Upon arrival in Vancouver you will be transferred to your downtown accommodation. Experience Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city nestled between the mountains and the sea. This evening, enjoy dinner at a downtown Vancouver restaurant.
Included today is a Hop-on-hop-off Pass, travel at your leisure on a turn of the century San Francisco style trolley bus with 23 stops including 16 of Vancouver’s major downtown attractions. Take the entire tour in two hours or spend the whole day experiencing this beautiful city. Included is a Vancouver Harbour Cruise, entrance to the Lookout viewing tower and Fly over Canada experience.
Join a fully narrated half-day sightseeing tour where you will visit Vancouver’s North Shore, including Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Treetops Adventure forest canopy walkway, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, ride the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain and see grizzly bears in the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife.
Departing by coach you will board the BC Ferry for a spectacular 95 minute cruise through the marine wonderland of the Gulf Islands. Once docked on Vancouver Island you will continue by coach on to the world famous Butchart Gardens with their 55 acre floral display. Drive through Victoria’s Marine Scenic Drive and view highlights of downtown Victoria. This afternoon you will visit the Royal BC Museum and experience the limited time Egypt: Time of Pharaohs exhibit. Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us. Be among the first in North America to see this staggering exhibition’s priceless ancient artifacts, such as the coffin of Nakht, an exceptional bust of Hatshepsut and an ornate gold and garnet necklace from the Ptolemaic period.
Overnight: Victoria, BC
After a morning at leisure board the luxurious five star supercat whale-watching excursion, with over 80 resident orcas and numerous transient orcas, you will experience why whale-watching is a must in Victoria. This evening you will transfer by floatplane from the inner harbor of Victoria to downtown Vancouver.
Board the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer train. Departing Vancouver, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley and view the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. You’ll see the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate and follow the Thompson River to historic Kamloops, gateway to the interior of British Columbia.
Rejoin the Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Canada railway and the Thompson River through rolling hills into the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields before passing by Mount Robson, which at 12,972 feet is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. In late afternoon, arrive in Jasper located in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
This morning join our guide for an interpretive tour up the Maligne Valley. The tour will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a guided walk above the gorge, Medicine Lake and then Maligne Lake where you can either take the boat cruise to Spirit Island or enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop.
Travel with your interpretive guide along the world-famous Icefields Parkway. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway will include Athabasca Falls, the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake, and the Crowfoot Glacier. You will also make a stop at the Columbia Icefields Centre where you will have the opportunity to take part in the Snocoach Tour onto the Athabasca Glacier, and/or explore the Glacier Skywalk overlooking Sunwapta Valley.
Overnight: Lake Louise
Begin your journey from beautiful Lake Louise and learn about the natural forces that have shaped the appearance of the lakes and streams found in this area of the Rocky Mountains. Visit Moraine Lake then cross the Great Divide to experience Yoho National Park, the Spiral Tunnels and Takakkaw Falls before returning back to Lake Louise and onto Banff.
Explore the many places of interest around Banff on your sightseeing excursion today. Sights such as Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, the Banff Hoodoos and Lake Minnewanka await you in one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Included is a Banff gondola pass and Banff Hot Springs swim pass for use at your leisure.
This morning, transfer by shuttle to Calgary. Visit the Calgary Tower and be elevated up to almost 200 metres above the Calgary downtown core and then head to Calgary Zoo - maybe you'll spot Canadian Wildlife that you might not have seen during your trip! This evening enjoy a 3 course dinner at the local Buzzards restaurant.
Today, your package includes admission to Heritage Park, experience authentic canadian history at this interactive attraction.
Your package ends with a check out from your hotel.