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Coastal Canada & The Rockies – Vancouver, Victoria, Jasper, Banff, Whistler

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrive Vancouver, BC

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Depart London Heathrow – 13:05
Arrive  Vancouver – 14:30
Journey Time 9 hours 25 minutes non-stop.

 INCLUDED TODAY - Meet & greet and private transfer from airport to hotel

On arrival at Vancouver airport we have included a meet & greet service and private transfer to your downtown hotel.

Vancouver is set in spectacular surroundings, with the majestic Coastal Mountains, evergreen forests and Pacific Ocean as its background.

After a long flight and with your body adjusting to the time difference we suspect you will not want to do much the first evening but if the weather permits do have a walk along the waterside path located right outside your hotel, it's a lovely walk to Stanley Park.

Your 3 nights/2 full days here will be packed as you discover some of the delights this fantastic city has to offer.

Overnight - Vancouver, BC


Day 2 & 3
Vancouver, BC

INCLUDED - Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour (on Day 3)

There's such a variety of things to see and do in this stunning cosmopolitan city by the ocean - historic Gastown, colourful Chinatown, and the ultra modern financial district to name but a few. Discover the beauty of 1000-acre Stanley Park and English Bay as well as the bustle of Robson Street in the heart of the shopping district and Granville Island oozing character and atmosphere both night and day.

Whilst in Vancouver (on Day 3) we have included a morning tour taking you to Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park, the world's greatest suspension footbridge set amongst the West Coast Rainforest which offers meandering trails by tranquil trout ponds and towering old growth evergreens. Whilst there be sure to see the colourful Totem Park which displays over 25 authentic totem poles collected since the 1930's and life-size red cedar statues carved during the Depression. Continue on to Grouse Mountain to experience a spectacular mountain top adventure at the peak of Vancouver. During summer enjoy lumberjack shows, the Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge for endangered wildlife including Grizzly Bears and Timber Wolf, birds in motion demonstrations and so much more. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight - Vancouver, BC   


Day 4
Vancouver to Victoria, BC (Vancouver Island) -
43 miles (Plus Ferry)

INCLUDED TODAY - Ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island

This morning collect your car rental before leaving Vancouver and driving south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (Car Ferry Toll Included) to Swartz Bay. On board BC ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia.

From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria with its turn of the century architecture, British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woolens and china.   

Overnight - Victoria, BC


Day 5
Victoria, BC (Vancouver Island)

INCLUDED TODAY - Admission to Butchart Gardens

Today is free to explore Victoria where you will find the world famous Empress Hotel, Parliament buildings, Provincial Museum, the city centre and the attractions around the city Harbour.

A 14 mile drive north of Victoria, admission is included to the Butchart Gardens with its 50 acre display of magnificent colour. The network of paved paths meander around exploring meadows and gardens of flowers blossoming in reds, blues, yellows, whites and oranges. The trails lead to ponds and fountains, walking over wooden bridges and crossing over rumbling creeks. Many paths loop in circles leading to viewing benches, shelters and open gra
ss fields. Here you have a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by vibrant colours and floral scents.

Overnight - Victoria, BC


Day 6
Victoria to Tofino, BC (Vancouver Island) - 195 miles

Travel to the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island and head to Pacific Rim National Park. En-route stops should be made at Duncan the ‘City of Totems’, where you may visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village, which will provide you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included).

Make a stop in the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. Drive through majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid afternoon.   

Overnight - Tofino, BC


Day 7
Tofino, BC (Vancouver Island)

INCLUDED TODAY - Coastal Bear Viewing tour by Zodiac (3 hours)

You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Mid afternoon enjoy a 3 hour cruise in search of black bears. During the winter, local black bears are in semi-hibernation. Come May, they leave their dens and head for the closest food source - the ocean! While the bears forage in the intertidal zone, you can unobtrusively observe and photograph their behaviour. You will experience the tour aboard an open-air, rescue-style, 24’ rigid-hulled Zodiac suitable for this calm water program. The vessel’s shallow draft is especially good for manoeuvring in the small sheltered bays while you are watching for bears and learning about this unique environment.

Overnight - Tofino, BC


Day 8
Tofino to Parksville, BC (Vancouver Island) - 138 miles

Depart Tofino for Parksville for your return journey to the East Coast.

