Explorer Victoria Departure - West Trek Tours

Explorer 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 $445, ($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 6:45 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!

Explorer One

Emerald Lake Lodge

Explorer Two

Lake Minnewanka

MVC Snow

The Mountain View Cabins

Day 1 – Travel from Victoria to Golden

Meet at 6:45 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 Golden. We stop en route for you to pick up some dinner supplies. Upon arrival into Golden we will check into the Mountain View Cabins**! The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. We will supply you with the makings for s’mores–Canadian delicacies made out of marshmallows, cookies, and chocolate–as well as a warm drink. We recommend you enjoy your toasty snacks next to the campfire, and get to know the rest of the people on your tour whilst glowshoeing (snowshoeing with glowsticks)!

Day 2 – Golden to Banff

This morning we will have breakfast (included) before departing Golden at approximately 8:00 am. Then we make our way through Yoho and Banff National parks, towards the iconic mountain town of Banff. We will stop on the way at the famous Lake Louise and go Ice Skating* on the frozen lake. After skating, we will go for an ice hike through Johnston Canyon to some frozen waterfalls before arriving in Banff. Once in we are in Banff, we will drive up to the world-famous Banff Gondola* for a majestic sight-seeing experience on top of Sulphur Mountain. (Banff gondola only available Nov – Dec, Highest Gondola in the Mountains Jan – Mar) After this, we will check into a fantastic hotel in downtown Banff at approximately 7:00 pm. You are then free to go and have dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in the town. Later in the evening your tour guide (and everyone else) will meet you to go out for the night! First, we will go to a pub that has great drink specials, and afterwards we will finish the night at Hoodoo Nightclub, the best nightclub in Banff!

Day 3 – Banff to Golden

Today we will start by visiting the picturesque Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake before soaking in the relaxing and refreshing Banff Hot Springs*. Afterwards, we will have some free time in Banff to go shopping for souvenirs and to dream of living in this mountain paradise. Making our way back to Banff and Yoho National Parks, we will stop at Emerald Lake–one of the most underrated lakes in the Rocky Mountains. From here we depart for the Mountain View Cabins, where we will conclude our last full day together around the campfire once more. 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 Victoria

Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! This morning we wake up early for breakfast and a woodland snowshoeing experience. We will then depart from the Mountain View Cabins and head towards the rustic ski town of Revelstoke for some lunch supplies. Once we depart Revelstoke, we will leave the Rocky Mountains and travel through British Columbia’s rain shadow back towards Kamloops. After this, we will head on to Vancouver with one stop at Zopkios Viewpoint. 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.

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

  • A night in the iconic mountain town of Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Two Jack Lake
  • Hike to the frozen waterfalls at Johnston Canyon
  • Campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate
  • Glowshoeing (snowshoe with glow sticks) through snow-covered trees
  • Telescopic stargazing
  • Emerald Lake
  • Nightclub Party (18+)
  • Gondola (optional)
  • Bathing in the Banff Hot Springs (optional)

Included:

  • All tips, taxes, and park fees
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Three nights accommodation (one night in the center of Banff)
  • Three breakfasts
  • Nightclub entrance
  • A fantastic tour guide
  • Bonfire party with s’mores and hot chocolate
  • Discounts on optional activities
  • Tons of amazing sightseeing
  • A professional tour video
  • Snowshoeing, Sledding, 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 rate – $425 (Cash) $445 (Credit Card)

Adult rate – $445 (Cash and Credit Card)

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

Departure Dates

  • November–10th

 

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 – $125
  • Triple room upgrade – $50

Optional Activities:

Mountain Gondola

Cruise in a fully enclosed gondola for some of the greatest views in the Rocky Mountains! The gondola is dependant on tour date.

Banff Hot Springs

Relax in the hot springs nestled in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and Banff!

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