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The Canadian is a tour that escapes the crowds of Banff and gives you a new and unique perspective of the Rocky Mountains. With a night spent in a 4 star hotel just outside the National Park Gates, you will tell your friends and families about the adventures you had travelling through one of the most beautiful areas in Canada’s landscape. Perfect for those who want comfort and aren’t concerned about staying in Banff. As with all of our Rocky Mountain tours, it is the perfect mix of fantastic sightseeing and awesome activities. Specifically, this tour includes visits to Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, and a night at the famous Mountain View Cabins!
Day 1 – Travel from Vancouver to Valemount
Meet at 7:00 am to begin our journey to the Rocky Mountains. Our first stop is Hope where the original Rambo First Blood movie was filmed. From here we will make our way over the beautiful and scenic Coquihalla Highway to Kamloops, where we will stop for lunch. From Kamloops, we continue to Valemount, stopping at Spahats Falls on the way. We stop en route for you to pick up some dinner supplies. After checking into our hotel in Valemount we get the campfire going and invite you to bring your dinner out to the fire and meet new friends. After dinner you can take part in a game of Hockey in the Rockies! Great fun!
Day 2 – Valemount to Banff
Breakfast (included) before departing Valemount at approximately 8:00 am. Our first stop is Mount Robson – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. From there we head to Jasper before heading south on the famous Icefields Parkway – named one of the most beautiful drives in the world! Our first stop on the Parkway is Athabasca Falls before we reach the Columbia Icefields. At the Icefields we strongly recommend that you join the Glacier Snowcoach tour. This is a highlight for many of our guests. The enormous Snocoach will take you up onto the Athabasca Glacier for a great photo opportunity (remember your water bottle to taste some of the freshest water in the world!). After the Columbia Icefields we head to stunning Peyto Lake followed by Bow Lake where the brave can try a Polar Wolf Swim! After a full and busy day we check in our 4 star hotel, complete with indoor pool and water slide, in beautiful Canmore. Canmore is where the Canadians live (Banff is too expensive!) so you have a much better chance of meeting locals as you head out to explore the “downtown” restuarants, pubs and nightlife.
Day 3 – Banff to Golden
Guests can grab some breakfast in Canmore or at the supermarket before we head off on a driving tour featuring Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake and Cascade Ponds. We then head to world famous Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. We strongly recommend the Lake Louise Gondola and all-you-can-eat buffet lunch. We LOVE all-you-can-eat buffets! Amazing value and incredible views all the way to Lake Louise. After the Lake Louise area we head over the Kicking Horse Pass to Emerald Lake, one of the most beautiful places to go canoeing (optional). That evening we will arrive at Mountain View Cabins – another highlight of the tour! You will have the ultimate Canadian experience, spending the night in cabins, having an all-you-can-eat barbecue dinner (included), and roasting s’mores (marshmallows) over the campfire! Look towards the sky on a clear night to see millions of stars!
Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver
Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! As always, the breakfast is all-you-can-eat (included). We begin our journey home traveling over Rogers Pass before stopping at The Last Spike on the trans-continental railway. From there we head through the Okanagan Valley. We stop for a relaxing lunch in Kelowna – home to a legendary water monster called Ogopogo! If the weather cooperates we have a beach stop in Kelowna and you have the opportunity for a dip in a beautiful lake. From Kelowna we drive through the Coquihalla Valley. We plan to arrive back in Vancouver at approximately 7:00 pm, where your unforgettable journey to the Canadian Rocky Mountains will come to an end.
*Please note that depending on the tour date, this itinerary may be done in reverse.
*Times are estimated to the best of our ability and are subject to change.
- Lake Louise
- Columbia Icefields
- Peyto Lake
- Mount Robson
- Athabasca Falls
- Spahats Falls
- The beautiful mountain village of Canmore
- Hockey in the Rocky Mountains
- Lake Minnewanka
- Two Jack Lake
- Emerald Lake
- Okanagan Valley
- Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
- A 4-star hotel with indoor pool and water slide
- Icefields Snocoach (optional)
- Lake Louise Gondola (optional)
- All tipsand taxes
- Deluxe coach transportation
- Three nights hotel accommodation (one night in the center of Canmore)
- Two breakfasts and one dinner
- Nightclub entrance
- End of tour party
- A fantastic tour guide
- Discounts on optional activities
- Tons of amazing sightseeing
- Meals (other than those mentioned above)
- Medical and travel insurance
- Any other expenses
- Optional Activities (See “Prices and Dates” for details)
What to Bring:
- All weather clothing
- Swimming suit & towel
- ID / Passport / Student ID
- Proof of medical insurance
- Good walking shoes
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc)
- A water bottle with a lid
- Your camera!
Student rate SPRING (Apr 14th to May 5th) – $380 (Cash) $395 (Credit Card)
Adult rate SPRING (Apr 14th to May 5th) – $415 (Cash and Credit Card)
Student rate SUMMER (May 12th to Sept. 29th) – $395 (Cash) $415 (Credit Card)
Adult rate SUMMER (May 12th to Sept. 29th) – $435 (Cash and Credit Card)
NEW! West Trek’s 20th Birthday Family Pricing – Fill a QUAD room with 4 people and everyone pays student rates!
- July–15th, 21st
- September–1st*, 8th
*Long weekends, add +$20 to base price
Room Upgrade Costs
All prices are based upon four people sharing one room and two queen sized beds.
- Double room upgrade (2 people in a room with 2 queen beds) – $125
- Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $45
No solo traveller room upgrades available.
Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet* – $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 walk around to see breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond! This sightseeing experience also includes a delicious buffet lunch with a variety of food and refreshments for you to enjoy.
*Option to book this activity available from May 12th to October 7th
Banff Gondola – $49
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 ridge top boardwalk to the peak of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond!
Snocoach Glacier Experience – $65
One of the most unique attractions in the Rocky Mountains, you will be taken in an Ice Explorer designed for glacial travel, onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. The tour is approximately 1.5 hours, where you will learn about glaciers, icefields, and their impact on our environment. Halfway through the tour, you will be able to step out onto the glacier. This experience is open April to mid-October.
Activity Package – $105
If you would like to partake in both of the optional activities, you can purchase the Activity Pass which includes the Snocoach, Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet lunch for a discounted price.