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Self-Drive: Exploring the Great Canadian Rockies

14 days from £2078 per person

Canada is a spectacular country where breathtaking scenery and wildlife awaits around every corner. Starting in Vancouver, travel past colossal mountains and great lakes as you make your way to the easy-going town of Penticton, before reaching Revelstoke, a historical gem that’s high up in the Rocky Mountains. Cruise through the Glacier National Park to Banff and on to Jasper via the stunning Icefields Parkway. After your fill of outdoor pursuits in Jasper, you’ll head to 100 Mile House, a small town that was founded during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Enjoy your last slice of mountain culture at the alpine village of Whistler before your Canadian Rockies adventure draws to an end and you fly home from Vancouver.

Route: Vancouver – Penticton – Revelstoke – Banff – Jasper – 100 Mile House – Whistler - Vancouver

Itinerary Highlights

From your cosy mountain retreat, venture out into the characteristic resort of Banff, where vast mountain ranges and dense forests house endless opportunities for outdoor activities.

Known for its glacier-fed bright turquoise lake, encircled by evergreen forests and towering mountain peaks, explore Lake Louise and the stately Fairmont chateau.

Oozing cowboy culture, 100 Mile House is a small town that formed during the Cariboo Gold Rush. A great place to discover the feats people went through to follow their golden dreams.

Itinerary: Self-Drive Exploring the Great Canadian Rockies

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international flight to Vancouver. On arrival you will collect your hire car and drive to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your leisure. (N)
Accommodation in Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (or similar)
Vancouver is an energetic city that’s brimming with character and charm; the perfect place to meander around before you begin your self-drive adventure through the Canadian Rockies mountain range. Today you will embark on an inclusive trolley hop-on, hop-off tour of the city’s iconic attractions; a fantastic way to explore the city at your own pace. (N)
Accommodation in Vancouver: Hyatt Regency Vancouver (or similar)
Today you leave the contrasting scenery of Vancouver behind as you weave through deep green forests and past towering coastal mountains, Penticton bound (journey time approximately 5 hours). You’ll drive through Manning Provincial Park, a great spot to break up the journey and stretch your legs, by following one of the many walking trails in the area. Later on you’ll arrive at Penticton, a laid-back city that’s nestled between two lakes in the Okanagan Valley. Home to an abundance of wineries, beautiful stretches of golden sandy beaches and a variety of outdoor activities for you to enjoy. (N)
Accommodation in Penticton: Ramada Penticton Hotel & Suites (or similar)
Take this morning to explore more of the local sights and beautiful scenery of Okanagan Valley before driving to Revelstoke (journey time approximately 4 hours). From hiking and biking in the summer months to skiing and snowboarding in the winter, Revelstoke is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream location in a spectacular and historic mountain setting. (N)
Accommodation in Revelstoke: Best Western Plus Revelstoke (or similar)
Today you will drive through the impressive wilderness and exceptional alpine scenery of Glacier National Park; a great place to stop and scale the park’s heights or stroll around meadow flats. Spot wildlife as you drive through the heart of the park and along Rogers Pass as you make your way to Banff (journey time approximately 4 hours). Banff was the first National Park that was founded in Canada in 1885 and has since turned into one of the world’s premier destination spots. (N)
Accommodation in Banff: Hidden Ridge Resort (or similar)
From your cosy mountain retreat you can venture out into this characteristic resort that has plenty of activities on offer. The mountains tower over the bright turquoise lakes and evergreen forests that house the endless opportunities for hiking, boating, climbing, canoeing and wildlife-watching. Take a trip into Banff Town, the park’s cultural core; a muse for artists that offers an array of boutique shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife scene. Go for a dip in the world famous hot springs or ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola. (N)
Accommodation in Banff: Hidden Ridge Resort (or similar)
Today you will drive along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park (journey time approximately seven and a half hours). Stop off at Louise Lake en route to admire the impressive views and visit the renowned Fairmont Chateau that overlooks the glacier-fed lake. Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest and wildest park and home to a large proportion of the country’s grizzly bears. The park is one of the greatly protected ecosystems in the Rocky Mountains, and prides itself in homing a laid-back town that’s nestled amidst majestic peaks and offers endless outdoor adventures. (N)
Accommodation in Jasper: Mount Robson Inn (or similar)
Spend today exploring the beautiful surroundings of Jasper National Park. You might choose to take a ride on the Jasper SkyTram that whisks you up Whistler Mountain, where you can appreciate the impressive panoramic views; you even have the option of hiking to the summit if you are feeling adventurous. You might decide to spend this afternoon visiting the Columbia Ice Field which provides a great glacier experience, or head to the thunderous Athabasca Falls. (N)
Accommodation in Jasper: Mount Robson Inn (or similar)
Today you will drive to 100 Mile House via Yellowhead Pass (journey time approximately 5½ hours). Stop off at the small and friendly town of Blue River or partake in some water-based activities in Clearwater to break up your journey. 100 Mile House was formed during the Cariboo Gold Rush as a pit-stop 100 miles up the Cariboo Road from Lillooet. Today, it oozes cowboy culture; rustic charm and authentic ranches, the perfect place to incorporate a guest or dude ranch stay into your holiday. (N)
Accommodation in 100 Mile House: Super 8 100 Mile House (or similar)
Spend this morning visiting the various lakes sprinkled around the town that are excellent for swimming, fishing and bird watching. Head into the peaceful town and relax in one of the friendly cafes as you watch the locals get on with their daily routines and take in the idyllic surroundings and harmonious atmosphere.  Later on today you will hop back in your car and continue the scenic route along the Cariboo Highway to Whistler (journey time approximately four and a half hours). (N)
Accommodation in 100 Mile House: 108 Resort (or similar)
Whistler is a firm favourite year-round resort with two majestic mountains and a picture perfect village burrowed inbetween. In the winter you can enjoy epic snow sports, and in the summer months activities range from golf, nature trails and mountain biking. (N)
Accommodation in Whistler: Crystal Lodge (or similar)
Spend today at your leisure, exploring all that Whistler has to offer. You might choose to soar above the dense green forests and take in the breathtaking bird’s-eye views of Whistler on a zipline tour. It’s also worth having a look to see what is on at the Olympic Plaza during your visit, as there are often fun activities including tobogganing, ice skating, live music and cultural events for you to enjoy. (N)
Accommodation in Whistler: Crystal Lodge (or similar)
Enjoy spending this morning in Whistler at your leisure. Later on you will return to Vancouver International Airport (journey time approximately two and a half hours) where you will drop off your hire car and board your international flight back to the UK. (N)
Today you will arrive back into the UK, where you will continue your journey home. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes
  • Car hire as specified

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Meals unless specified

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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