National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

15 days,Vancouver to Calgary

Enjoy the 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, road trip through two Canadian provinces.

Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the enveloping mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper National Parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing expeditions and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you’re guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price. The Great Outdoors—now all yours.

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 to 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.)
  • Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking, ferry
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • Small group experience; Max 12, avg 10.
  • Hotels (2 nts), participation camping (12 nts)

Alternative Trips

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Reverse Itinerary

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


Day 1Vancouver

Arrive at anytime.

Day 2Vancouver/Victoria(1L)

Discover Vancouver on a brief orientation with the CEO. In the afternoon, ferry over to the island and hit the pubs in Victoria.

Day 3Victoria/Tofino(1B, 1D)

Move north up Vancouver Island. Take in the island scenery and make a stop at a local market. Arrive in time to watch the sunset in Tofino.

Day 4Tofino(1B, 1L, 1D)

Search for orca whales in the morning on a Zodiac tour. In the afternoon, enjoy free time and witness Tofino's unique blend of fisher-meets-surfer vibe.

Day 5Tofino/Whistler(1B, 1D)

Stroll the trails beneath ancient Douglas firs in MacMillan PP en route to the ferry. Once back on the mainland, enjoy a stunning drive to Whistler.

Day 6Whistler(1B, 1L)

Wake up in one of Canada's greatest natural playgrounds. Go for a hike in the morning, then enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Whistler and surroundings.

Day 7Whistler/Wells Gray Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive from the coastal mountains through the Canadian desert and into the densely wooded forests of Wells Gray PP.

Day 8Wells Gray Park(1B, 1L, 1D)

Head out for an exciting day of canoeing in the Canadian wilderness. Stop at some of the most fascinating waterfalls in the park, including the world famous Helmcken Falls.

Day 9Wells Gray Park/Jasper(1B, 1L, 1D)

Stop at Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Rockies, en route to Jasper.

Day 10Jasper(1B, 1L, 1D)

Stroll through Maligne Canyon and explore the surrounding area of Jasper. In the afternoon, head back to check out the lively mountain town.

Day 11Jasper/Lake Louise(1B, 1L, 1D)

Make the stunning drive to Lake Louise via the Icefield Parkway, one the world's most spectacular drives. Visit beautiful Peyto Lake and stop at Columbia Icefield Centre before arriving in Lake Louise for the evening.

Day 12Lake Louise(1B, 1L, 1D)

Head into Yoho NP and visit the mighty Tekakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake. Opt to go whitewater rafting in the afternoon.

Day 13Lake Louise/Banff(1B, 1L)

Gaze at the beauty of Lake Louise, hike to the Agnes Lake Tea House, or along the Six Glacier Trail. Make the short drive to Banff in the afternoon.

Day 14Banff/Calgary(1B, 1L)

Spend the morning discovering the town of Banff. View wildlife, walk the streets, or hike up a mountain for spectacular views before continuing on to Calgary.

Day 15Calgary

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