National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Westbound

15 days,Calgary to Vancouver

Enjoy the gorgeous scenery of western Canada, create a postcard-perfect photo in Jasper, sip lattes and people-watch in Vancouver, be awed by the mighty Rockies, get a bird's-eye view of Banff from a gondola.

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The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip—a sprawling, nature-rich mini-epic that melds some of Canada’s best national parks with time off the mist-shrouded shores of Vancouver Island. Loaded with diverse experiences—whale-watching, glacier hikes, hot springs and much, much more—and bookend nights in Calgary and Vancouver, you’ll stuff a lifetime’s worth of adventure into the space of a mere two weeks.

What's Included

  • Entrance fees to all national and provincial parks with walking and hiking excursions. Gondola to Sulphur Mountain in Banff. Stop at Columbia Icefield. Visit hot springs in the Rocky Mountains. Full-day canoe tour in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Half-day Zodiac tour including whale watching. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow CAD200-250 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.
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Places Visited

Reverse Itinerary

This trip also runs in reverse from Vancouver to Calgary. See National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

Day 1 Calgary

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Banff National Park (1L)

Discover the town, view wildlife, take a gondola ride, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views.

Day 3-4 Yoho National Park/Lake Louise (2B,2L,2D)

Awe at the phenomenal Takakkaw Falls. Go for an optional rafting trip, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House or along the Six Glacier Trail.

Day 5-6 Icefield Parkway/Jasper National Park (2B,2L,2D)

Visit beautiful Peyto Lake, and stop at Columbia Icefield. Opt to take the snow coach up the icefield, visit Maligne Canyon or go on a hike in the Rockies.

Day 7-8 Wells Gray Provincial Park (2B,2L,2D)

Take in sights of the immense Mount Robson. Visit Overland Falls and Spahats Creek Falls. Enjoy a full-day canoeing trip in the Canadian wilderness.

Day 9-10 Whistler (2B,2L,1D)

Relax and take a dip at Green Lake PP. Head for a morning hike up the trails in the Whistler area, then explore fascinating Whistler on your own.

Day 11-12 Tofino (2B,1L,2D)

Ferry across to Vancouver Island. Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan PP. Embark on a half-day Zodiac tour for marine wildlife viewing, then explore Pacific Rim NP.

Day 13 Victoria (1B,1L)

Enjoy another morning on the island. Take a stroll around the city and take in the West Coast vibe.

Day 14 Vancouver (1B)

Get familiar with British Columbia's largest city on an orientation with your CEO, then enjoy free time to discover Vancouver.

Day 15 Vancouver

Depart at any time.

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