The Pioneer - West Trek Tours

The Pioneer

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!

The Pioneer is a perfect tour for those that want to see all the Rocky Mountain sights on a budget.  This tour still gives you a chance to visit Banff for sightseeing and shopping while spending the night in Golden – situated between Yoho National Park and Glacier National Park.  This is a more “chilled” tour that features the key sights without the price tag that goes with Banff. 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!
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Emerald Lake Canoeing

Emerald Lake Canoeing

banff gondola

Banff Gondola

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

Spahats Falls

Check in to our hotel in Valemount

Hockey in the Rockies

Meet new friends around the campfire

Day 2 – Valemount to Golden

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

Stunning Peyto Lake (seasonal)

Bow Lake and the chance to brave the frigid waters with a Polar Wolf Swim!

After a full and busy day we check in to our hotel in Golden.  There are a number of great restaurants, pubs and sports bars you can visit in Golden.

Day 3 – Banff, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Emerald Lake

Breakfast (included)

Emerald Lake – a beautiful spot to go canoeing (optional)

World famous Lake Louise

Stunning Moraine Lake

Lake Louise Gondola and all-you-can-eat buffet lunch (optional)

Golden hotel

Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver

Breakfast (included)

Rogers Pass

The Last Spike on the trans-continental railway

Scenic drive along the shore of Shuswap Lake

The Coquihalla Valley

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
  • Moraine Lake (seasonal)
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Peyto Lake (seasonal)
  • Johnston Canyon Hike – ONLY available on the Pioneer Tour
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Mount Robson
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Spahats Falls
  • Emerald Lake
  • Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
  • Lake Louise Gondola (optional)


  • All tips and taxes
  • All accommodation
  • Three breakfasts
  • Deluxe coach transportation
  • 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 SUMMER (June 1st to Sep 18th) – $425 NOTE student card required at departure for student rates booked online.

Adult rate SUMMER (June 1st to Sep 18th) – $445 

    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.

NEW! West Trek’s 21st Birthday Family Pricing – Fill a QUAD room with 4 people and everyone pays student rates!

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 room upgrades available

Departure Dates

*Summer long weekends add +$20 to base price

  • June 29
  • July 6, 19
  • August 3*, 9, 10, 31*
  • October 5

Optional Activities

PLEASE NOTE – this activity 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

"I had such a nice weekend! It was worth the money and because if papa wolf we laughed sooo much! Thanks a lot for that amazing experience."

- Annaaha

Annaaha November 13, 2014

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