En-route, picture stops should be made at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar as well as the Mars Water-Bombers at Sproat Lake, the world’s two largest water-bombers used for the sole purpose of putting out forest fires.

Your destination is Parksville located on the sheltered eastern shores of Vancouver Island - with its spectacular natural setting, surrounded by beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers... Kick back & enjoy.

 Overnight - Parksville, BC 


Day 9
Parksville to Whistler, BC - 68 miles (plus Ferry)

INCLUDED TODAY - Ferry from Vancouver Island to Mainland, BC  

From Departure Bay sail for 1 hr 45 min on BC Ferries (Ferry Toll Included) to Horseshoe Bay. This scenic cruise takes you through fjord like waters with mountains blanketed with virgin forests and glaciated peaks. Travel along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler.

Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs.

Overnight - Whistler, BC


Day 10
Whistler to Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC - 262 miles

INCLUDED TODAY - Admission to Hat Creek Ranch

Travel north today from the mountain village via the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road. Enjoy breath-taking views of Joffee Glacier and snow capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue the journey north to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and was ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Make a stop at 100 mile house to the gold rush town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the gold rush.

NOTE: You may wish to consider extending your stay in Clearwater to 2 nights for a number of reasons: to give you a break after a long drive to get to this area & to provide you an opportunity to explore Wells Gray Provincial Park - one of the most beautiful parks in Canada. Just let us know if you would like to consider this option.     

Overnight - Clearwater, BC 


Day 11
Wells Gray Provincial Park to Jasper, AB - 198 miles

Set out for Jasper along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Leaving British Columbia you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and now a quaint mountain village.

Overnight - Jasper, AB


Day 12
Jasper, AB

By now you will almost certainly have witnessed some of the amazing wildlife in Canada but keep your eyes peeled for bears, moose and the hundreds of elk that roam freely around Jasper. Jasper offers many terrific scenic highlights to explore... Why not take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain or visit Medicine Lake, Cavell Road, Pyramid Lake Road and the 'Old Banff/Jasper Highway'. We recommend a visit to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake where you can take a scenic boat tour or hire a canoe. The gift shops at these two attractions are excellent and also worth a visit.

Another option to consider is a visit to Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls, both of which can be done in the same day from Jasper. There's so much to see & do here - if you would like to extend your stay in Jasper just tell us & we can make it happen.

Overnight - Jasper, AB


Day 13
Jasper to Banff, AB - 180 miles

INCLUDED TODAY - COMPLIMENTARY - Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier!

Your scenic drive today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald colour lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into
Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footway to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Overnight - Banff, AB


Day 14
Banff, AB

A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafés, nightlife, museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (optional) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.

Or why not take one of the very easy 1, 2 or 3 hour horseback rides along the river, this is great fun and you do not need to have any riding experience. Other activities you can easily book up for are bike rides, fishing trips and rafting on the Bow River.

Overnight - Banff, AB 


Day 15
Banff to Calgary Airport, AB - 72 miles (then depart for UK)

Depart the Rocky Mountains at your own leisure to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada.

With late flights from Calgary Airport as detailed below you have plenty of time to enjoy your day before returning your rental vehicle at the airport and boarding your flight back to the UK.

One option (Other departure time options)
Depart Calgary – 20:35
Arrive Heathrow - 13:40*
Journey Time 9 hours 5 minutes non-stop.

* Arrival time into the U.K is the following day

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Introduction

We love this new itinerary - it has everything you would want from a two week fly-drive in Western Canada - taking in the best that Vancouver Island has to offer as well as the truly magnificent Canadian Rockies. You start with 3 nights in Vancouver giving you time to acclimatise and savour what we consider to be simply one of the best cities in the world. Vancouver is bursting with style, vibrancy, character and beauty. Then head west to Vancouver Island staying in three different coastal locations: the charming capital Victoria, Tofino - from where you will enjoy an exciting bear viewing tour, then relax by the ocean in Parksville. Next you will head back to mainland BC, stopping in the wonderful village of Whistler then on to picturesque Clearwater before journeying on to the rugged and stunningly beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain towns of Jasper then Banff. You're certain to fall in love with this incredibly scenic landscape of mountains, lakes, glaciers and 'chocolate box' towns - filling you with memories to last a lifetime.

