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!
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
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
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)
Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver
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
- 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
- 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) – $405 (Cash) $425 (Credit Card) NOTE student card required at departure for student rates booked online.
Adult rate SUMMER (June 1st to Sep 18th) – $445 (Cash and Credit Card)
- Guests 15 and under must be accompanied by a guardian or chaperone.
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
*Summer long weekends add +$20 to base price
- June 29
- July 6, 19
- August 3*, 9, 10, 31*
- October 5
Lake Louise Gondola & Buffet* – $45 (16+) $23 (6-15)
NOTE – this tour MUST be booked 72 hours in advance. It is NOT available on the bus.
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