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The Explorer is a great Rocky Mountain Tour that allows you to stay in Banff at a more budget conscious price. As with all of our Rocky Mountain Tours, 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, PLUS a night at the famous Mountain View Cabins.
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Please take note of seasonal changes. At the end of May the glacier lakes will be melted or almost melted.
Day 1 – Travel from Vancouver to Valemount
7:00 am – Meet at the corner of West Cordova St & Seymour St opposite Waterfront Station
Hope – where the original Rambo First Blood movie was filmed
Scenic Coquihalla Highway made famous for it’s winter conditions in “Highway Through Hell”
Kamloops lunch stop
Check in to our hotel in Valemount
Group dinner (included)
Hockey in the Rockies
Meet new friends around the campfire
Day 2 – Valemount to Banff
8:00 am Breakfast (included)
Mt. Robson – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper – Banff’s scenic little sister
The Icefields Parkway – named one of the most beautiful drives in the world!
Thundering Athabasca Falls
Columbia Icefields – we strongly recommend that you join the Glacier Snowcoach tour (optional extra) – a highlight for many of our guests. Travel onto the Athabasca Glacier for a great photo opportunity (remember your water bottle to taste some of the freshest water in the world!).
Stunning Peyto Lake (seasonal)
Bow Lake and the chance to brave the frigid waters with a Polar Wolf Swim!
Check in to our two star hotel in Banff
Night out in Banff with drink specials!
Day 3 – Banff to Golden
Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake
World famous Lake Louise
Awesome Moraine Lake (seasonal)
Lake Louise Gondola and all-you-can-eat buffet lunch (optional)
Kicking Horse Pass
Emerald Lake – one of the most beautiful places to go canoeing (optional)
Mountain View Cabins – another highlight of the tour! The ultimate Canadian experience, spending the night in rustic mountain 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
All you can eat breakfast (included)
The Last Spike on the trans-continental railway
Scenic drive along the shore of Shuswap Lake and 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
- Moraine Lake
- Columbia Icefields
- Peyto Lake (seasonal)
- Mount Robson
- Athabasca Falls
- Pub in Banff
- Hockey in the Rocky Mountains
- Mountain View Cabins – a West Trek exclusive!
- Campfire with marshmallows
- Lake Minnewanka
- Two Jack Lake
- Emerald Lake Canoeing (optional)
- One night in the beautiful mountain town of Banff
- Icefields Snocoach (optional & only available in April)
- Hot Springs (optional & only available until end of April)
- Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
- *Some sights are seasonal and depend on road conditions
- check with Sales Rep to see what will be available
- All tips and taxes
- Deluxe coach transportation
- Three nights hotel accommodation (one night in the center of Banff and one night at Mountain View Cabins)
- Three breakfasts and two dinners
- Pub 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 SUMMER (June 1st to Sep 18th) – $470 – NOTE student card required at departure for student rates booked online.
Adult rate SUMMER (June 1st to Sep 18th) – $490
- NOTE – participants must be 15 or older unless accompanied by an adult / parent / chaperone. Due to the nature of the tour, we can not take children under 5.
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) – $225
- Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $85
- No Solo room upgrades available
* Add $20 on summer holiday long weekends.
Dates with the Snowcoach Glacier Experience available:
- April 27
- May 11, 18, 19
- June 1, 8, 28*, 30*
- July 6, 7, 12, 14, 26
- August 2*, 4*, 10, 16, 30*
- September 1*, 14, 21
Dates where the Snowcoach Glacier Experience is NOT available however the Glacier Skywalk is available:
- May 25
- June 29*
- July 13, 20, 27
- August 3*, 9, 17, 24, 31*
- September 7
- October 5, 6, 19
PLEASE NOTE – all of these activities MUST be booked 72 hours prior to your departure. It will NOT be available on the bus.
Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet* – $45. Save $3.25 plus guarantee space with West Trek!
Ride the gondola high above the Bow Valley for stunning views that extend all the way to Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains! Take a walk around to see breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and beyond! This sightseeing experience also includes a delicious ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT 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 – available until May 11th – $55. SAVE $5 over the ticket window price and guarantee space with West Trek!
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!
Snowcoach Glacier Experience** – $80. SAVE $25 over the ticket window price plus guarantee space with West Trek!
ONLY available certain dates. See the list above. 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.
Glacier Skywalk – $35.
Step out on a cliff-edge walkway where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below. The Glacier Skywalk experience features waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop.
Activity Package – Snowcoach and Lake Louise Gondola and buffet = $120