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The Canadian

West Trek Tours–now in our 21st year–offering the best value tours for the budget minded traveler. We are the Rocky Mountain experts and the #1 choice for budget travelers for over 20 years!

Our popular Canadian Rockies Tour has been completely re-vamped for the 2018 season. This tour is perfect for those that want more time to go hiking and exploring. We spend one night in the Village of Lake Louise which gives you time for some fun hikes at Lake Louise. And for those that want a challenging hike – we have that also! We have re-worked the itinerary to allow you more time at Emerald Lake for hiking or canoeing or to sit and sip a hot cocoa by the lakeside. Plus this tour includes visits to Banff, The Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and a night at Three Valley Gap Lake Chateau

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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 Lake Louise

We check out of our hotel at 7:45 am and pick up breakfast (included). Our first stop is Mount Robson – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. From there we head to Jasper where we encourage you to pick up a picnic lunch and dinner. Next we head 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. We do a photo stop at the Columbia Icefields (note – the Icefields Snowcoach is not available on this tour. We use the extra time for hiking at Lake Louise!). After the Icefields we head to stunning Peyto Lake followed by Bow Lake where the brave can try a Polar Wolf Swim! After checking in to our hotel in the Village of Lake Louise we head up the mountain to the actual lake where you have free time to participate in a hike. (For hiking options please see Optional Activities on the “Prices and Dates” page.)

Day 3 – Lake Louise to Banff to Golden

Breakfast at the hotel is included. Our first stop today is stunning Moraine Lake where you have time to hike to the top of the rock pile for awe inspiring views of the lake and the surrounding peaks. We then head to the bustling mountain Village of Banff where you have free time to shop, explore, or ride the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. After Banff we head over the Kicking Horse Pass to Emerald Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the Rockies! You have time to go canoeing (optional) or go hiking around this mountain gem of a lake. Next we travel over Rogers Pass to the town of Revelstoke where we stop for dinner before checking in to our beautiful hotel at Three Valley Gap. At our hotel you have the chance to go for a refreshing swim in the lake, rent a kayak (optional) or take part in some fun games! (Note that on the March 30th and July 6th tours the famous Mountain View Cabins are substituted for Three Valley Gap.)

Day 4 – Revelstoke to Vancouver

Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! After breakfast at the hotel (included) we begin our journey home traveling through the Okanagan Valley with a stop in Vernon to pick up supplies for a picnic lunch in Kelowna. 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 6:30 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 – seasonal
  • Moraine Lake – seasonal
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Hiking at Lake Louise
  • Hiking at Emerald Lake
  • Mount Robson
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Spahats Falls
  • Hockey in the Rocky Mountains
  • Emerald Lake
  • Three Valley Lake Chateau / Mountain View Cabins on March 30th and July 6th tours
  • Okanagan Valley

 

Included:

  • All tips and taxes
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Three nights hotel accommodation (one night at Three Valley Gap)
  • Three breakfasts
  • End of tour party
  • A fantastic tour guide
  • Tons of amazing sightseeing

Not Included:

  • 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!

Tour Prices

Student rate SPRING (March 30th to May 15th) – $440 (Cash) $460 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SPRING (March 20th to May 15th) – $480 (Cash and Credit Card)

Student rate SUMMER (May 16th to Sept. 20th) – $480 (Cash) $500 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SUMMER (May 16th to Sept. 20th) – $520 (Cash and Credit Card)

NEW! West Trek’s 20th Birthday Family Pricing – Fill a QUAD room with 4 people and everyone pays student rates!

Departure Dates

  • Mar 30
  • April 13
  • May 18
  • June 15, 29*
  • July 19, 20
  • Aug 2*, 11, 16, 17, 30*,31*
  • Sept 1*, Sept 7, Sept 14
  • Oct 5

*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) – $150
  • Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $60

No solo traveller room upgrades available.

Optional Activities

Lake Louise Hikes

Note that hikes are not guided. Below are recommendations only. Trails are marked clearly and maintained by Parks Canada. Hiking times are for a slow hiker, keen hikers will be faster.

Easy hikes

Lake Louise Lakeshore

Length: 2 km one way

Hiking time: 1 hour

Elevation gain: minimal

Trailhead: Upper Lake Louise parking area, 4 km from the village of Lake Louise.

Description: This accessible stroll allows visitors of all abilities to explore Lake Louise. At the end of the lake you’ll discover the milky creek that gives the lake its magical colour.

Fairview Lookout

Length: 1 km one way

Hiking time: 45 minute round trip

Elevation gain: 100 m

Trailhead: Upper Lake Louise parking area, 4 km from the village of Lake Louise.

Description: Leaving from the boathouse on Lake Louise, this short, uphill hike offers you a unique look at both the lake and the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Moderate hikes

Lake Agnes

Length: 3.4 km one way

Hiking time: 2.5 to 3 hour round trip

Elevation gain: 385 m

Trailhead: Upper Lake Louise parking area, 4 km from the village of Lake Louise.

Description: Framed by a quaint European-style tea house (seasonal), the Lake Agnes hike is the most “civilized” way to see the Rockies. To get there, hike up the well maintained trail and enjoy a beautiful tarn tucked underneath towering peaks.

Side trip to Big Beehive: 1.6 km one way; 135 m elevation gain from Lake Agnes. Beyond Lake Agnes, use switchbacks to climb the Big Beehive for a stunning panorama of Lake Louise and the Chateau.

Side trip to Little Beehive: 1 km one way; 105 m elevation gain from Lake Agnes. The Little Beehive was once the site of a fire lookout, and offers commanding views of the Bow Valley.

Plain of Six Glaciers

Length: 5.3 km one way

Hiking time: 4 hour round trip

Elevation gain: 365 m

Trailhead: Upper Lake Louise parking area, 4 km from the village of Lake Louise.

Description: Beyond Lake Louise you’ll discover a high mountain treasure chest; a collection of impressive peaks and glaciers. Here, you can relax and enjoy the view or rest at a quaint Swiss-built tea house (seasonal). Connect the Lake Agnes and Plain of Six Glaciers trails, via the Highline trail, to form a 14.6 km loop. 5 hour round trip. Cool option for serious hikers.

Side trip to Abbot Pass Viewpoint: 1.5 km one way; 50 m elevation gain; 1 hour round trip. Look down into crevasses on the Lower Victoria Glacier, and look up to Abbot Hut, one of the highest buildings in Canada.

"I did the Trip to the Rockies at the first weekend of August 2014. And well, it was the best thing I have done in Canada. You'll meet a lot of friendly people and so I made a lot of new, good friends. And of course you will see the most incredible nature and wildlife. My personal favorite is Moraine Lake! Our tourguide Lee and his team did a very good job. He cared about everything and always looked that everybody is happy! So in this way a big thank you to Lee for the amazing trip!"

Daniel591
Regensburg, Germany

Daniel591 Regensburg, Germany November 13, 2014

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