The Explorer PLUS - West Trek Tours

The Explorer PLUS

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!

The Explorer Plus is our Ultimate Rocky Mountain Tour.   It 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, and the new Cowboy Ranch experience!  PLUS, this year we feature a night at the amazing Banff Centre on Tunnel Mountain in Banff including their all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with stunning views of the surrounding mountains in the Vista Café.  Come join us for the trip of a lifetime!

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Snowcoach Glacier

Snocoach Glacier Experience

Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Cowboy Ranch

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Bonfire at the 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. After checking into our hotel in Valemount we head out to the very popular Cowboy Ranch Experience. You will visit a real Canadian ranch to see a Cowboy show and enjoy a delicious dinner (included). Following this we return to our hotel to play some Hockey in the Rockies! The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. We recommend meeting new friends around the campfire!

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 to the amazing Banff Centre perched above the village on Tunnel Mountain.  You have free time to explore this bustling mountain village and have some dinner.   After dinner, your tour guide will organize a night out! First we will go to a pub that has great drink specials and afterwards we will finish the night at Hoodoo, the best nightclub in Banff!

Day 3 – Banff to Golden

We start the day with an all-you-can-eat breakfast with awesome mountain views in The Vista Café at the Banff Centre.  This is followed by 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.

  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Peyto Lake (seasonal)
  • Jasper
  • Mount Robson
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Nightclub in Banff
  • Hockey in the Rocky Mountains
  • Mountain View Cabins – an Explorer exclusive!
  • Campfire with marshmallows
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Two Jack Lake
  • Emerald Lake Canoeing (optional)
  • Okanagan Valley
  • One night in the beautiful mountain town of Banff
  • Icefields Snocoach (optional)*
  • Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
  • Cowboy Ranch
  • * NEW * One night in Banff at the Banff Centre on Tunnel Mountain
  • * NEW * An all-you-can-eat buffet at The Vista Café at the Banff Centre

Included:

  • FREE souvernir video of your tour
  • All tips and taxes
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • Three nights hotel accommodation (one night in the center of Banff and one night at the Mountain View Cabins)
  • Three breakfasts and two dinners
  • Nightclub entrance
  • End of tour party
  • A fantastic tour guide
  • Discounts on optional activities
  • 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 (Apr 14th to May 5th)– $420 (Cash) $435 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SPRING (Apr 14th to May 5th) – $455 (Cash and Credit Card)

Student rate SUMMER (May 12th to Sept. 29th) – $465 (Cash) $485 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SUMMER (May 12th to Sept. 29th) – $505 (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

  • April–14th, 28th  (Some activities and itinerary may change due to weather conditions. Please contact us for more details.)
  • May–5th, 12th
  • July–15th, 29th
  • August–3rd*, 4th*, 10th, 12th, 17th, 26th
  • September–8th, 29th

*Long weekends add +$20 to 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) – $130
  • Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $50

No solo traveller room upgrades available.

Optional Activities

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 2nd

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.

"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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