Western Canada Rocky Mountain Experience

Duration: 16 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £1999pp

Day 1 Fly to Vancouver: On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2 Vancouver: Begin with a guided city tour featuring Canada Place, Robson Street, Chinatown and Gastown. The tour stops in Stanley Park en route to Cleveland Dam and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Return to downtown Vancouver and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3 Vancouver/Whistler: Travel along the scenic Seato-Sky Highway which traverses five distinct climatic zones. The road also crosses the historic Pemberton Trail and Gold Rush Trail, used by 18th century prospectors. Continue through small towns such as Squamish before arriving at picturesque Whistler Village (77 miles).

Day 4 Whistler: At leisure to discover Whistler's charms, including woodland trails, biking and hiking trails or, simply sit and people watch from one of the caf  and restaurants.

Day 5 Whistler/Sun Peaks: Weave through the mountains and by Lillooet Lake passing between the towering walls of the Fraser Canyon. Following the South Thompson River area, you'll enter a land of vast herds of cattle and cowboys on horseback (220 miles).

Day 6 Sun Peaks: At leisure in this year-round outdoor playground. Biking and hiking trails surround the town, or perhaps hire a canoe or kayak to explore McGillivray Lake.

Day 7 Sun Peaks/Clearwater: Travel along the Yellowhead Highway, which spans four provinces from Saskatchewan to British Columbia. Follow the Thompson River through cowboy country and into the gorges of the North Thompson River before opening up into Clearwater Lake. Beyond the town, the pristine parklands of Wells Gray Provincial Park feature the end of the river in spectacular Helmcken Falls (84 miles).

Day 8 Clearwater/Jasper: Continue on the Yellowhead Highway as it descends down the eastern face of the Rockies into the fertile valleys of the Jasper region. Themountains part to reveal the aquamarine, glacier-fed lakes perched above the emerald valleys and grazing elk of Jasper National Park (197 miles).

Day 9 Jasper/Banff: Travel past beautiful Lake Louisewhich reflects the distant Columbia Glacier between the mountain peaks. Continue to Banff, a perfect mountain village with quaint restaurants, boutique retailers and lush forest surroundings (177 miles).

Day 10 Banff: At leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Perhaps take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, try river rafting on Bow Lake or take a boat tour of Lake Minnewanka. stunning variety of landscapes*outdoor activities to enjoy*UNESCO World Heritage national park

Day 11 Banff/Waterton Lakes National Park: Drive southwest and after passing through the urban hub of Calgary, you'll travel near the historic Fort Macleod, one of the first operational posts of the famous Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Approaching the United States border, the protected Waterton Lakes National Park dominates the horizon with its stark captivating beauty (248 miles)

Day 12 Waterton Lakes National Parks: A day to explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site. Many marked scenic drives such as the Akamina Parkway and Chief Mountain Highway allow visitors to see the interior of the park with its shallow, clear alpine lakes and old growth forests, without long overland hikes.

Day 13 Waterton Lakes National Park/Rossland: Drive west through the mountain village of Fernie, known for its superb skiing. Cross back into British Columbia and pass through Cranbrook, before travelling further west across the rugged interior of the Rocky Mountains. Later, arrive in Rossland, home to many outdoor activities (316 miles).

Day 14 Rossland/Osoyoos: Embark on the Crowsnest Highway as it cuts through the heights of the Monashee Mountains. Driving into the Osoyoos region, you may glimpse the developing vineyards as they flourish in the warming, temperate climate (162 miles).

Day 15 Osoyoos: At leisure. Perhaps spend part of the day walking along the sandy beaches of Osoyoos Lake or visit the unique Haynes Point Provincial Park.

Day 16 Osoyoos/Vancouver: Travelling along the northern edge of North Cascades National Park the terrain quickly becomes more mountainous as you pass through small towns like Merritt, Hope and Chilliwack. Descend from the mountains to the shining spires and elegant bridges of Vancouver.

Day 17 Vancouver: Return your car at the airport where your tour concludes.

Departures: Daily between 01 May-20 Oct 19.

Accommodation: In 3* hotels.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Vancouver, 17 days compact 2 door car with fully inclusive insurance, 16 nights accommodation, Vancouver city tour on day 2 and personalised roadbook.

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