The Pioneer - West Trek Tours

The Pioneer

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 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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Snowcoach Glacier

Snowcoach Glacier

Emerald Lake Canoeing

Emerald Lake Canoeing

banff gondola

Banff Gondola

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 Golden

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 our in Golden.  There are a number of great restaurants, pubs and sports bars you can visit in Golden.

Day 3 – Golden

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel (included) before we 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 check back in to a hotel in Golden.  In the evening we’ll either have a campfire (if available) or head to a local pub for our last night party.

Day 4 – Golden to Vancouver

Today is the last day of your trip to the Rocky Mountains! After breakfast 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.

  • Lake Louise
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Peyto Lake
  • Jasper
  • Mount Robson
  • Athabasca Falls
  • Spahats Falls
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Two Jack Lake
  • Emerald Lake
  • Okanagan Valley
  • Lake Louise Gondola with buffet lunch (optional)
  • Icefields Snocoach (optional)
  • Lake Louise Gondola (optional)

Included:

  • 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 SPRING (Apr 14th t0 Apr 28th) – $330 (Cash) $345 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SPRING (Apr 14th to Apr 28th) – $365 (Cash and Credit Card)

Student rate SUMMER (May 19th to Oct 7th) – $365 (Cash) $385 (Credit Card)

Adult rate SUMMER (May 19th to Oct 7th) – $405 (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

  • May–19th, 20th
  • June–2nd, 9th, 29th, 30th*
  • July–7th, 14th, 21st
  • August–3rd*, 4th*, 5th*, 18th, 31st
  • September–1st*, 2nd*
  • October–6th, 7th

*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) – $105
  • Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $45

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 only open mid-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 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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