The package includes roundtrip scheduled flights, airport tax, fully inclusive car rental and 14 nights pre-paid accommodation as set out in the 'Hotels' section of this fly drive.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!


A Revolution in fly-drive touring is here - GyPSy Guide (Not included - but can be... please ask for details!)

Experience a complete evolution in fly-drive touring. Complete North America were one of the very first operators to offer the incredible 'Location Aware Touring' navigational system. We're not just talking about navigational directions like a regular Sat Nav System, this system provides much more. The guide automatically knows where you are and shares information and stories about your surroundings while you travel…. You get to keep your independence and flexibility to travel at your own pace whilst having a virtual tour guide to point you in the right direction and make sure you do not miss any sites and stories along the way. Play the demonstration video below to see just how fantastic GyPSy Guide is.

Call us today to talk about your travel plans and the fantatsic GyPSy Guide. 0115 961 0590

Canada National Park Passes Included

To make your experience even more memorable we have included a pass to all of the National Park areas as well as National Historic sites such as the Cave & Basin and Banff Park Museum. Entrance to Banff & Jasper National Parks would be around $120 so this pass represents great value.

So please do read on, we are quite sure this is the Canadian Rockies itinerary for you but should you have and variations in mind then we would be happy to quote on an amended itinerary, just get in touch.


Accommodation

The accommodation we have chosen for this itinerary represents a great mixture from moderate, clean and comfortable properties around the National Park areas - to Superior Grade properties in Vancouver and over on the Island - all  of them perfectly located so that you don’t miss anything - enabling you to get the very most from your time in each place. By selecting these properties we have tried to keep a balance between cost, convenience and the standard of accommodation offered. We are always happy to look at alternatives if you feel you will be unhappy with any of our choices...but we don’t think you will.

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.


Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements.

Prices From £2550Accommodation Room type
Vancouver, BCWestin BayshoreRun of House
Victoria, BCInn at Laurel PointLaurel Wing Guest room
Tofino/Ucluelet, BCBlack Rock Oceanfront ResortOne Bedroom
Parksville, BC Tigh-Na-Mara ResortOcean View room
Whistler, BCHilton Whistler ResortHilton Room
Clearwater, BCAlpine Meadows ResortOne Bedroom Alpine Chalet
 Jasper, ABChateau JasperStandard room
 Banff, ABBanff Caribou LodgeRun of House

 

 'Coastal Canada and the Rockies' inclusions:

  • Roundtrip Direct non-stop scheduled flights.
  • UK & Canadian airport taxes.
  • 14 nights room only accommodation as stipulated or similar.
  • 12 days Intermediate car rental based on Avis Canada ‘Fully Inclusive’ Rate - Unlimited Mileage, LDW, $1 Million (CAD) Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage, 1 Additional Driver, PST/GST, Airport Contract Fees. LDW may exclude a non-waivable amount of damage. (Excludes Satellite Navigation System – please ask for details if you would like us to include for you).
  • Private Transfer from Vancouver International Airport to downtown hotel
  • West Coast Sightseeing Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour
  • BC Ferries Passenger & Vehicle Fares (Vancouver to Victoria)
  • Admission to Butchart Gardens
  • Coastal Bear Viewing tour from Tofino
  • BC Ferries Passenger & Vehicle Fares (Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay)
  • Admission to Hat Creek Ranch
  • Parks Canada Discovery Pass, allowing access to all National Parks and admission to National Historic Sights.
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalised maps, itinerary and driver directions along with all applicable tickets and vouchers. 

Compliments of Complete North America: Ice Explorer Ride onto the Athabasca Glacier

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

Travel October through April

Canadian mountain weather can be changeable year round however the optimum time to travel to the region where adverse weather conditions are least likely to affect your enjoyment of the region is May 01st - September 15th. We are able to provide tailored itineraries and costs for any visit outside
of this period when we will suggest adjustments to the itinerary or accommodation selected. We can of course tailor an itinerary to take full advantage of the quite beautiful winter season when Canada takes its place as one of the world leaders in winter sports and activities.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to Vancouver / from Calgary so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

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Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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