Banff National Park’s greatest views! From 2,281m, the spectacular scenery is yours to explore at will. Take a stroll along the 1-kilometre ridge top boardwalk to the peak of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond!

 

Banff Hot Springs $9

Soak in the steamy hot mineral water where travellers have come to “take the waters” for over a hundred years. Banff National Park’s only hot springs pool welcomes you year-round for an authentic heritage experience that is a favourite amongst visitors and locals.

 

Skiing or Snowboarding at Lake Louise Resort from $110

** MUST be booked 72 hours before departure.

  • 4,200 skiable acres / 1,700 hectares
  • Vertical Rise of 991 m / 3,250 ft
  • Top Elevation is 2,637 m / 8,650 ft
  • Longest run is 8 km / 5 miles!
  • 145 Marked runs + back bowls
  • 10 lifts including 1 Gondola and 5 chairs

 

Ask us about skating on Lake Louise.

 

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