Here at West Trek Tours, we are the Rocky Mountain experts and have been the #1 choice for budget travelers and students since 1998! This tour offers you the chance to see what we think are the best places in Canada at an affordable price. The Winter Canadian is our classic Winter Rocky Mountains tour, including Campfires, Frozen Lakes, Nightclub Parties, and so much more!
Day 1 – Travel from Vancouver to Golden
We will meet at 7:00 am to begin our journey to the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, we will stop in Hope, a small town just outside of Vancouver. From here we will make our way to Kamloops, where we will have a stop for lunch. From Kamloops, we will continue on our way to Golden. Upon arrival into Golden at approximately 6:00 pm, we will check into our hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend that you sit and enjoy a hot chocolate next to the campfire, and get to know the rest of the people on your tour!
Day 2 – Golden to Banff
This morning we will have breakfast (included) before departing Golden at approximately 8:00 am. This morning we make our way through Yoho and Banff National parks, towards the iconic mountain town of Banff. Along the way, we will stop at Emerald Lake–one of the most underrated places in the Rocky Mountains. After admiring the view, 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. After this, We will then check into a fantastic hotel in downtown Banff at approximately 7:00 pm. After this, you are 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 to party in the local bars and nightclubs! 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 through Banff and Yoho National Parks, we will stop on the way at the famous Lake Louise and go Ice Skating* on the frozen lake. After skating, we depart again for a dinner in Golden before checking into our hotel. Here we will have another night to relax with our new friends. This evening we will have a campfire party and talk about the amazing places we have seen during the day.
Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver
Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! Breakfast (included) will be at approximately 8:00 am and then we will travel through the Okanagan Valley, stopping at the Last Spike and the Zopkios Viewpoint. We will arrive back in Vancouver at approximately 7:30 pm, 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. Ice Skating is a seasonal activity–we need snow for this to happen!
- A night in the iconic mountain town of Banff
- Lake Louise
- Lake Minnewanka
- Two Jack Lake
- Hike to the frozen waterfalls at Johnston Canyon
- Emerald Lake
- Nightclub Party (18+)
- Banff Gondola (optional)
- Bathing in the Banff Hot Springs (optional)
- Ice skating at the scenic Lake Louise (optional)
- All tips, taxes, and park fees
- Deluxe coach transportation
- Three nights accommodation (one night in the centre of Banff)
- Two breakfasts and one dinner
- Nightclub entrance
- A fantastic tour guide
- Campfire party
- Discounts on optional activities
- Tons of amazing sightseeing
- Meals (other than those mentioned above)
- Optional activities
- Toiletries (shampoo, toothpaste, hairdryer, etc.)
- Medical and travel insurance
- Any other expenses
Student rate – $365 (cash) $380 (Credit Card)
Adult rate – $405 (Cash and Credit card)
Please note: these prices are based on four people sharing two queen beds. Limited room upgrades are available (see below).
Room Upgrade Costs
All prices are based upon four people sharing one room and two queen sized beds however, you can upgrade your room for a small fee:
- Single room upgrade – $275
- Double room upgrade – $125
- Triple room upgrade – $50
Ice Skating on Lake Louise – $11*
During the winter, the glacier-fed waters of Banff National Park freeze over, giving you the opportunity to go ice skating at one of the most scenic skating rinks in the world; Lake Louise. Even if you don’t know how to skate, you will quickly learn and definitely enjoy the incredible surroundings.
*Ice Skating is a seasonal activity–we need ice and snow for this to happen!
Banff Gondola – $45
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 ridgetop boardwalk to the peak of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond!
Banff Hot Springs – $7
Relax in the hot springs while nestled in the middle of the Rocky Mountains and Banff!