Rainforest to Gold Rush
Travel 02 Oct 2019 - 02 Oct 2019
Book by 31 Mar 2019
Saving £305 per person
- 3 nts Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea, Vancouver - Room only
- 2 nts Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush, - SilverLeaf Service - 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- 2 nts Marmot Lodge, Jasper National Park - Room only
- 3 nts Rundlestone Lodge, Banff National Park - Room only
- Includes Icefields Discovery Parkway Tour from Jasper to Banff
- Flights to Vancouver and departing from Calgary with Air Canada, accommodation throughout, shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport and prepayable taxes. Overnight stops on Rocky Mountaineer tour are in Whistler and Quesnel (hotel is assigned on the day and will be of 3* standard).
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
Situated in downtown Vancouver, overlooking the False Creek, Granville Island and Vancouver's seawall. This hotel is close to shopping and within walking distance to Granville Island.
SilverLeaf Service - 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
Day 1 Vancouver/Whistler
Day 2 Whistler/Quesnel
Day 3 Quesnel/Jasper
This cosy mountain lodge sits two miles from Lake Annette in the centre of Jasper National Park, close to an impressive array of sparkling lakes and notable sights. Embers Steakhouse is the perfect spot to enjoy mouthwatering fare while the Fireside Lounge provides an excellent place to unwind.
Conveniently located on Banff Avenue, just minutes from downtown Banff, this 96 room hotel offers a host of amenities.
Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer from only £499pp
Flights to Vancouver and departing from Calgary with Air Canada, accommodation throughout, shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport and prepayable taxes. Overnight stops on Rocky Mountaineer tour are in Whistler and Quesnel (hotel is assigned on the day and will be of 3* standard).
Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless stated otherwise). Subject to availabilty, terms and conditions apply.
Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Add to this a relatively mild Pacific Northwest climate, an energetic restaurant and nightlife scene, world class shopping and a unique mix of cultures and it's easy to understand why Vancouver should be high on any traveller's wish list.
Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, grew from a single tavern founded back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit with Victorian architecture housing boutiques, galleries and some of the best culinary fare in the city. Get a bird's eye view of the area from the Vancouver Lookout, which is located in the Harbour Centre and rises 553 feet to give visitors a 360º panorama of the city.
If you do have a head for heights make your way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and appreciate nature from three breathtaking perspectives. The swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 450 feet across a canyon and the Capilano River 230 feet below, has thrilled visitors since 1889; Treetops Adventure takes you 100 feet into the mid-story of a coastal rainforest on seven suspension bridges attached to old-growth trees; and the Cliffwalk, which is not for the fainthearted, follows a granite precipice along the Capilano River on a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms through rainforest vegetation.
Adjacent to Downtown Vancouver is the magnificent green oasis of Stanley Park. Featuring huge trees, ever-blooming gardens and lovely beaches all encircled by a six mile paved seawall making it easy to explore on foot or by bicycle. Within the park attractions range from the totem poles at Brockton Point to a pitch 'n' putt golf course and the marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver's Chinatown has been buzzing with activity for more than a century. Rich in history and architecture, this area boasts North America's third largest Chinatown and has plenty of classic speciality stores, dim sum restaurants and apothecaries. When you require some sanctuary, head to Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, with covered walkways and beautiful pavilions this incredibly manicured garden was the first authentic classical Chinese garden ever built outside of China.
When you think of Vancouver, beaches may not spring to mind, but the city has several options when you're looking for somewhere to relax, particularly during the summer months. Kitsliano Beach is a particular favourite as along with the stretch of sands you'll find Kits Pool, a large outdoor heated salt-water pool with a wrap-around view of the city, ocean and mountains.
The city's best known shopping precinct is Robson Street, and a must-stroll area for visitors. Being right in the heart of the downtown core, you'll find yourself amongst locals on their way to the office or heading to a game at the BC Place Stadium. There's also plenty of casual eateries, well-priced Asian restaurants and fine dining options too.
Take the ferry across False Creek to Granville Island and once you're there, the biggest attraction is the indoor Public Market, with seemingly endless rows of stalls. Outside of the market, there are theatres, art galleries and craft studios, or for outdoor types kayaking and paddleboarding tours can be found here.
Another nearby attraction is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain, just 15 minutes from the city's downtown core. Take the iconic 8 minute gondola ride from the Valley Station to the summit and enjoy the jaw-dropping majestic nature of British Columbia as it unfolds around you.
SilverLeaf Service - 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies is a magnificent wonderland of dazzling glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and evergreen forests.
Covering a diverse area of 4,335 square miles Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a seemingly endless array of natural wonders to visit and experience.
While activities like hiking and mountain biking are well established and deservedly popular, it's still easy to experience the solitude and remoteness that abound here. The park's
plethora of wildlife includes caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bears and wolves. The best times for spotting wildlife are spring and autumn. The laid-back alpine town of Jasper is in the heart of the park and is your springboard to the numerous outdoor adventures and attractions. Within the town are restaurants, bars, shops along with hotels and luxurious mountain resorts.
Be sure to ride the Jasper Skytram, the longest and highest aerial tramway in Canada. It takes seven minutes to reach the high Upper Station where the jaw-dropping views include six mountain ranges, glacially fed lakes, rivers and the town of Jasper.
Attractions within the National Park include Miette Hot Springs, which are the hottest springs in the Rockies; stunning Maligne Lake whose baby-blue water and circle of photogenic peaks are a feast for the eyes; and the steep, narrow gorge of Maligne Canyon.
Also not to be missed is the Columbia Icefield where you can hop aboard an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier or step out onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk.
Famous for its surreally coloured lakes, majestic mountain scenery and endless outdoor adventures, Banff National Park is one of the world's most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. Outdoor activities abound throughout the year and wildlife is abundant.
Established as Canada's first national park in 1885 after railway workers stumbled onto a thermal hot spring, Banff National Park is today part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans 2,564 square miles of mountainous terrain packed with spectacularly scenic valleys, peaks, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.
In the picturesque town of Banff, wander along lively Banff Avenue and you'll discover a diverse collection of clothing boutiques and souvenir shops, as well as vibrant art galleries, museums, spas, bars and first-class restaurants.
For a loftier perspective of the town and valley, hike the 2.6 mile trail up Tunnel Mountain or hop on the Banff Gondola which is open year round and floats its way up Sulphur Mountain. When in need of some relaxation and rejuvenation head to the geothermally heated Banff Hot Springs.
It's magical to sit in the pools whatever the time of year or time of day.
Alternatively, don your hiking boots or hire a bike and discover more than 1,000 miles of maintained trails. Wander or ride along the shores of glittering blue-green lakes, trek up a mountain pass, hike across a frozen lake and be entranced by the landscapes around you.
Notable sights within the area include the large glacial Lake Minnewanka, where scenic cruises go out to Devil's Gap. Or you can travel under your own steam and hire a canoe or kayak. Johnston Canyon is another must-visit natural attraction along with Vermilion Lakes.